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    Cookware Buying Guide

    Cookware Buying GuideAGA Cookshop’s range of cookware is developed by experts to offer the best possible performance and durability, whether you cook on an AGA or not.


    Understanding Hob Types

     Before purchasing any piece of cookware you need to ensure it is suitable and will give you the best from your cooker. Here’s our guide to hob types: 



    Gas Hob Gas
    Any type of cookware can be used on a gas hob. You must ensure the flame is regulated to prevent it extending beyond the base of the pan as this can damage and discolour cookware.

    AGA Cookshop recommends:
    Cookware: AGA Cast Iron, Stainless Steel, Cast Aluminium and Ceramic Cast Aluminium.
    Kettles: Stainless Steel, Aluminium.


    Radiant Hob Electic Radiant Ring
    Radiant ring hobs are most commonly found on electric cookers and are compatible with any type of cookware.

    AGA Cookshop recommends:
    Cookware: AGA Cast Iron, Stainless Steel, Cast Aluminium and Ceramic Cast Aluminium.
    Kettles: Stainless Steel, Aluminium.
    Induction Hob Induction
    Induction cookers are made from ceramic glass. Underneath the glass a current flows through an induction coil creating a rapidly alternating magnetic field. When a pan with a base that can be magnetised is placed within this alternating field, powerful vortexes are created in the pan base that cause the pan, not the hob surface, to heat up quickly. Therefore only pans with magnetisable bases can be used on induction hobs.

    AGA Cookshop recommends:
    Cookware: AGA Cast Iron, Stainless Steel and Ceramic Cast Aluminium.
    Kettles: Stainless Steel.
    Solid Hotplate Solid Hotplate
    Solid hotplates are usually made from cast iron and are found on AGA and Rayburn cookers. Pans with thick, flat bases are best for hotplate cooking as they distribute heat evenly and can withstand the high temperatures produced by these cookers. The full range of AGA branded cookware has been fully tested to ensure the best possible performace on an AGA.

    AGA Cookshop recommends:
    Cookware: AGA Cast Iron, Stainless Steel, Cast Aluminium and Ceramic Cast Aluminium.
    Stainless Steel, Aluminium.  
    Electric Hob Electric
    Choose any type of flat based cookware when using a solid electric plate hob, to ensure heat is evenly distributed.

    AGA Cookshop recommends:
    Cookware: AGA Cast Iron, Stainless Steel, Cast Aluminium and Ceramic Cast Aluminium.
    Kettles: Stainless Steel, Aluminium.

    Ceramic Hob Ceramic
    Ceramic hobs are made from ceramic glass with a heating element underneath. Any type of cookware can be used on a ceramic hob. Cookware must always be lifted from the ceramic glass surface and never dragged as this can cause damage to the ceramic surface.

    AGA Cookshop recommends:
    Cookware: AGA Cast Iron, Stainless Steel, Cast Aluminium and Ceramic Cast Aluminium.
    Kettles: Stainless Steel, Aluminium.
    Halogen Hob Halogen
    Externally, halogen hobs are similar to ceramic hobs, the difference being that the heat is produced by halogen lamps underneath the glass, which transmit heat and light upwards. Halogen hobs generate short bursts of intense heat so cookware with thick bases are ideal as they can withstand the high temperature. Pans with very shiny bases should be avoided as they can reflect the light from the halogen lamp which will cause the lamps to switch off.

    AGA Cookshop recommends:
    Cookware: AGA Stainless Steel, Cast Aluminium and Ceramic Cast Aluminium.
    Kettles: Stainless Steel, Aluminium.

    Understanding Cookware Collections



    Cookware material

    AGA Cookshop offers a range of cookware in a variety of different materials to suit all tastes and cooker types. All cookware has been rigorously tested to ensure it performs to the highest standard and gives perfect results every time.  

    AGA Cast Iron AGA Cast Iron
    Cast Iron retains and distributes heat perfectly and who would understand this better than AGA. Cast iron cookware has been part of Britain’s history for over three centuries.

    The AGA owned foundry in Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, where all AGA and Rayburn cookers are manufactured, produces the AGA range of cast iron cooking pots. Designed and manufactured in Shropshire by dedicated craftsmen to provide you with a lifetime of enjoyment.
    Cast iron retains heat which radiates onto food to lock in flavours and succulence during cooking, it is also perfect oven to tableware because it keeps your food warm, ready for second helpings. Ideal cookware for food that requires slow, steady cooking as cast iron accumulates and retains heat so that cooking can be carried out at a lower temperature. AGA cast iron features a rich, highly durable, fully enamelled finish on the exterior and acid resistant enamel coating on the interior, which ensures your cookware remains as stunning as the day you bought it.
    This range comes with a lifetime guarantee. AGA cast iron casseroles feature unique flat lids, which allow for easy stacking in the ovens and when being stored. AGA cast iron is suitable for all types of hobs including induction.

    AGA Stainless Steel AGA Stainless Steel
    Swiss made AGA Stainless Steel range is an essential in any kitchen and its classic appearance gives it a timeless appeal. Stainless steel is a very durable metal due to its hardness, it is difficult to dent or warp and provides a hygienic cooking surface that is easy to keep clean.
    AGA Stainless Steel is fine quality as it is made from 18 parts chromium to 10 parts nickel, this quality offers the best durability, rust resistance and retention of polish possible. Every pan is engineered with a 6mm heavy thermal base for maximum efficiency, the base profile uses patented wave technology which is designed to move down towards the heat source to make perfect contact.
    The unique flat lid design allows for easy stacking in the oven, maximising the use of oven space and is also ideal for kitchens lacking in storage space. Featuring internal capacity marks in pints and litres, this range is available in a variety of sizes to suit all uses. Suitable for all heat sources including induction and comes with a 25 year guarantee.

    AGA Cast Aluminium AGA Cast Aluminium
    Lightweight AGA cast aluminium cookware offers the ultimate in non-stick technology and is perfect for healthier cooking.
    The Teflon® Platinum Plus non –stick coating inside and out makes cooking with less fat simple and very easy to clean.
    The heavy gauge 5mm flat base ensures constant, uniform heat distribution and delivers outstanding energy efficiency.
    The products include a range of versatile products for multiple use and the sturdy removable handles on the fry pans, saucepans, sauté pans and grill pan allow for easy transfer from hotplate to oven.


    AGA Ceramic Coated Cast Aluminium AGA Ceramic Coated Cast Aluminium
    Featuring many of the benefits of AGA Cast Aluminium, the high quality ceramic coating on the interior and exterior of this cookware range and is very easy to clean. 
    This range is suitable for all heat sources including induction. The premium induction base is applied with high velocity, embedding molten stainless steel particles into the aluminium. The result is a high quality durable stainless steel induction base which cannot become detached from the pan.
    Lightweight and featuring a 6mm base, providing optimum heat absorption and distribution. The tapered side walls merge into a precision pouring rim. Featuring AGA phenolic removable handles providing easy transference from hob to oven. A range of silicone rim glass lids, heat resistant up to 200ºC, and stainless steel stacking lids are available to use with this range. The range comes with an 8 year guarantee.  

    AGA Baking & Roasting

    Hard Anodised Aluminium Hard Anodised Aluminium
    Hard anodised aluminium is produced when a piece of aluminium cookware is placed in an electro-chemical solution and subjected to an electric current creating an extremely hard material that is non-porous, glass smooth and twice as strong as steel, whilst retaining the excellent heat conductivity of aluminium. The layer of aluminium oxide created is non reactive and resistant to chips and cracks, but should never be washed in the dishwasher as this will damage and discolour the cookware. All AGA Hard Anodised cookware products are made in the UK.


    Aluminium Aluminium

    Aluminium is an excellent conductor of heat, therefore it heats both very quickly and evenly. The AGA aluminium kettle has a thick solid base, which ensures maximum hotplate performance and a non-stick interior. 

    Enamelled Steel Enamelled Steel
    Made in the UK, AGA enamelled steel baking trays and roasting tins possess a thin layer of glass fused by heat onto the surface of the metal to form a highly durable non-stick, scratch resistant finish. Heat resistant up to 310ºC and dishwasher safe. Excellent hard wearing capabilities, resistant against chemicals and abrasions providing a long lasting easy care finish.
    AGA Enamelled Steel products: Roasting tins, baking trays,

    CeramicsCeramic Bakeware
    Emile Henry at AGA ceramic bakeware is made from clay, which is a natural material. Oven proof up to 500 degrees C, the ceramic body keeps food hotter for longer, and is deocrated in striking colours that will not fade. 
    The Portmerion bakeware is made in the UK from durable culinary porcelain, which is lead and cadmium free. Oven proof up to 260 degrees C, easy to clean and can be used on the hotplate as well as in the ovens, they fit directly on the AGA oven shelf runners. 
    All AGA ceramic bakeware is suitable for use in the microwave, dishwasher, freezer and refridgerator. They feature perfectly flat bases for optimum contact with the heat source to produce perfect results in your AGA cooker. 

    Heavy Duty Steel Heavy Duty Steel
    Heavy duty steel is recommended by AGA and used for many of our bakeware items as it offers a fast and even cooking performance. The non stick coating allows easy release of food and makes cleaning simple. The rolled edges on our cake tin, muffin and baking trays give strength for safe and easy handling.
    AGA Heavy Duty Steel products: Round cake tin, muffin trays, baking tray    

    Bake-O-Glide Bake-O-Glide
    Bake-O-Glide is a revolutionary parchment that can be used when baking and roasting in place of tin foil and greaseproof paper. It is non stick, durable, reusable and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Bake-O-Glide is fantastic value for money and saves time scrubbing baking trays and roasting tins, it’s an absolute essential. The AGA Bake-O-Glide range offers pre cut shapes to fit AGA roasting tins, cake tins and the AGA simmering plate. Also available in a roll that can be cut to fit any bakeware item.         


    Caring for you cookware

    • Never leave an empty pan on a heat source as this may damage the pan.
    • Always allow pans to cool before cleaning in hot soapy water.
    • Avoid using metal utensils and do not use scourers or abrasive cleaners.
    • Most saucepans are dishwasher safe but some are not - refer to the product care and use if unsure Ensure pans are thoroughly dry before storing away - this can be done in the warming oven of the AGA.
    • Some pan surfaces may need to be conditioned with oil once washed in detergent.
    • Ensure your pan is the correct material for the hob you are cooking on.
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