Electric AGAs

AGA Three Oven in Black

We now sell more electric AGAs than any other fuel - their flexibilty and economy make them the first choice for most situations, particularly where there's no mains gas - electric is cheaper to run and more straight forward to install than both oil and propane (bottle) gas.

There are now four different types available
(Plus the AGA 60).

Economy 7

(Two oven, Four oven)

13amp

(Two oven, Three oven, Four oven)

Dual Control

(Three oven, Five oven)

Total Control

(Three oven, Five oven)


AGA Three Oven in Heather

The Electric AGA: a Brief History

The Beginning (Mid-1980s) - Economy 7
(Now also known as The '30amp' or 'Night Storage' AGA)

The first electric AGA was the Economy 7 model, launched in the mid-1980s and still available today (also known as 'The 30amp AGA'. (There was a model called the EL2 in the 1970s but that didn't have the classic AGA look and never really caught on.)


It is cheap to run (a little bit less than an oil one, and with lower maintenance costs) and works well. Not needing a chimney or flue helps as it can be installed in more varied locations than the oil one (which is tied to a chimney/flue).


It works very much like a night storage heater - charging a bank of heat-storage bricks in the overnight cheap-rate period of the Economy 7 tariff, then using a small heat transfer fan to distribute the heat to the cast iron ovens and hot plates throughout the day.


Available as a two or four oven model, it's designed to be fully up to temperature all day - cooking beautifully and warming the room at the same time.


It's still the cheapest electric AGA to run but other models may be more suited to properties that don't need as much warmth in to the room.


Originally known as 'The Electric AGA' (it was the only one fuelled by electric after all, so this made perfect sense!) It is often now referred to as 'The 30amp' or 'Night Storage Electric AGA' to distinguish it from the other electric models.


See info on the Economy 7 electric AGA here. AGA Four Oven Economy 7 Electric in Cream

New Millennium, 'New' 13amp Electric AGA (and AIMS)

It took around 20 years for the next model to come along - the 13amp Electric AGA in early 2004.


This went back to the roots of the cast iron AGA: it's essentially very similar inside to an oil or gas model, only instead of a burner it has an electric element (2.5kW - or about 13amps, hence the name). The heat is distributed round the castings by a hot air circulation and cast iron heat conduction system.


The more simple construction made it cheaper to buy than the Economy 7 version, but it does cost more to run as it uses power through the daytime, and not the cheaper overnight tariff.


Initially available as a two oven, the four oven followed in October 2004, then the new three oven in November 2005 (three oven also became available in gas fired too).


'AIMS' (AGA Intelligent Management System) became available for the 13amp electric AGA in June 2007 (and was discontinued in 2015). This added the ability to programme the cooker to lower its temperature to one of two pre-set levels when it's not in use (much like you'd programme your central heating, the difference to the AGA being that it was low to high rather than off to on with the heating). AIMS reduces fuel consumption (and heat output to the room) by 10-25% depending on how it is used.


AGA 13amp Electric in White

See info on the 13amp Electric AGA here.

AGA Total Control

Then, in May 2011, the AGA Total Control was launched.


AGA recognised that modern houses (and refurbishments) are better insulated than older properties and the heating requirements are lower. Whilst an 'AIMS' AGA on its lower setting helps, sometimes it's handy to be able to run the cooker at a really low background temperature and only heat it up just before it's needed.


The AGA Total Control makes this possible - the ovens (still cast iron - there's no compromise on the AGA cooking!) are heated directly by elements embedded in the floor and roof of the oven itself, and the hot-plates are similarly heated by elements within them too.



This also allows for separate control over each 'cooking zone' (oven or hot-plate) and quick heat-up times (hot-plates less than 15 minutes and ovens in less than an hour). Its ovens are programmable too so you can set them to be 'normally off', then rising to full heat when you need them, or at a 'slumber' temperature for background heat, then rising to full heat when needed. (Hot-plates are always manual control.)


AGA Total Control in Black

AGA Total Control page

The Latest Addition - AGA Dual Control

July 2013 sees the launch of the AGA Dual Control - a mix of the 13amp AGA's ovens and AGA Total Control's hot plates.


The ovens (which all work together) can be off, three-quarter or full heat.


The hot-plates can be switched separately to the ovens and to each other (left-hand on, right-hand on, both on or both off).


Control is simple - two dials, one for the ovens, one for the hot plates and a simple heat indicator to tell you when it's up to working temperature.


It's not programmable and is available as a three or five oven model, like the AGA Total Control.


(From October 2014 the Dual Control AGA has become available with gas-heated ovens and electric hot-plates.)


AGA Dual Control in White

AGA Dual Control page

So which is best?

Well, it depends!


We'd recommend making your choice based on:
1. What's best for you and your lifestyle.
(When you'll need the cooker - anytime, or just the evenings for example?)
2. Your property and its heat requirements.
(Old house that needs heat most of the time, or newer, better insulated property with a lower heat requirement?)


First, bear in mind that regardless of fuel the cooking style is the same. If you've chosen the AGA for its cooking ability then that won't change no matter which fuel you have.


If you want the AGA to be a reasonable heat source in the kitchen, year-round (or most of the year) then Economy 7 may be better as these have the lowest running costs to heat output ratio (at full temperature any two or three oven AGA will add about 1kW to the room).


This is fine if you have a large room, an older, poorly insulated or north facing kitchen, or a small window area (so little 'solar gain' when the sun's out).


However, if you need warmth in winter, spring and autumn but not much in summer, then the 13amp electric AGA with 'AIMS' may suit you.


AIMS allows the AGA to lower its temperature when it's not in use, but then automatically heats up when you do need it. You set the program to suit your lifestyle and the AGA follows it, much like you would set the house's central heating system to run in the background, with very little user input beyond the initial set-up.


If you have a modern or well insulated house, or are south facing with a large glass area (basically a room which gets warm in summer anyway) then consider the AGA Dual Control or AGA Total Control cooker. These can run at a reduced heat output, lower than the 'AIMS' AGA, yet still have the ability to quickly heat up to full temperature either on-demand (Dual and Total Control), or following a daily programme (Total Control only).


Of course there are other things that may swing your choice too - the running costs and availablity of your choice of oven configuration being important influences.

Fuels / Models Available

Economy 7

13amp

Dual Control

Total Control

Two Oven

Yes No

Three Oven

No Yes

Four Oven

Yes No

Five Oven

No Yes

AIMS Programming

No Discontinued No

Timed Operation

No [See AIMS] No Yes

Separate Controls for Ovens and Hotplates

No Yes

Control For Individual Ovens

No Yes

Low '3/4' Oven Setting

No Yes No

Low 'Slumber' Oven Setting

No Yes

Oven Heat-up Time
(From Cold)

24hs 12-24hrs 8-12hrs 1-2hrs

Hotplate Heat-up Time
(From Cold)

24hs
(with the ovens)
12-24hrs
(with the ovens)
8-12min 8-12min

Oven Vent Options

External only External or room vent

Hot Water Heating

No

More Information

Electric AGA Efficiency

The electric AGA is pretty much 100% efficient (all the energy is used to heat the food or the room - there's no 'waste' heat).

Since there is a direct relationship between the cooker's setting, temperature, fuel consumption and running cost. To lower the running cost the cooker needs to run a lower setting, which also means it will have a lower oven temperatures and less heat-output to the room. Unfortunately physics won't allow any different - you can't have full heat in the ovens and hot plates in the lower heat-output mode!

Running costs

Please see the AGA Running Cost page.


Hot Water Heating

The electric AGA isn't available with a hot water boiler - it's better to use an immersion heater in the cylinder instead.
This avoids the complexity of a boiler in the cooker and the pipework between it and the cylinder. (After all, it's the same fuel doing the same job so the heating costs are the same but without the extra componentry and additional heat-loss from the circulating pipes.)