If you’re a person who is constantly running out of oven space—or who desperately needs a better way to handle cooking space for parties and family gatherings—there are several options for expanding that oven space with a counter top appliance.
Roaster ovens are large, enclosed countertop cookers that are similar to slow cookers in shape, but they’re typically large enough to fit a turkey and don’t need to have liquid in them to do the cooking. You can bake or roast anything in a roaster oven... that you can cook in your standard oven, like meat, poultry, cake, or bread. You can also add water and a rack and use the roaster to keep foods warm for serving, without causing them to dry out.
Rotisseries, on the other hand, are a wonderful way to cook chicken or small pork or beef roasts. The meat is affixed to a spit that rotates, so the meat is cooked evenly, and it self-bastes as the drippings cling to the slowly turning meat. Some rotisseries have additional functions, which makes even more useful. The downside to a rotisserie is that it can take some finesse to figure out how to properly attach a chicken to the spit so it will stay firmly in place.
When you’re deciding between the two, consider what size food you’ll be cooking. The roasters are large enough to hold large turkeys, while rotisseries tend to have a smaller capacity. Roasters can be used for large quantities of soup or stew, while many rotisseries can be used to make toast or cook a pizza. Meanwhile, because they’re less complicated, roaster ovens tend to be more budget-friendly.
With that in mind, here are the best rotisserie and roaster ovens on the market.
This large rotisserie is one of the few that is large enough to fit more than just a chicken—it can accommodate a turkey up to 15 pounds. It has a 3-hour automatic timer and a glass door so you can watch the food during cooking— no need to open the door to check how well the meat is browning.
For even more versatility, it comes with a few accessories besides the basic spit: a multipurpose basket for cooking burgers, steaks, vegetables, or fish; a carving platform; a removable drip tray for easy... cleanup, oven gloves, and food ties. This does not include a rack or baking and toasting features.
You’ll get lots of extra cooking space at a bargain price with this roaster oven. It can handle up to a 22-pound turkey in the enameled-steel pan. A roasting rack with handles makes it easy to remove food from the roaster, and the specially designed lid continuously recirculates moisture so the food gets basted while cooking.
This can also be used for slow-cooking, baking, or even making lasagna, and it heats up the kitchen less than using the oven. It has a black exterior that won’t clash with... your kitchen décor. And it has a dial for temperature control and a light that indicates that the machine is on.
If you want a rotisserie that does a lot more than just spin food on a spit, this might be the perfect, affordable choice. It can hold up to a 5-pound chicken on the rotisserie, but you can also remove the spit and use this as a traditional or convection toaster oven with the two included racks. It can fit two 12-inch pizzas, two 9x13 casseroles, or two cake pans. It has both bake and broil settings, and has a two-hour timer.
This rotisserie thinks big while it stores compactly with a nesting design that make it easy to tuck it away when you’re done cooking. It can cook two chickens at a time, or a similar sized roast.
The precise rotation speed is designed to encourage self-basting and efficient heat circulation, while excess fat drips away. Meanwhile, the glass door lets you easily monitor the cooking process so you can add a sauce or glaze at exactly the right time.
This has a digital timer and it turns off when... time is up, so you won’t overcook the food if you step away from the kitchen. For more versatility, this includes a multipurpose basket, the rotisserie spit, a carving platform, oven gloves, and food ties. A removable drip tray and nonstick spit make cleaning easy, and the panel behind the heating element can be removed for cleaning.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
This professional roaster oven has a unique “circle of heat” heating system that cooks the food from the sides rather than the bottom, so food stays juicy and cooks more evenly and you don’t need to worry about food burning on the bottom of the pan. It also means there’s no need for a lot of stirring when you’re using it for soups or stews.
You can choose a temperature from 200–400 degrees Fahrenheit using a simple dial with easy-to-read temperatures for baking, roasting, steaming, warming, and... slow-cooking. The chrome rack has handles that make it very easy to insert and remove hot foods.
This roaster has an 18-quart capacity and can accommodate up to a 22-pound turkey. The exterior and lid are stainless and the cooking well has removable cooking pot with a porcelain coating for easy cleaning.
Free up your oven space with this 22-quart roaster than can handle a turkey up to 22 pounds, or a giant rib roast or pork shoulder. This includes a removable roasting rack and a lid rest for convenient buffet serving right from the roaster. The cooking pan is coated with enamel for easy cleaning and long-lasting good looks, while the black exterior is classic without being showy. Temperature control is easy, with a simple knob.
When the main dish is done and resting, you can use the roaster to... make your gravy, leaving space on the stovetop for side dishes. Cleanup is easy when the party is over since the roasting pan is dishwasher safe.
When you’re not making Sunday roast, the roaster doubles as a slow cooker for soup, chili, or many other dishes that would otherwise take up space in the oven or on the stove.
This roaster does more than just roast — you can use it to sear foods, slow cook, bake or steam, while the nonstick interior cleans up easily when you’re done. The oval cooking pot holds a generous 6 quarts which is plenty for a chicken or roast. It’s a bit too small for a turkey but large enough to hold the broken-down carcass to make soup stock.
Use this in baking mode to roast the perfect chicken on a rack, then make gravy from the drippings. Sear then roast a rack of pork or sear then braise... a pot roast. You can also use this for baking cakes or for steaming vegetables. The glass lid lets you peek at what’s cooking without lifting the lid. This includes roast lifters, silicone mitts, and a travel bag for storage or for transport to a potluck.
Watching a chicken roast in a vertical position is entertaining, but if you’re looking for an appliance with more functions, this one certainly can do it all. It will roast that chicken, but it’s also an air fryer. You can use it for stir frying, boiling, baking, sautéing and roasting.
The halogen heating element provides the cooking power, while internal lights let you watch the cooking process. Cooking temperature is adjustable, and an LED timer alerts you when cooking time is done so you won’t... overcook the roast.
This is designed with cleaning in mind, with easily removable components, and if all the options seem like more than you need, there’s a handy cookbook included to get you started.
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