Are AGA running costs really that high? We take a closer look at the kitchen classic

white AGA in wooden kitchen with stone floor
(Image credit: AGA)

Despite it's characterful appearance, the kitchen classic has suffered some bad press over the years surrounding AGA running costs. While it clearly hasn't discouraged some, others might have been tempted to steer away from adding one to their kitchen design. But how true is it; are AGAs really that expensive to run or are newer designs all about economy? 

The AGA was first created in 1922 by Dr Gustaf Dalén, a Swedish physicist who was blinded in an accident. While recovering at home, he became aware of how dangerous and inefficient the old range used by his wife was and so began developing a cooking technique that would be clean, simple to operate, produced excellent food and was economical to run.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.