Electric Roaster Shopping Guide

Making use of an electric roaster can and will make cooking easier for anyone who loves food. Roasters are easy to use and are a convenient way to cook a variety of meats without a lot of hassle. In addition, when you roast meat you have complete control over the entire cooking process. This article is to share with you 5 brands that offer roasters and to help you decide which one would be best for your kitchen.


Which Roaster is Best for You?

Rival RO230-B 22-Quart Roaster Oven, Black

Rival Roasters

Rival offers a number of quality products for your kitchen and roasters are one that meets the needs of many cooks. Available in an 18 quart and a 22 quart capacity, these roasters look similar to a crock pot but cook like a small oven. Enamel-on-steel interior and a removable roasting rack help make the roasting process even easier. The roasters can be set from 150 to 450 degrees so you can cook just about anything on your countertop instead of heating up the entire oven. [Full Review]


Oster CKSTRS71 18-Quart Roaster Oven with Buffet Server, White

Oster Roasters

Oster, like Rival, offers a number of great products to help you out in the kitchen. Sometimes a product will have a feature that expands the uses the product can do. For example, the Oster 18 quart electric roaster with buffet server is super nice as not only can it roast an 18 pound turkey, but there are 3 individual/removable enamel-on-steel pans in which you can have 3 different foods staying warm during your next get-together. When not using the buffet server feature, a removable steel rack holds whatever else you may need to cook. When the lid is not needed, there is even a handy lid rest for easy serving. [Full Review]


Nesco 4816-12G 6-Quart Roaster Oven with Glass Lid, Porcelain Coated Cookwell, Red

Nesco Roasters

From their humble beginnings in the 1930’s, Nesco now offers consumers a variety of useful products from dehydrators to roaster ovens. Whether you choose their 6 or 18 quart roaster, you are purchasing a cooking unit that has a unique heating element to cook, bake, steam and slow cook many different foods. The non-stick surface makes the cooking dish easy to clean. A removable steel rack helps to keep fat drippings away from the food cooking to ensure tasty and healthy food. [Full Review]


Hamilton Beach 32184 18-Quart Roaster Oven with Serving Lid and Buffet Pans, Black

Hamilton Beach Roasters

This brand is certainly well known and has offered quality products for the kitchen for a number of years. When you choose an electric roaster by Hamilton Beach, you are getting what you pay for. Although several sizes are available, the 18 quart unit with serving lid and buffet pans has a removable enamel-on-steel pan, a removable wire rack and a stainless steel lid. This particular unit has 3 removable pans (dishwasher safe) of which each hold 2 quarts of delicious food to serve your family and friends. [Full Review]


Sunpentown SO-2008 Electric Roaster

Sunpentown Roasters

Offering a spin on the traditional electric roaster, Sunpentown offers a roaster that is more of a cross between your oven and the barbeque. Not only can this unit roast, it can grill too. There are heating elements on the top and the bottom so there is no turning of your food and steam ensures moist food each time. Smoke and odor filters keep the air in your home clean and a 30 minute timer that has an automatic shut off feature ensures no over cooking.


Why not make cooking fun and easy while minimizing the heat in your kitchen at the same time? An electric roaster doesn’t take up much counter space and can work as a second oven to make your favorite meals to share with your family and friends.


Roasting Pan

If you don’t have a roasting pan, you should invest in a quality pan. There are a number of different brands available and each one offers something a little different than the other. This unique pan makes cooking larger pieces of meat simple and easy. I would like to share 4 different versions with you and they are noted below.


4 Great Options

Calphalon LRS1805P Contemporary Stainless Special-Value 16-Inch Roaster with Nonstick Roasting Rack

Calphalon Contemporary Stainless 16 Inch Roaster

This elegant looking pan is constructed from a 3-ply 18/10 stainless steel material with an aluminum core. The pan and the nonstick cooking rack (included) will take up to 700 degrees of heat. Measuring 16 x 13 x 3.75 inches allows ample room to roast or the pan itself can be used to make a delicious casserole. This dishwasher safe pan is priced at about $140.00.



KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions 16.5-Inch Roaster with Rack, Stainless Steel

KitchenAid Gourmet Distinctions 16.5 Inch Roaster

This stainless steel pan has a pretty mirrored polish to increase that presentation we all strive for. The professional meat rack that is included has handles that makes removing the meat out of the pan a breeze. Measuring at 16.5 x 13 x 6 inches, this functional roast is priced between $50.00 and $100.00.



Chicago Metallic Non-Stick Roast 'N Broil Pan with Non-Stick Rack, 13 by 9 by 2-14-Inch

Chicago Metallic Non-Stick Roast’N Broil Pan

If you don’t want to spend the extra money or are just starting out in the kitchen, consider this roasting pan which is under $20.00 and dishwasher safe. The handles on the wire rack that’s included are easy to grab with oven mittens which allows you to move the cooked meat from the pan to the platter like a pro.



Granite Ware 21.25 x 14 x 8.5 Inch Covered Rectangular Roaster

Granite Ware Covered Rectangular Roaster

Granite Wear has been around for a long time; you may remember your mother or grandmother using a set in her kitchen. The darker interior of this roasting pan quickly absorbs heat and evenly distributes the heat so your roast (up to 25 pounds) or turkey (up to 22 pounds) is thoroughly cooked. For about $35.00, you can get this great looking porcelain surface with steel core pan that measures 21 x 14 x 8.5 inches for your next get together.




Additional Must Haves

The first time you use your roaster pan, you will need several tools to get the most out of your roaster pan. These two tools are a baster and a poultry lifter.

Tovolo Clear Dripless BasterBasters are available anywhere where cooking supplies are sold. One great option is the Tovolo Clear Dripless Baster which is about 11.5 inches long and comes with an extra tip and a helpful cleaning brush. The cylinder is see-through so you can view the color of the juice once held within the baster. The tip is disherwasher safe and their claim of being dripless has been verified by a number of reviews.



RSVP International 2-pc. Endurance Poultry LiftersPoultry lifters look like a pair of miniature pitch forks. A quality pair will be strong enough to lift up a large sized bird or tasty roast. One set, the RSVP International 2 piece Endurance Poultry Lifters sell for under $20.00 and are very sturdy. Made from aluminum steel, they are dishwasher safe and ready to help you remove the main course when it’s done cooking. This set has a total length of 9.5 inches and the prongs are 5.25 inches in length.



The four different roasting pans reviewed above are all great products to choose from. When you finally decide on the roasting pan for you, don’t forget to buy a baster and a set of lifters.

Electric Roaster – The Benefits of Using One

Rival RO230-B 22-Quart Roaster Oven, BlackYou may have not thought of using an electric roaster before, but you will be surprised how much they can benefit the processes that occur in the kitchen. There are a number of reasons why people use this type of roaster and each one may also be why you would benefit from using one too. Let’s review some of the reasons why you could benefit from using one.


Why an Electric Roaster

Our lives are super busy and when there is a tool that makes life easier, then that tool should be considered. For those with little time to cook or don’t want to heat up the oven, an electric roaster just might be the tool for you. They fit perfect on the counter and free up the oven which is perfect for those on the go or when multiple foods need to cooked at one time.



Self-Contained – This particular tool is a cross between an oven and a big pan with a lid. The unit has its own temperature settings and plugs into any electrical outlet. You simply add the food you want to cook, place the lid, set the temperature and your part is done.

You can opt for a 5, 6, 18 or 22 quart roaster that has one large open pot inside. Some roasters come with a buffet server which generally has 3 sections and sets inside the roaster keeping foods warm. The lids can be a solid material or a heat resistant glass which is nice as you can see how the cooking is progressing.

Easy Cleanup – Since the roaster is a self-contained unit, it is simple to clean; much easier than the oven. There is no more bending over and scrubbing to get any burnt food off the bottom or that has splattered on the inside of the oven. Some brands even have a removable container which makes moving the food to where it will be served and back to the kitchen for clean up a snap. There are even liners that are specially made to withstand the heat of a roaster to keep your roaster clean.

Portable – Since the roaster can easily set on the countertop, it is easy to move around. A roaster typically has handles so you can move the entire unit without disturbing the contents. This is great for larger get-togethers such as pot-lucks and sports events.

The largest roasters can cook up to a 22 pound turkey and will still fit into most cupboards when not in use. The 22 quart roasters measures about 17 x 24 x10 inches (give or take an inch or two). The 5 quart version measures about 19 x 8 x 12 inches which will hold half a ham perfectly.

Price – Many of the brands available do offer a quality, decent sized roaster for about $50.00 which is reasonable considering the benefits a roaster can offer. Of course, you can spend a little more and get a larger sized roaster with more features. The price will also generally include a removable rack that insets into either a stainless steel or enamel roasting pan.

The roasters available, regardless of size, will heat up to either 425 or 450 degrees which is typically the highest your traditional oven goes. With this type of heat, you won’t be heating up the kitchen like your oven and will still be able to cook a scrumptious meal. An electric roaster is perfect for anyone who loves to cook.