Comparing AGA and Everhot

Which is best for you depends on numerous factors - see the list below for a comparison of features to help you decide.

Size

AGA

The AGA 60 is 60cm wide and 60cm (plus the handrail) deep.

Two and Three oven models - just less than 1000mm wide.

Four and five oven models - just less than 1500mm wide.

An Integrated Module adds a further 60cm to the left side of whichever AGA it's attached to.


2/3/4/5 oven models are about 70cm (plus the handrail) from front to back and you'll need a minimum of 140cm in height for the lids to open.


Everhot

Models are named by their size - the Everhot 60 is 60cm wide and they make models 60cm, 90cm, 100cm, 110cm, 120cm and 150cm wide.

Everhots are 600mm deep (matching a standard worktop) plus the handrail.

Ovens

AGA

AGAs have fixed-temperature ovens (you use whichever oven is at the temperature you need rather than altering the setting up or down).


Two oven: roasting and a simmering.


Three oven: roasting, simmering and baking ovens.


Four oven: roasting, simmering, baking and plate-warming ovens.


Five oven: roasting, simmering, baking, plate-warming and slow-cooking ovens.


All are (nominally) the same size and accept the same tins and trays.


integrated Module: an upper (electric) oven with two functions - grill, or slow-cooking; lower oven - an electric fan oven.


Everhot

All Everhots have:


Top oven: adjustable in temperature up to 250C.
(Also with grill function.)


Lower oven - adjustable up to 200C
(although if you need more than 180C it's recommended to use the top oven).


The 100 models add a (slightly smaller) plate-warming oven.


110 and 120i models have the two main ovens plus a third full-size simmering/slow cooking oven.


The 150i has the three ovens of the 110/120i and an additional half-height plate warming oven.

The higher heat-output 120 and 150 models have two 'top ovens' both with a grill and two lower ovens with a maximum temperature of 200C.

Hotplates

AGA

AGAs have fixed-temperature hot-plates.


All have a boiling plate (left-hand) and a simmering plate (right-hand).


The four and five oven AGAs also have a warming plate over the 'hotcupboard' side to the left (not for cooking, just for keeping things warm).


As an optional extra you can replace the warming plate on the hotcupboard with a two-zone gas or ceramic electric hob on a four oven AGA, or with a single-zone induction hob on the five oven Dual Control or Total Control AGAs.


Everhot

All Everhots (except the 110 Plus) have a large cast-iron hotplate split 60/40 (boiling/simmering).


On 60, 90i, 100i and the higher heat-output 120 and 150 models both sides of the large hotplate is separately controllable.

On 90Plus, 100Plus, 120i and 150i the less-hot, smaller simmering [right-hand] side is not separately controllable and will usually be about 75% of the temperature the boiling plate is set at.

The boiling plate is adjustable in temperature - up to 400C (which is very, very hot - we recommend using 300-320C, similar to the AGA's hotplate, which is fine for just about everything. The simmerplate will then be about 200-230C.)


The 'i' models all have a separately controllable Induction hob. Two-zone on 90i, 100i, and 110i and three-zone on the 120i and 150i.

Heat Output

AGA

All models at full cooking temperatures emit around 1kW of heat to the room.

(That's about one 'bar' of an old fashioned three-bar electric heater.)


Traditional models with AIMS, set at 'Slumber' and Dual Control with just the ovens on - about 0.6kW to the room.

Total Control set at 'Slumber' (hotplates off, just the ovens on at minimum setting) - about 0.4kW to the room.


Everhot

The Everhot is designed to emit slightly less heat to the room than the AGA.


Everhots are also much more adjustable in temperature and since the heat-output is entirely dependent on the setting of the ovens and (mostly) the hotplate(s) there are no absolute figures.


For comparison - when set at the same temperatures the AGA, the Everhot will emit about 60% of the heat (about 0.6kW) and as a result will less fuel and cost less to run - about 60% of an AGA.

If you set the Everhot to a lower temperature (or use the 'ECO' mode) it will emit even less heat (and cost even less to run).

Controls

AGA

Traditional AGAs have one heat-source for the whole cooker so have one control for the whole cooker. There's no separate controls for different ovens or hotplates and the cooker is designed to be on '24/7'.


Dual Control AGAs have constantly-on ovens but separate control for each hotplate.


Total Control AGAs have separate controls for each hotplate and each oven.


(All AGA ovens and hotplates are 'fixed temperature' - when on they are at a constant setting. The adjustment with the thermostat is just that - a final small adjustment to your personal preference for the whole cooker.)
Note - The additional two ovens and warming plate on the 'hotcupboard' for five oven AGAs is switched separately to the rest of the cooker but is an on/off switch, not a temperature selector.


Integrated modules have 'conventional' ovens and hob so are controlled individually, and separately to the rest of the 'parent' AGA.


Everhot

All ovens are controllable in five degree (celsius) increments up to their maximums (except the third oven on the EVH110Plus, this is on or off and when on is at about 100-120C). They are controlled independently of each other.


Main oven - 0-250C; second oven 0-200C; third oven 0-120C.


Plate-warming ovens on the 100 models and the 150i are heated by an adjacent oven rather than their own element. As long as the adjacent oven is on at it's 'normal' setting the plate-warming oven will be around 40-60C.


Hotplates on the Everhot are controlled separately; boiling plates 0-400C and simmerplates upto 200C


Grill (in the roof of the main [top] oven) - always full power and is controlled by the time you want it to stay on.


Induction hobs have their own touch-controls and are separate to the rest of the cooker.

Programming / Energy Saving

AGA

Traditional 13amp electric and most gas AGAs can be fitted with the optional 'AIMS' programmable system.


It's best to think of AIMS like your central heating timer, which will lower the cooker's temperature (to a fixed lower setting) and raise it again depending on when you've programmed it to be ready. (It's raise/lower temperature rather than off/on.)


Oil and Economy 7 traditional AGAs can't be fitted with AIMS or any further energy-saving controls.


Dual Control AGAs are not programmable.


The Total Control AGA's ovens (not the hot-plates) can be programmed to heat up in advance (again, it's best to think of this timer as you would your central heating timer).



Everhot

All Everhots include the 'ECO' mode.

This allows the cooker to be programmed to automatically lower its temperature for when you don't need it. (Overnight, and during the day too if you're out at work all day.)

You choose the lower temperatures - like the 'normal' cooking temperatures they're user-selected and adjustable to suit individual preferences.

Heat-up Times

Traditional AGA

Designed to be up to temperature all the time so there is no pre-heating of the oven as there is with a conventional cooker.


Heating from cold takes around 10-24 hours for the cooker to reach temperature and the heat to 'soak' through and even out.


Dual Control AGA

Ovens stay on (allow 8-12 hours from cold to heat thoroughly).
Hotplates (from cold) - simmering 8 minutes, boiling 12 minutes.


Total Control AGA

Ovens from slumber allow 1-1.5 hours to heat thoroughly.
Ovens from cold allow 1.5-2 hours to heat thoroughly.
Hotplates (from cold) - simmering 8 minutes, boiling 12 minutes.


Everhot

Ovens take about 2-2.5 hours to heat from cold.
(Using the boost mode for the top oven heats with the more powerful grill element and takes about 25 - 30 minutes to reach 200-220C).


Hotplate - about 45 minutes from cold.


Heating from a lower setting in 'ECO' mode depends on what your lower and 'normal' settings are but allow around an hour or so.

What's it made from?

AGA

Top, front, ovens and hotplates are all cast-iron - excellent for heat retention and 'radiant heat' cooking.
(The hotcupboard on the four and five oven models have steel ovens, as do the Integrated Modules.)


Having cast-iron ovens means the oven floor can be used as a cooking surface - ideal for pizzas, and for baking quiches and tarts without having to blind-bake.


Everhot

Body - steel, top and lids - stainless steel (and some aluminium where needed over the induction hob).


Hotplate and doors - cast-iron.


Main oven - heavy grade steel to help retain heat.


Second / third ovens - stainless steel - easy cleaning and won't rust or mark if turned off.

Fuel and Flue

AGA

Traditional models available in electric gas and oil.


Dual Control - always electric hotplates and either electric or gas-heated ovens.


Total Control - all-electric.


All gas and oil models need a flue - oil must be a vertical chimney (conventional flue) and gas can either be this, or a smaller horizontal fanned 'power flue' (which has an audible fan mounted on the cooker).

Traditional electric models (13amp and Economy 7) have a small 28mm diameter pipe running horizontally to a fan box mounted outside to vent the cooking smells from the ovens.
The 'New Generation' AGAs (Dual and Total Control) have the option of a 'room vent' model or the fanned oven vent system fitted to the traditional electric models.


Everhot

All are electric and none need a flue or vent to outside.


(Although recommended, it's up to you whether to fit an extractor above it.)

Servicing

AGA

Oil - every six-months.


Gas - every 12 months.


Electric - every 30 months.


Everhot

No servicing required