What is the difference between an AGA and a Rayburn?

The AGA was designed as a heat storage stove, which is always ready for use and automatically controlled by a thermostat. The Rayburn is most commonly recognised as a product that provide central heating, cooking and domestic water heater. It also comes as a cooking and domestic hot water model and as a cooker only.

The AGA has greater cooking capacity than the Rayburn each part of an AGA is designed to be at a predetermined heat so cooking is undertaken by positioning on one of the two hotplates, boiling or simmering or in the ovens, each at a different heat. The AGA automatically controls itself whereas the Rayburn can be manually or electronically turned up and down.

The AGA comes in three sizes, a two oven, three oven or a four oven. Details of the differences are listed below. The AGA is assembled on site and whilst it is being built insulation is poured into the interior for maximum efficiency of fuel consumption.

The Rayburn is also manufactured from cast iron and is categorised as a semi-heat storage stove. There is a vast choice in the Rayburn range, from the Rayburn Cooker, which are stoves only, to the Rayburn Heatranger, which offer a mix of cooking, water heating and central heating.

The Rayburn range comes in two sizes (200, 300) each is designed to uncompromising standards. The Rayburn is operated by turning the stove or boiler control up or down, more like a conventional stove. The central heating Rayburn Heatranger can heat up to 6-10 radiators.

Assembled by hand in the factory the Rayburn is despatched as a complete appliance.

Below are a more detailed comparison of the differences and similarities of the AGA and Rayburn.


Main differences between AGA and Rayburn

AGA

  • Heat storage cooker
  • Continuous burning automatically controlled via a thermostat
  • Separate ovens with pre-set temperatures; food is put in the appropriate oven rather than by adjusting the temperature of an oven. This is a forgiving method of cooking.
  • Two round hotplates; one for boiling, one for simmering.
  • A choice of Warming plate or two-burner gas hotplate on the four-oven model
  • Available in natural or propane gas, electric and off-peak electricity

2-oven AGA

  • Hot top oven for roasting and baking
  • Cooler bottom oven for simmering and long slow cooking
  • All ovens are approximately the same size
  • Majority of cooking should be undertaken in the ovens
  • Assembled on site
  • Module option

3-oven AGA

  • Hot Roasting oven top right
  • Moderate Baking bottom left
  • Cooler oven bottom right for simmering and long slow cooking
  • All ovens are approximately the same size
  • Majority of cooking should be undertaken in the ovens
  • Assembled on site
  • Module option

4-oven AGA

  • Hot Roasting oven on top right hand side; moderate baking oven bottom on right hand side; Simmering oven on top left hand side; Warming oven on bottom left hand side.
  • All ovens are approximately the same size
  • Majority of cooking should be undertaken in the ovens
  • Assembled on site
  • Module option
  • Warming plate option

Rayburn

  • Semi-heat storage stove
  • Wide choice of models, cooking only or cooking and domestic hot water or cooking domestic hot water and central heating. Most Rayburns sold are central heating stoves.
  • Choice of continuous burning or on/off (intermittent) operation, dependent on model.
  • The temperatures of the main oven and hotplate can be varied (turned up and down)
  • One rectangular hotplate, graduated in temperature from boiling to simmering.
  • Also variable in temperature, dependent upon the setting used.
  • Available in multi-solid fuel
  • Top main oven can be varied in temperature
  • Lower smaller oven, about half the size of the main oven. A cast iron lower oven is used as a warming oven, about a third the heat of the main oven.
  • Available in three sizes but typically smaller dimensions than the AGA
  • Despatched as a complete appliance
  • Thermodial on the main oven door gives a guide to centre oven temperature

Similarities between AGA and Rayburn

  • Manufactured from cast iron in a wide selection of Vitreous enamelled exterior finish
  • Cast iron ovens
  • Venting from the ovens into the flue, chimney or pipe
  • Cast iron hotplate(s)
  • Insulated covers to the hotplate(s)
  • Choice of fuels
  • Choice of flues
  • Timeless classic design
  • Long life expectancy of vitreous enamelled cast iron