Dishwasher-safe, tri-ply design
Big enough for large hams and turkeys
Easy to clean
On the heavy side
Hard to store
KitchenAid has long been known for its beautiful stand mixers, but the company offers a wide variety of kitchen wares that are just as worthy of praise. From major appliances to essential housewares, KitchenAid supplies quality tools for every kitchen. So when we saw the KitchenAid Tri-Ply Polished Stainless Steel Roaster, we knew we had to try it out. We picked one up just in time to cook a turkey for Friendsgiving, and not only did we roast a whole bird, but we also tried our hand at garlic tenderloin roasts. Keep reading to see how our meals fared with this roasting pan.
Material: High-quality and designed for even heating
When we opened up the KitchenAid roaster’s box, we were excited to get a closer look at our new high-quality pan. Pictures don’t do the pan’s stainless steel build justice, and we were immediately proud we’d be able to serve our Friendsgiving turkey in such a pretty, shiny roaster.
Something that makes the KitchenAid Roaster special is its tri-ply construction. The roaster has an aluminum core that’s surrounded on both sides by thick stainless steel. This structure helps distribute heat evenly, making sure your roasts cook consistently throughout. We loved this feature and didn’t have any issues with hot spots.
The KitchenAid Roaster is oven safe up to 500 degrees. This is an advantage over cheaper pans, which often have a lower temperature limit of 400 to 450 degrees. Being able to use a roaster at a higher temperature comes in handy when you’re cooking foods that need to retain their moisture.
The removable roasting rack is PTFE- and PFOA-free nonstick and the whole thing is easy to clean—just remember to be careful when using utensils around it. We suggest moving your meat off the rack before carving it to avoid nicks and scratches in the nonstick coating.
Design: Sturdy and big, and the handles are a nice touch
One thing we love about this roasting pan is how big it is. Some roasting pans aren’t big enough or sturdy enough, and they give a little bit when moved. No matter how large your holiday ham or turkey is, this 16 x 13-inch pan will be sure to fit it. We had no issues with space and found that it was perfectly sturdy when moving it in and out of the oven. Since it’s so large, we were even able to make a gravy in it when placed over two burners.
Of course, there are some downsides to having a big roasting pan, the two main things being weight and storage. At 8.5 pounds, the KitchenAid Tri-Ply Roaster is heavy and when you’ve got a big turkey in it, it can be a little tough getting it in and out of the oven.
If you’re short on storage space, it may also be inconvenient to find a place to keep the roasting pan when it’s not in use (or maybe your kitchen just needs a little organizing). Thankfully, though, the handles are contoured so they don’t get in the way too much.
Speaking of the handles, they’re thick, which has its pros and cons. They’re easy to grip, plus they feel extra sturdy. But they also retain heat very well, and we could definitely feel them through our oven mitts.
One thing we love about this roasting pan is how big it is.
Cleaning: Easy to scrub and dishwasher safe
No one likes doing the dishes after a big holiday meal which is why we appreciate that the KitchenAid roaster is dishwasher safe. Of course, we still recommend you be gentle with the nonstick coating on the rack. The better you treat it, the longer it’ll stay in mint condition.
If you do choose to wash the pan by hand, you’ll find it cleans up very easily, especially after a little soaking. Just one thing to keep in mind: you might have some trouble rinsing it if you don’t have a large kitchen sink.
No one likes doing the dishes after a big holiday meal which is why we appreciate that the KitchenAid roaster is dishwasher safe.
Price: Matches the quality—high
Good things don’t come cheap, and that’s true of the KitchenAid Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Roaster. The roaster has an MSRP of $120 but remember what you’re paying for: a heavy-duty pan that will likely become an heirloom. Plus, with a lifetime warranty, you’re protected if your pan is somehow compromised.
Competition: Similar models worth looking into
Cuisinart Chef's Classic Stainless 16-Inch Roasting Pan (view on Amazon): Cuisinart’s roaster comes in at half the price of KitchenAid’s and it’s basically the same size (though it’s a few inches deeper), but it has a stainless rack instead of a nonstick one. The handles also stick out more, which is nice for gripping but not so great for storage. If you’re looking to buy a roasting pan that you’ll only use a couple times a year, it’s a great option.
Calphalon Stainless 16-Inch Roaster with Roasting Rack (view on Amazon): Calphalon’s stainless steel roaster goes for an even higher price than KitchenAid’s, but the $140 pan is a real looker. Contoured handles are easy to grip and stay out of the way for storage, and aside from some stylistic differences, it’s basically the same as the KitchenAid Roaster. It also has an aluminum core, is dishwasher safe, has a nonstick rack, and is virtually the same size and weight. And, of course, for something so high quality, you also get a lifetime warranty to protect your purchase.
- Product Name Tri-Ply Polished Stainless Steel Roaster
- Product Brand KitchenAid
- SKU KC1T16RP
- Price $119.99
- Weight 8.5 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 16 x 13 x 3 in.
- Material Stainless steel, aluminum, nonstick rack
- Heating Capacity 500° F
- Warranty Limited Lifetime Warranty