When it comes to heat storage range cookers, two prominent brands often come to mind; Aga and Everhot. These iconic appliances have been gracing kitchens for decades, providing not only a source of culinary magic but also a cosy warmth to your home. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of Aga and Everhot cookers, comparing their features, designs, energy efficiency, and more to help you make an informed decision for your kitchen.
History and Heritage
Aga has a rich history dating back to the 1920s when the first Aga cooker was introduced. Known for its iconic cast-iron construction and classic design, the Aga cooker has become a symbol of British kitchen heritage. Aga cookers have been trusted by generations for their durability and reliability.
A relative newcomer, Everhot began emerging in the 1970s, but it quickly gained popularity for its modern take on the heat storage range cooker. Everhot’s designs are sleeker and more contemporary, appealing to more modern kitchen designs.
- Aga cookers have a reputation for providing even and consistent cooking temperatures, ideal for slow roasting and baking.
- Whilst older models still need to be left on all of the time. Modern AGAs have come a long way. The new ERA series combines traditional cast iron ovens and a circular hotplate, with an induction hob, integrated grill and fully programmable ovens that can be turned on and off. (The hotplate heats up in 12 minutes)
- They have multiple deep ovens making it possible to cook various dishes simultaneously, and as there is no transference of smell within an AGA, you can cook roast lamb above a cake!
- Everhot cookers offer precise temperature control and quicker heat-up times compared to an Aga.
- They have a more modular approach, allowing you to turn off individual hotplates and ovens when not in use, conserving energy.
Traditional Aga cookers are always on, which can be energy-intensive if not managed properly. Though, newer models come with energy-saving features like programmable timers and can be more easily turned on and off like a regular cooker.
Everhot’s modular design enables you to use only the cooking zones you need, reducing energy consumption. For this reason they are generally considered more energy-efficient compared to Aga.
Design and Customisation
- Aga cookers are available in a range of classic colours and sizes, and they retain their iconic design.
- Customisation options are limited compared to Everhot.
- Everhot offers a wider variety of colours and finishes, allowing for more personalisation in your kitchen.
- Their contemporary design may appeal to those seeking a more modern aesthetic.
Maintenance and Cost
Aga cookers are known for their durability and longevity, often lasting for generations and it is fairly easy to pick up good reconditioned models for less than half the cost of a new AGA. Maintenance costs can be high on traditional models however, including regular servicing and fuel expenses, though the new contemporary electric models require no servicing.
Everhot cookers require less maintenance and tend to be more cost-effective over time.
Though the initial cost of purchasing a brand new cooker is comparative between the two brands.
The choice ultimately comes down to your personal preferences and priorities. If you cherish tradition, classic design and very consistent cooking methods an Aga cooker might be your ideal choice. On the other hand, if you prioritise energy efficiency and modern aesthetics Everhot could be the better fit for your kitchen.
One notable feature that Everhot enthusiasts often praise is the square lids on their cookers. These square lids not only contribute to a more streamlined and slick appearance but also serve a practical purpose. They offer a more efficient use of space, allowing for easier placement of pots and pans. This design element showcases Everhot’s commitment to combining form and function in their products.
AGA’s answer to this has been to introduce models which feature an induction hob alongside their traditional cast iron hotplates, so clients can have the classic appearance of a traditional AGA with the contemporary cooking experience of induction.
Both brands offer their unique charm and practical benefits, ensuring your kitchen becomes the heart of your home, radiating warmth and culinary delight for years to come. Ultimately, it’s your individual tastes and needs that will guide you to the perfect heat storage range cooker for your kitchen.