I've come to the conclusion that when it comes to purchasing a new oven, they are all much of a muchness. Each of them have their pros and cons and depending on which store you go to, you will get a completely different answer as to which brand is the best. Most people end up choosing an oven based on budget, heat source and preferred aesthetic.
I cook - a lot - and I have a huge tribe to feed so I need an oven that has the ability to multi-task and accommodate large meals. I also want an oven that cooks evenly and is reliable.
My initial plan was to purchase a 900mm wide free-standing stainless steel oven with 5 or 6 gas burners on top. I like to cook with gas - that's just my preference. With that in mind, and of course appearance, I was going to buy a SMEG for our new kitchen. Their new pyrolytic (self-cleaning) oven is due out this month but finding one in a showroom to have a look at is proving difficult.
However just recently I've been looking at the AGA, and up until now this brand has not even crossed my mind. I've always associated them as a wood-fired oven and pictured them residing in a country-style kitchen:
BUT this is definitely not the case. I've now decided that they also look great in contemporary homes too:
What is your dream oven? Has anyone out there owned an AGA that would like to provide any comments on it's performance?