Electric AGAs Explained

With increasing electric technology coming from AGA, there are now a number of electric AGAs available to suit your wants and lifestyle. Each model is slightly different so it can be confusing to identify which model is right for you.

There are two ‘groups’ of cast iron electric AGAs;

Heat Storage AGAs

Heat storage AGAs have a single heat source which serves the purpose of a burner, like you have with an oil or gas AGA. Since the cooker uses a single heat source, you can only control the cooker globally, i.e. if you turn the thermostat down, each oven & hotplate will be reduced in temperature accordingly. The models that work in the way are the 13amp and the 30amp (night storage electric). Click here to see all models & fuel options >

13amp AGA

The 13amp electric AGA uses a 13amp electricity supply, similar to that of an electric kettle. Its internals and workings are very similar to an oil or gas AGA Cooker but instead of using a burner, an electric element tops the heat up in the cast iron as and when required throughout the day. Conduction and convection then gently spreads the warmth to the hot plates and ovens using air which is re-circulated. There are no products of combustion to exhaust so there is no need for a flue.

13amp AGA with AIMS  ( NOW DISCONTINUED AS AT 1/1/17 )

AGA AIMS controller  AGA AIMS Control panel

The AGA Intelligent Management System (AIMS) is a way of programming your AGA in the same way you would a central heating boiler. You can set one or two intervals per day for the AGA to be up to temperature and outside of these periods the cooker is on a lower setting to save energy. Like with the 13amp AGA, the temperature change takes effect to the entire cooker.

Night Storage (30amp) AGA

30amp electric 4 oven AGA 30amp electric controls

The 30amp electric AGA cooker has a bank of heat storage bricks that 'charge up' predominately during the cheap-rate Economy 7 or Economy 10 period. This heat is then transferred across to the hot plates and ovens when needed during the day. The normal cooker connection is a standard 32amp cooker circuit.

Highly efficient insulation retains the heat inside the cooker so it isn't too hot to touch (surface temperatures are much the same as all other AGA cookers). If the heat store does get low and it's still peak rate time the cooker will detect this and boost itself until the cheap rate starts and it can fully charge up again.

Flexible AGAs

Unlike heat storage AGAs, the new range of flexible AGAs offer cast iron cooking with a lot more flexibility. These models offer the ability to control certain areas of the cooker independently of the rest of the cooker. Each cooker can be run so that it gives you radiant heat into the room but equally the cookers can be switched off or run at a lower level. The models that work in this way are the Total Control, Dual Control & City60.

Total Control

AGA Total Control panel AGA Total Control remote

The AGA Total Control cooker is designed to be on when you need it and off when you don’t. Using the AGA’s control panel, each hotplate and oven can be turned on manually. Alternatively, you can programme the cast iron ovens to turn on automatically for one or two cooking cycles per day, seven days a week. (Control of the ovens applies to the roasting, baking & simmering ovens only).

An additional extra to this model is the AGA iTotal Control which offers the ability to switch your AGA on or off by command using a text message from a mobile phone or via web access using a computer, tablet or smartphone - ideal for those times when plans change! Click here for more information >

Dual Control

AGA Dual Control Ovens AGA Dual Control Panel

The AGA Dual Control cooker is very similar to the traditional heat-storage AGA cooker, but with added flexibility. Using the AGA’s control panel, each hotplate can be operated individually or both together. The roasting, baking & simmering ovens are all controlled together, such that all ovens are on, off or on AGA’s new low-energy setting. Click here for more information >

AGA City60

AGA City 60 electric AGA City 60 gas

The AGA City60 is everything you would expect from a traditional AGA cooker, packed in to a smaller 60cm wide unit. The cast iron hot plate can be set to off, boil or simmer and you can also control the temperature of the ovens to be what you require them to be. The ovens can be set to be on together or individually with a heat up time of approximately 40 minutes for each oven. This model is available as an all electric model with an electric powered cast iron hot plate or as a dual fuel model with electric powered cast iron ovens and a 4-ring gas hob. Click here for more information >

Model Comparison

Model

No. Ovens

Power Supply

Control

Programmable

13amp

2, 3 or 4

13amp

Set temperature of all ovens & hotplates manually using a dial numbered 0-6

No

13amp with AIMS

Now Discontinued

2, 3, or 4

13amp

Set manually as above or program cooking intervals. The AGA will be at a low level when you’re not cooking

Yes

Night-Storage

2 or 4

32amp

On/Off, slight temperature control

No

Total Control

3 or 5

32amp (+ 13amp for 5 oven model)

Control each hotplate and each oven individually

Yes

Dual Control

3 or 5

32amp (+ 13amp for 5 oven model)

Control each hotplate individually. Ovens set as all on, all off or all on low.

No

City60

2

32amp

Set the hotplate to simmer or boil. Operate one or both ovens.

Yes