It’s been about 6 months since we had our range hooked up as part of the big kitchen reno. I’ve had a lot of questions and comments about our show-stopper range so I wanted to do a review. So here you go, an in-depth Aga Elise range review from my perspective. I’m addressing some of the questions I’ve recieved and added some of my own.
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Aga Elise Range Review
What range is that?
We have an Aga Elise 5-element, dual-fuel range in matte black. It features a true convection oven, a 7-mode multi-function oven and a pull-out broiler. Aga’s have been around since the 1920s. The first models were cast iron and were the worlds first ever heat-storage cookers. They were invented in Sweden but manufacturing moved to England in the 1930s where they gained popularity. The original cast-iron versions of the Aga (like the one below) are still made today and come in a variety of color options.
Why did I choose this range?
When it came time for choosing our new kitchen range, I had three priorities: dual oven, gas-powered and pretty to look at. Originally, I wanted an infamous La Cornue. They are so beautiful but the price tag is steep and would have been $4k more than the Aga, with a longer lead time. Then I found the Aga Elise and it checked all the boxes. It is less expensive, comes in several color options, and it has a French-inspired look to it. I had never seen an Aga used in kitchen design so I liked that it was unique. Through my research, it seemed that people are pleased with its cooking performance so we decided it was a good fit for us.
Where did you get it?
We purchased our range via Lowes to take advantage of our 10% military discount but it’s also available via Build.com. I purchase the range and the corresponding matte black range hood vent during a 2-day sale during which Lowes was offering an extra 10% off so we saved over $1500 on the pair.
How much did it cost?
The Aga Elise retails for around $10k but I’ve seen it priced $8300-$9100. We scored 20% off saving us a pretty penny.
Do you like it?
YES! I love our range and I have zero regrets. Aside from it being a gorgeous statement piece in the kitchen, the thing is a powerhouse. The convection oven is AMAZING! It cooks so fast and evenly I find myself using it more often than the multi-function oven. We cooked our Thanksgiving turkey in the convection oven and it came out perfectly. It was a learning curve in the beginning because it’s so powerful but we’ve learned to reduce the recommended temperature and cooking time on recipes. We typically reduce the cooking temperature by 10 degrees and cooking time by 5-10 minutes.
Are the ovens large enough?
A few followers were concerned about the size of the ovens and wondered if they are large enough. The answer is yes. I will say, however, that we had to purchase new cookie sheets because the ones we had did not fit. The new cookie sheets are not small by any means and I haven’t yet had an instance where something didn’t fit. The cookie sheet in the image below measures 15.5″ x 11″ and fits well.
What’s up with that little drawer on the top left?
The Aga Elise has two ovens and a pull-out broiler. The broiler rack is adjustable to allow for different distances from the heating element. Admittedly, we’ve only used the broiler a few times but I do think it’s a cool addition. Hubby has cooked beef in the broiler and the fish I prepared was cooked in a flash and came out great. It’s also great for browning, although the multi-function oven has a browning function as well.
Do you miss being able to see inside the oven?
Nope! I’ve learned to really just trust the ovens and let them do their thing. And when we need to check, it’s not a big deal to open the door and peek inside the oven. I definitely prefer the seamless look of the exterior of the range over being able to see inside without opening the oven door.
Is there anything you don’t like about the range?
One burner on the range is a bit testy and requires it be held to the ignite position for about 10 seconds before it will hold a flame. I believe this is something we can get adjusted we just haven’t been in a hurry to do so yet. When we do, we’ll probably adjust the gas output flow too because the “low” setting on the burners is more like a medium-low. Again, not something that has interfered with our cooking and is something that can be modified so it hasn’t been a big deal I just wanted to include that.
Other notes about the Aga Elise:
- On the bottom right of the range is a storage drawer. The range comes with a wok holder so that’s where I keep it. I haven’t used it yet because I don’t own a wok.
- We hired out for install. Our gas company converted the range from natural gas to liquid propane (LP) since we don’t have access to natural gas in our area. We had a propane tank installed as part of our kitchen reno in order to have a gas range. However, neither Lowes nor our gas line installers were capable of installing the range. The range has to be somewhat assembled and installed when you receive it so we hired a licensed luxury appliance installation company to do the install and appropriate hookups. It cost $250 and took two guys less than an hour.
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There you go, friends! A thorough Aga Elise range review of our experience so far. I’m beyond happy wiht this range and I get compliments from people that come into our home. If you have any additional questions about it let me know and I’ll do my best to answer.
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