It is a well-known fact that cooking is as much art as it is technique, and it is for that reason that the world’s best chefs have always been paid like royalty; and, indeed some of them have even been hired by royalty. However advances in modern cooking technologies are beginning more and more to help regular people become exceptional cooks and nowhere is that truer than with the introduction of modern, high tech electric roasters. The secret to a perfect oven cooked turkey, chicken or even brisket lies in perfectly adjusting the cooking temperature to the meat you are cooking. You also need a perfect, high-end oven that cooks the meat evenly from all sides. The good news is that you can now buy a relatively small electric roaster that will cook the meat to perfection with preset temperatures and, because of its small size, perfect heating from all sides. If you like pot roasts, this is the one kitchen gadget that you cannot afford not to own. As usual, make sure to scroll past the list below to find the in-depth reviews we have created for each product.
|Oster CKSTRS23-SB 22-Quart Roaster Oven with Self-Basting Lid||very good||$$$||Click Here|
|Rival RO180 18-Quart Roaster Oven, White||very good||$||Click Here|
|Hamilton Beach 32229 22-Quart Roaster Oven||excellent||$||Click Here|
|Nesco 4818-14 Classic Roaster Oven||very good||$||Click Here|
|Oster CKSTROSMK18 Smoker Roaster Oven||excellent||$$||Click Here|
Oster CKSTRS23-SB 22-Quart Roaster Oven
We are going to start our top 5 best electric roasters list with what is the absolute best roaster on the market. The Oster CKSTRS23-SB has just one monumental flaw: it is a lot more expensive than any other product we are going to feature today, but it is a high end product and, by the end of this review, you will be able to judge for yourself that it is truly worth the money. The first thing that you need to know about it is that it is a large 22 quart oven, capable of handling even the largest Thanksgiving day turkeys or Christmas briskets. The pan has an enamel coating over a thick layer of steel which distributes the heat perfectly over the entire surface of the meat. The upshot of that enamel coating is that this is also an incredibly easy to clean oven. But the feature that really sets apart the Oster CKSTRS23-SB electric roaster from anything else out there is the self basting lid. As you probably know, the more often you baste the meat, the juicier it will become, and with a self basting lid that process is done automatically for you. Finally, consider the fact that this is not just a meat cooking device; you can cook muffins, cakes and any other baked goods in it, and, because of that even heat distribution, everything will come out better than it would from your average oven.
Rival RO180 18-Quart Electric Roaster Oven
In all honestly we do realize that very few people are so in love with the idea of a pot roast that they would spend in excess of $100 for an electric roster, so we have dedicated the rest of our list to more affordable options. The Rival RO180 is perhaps the most affordable, good quality electric roaster on the market today. It too uses an enamel on steel roasting pan that you can remove and clean, and it comes with a roasting rack that can easily be taken out of the pan and to the table. The one thing that you must note about the Rival RO180is that it is an 18 quart oven so it will only fit an 18 pounds turkey. That is still more than enough for a big family Thanksgiving dinner, but if you regularly invite a lot of friend together with your family, than this will not cut it.
Hamilton Beach 32229 22-Quart Roaster Oven
If you still need a 22 quart roasting oven, but would like to pay less than 100 dollars for it, an interesting alternative is the Hamilton Beach 32229. What they did, in order to keep the price down, was they gave up on the enamel coating on the pan, but, since they did include the roasting rack, the pan should still be relatively easy to clean. Also, because this is essentially a small oven, the heat distribution, although not as good as the one on the Oster CKSTRS23-SB is still more than adequate. In fact, if you decide to use baking paper, you can even use the Hamilton Beach electric roaster to cook any type of baking goods, and the heat distribution should still be better than your home oven.
Nesco 4818-14 Classic Roaster Oven
The Nesco 4818-14 is an 18 quart electric roaster, that cost a couple of bucks more than the Hamilton Beach we have talked about, but, if you do not need such a huge oven, it is definitely worth the money. Not only does it come with an porcelain cookwell, similar to the one on the Rival oven, but it also has an extra heating element called a “Circle of Heat” the further improves the distribution of heat over the meat. As you probably have worked out, though, the Nesco is almost twice as expensive as the Rival, but, if you take into consideration the fact that it also has a self basting cover, you will realize that feature per feature, this is the cheapest oven you could find.
Oster CKSTROSMK18 Smoker Roaster Oven
The final choice for our top 5 best electric roasters on the market is another Oster product, the Oster CKSTROSMK. It is an 18 quart electric roaster, so somewhat on the small side, and, although it does have an enamel on steel pot, and a cooking rack, it does not have the self basting lid the Nesco has. However, the reason why we still think it is worth the money is because of the extra detail they have put into the heat selection options that, coupled with the specially designed wood chip pockets, turn the Oster CKSTROSMK into the perfect outdoor smoker. Of course, if you do not need a smoker, you should go with Nesco, but if you enjoy hunting or fishing, you absolutely have to try home cured, smoked meat. We have tested the Oster CKSTROSMK and, provided you use good quality wood, you can be sure of a phenomenal result.