Old-style charm is out as Aga goes high-tech and can even be controlled by a mobile phone


Sci-fi Aga saga: Traditional stove goes high-tech – and it can even be controlled by a mobile phone

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14:07 GMT, 5 July 2012

My grandmother had a bottle- green Aga — soups simmered endlessly on it and there didn’t seem to be a time, day or night, when she couldn’t open its doors and whisk out a batch of scones.

Despite the fact frozen pizza is the height of my gastronomic skill, I fantasise about having an Aga. In my dreams, it would take pride of place in a stone-flagged country kitchen and its very presence would transform me into a domestic goddess.

The original Aga is being replaced by one that can be controlled by mobile phones

The original Aga is being replaced by one that can be controlled by mobile phones

Alas, that dream is getting ever more distant. It seems old-style charm is out and a cooker you can operate by text message is in.

Aga’s new iTotal Control range lets you turn it on and off using a laptop or smartphone (the traditional Aga always stayed on) and its three ovens can be operated remotely.

But if it’s switched on and off in the day, will it lose its glorious bottom-warming properties And what about cooking Making dinner is hard enough without a machine so complicated you get a headache just turning the hob on.

And as for its 10,090 price tag — you could buy a lifetime of M&S ready meals for that.

Sorry, Gran, it’s goodbye Aga and back to the microwave ready meals for me.