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Aga stoves review

By Liz Ransome-Croker

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Before you spend your money on an Aga wood-burning stove, find out what Aga's customers think about its quality and durability.

Discover how iconic brand Aga fared against other wood-burning stove brands, such as Charnwood, Clearview, Morso and Stovax, when we surveyed its customers.

The most highly rated brand came top with a superb 94%, and second place 90%. But the bottom brand got 70%. 

As well as an overall rating, we also asked people to rate each brand's stove for quality and finish, durability, ease of using and controlling, ease of cleaning and value for money. Find out how Aga did in the table below.

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Aga multi-fuel and wood-burning stoves ratings

Logged in Which? members can see all the ratings for Aga log burners and multi-fuel stoves in the table below – and read on for more analysis of it against other companies.

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For a full round-up of the scores for all of the brands we've rated, visit our page on the best wood-burning stove brands.

Aga log burner and multi-fuel stoves

You can flick through the image gallery below to see a selection of the wood-burning stoves (also called log burners and wood burners) and multi-fuel stoves that Aga sells.

Aga wood burner and multi-fuel stoves

Iconic brand Aga, which is known most commonly for its range cookers, also sells stoves. Despite being a classic brand, it sells both traditional and modernly designed stoves.

Its classic stoves are all made from cast iron, which takes longer to get hot but retains heat better. Its contemporary designs are made from steel, which do the opposite. Having been in business for 90 years, Aga says its stoves are assembled by hand.

Log burner and multi-fuel stoves: Aga sells both multi-fuel stoves and log burners that will only burn wood.

Because fuels burn differently, if you're planning on only burning wood, we'd suggest choosing a dedicated log burner as opposed to a multi-fuel stove that can also burn other fuels, such as coal. You can find out more on our wood-burning vs multi-fuel stoves

Other types of stove: Aga doesn't sell any other types of stove, such as boiler stoves, or gas and electric stoves.

Stove wattages: Around 4kW to 10kW

Efficiency, Ecodesign and Defra-exempt stoves: Most of its stoves are between 70% to 80% efficient. Three of its stoves in its Ellesmere range are already compliant with EU 2022 regulations, which stipulate that all newly manufactured stoves must meet higher efficiency levels. 

These are labelled as Eco 2022 Compliant by Aga, although most other manufacturers call them Ecodesign Ready.

All Aga's stoves come with its Active Airflow technology. It involves circulating cool and warm air to help burn off more of the smoke and gasses and keep the glass clean. 

Most manufacturers use similar systems, often referring to them as secondary/tertiary air or cleanburn, and airwash if it's related to cleaning the glass. Whatever they're called, these workings should make the stove more efficient.

A number of Aga's stoves are also Defra-exempt, particularly the modern models. If you live in a smoke-controlled area (you can check this on the Defra website) you will need to either only burn smokeless fuel or, if you want to burn wood, buy a Defra-exempt stove.

Find out more about Defra-exempt and Ecodesign Ready stoves, as well as the effects of stoves on pollution and what you can do to minimise them by visiting our page on stoves and pollution.

Stove features: Features on Aga stoves include:

  • curved glass
  • side windows
  • built-in log storage
  • ability to rotate the stove
  • airwash to keep the glass clean
  • Active Airflow for efficiency (mentioned above)
  • removable shaker grate (often called riddling grate) to remove ash.

You can find out from stove owners what features they really value and are worth spending out on by visiting our page on how to buy a wood-burning stove.

Stove accessories, fuel storage and fuel: Aside from its cookers, Aga only sells stoves.

Where to buy Aga stoves: Aga has a number of independent dealers across the UK that you can buy its stoves through.

After sales care and spares: All Aga stoves have a five year warranty on parts and one year on labour. It doesn't sell spares through its website, but you can buy parts for its stoves through other retailers. 

Be aware that if you buy parts from someone other than the manufacturer, this may void any warranty or guarantee. Any warranty may also be subject to regular servicing, which we recommend anyway. Our page on using a stove has more information.

Before you buy a stove, it's important to remember that a stove isn't something you can install yourself. It needs to meet regulations and be installed safely. 

Make sure you visit our page on installing a log burner or multi-fuel stove for everything you need to know.

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