The primary function of a kitchen is to cook food, no? And when it comes to home cooking you have two main choices to make before you can: Do you want to have an Oven or an Aga? Both have their individual pros and cons, both can look amazing, but only one will truly suit you and your newly fitted kitchen.
Aga’s are often installed as a functional centrepiece of a kitchen. They can transform the look and feel of a kitchen especially since they are left on permanently and act as a permanent heating source for your kitchen. There isn’t a much nicer feeling than stepping into the welcoming warmth of an aga kitchen.
If we move past the looks and prestige that comes with owning an Aga, people often use the argument that food can actually taste better when cooked in an Aga. This is due to how it cooks. It’s cast iron frame retains and distributes the heat more efficiently and evenly which results in food that is tastier. Aga’s can just be left running at all times, meaning you never have to wait for it to reach the cooking temperature as it’s already there unlike some more conventional ovens. They are often built to have multiple ovens within the frame, one for roasting, cooking, baking and warming normally. This means you can actually cook multiple meals all at the same time! Agas aren’t just for cooking either, because of the constant warmth they can be used to dry clothing too! Pets will also love curling up in front of it to keep warm on days.
Perhaps the biggest downside to an Aga is the astronomical costs they can require. From buying the Aga’s (they aren’t cheap) to actually running one. Since they are designed to be left on all day every day they can rack up quite a hefty bill on your gas or electric. Their constant warmth might be nice in winter, but during summer having an uncomfortably warm kitchen can be a big downside. Because of their iconic traditional styling they can often become a centrepiece of a kitchen, which is no bad thing unless you want a more modern looking kitchen.
They are the appliance you’ll find in pretty much every household in the UK. With such a huge range of brands available along with styles, colours, fuel and size you are pretty spoilt for choice as there is always something to suit a budget and style.
Ovens are often far simpler to use than an Aga, so much better for novice cooks. Conventional ovens are also much cheaper than their Aga counterparts, both to buy and to run as they aren’t left on constantly. Ovens also have greater control over their temperature, with quick and easy controls. Ovens can also become a much more streamlined feature of a kitchen, with integration options available for most. If you are a sucker for design, ovens are normally the easier option because there is such a huge variety of different styles and colours to consider. Even if you are a big fan of extra functionality, ovens have you covered. Many modern ovens include things like timers and even self-cleaning functions! You don’t get that in an Aga.
Depending on the oven you have, there can be some problems with heat retention which can affect how well food is cooked or baked. This is due to the much thinner materials used to build the body of the oven. Conventional ovens are also much smaller, and whilst this may be a blessing in disguise for a small kitchen, it does mean you can’t cook as many different things in different ways. Something that can be quite frustrating if you do a lot of dinner parties or hosting. Unlike Agas, ovens aren’ built to last quite as long, with lots more moving parts (especially with convection or fan ovens) and glass elements they can be much more liable to failure.
So there you have it, the differences between an Aga and oven laid out. If you are considering a full kitchen refit instead of a makeover you can now make an informed choice over what you want to cook with.
Posted on: 22nd May 2019