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Arada stoves review

By Liz Ransome-Croker

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See how Arada did against other popular stove brands, including Stovax, Clearview and Charnwood, when we quizzed stove owners.

We've spoken to more than 1,400 multi-fuel and wood-burning stove owners about their stove so that we can bring you overall ratings for a number of recognisable brands, including Arada.

Our top brand got an impressive customer score of 94%, while the lowest-rated 70%. Only five companies in total made it over the 80% line.

The overall score is not the only rating we have. We also asked its customers to rate specific elements of its stove. 

Arada owns Aarrow and Villager stove brands, so our review includes people with Aarrow, Villager and Arada stoves.

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Arada multi-fuel and wood-burning stoves ratings

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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.

Arada 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 Arada sells.

Arada wood burner and multi-fuel stoves

Manufactured in Devon, Arada has a wide range of stoves, some of which are inset, where they’re built into a wall. They are all available in seven different colours too, including red and blue. It also offers a lifetime guarantee on the body of its stoves.

In 2008, Arada combined the Villager and Aarrow stove brands under the Arada name. These original stoves have all been redesigned or discontinued and are now sold alongside new models. Our analysis includes people who selected Aarrow and Villager as well as Arada.

Log burner and multi-fuel stoves: Arada sells both wood-burning and multi-fuel stoves. Some of its stoves come with its patented Flexifuel grate, which is a crucible/curved base for the fire. Arada claims that this enables the stoves to burn both wood and other solid fuels, such as smokeless coal, as efficiently as each other.

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. You can find out more on our wood-burning vs multi-fuel stoves

Other types of stove: Some Arada stoves also act as a boiler, enabling you to heat your entire home. You can find out more about heating your whole house using a stove by visiting our page on biomass heating systems.

Arada also sells gas stoves, although our reviews are only for multi-fuel and wood-burning models. If you want to know more about gas and electric stoves, visit our full guide.

Stove wattages: Around 4kW to 11kW.

Efficiency, Ecodesign and Defra-exempt stoves: Most of Arada’s stoves are around 70% to just over 80% efficient. 

Some also use secondary and tertiary air systems, and radiant and convected heat (often also called cleanburn). This essentially means that additional and different air flows are introduced to the stove and heated to help burn off more of the smoke and gases. This should make the stove more efficient.

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.

As of 2022, EU regulations will stipulate that all newly manufactured stoves meet higher levels of efficiency. Some stoves are being made to these specifications now - look out for the Ecodesign Ready label to find one.

A few of Arada's stoves are Defra-exempt and Ecodesign Ready. 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 Arada stoves include:

  • flexi fuel grate (mentioned above)
  • built-in log store or for it to stand on
  • airwash system to help keep the glass clean
  • externally controlled riddling grate to remove ash more easily
  • secondary and tertiary air systems to improve overall efficiency (mentioned above).

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: Arada sells a number of essentials to accompany your stove, such as a stove thermometer, gloves, moisture metre and log carrier. It also has two modern, stylised indoor log stores.

Where to buy Arada stoves: You can buy Arada stoves from a raft of independent stove shops across the UK. You can find one near you on its website by entering your postcode.

After sales care and spares: Arada offers a lifetime guarantee on the body of its stoves. This isn’t something we have seen offered by other stove manufacturers. On its boiler stoves the guarantee is seven years.

You may need to get your stove regularly serviced for the guarantee to be valid, but we'd recommend doing that anyway. Arada also has a dedicated spares website where you can buy official parts for its stoves. 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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