I really love the AGA cooker but I know that for whatever reason people will decide to buy another range cooker for their kitchen. Perhaps they find the AGA slow for cooking (it can be) or perhaps they don't want the running costs of an AGA or perhaps they think the AGA cooker is difficult to use (it isn't).
So my list of alternatives are:
1. Mercury Range Cooker. This is a conventional quality range cooker. So in comparison with the AGA you won't get the 'cosy house feel' and of course none of the expensive on going cost of running it. I really love this cooker though it looks great especially with the Mercury Cooker Hood over it. Mercury cookers look and feel the business and they are a true quality item. I really love the way that the gas burners light when you turn the control knobs. They cost in the region of £3500 so compared with an AGA it's a lot cheaper.We regularly clean Mercury ranges and I really love cleaning them.
2. Lacanche Range Cooker. Again a quality conventional range cooker. You can really feel the quality of these cookers when you clean them with really solid build. They are more of a professional build quality then other range cookers, and I have been told by some people that they find them 'too heavy' in use and that they have problems opening the doors. I wouldn't be put off by the poor website these cookers are the real deal and everyone I've met who has one (we clean lots of Lacanches on a regular basis) loves it's cooking performance.
3. Redfyre Range Cooker. This is more of a range cooker in the model of an AGA cooker but with some differences to an AGA Cooker. They look very much the same as an AGA but, for example, you can have one that looks like an AGA but using a 'Warm Front' technology they are warm and give off heat like the AGA but without the expense. To tell you the truth I haven't cleaned many of these. In the five years that we have been trading we have only cleaned a handful of them. I don't think this necessarily because there aren't many around I think it's more likely that they are very easy to clean. 🙂
4. Everhot Range Cooker. Again this looks like the AGA and they also do a 60cm one for smaller spaces. The whole range are electric and as far as I can see work very much like the 30Amp AGA cooker in that they are storage heaters that you use for cooking. Looking at their site I love the colours available and the style of the cookers. The only thing I've noticed from looking at them in a show room and talking to a demonstrator is that as they are powder paint coated on the outside (as compared with enamel as in the AGA) they might be just a bit more difficult to keep clean.
5. Esse Range Cooker These are like AGAs but a bit smaller in size. We have cleaned lots of these over the years and I think people tend to love them. They have a large selection of different fuel and flue types. I particularly like the look of their Woodfired – see Esse Woodfired comprehensive guide. In all a fabulous website and a great range of cookers.
Of course I have missed out lots of alternatives but I remember seeing a lot of these ranges at an openday we were invited to at their Cook Centre in Chard in Somerset in October of last year. See AGA Cooker Centre for their whole range of AGAs, Rayburns and other cookers.Google+