Knowing which cooker is right for you can be a bit of a minefield - so, here are a few easy steps to guide you.
We always start off by asking which fuel type you have access to at the property where the Aga cooker is to be situated.
Do you have natural gas available?
- If so, then a gas conventional, balanced or power flue model is the best option for you. Natural gas is one of the most cost effective fuel options.
- The flue type is dependent on where the cooker will be situated in your kitchen:
Conventional Flue – this flue type is ideal if you have an existing, lined chimney.
Balanced Flue – works well if you a placing the cooker against an outside wall (please note, we must be mindful of any windows in the near vicinity.)
Power Flue – this flue type offers you more flexibility as the flue pipe, which is only 2 inches in diameter, can be plumbed for up to 6 meters to reach an outside wall. This conveniently allows you to site the cooker almost anywhere in the kitchen.
- If you have LPG, this can also be considered however, this is the most expensive fuel type.
Do you have oil available?
- If you have oil but not natural gas at the property, then an oil fired Aga cooker would be a good option to consider. This model will require a chimney as it has a conventional flue.
You may also consider using electricity.
- If you have neither gas or oil available, an electric Aga cooker would suit you best.
- Electric Aga cookers can be ventilated into the room as they do not produce any noxious gases. The venting on an electric model is purely to allow steam to escape from the ovens. This too, allows you greater flexibility when choosing where to position the cooker.
- An electric Aga cooker is also more controllable, enabling you to regulate your fuel consumption. There are several electric options available, including traditional 13Amp, Total Control and Dual Control models.
You may also wish to take into consideration the servicing requirements of your cooker when choosing your preferred fuel type:
- Gas fired Aga cookers require annual servicing.
- Oil fired models will need servicing more frequently – every 6 months.
- Electric Aga cookers burn cleanly and therefore do not require servicing in the same way. However, it is important to have an Aga trained engineer to check over the elements and consumable parts every few years to ensure everything is working correctly and safely.
Size. How many ovens should you have?
- This will come down to your own personal preference but you also need to consider the space you have available and how many people you intend to cook for.
- There are 2, 3, 4 & 5* oven models available but we recommend measuring up before deciding on how many ovens you would like. *5 ovens available with Dual/Total control models only.
- A 2/3 oven model is 987 mm in width and a 4/5 oven model is 1487 mm in width. The depth requirement is the same for all models at 698 mm (excluding handles).
Should you opt for an additional module?
- An Aga cooker module is designed to work alongside but completely independently of your main Aga cooker. There are 2 module options available:
- An integrated module ‘bolts-on’ to the main cooker.
- The freestanding module can be situated anywhere in the kitchen – it can stand alone or within a run of kitchen units.
- Both module types have 2 electric ovens, one with separate grill element, the other fan assisted. There is also the choice of either 4 ring gas hob or all-electric ceramic hob available.
Colour. Which colours are available?
- Colour preference is entirely up to you. We have a wide range of enamel colours to choose from – you are sure to find something to suit your taste.
Space. Not enough space for even a 2 oven Aga cooker, then a City 60 is the answer for you.
- The City 60 model is a compact cooker that gives you the Aga cooker experience in a smaller volume. Perfect for those with limited space at only 60 cm in width. It can be turned on and off at your disposal and does a lot more than you’d think possible. Petite but perfect.