Hands-On With AGA's Mercury Range

This British luxury range is unlike anything else you can buy.

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Pretty much every high-end range sold in the U.S. follows the same recipe: Chunky handles, gobs of stainless steel, and cast-iron grates covering super-powerful gas burners.

Well, leave it to AGA to mix things up. The British company, now owned by Middleby, is planning to import the Mercury 48-inch range to the U.S. later in 2016, and we’re excited. (In the U.K., it’s already on sale as the Mercury 1200.)

While we can't attest to performance until we get it in our labs, AGA promises these ranges will have everything a chef needs to make a great meal—like one of the most customizable ovens available. We look forward to cooking on the Mercury as soon as it hits the market in the U.S.

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For now, though, just feast your eyes on these gorgeous ranges. Up top, you’ve got your choice of a massive, five-burner induction cooktop or gas burners. Down below, there are three ovens: a multi-function oven with convection and customizable burners, a large oven that can fit a 25 lb. turkey, and a pull-out grill for everything from toast to steak tips.

Every door on this UK-built range opened with the heft of a luxury car, and the dials and knobs all turned with exquisite precision. Even without any food on it, getting some hands-on time with the Mercury at Design and Construction Week was a joy.

AGA representatives told us that the details weren’t finalized yet, but that these prototypes offered a good look at what American consumers could expect from the new Mercury line. If you prefer a more traditional look, the AGA Legacy hides the same range beneath a less sleek exterior.

We saw the Mercury in glossy white enamel and matte black finishes, but five additional colors will also be available. Pricing should be north of $8,000—certainly not cheap, but not too far off similar 48-inch options from Viking, Wolf, and Miele.

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