Modern Alternatives to the AGA

Modern Alternatives to the AGA

By on 12th February 2018 (updated: 18th March 2021) in News

As experienced oven-cleaning technicians, we often talk to clients who are thinking about replacing their old AGA. Although its old-world charm and unwavering reliability are unrivalled, the high gas bills and unwanted heat supply in summer can turn into too much of an inconvenience for this day and age.

The Best AGA Cooker Alternatives:

Though the AGA’s one-of-a-kind character may seem irreplaceable, there are modern alternatives out there which allow a more flexible and efficient use of energy whilst maintaining that homely heritage flavour that complements the traditional kitchen. Many of these models are owned by the AGA Rangemaster brand, guaranteeing that you’ll never need to compromise on quality.

If you’re looking for a superior successor to your traditional, classic AGA, consider the following options, selected by our team of oven experts.

The Mercury Range Cooker

This is a conventional quality range AGA alternative cooker that is revered within the Industry. Stylishly designed, this AGA alternative is high quality as it offers users a versatile cooker that performs all the tasks that a classic AGA does.

Price range: £4000 +

Available colours: Black, cream, white

The advantages:

  • It Makes use of 90% of available heat compared to that of 55% used by gas burners.
  • Includes nine power settings, providing flexibility to cater for all types of cooking, including low temperatures and simmering
  • Each zone offers boost functionality, so maximum temperature can be reached quickly
  • Offers a pan detection function, this recognises when a pan is placed on to one of the cooking zones, and switches the heat off when removed

The Redfyre Electric AGA alternative

Featuring the same cast-iron framework as the old familiar AGA, The Redfyre Electric might be deceiving in its nostalgic appearance: below the surface lies a highly energy-efficient, state-of-the art cooking mechanism. Instead of the traditional cast-iron hotplates, the Redfyre Electric features two High Lite electric infrared hobs beneath a resilient glass-ceramic surface, which are operated by a sleek touch-sensitive control panel.

Behind the lower left door, the oven control panel allows users to operate a rather unique setting referred to as ‘Warmfront’, which mirrors the original AGA’s always-on trait. ‘Warmfront’ allows you to keep that gentle, low-level heat that radiates from your old AGA, but only when you so desire: the setting can be switched off in a second.

Price range: £4000 – £4500

Available colours: black, county cream, royal blue, pewter, white and aubergine

The advantages:

  • Always-on setting can be easily switched on and off
  • Option to maintain the gentle, low-level heat of your old AGA
  • Very low running costs of less than 2 pence an hour
  • With a width of 100cm, it fits into the slot of a Deluxe 2- or 3-oven AGA

The Rangemaster Elan

From its understated, shiny doors to its sleek chrome towel rail, the Rangemaster Elan mirrors the style of the old AGA but boasts a notably different design with wire-wound door handles and an elegant round temperature gauge. The beauty of this model is that it can be specified as a dual-fuel model with gas hobs or as an all-electric model with five high-octane ceramic or induction hobs. The main oven offers three settings (fanned, conventional and grill) to meet modern-day standards, but a dedicated fanned oven and a separate grill cavity remain present.

Price range: £1900 – £2400

Available colours: traditional cream, gloss black, racing green, cranberry, olive green and royal pearl

The advantages:

  • Multifunctional main oven
  • Built-in storage drawer
  • Available in 90cm and 110cm widths
  • Available in induction models

The Everhot 150i AGA alternative

The Everhot 150i has the stylish design you would expect from an AGA-inspired cooker, but with the addition of optimal control. Its three spacious ovens (roasting, baking and slow-cooking) are independently controlled from a panel which is hidden discreetly behind the subtle centre door. An additional plate-warming oven allows users to serve their food at exactly the right temperature. But what truly stands out about the Everhot 150i is its exceptional top, which boasts both the traditional cast-iron (hot and simmer) plates and a high-tech, three-zone induction hob. You’ll have all you need at your fingertips with this sleek and sophisticated cooker.

Price: £9385 including VAT

Available colours: black, dark blue, dark green, rich burgundy, cool cream and graphite

The advantages:

  • Three independently controlled ovens
  • Cast-iron and induction plates
  • Large cooker: 1.49m wide
  • Low electricity requirements

If only your cooker could always look as bright and shiny as it did when it had just been installed… With Ovenu’s exceptional oven-cleaning services, this dream can become a reality. Whether you need to make your old AGA look like new before putting it up for sale or restore the shimmer and shine of your new, modern range cooker after its initiation party, our team of experienced oven technicians is only a call away.

Rik Hellewell is the Founder & Managing Director of Ovenu and a member of the Approved Franchise Association. He established Ovenu in 1993, cleaning 4,000 ovens and proving his concept over five years before starting the franchise business. Since then he has helped over 200 franchisees achieve their dreams of running successful businesses of their own. Established for over 25 years, the Ovenu concept has proven successful across the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.