Aga cookers get a modern makeoverAga Total Control cooker has shorter heat-up times
26 May 2011
Aga's latest cooker aims to bring the iconic traditional cooker brand into the 21st century, thanks to features such as a touchscreen control panel, multiple heat sources and shorter heat-up times.
The Aga Total Control cooker features 'state-of-the-art' touchscreen controls and remote that can heat up individual hotplates or sections of the oven, so you only heat up the cooking area you need - thereby reducing heat-up times and running costs.
The Total Control can be used 'like a classic Aga heat storage cooker with all ovens and hotplates on', or - for the first time - as a single hotplate or oven.
Priced at around £9,595, however, this model certainly doesn't come cheap - especially when it's possible to buy a Which? recommended Best Buy range cooker for under £500.
Aga heat-up times
Agas are heat storage cookers that, due to their cast iron composition, store generated heat and radiate it around the cooker's ovens and hotplates. Traditionally, Agas are powered by one heat source and take several hours to reach an optimum heat from cold. The Total Control cooker, according to Aga, slashes this time to around an hour.
In particular, it claims the baking oven heats up to its optimum temperature in around 22 minutes, the simmering oven takes 45 minutes and the roasting oven 35 minutes.
Aga cookers vs range cookers
According to Which? cookers expert Matt Stevens: 'Bringing together touch-panel controls with the traditional strengths of Aga cookers is an interesting innovation. But even with each oven having its own heat source, heating-up times are slow in comparison to other cookers.
'In our recent test of range cookers, the models we looked at reached 200 degrees in around 10 to 13 minutes. I'm not sure these times can be matched by Agas.'
Our range cookers review, which includes test results for Belling, Leisure, Rangemaster and Stoves models, reveals which range cookers scored highly enough to earn a Which? Best Buy recommendation.
Aga Total Control cooker
Aga is also hoping to develop a mobile app for smartphones later this year that would allow you to control your Aga cooker when you're out and about.
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