AGA has been making quality cooking appliances since the 1920s. They’re a luxury brand and their range collections covered both ends of the spectrum– the powerful and staunch AGA Professional line, and the timeless sophistication of the AGA Legacy ranges. AGA has since come out with two new lines that, again, offer two beautiful styles with totally unique designs.
Aside from the luxury and aesthetic excellence these ranges provide, the multi-functionalism and true-space value that the 48″ ranges offer is incredible. This isn’t the first time we’ve mentioned space saving appliances and it likely won’t be the last. As a Brooklyn based company, we know the value of a good appliance that gets more than one job done, and this is one of those great products that let’s you maximize the space it takes up.
Now, a 48″ is a pretty sizable range, so it won’t be the best option for a small city apartment. However, it does do a lot and includes three distinct ovens with unique temperature controls so that you essentially have three different ovens cooking three different dishes all at one time on the same range. Both the Mercury and the Elise multi-oven ranges offer astronomical multi-functional benefits that extend to it’s oven modes in the largest oven on the model– seven different methods! This includes defrosting, convection cooking, convection broiling, fan assist baking, and three different levels of heat (conventional, browning and base heat).
This is perfect for the foodie, entertainer and frequent recipe taster, because it gives you ample room to do it all and it’s a one-stop station for all your essential cooking needs. Aside from this extra-large oven, the range also sports a second large true European convection oven. Both of these ovens have 3 racks, one of which is removable– for even more versatility– with 5 rack positions. The third oven is a smaller standard oven, and the fourth section on the range is a storage drawer to keep your most reached for tools.
The AGA Mercury is designed to promote and embody “stately precision” (according to the line’s tagline), and it does just that. It takes the professionalism of the Pro model and dilutes it to bring consumers the perfect balance between minimal modernity and professional structural design. The handles mimic those on the AGA Pro ranges, but the knobs are smooth and flat-faced, unlike the classic professional style. AGA refers to these as “Hi-Fi” style because they look like the knobs on one of those modern stereos.
Additionally, the line’s name, Mercury, is proudly displayed across the bottom of the range in stainless steel letters and the range itself comes in a variety of colors. The color options are glossy black, matte black, ivory, white, red, and stainless steel. Even if you opt for the classic stainless steel, this range is still going to be the statement piece in your kitchen because it’s design elements refuse to be ignored. The clean lines, elegant sectionalism and perfect balance between modern-residential and commercial aesthetics makes it a must for the contemporary home.
If you’re looking for something a little more ornate and closer in style to the Legacy range, the new AGA Elise is an elegant alternative that still keeps true to the simplicity featured in it’s stately counterpart.
The first feature that you’ll notice will be the four pointed knobs. The Elise is designed to give you the look and feel of a classic French country kitchen but it is a great choice for any traditional kitchen. This range also comes in the same six colors as the Mercury ranges, but they look markedly different on this design.
Elise is delicate and charming, but shes a culinary force to be reckoned with. The range has all the great nuts and bolts previously mentioned, as well as the option to choose a dual-fuel or induction model.
The logo on the Elise is much smaller and off to the side, but it is balanced out with metal trim accents that line the sections (the 3 ovens and storage drawer). This stylistic interruption is another key component that sets the Elise apart from the Mercury model and gives it a more rustic feel, as opposed to modern.
Now, it’s needless to say that we think these new ranges are really cool. They can do a lot, they look great, but we haven’t even mentioned the cooktop options. The ranges both come in a dual-fuel or induction cooktop, and the induction surface on this 48″ masterpiece makes AGA the title holder of the largest induction cooktop currently on the market. This surface is massive. It covers the whole cooktop area and gives you all the room you need to make a feast or a quick snack.
Both of these ranges are beautiful in their own right and they have the power to cook anything you’re dreaming up. They’ll make a design statement in your home– no question about it– and they offer reliable power. A great range to watch for and a definite high-end contender if you’re in the market, AGA nailed it with these models.
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