Best Roasters for Big Families

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 12, 2019
If you adore roasting and preparing succulent meals, you may be interested in purchasing a roaster - a small and portable kitchen utensil that can not only roast a whole chicken or turkey but also bake and slow cook. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
CAPACITY
TEMPERATURE
CONVENIENCE
CLEANING
SCOPE OF SUPPLY
WARRANTY
 
PROS
"Circle of Heat" heating element provides heating from the sides instead of from the bottom, making the cooking faster. As a result, you get a juicy and perfectly cooked meal.
CONS
It is recommended to perform firing before the first use to remove any unwanted odors or smoking.
OUR VERDICT

This roaster oven has amazingly convenient marking around the thermostat, that makes the device an ideal choice for a novice — you will easily select the necessary mode. The roaster is great for big families and public functions.

detailed parameters
CAPACITY
18-quart
TEMPERATURE

200°F-450°F

CONVENIENCE
Temperature control, Removable pan and rack with handles, Stay Cool handles
CLEANING
Rack and the pan a dishwasher-safe; Lid is hand-washed; Body is cleaned with damp cloth and must not be immersed in water
SCOPE OF SUPPLY
Stainless steel lid, Coated steel cookwell, Chrome-plated cooking/baking rack
WARRANTY
1-year limited warranty
PROS

While adding height to the entire unit, the Dom Lid makes more room inside the roaster enabling you to cook a bigger amount of food as well as fit in there a whole turkey. The included rack and pan are removable for easy cleanup. 

CONS

The rack handles might seem not sturdy enough.

OUR VERDICT

This roaster oven is just perfect for stewing and roasting meat, poultry, potatoes, and even cooking bakery products. Due to quite a high capacity, it is one of the best offers that a big household can find out there today. Practical, functional, and attractive, it will become a wonderful addition to your home appliances.

detailed parameters
CAPACITY

18-quart

TEMPERATURE

150°F-450°F

CONVENIENCE

Removable pan, Easy Lift-out Rack, Stay Cool Handles

CLEANING

A pan, a lid, and a rack can be hand-washed only.; Body can be cleaned with a damp cloth, please do not immerse the body in water

SCOPE OF SUPPLY

Removable enamel-on-steel pan, Steel roasting rack, Removable lid

WARRANTY

Limited 1-year warranty

PROS
Thanks to this large roaster oven lid's ribbed inner surface the steaming moisture runs back down on the food. This way, even the toughest meat will be cooked tender, mouth-watering and flavorful.
CONS
The stainless steel looks thin, although it does not affect the quality of the meat roaster that much.
OUR VERDICT

The combo of a wide range of temperatures, rich package and big capacity makes this Oster pan an excellent choice for those who plan to use it regularly both at home and outside of it.

detailed parameters
CAPACITY
22-quart
TEMPERATURE

150°F-450°F

CONVENIENCE
Temperature control, Convenient lid holder, Removable pan and rack with handles
CLEANING

Removable parts and lid can be hand-washed; Removable rack is dishwasher-safe; Body should be cleaned with a damp cloth, please do not immerse the body in water

SCOPE OF SUPPLY
Removable enamel-on-steel roasting pan, Removable steel roasting rack, Self-basting lid
WARRANTY
1-year limited warranty
PROS

Affordable roaster for daily use. Due to its average capacity of 18 quarts, it'll suit families consisting of two-three people.

CONS

Has a rather short cord. However, many consider this as an advantage, as it's easier to place it on the countertop.

OUR VERDICT
A Rival roaster will become a perfect addition to your kitchen if you have a big family and you rarely cook dinner for less than 9-10 persons. You will prepare a 14 lbs turkey in ~4 hours. Not to mention that it will free your traditional oven to cook other meals.
detailed parameters
CAPACITY
18-quart (22-quart is also available)
TEMPERATURE

150°F-450°F

CONVENIENCE
Cool-to-touch handles, Lid holder, Removable rack and pan, the rack has handles
CLEANING
You can hand wash removable parts and lid of this cooking roaster; Removable rack is also dishwasher safe; Clean the body with a damp cloth, do not immerse it in water
SCOPE OF SUPPLY
Removable enamel-on-steel roasting pan, Removable steel roasting rack, Lid
WARRANTY
1-year warranty
PROS

A removable rack is fitted with pretty large handles that ensure a secure grip to take out heavier and bulkier foods without a hassle. They are also collapsible, so, you can fold them for convenient storage.

CONS

You have to turn the temperature dial to the minimum before unplugging the device.

OUR VERDICT

At a fairly reasonable price, you'll get a practical and multifunctional appliance that will add convenience to home cooking. Easily accommodating a whole 28-pound turkey, it will come in handy for cooking substantial holiday and family dinners to impress your friends and loved ones with deliciously tender and succulent roasts.  

detailed parameters
CAPACITY

22-quart

TEMPERATURE

150°F-450°F

CONVENIENCE

Temperature control knob, Removable pan, Lift-out rack with handles, Lid with handle, Side stay-cool handles

CLEANING

Pan, rack, and lid are hand-washable in hot, soapy water; Body can be cleaned with a damp cloth, not recommended to immerse in water

SCOPE OF SUPPLY

Enamel-on-steel interior pan, Steel roasting rack

WARRANTY

1-year warranty

Nesco 4818-25PR

Circle of Heat

The 18-quart Nesco 4818-25PR is a perfect choice if you need to prepare a dinner for 8–10 people since it can hold a whole turkey of up to 22 lbs. And thanks to the unique heating element, all foods will come out perfectly cooked and will literally melt in your mouth. While in other models the heating element is placed at the bottom, hear heating elements are placed on the sides creating the so-called circle of heat for even and more efficient heat distribution. Pairing capacity with high performance, this outstanding Nesco roaster is good not only for home use but also for some public events. Furthermore, its exterior is so eye-catching and stylish that you can even serve the food in it!

The maintenance of this kitchen appliance will be a breeze owing to the fact that the rack and the pan are dishwasher safe. So, all you have to do is to clean the lid with soapy water.  

Review of Nesco 4818-25PR Professional Roaster Oven

Recipe Book? No need!

A variety of temperature modes makes this roaster a useful purchase for a wide range of dishes. With this wonderful device, you can bake, roast, steam, and slow cook. Almost every recipe can be cooked in this Nesco roaster. A special indicator will show you when the necessary temperature is reached. If you are a beginner in cooking, we are sure you will appreciate the markings around the switch that name which temperature is optimal for each type of dish. Now there is no need to flip through the recipe book to look up what temperature you need. Be it a replacement or just an addition to your traditional oven, the Nesco 4818-25PR Professional Roaster Oven will become a great cooking assistant, especially if you frequently cook for large companies. 

Nesco 4818-25PR Professional Roaster Oven in the use

Suits Professionals and Novices

As for the temperature range, the model comes with modes of 200 to 450°F. To select the desired setting, just turn the dial on the front of the roaster. It is very easy to use, that's why this appliance will suit both professional chefs and amateurs that want to treat their families with a good meat dish.

In order to roast an ideal chicken or turkey, be sure to use a meat thermometer, a special thermometer with a probe designed to measure the internal temperature of the meat. Knowing this temperature you will know exactly when your steaks are ready and well done. 

Detailed review of Nesco 4818-25PR Professional Roaster Oven

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

I like the flexibility of the temperature range.

Size & Weight

The cookwell and the unit itself are very light weight.

Features

It is wonderful, especially in the summer, because it keeps the kitchen so cool.

Power

There is a power saving advantage to using this appliance that reflects in my electric bill. Switching from oven to this was noticeable in our home where 95% of our meals are homemade.
 

Proctor Silex 32191

Useful Addition to Any Busy Kitchen

The Proctor Silex 32191 Roaster Oven can make your life much easier allowing you to fix a big meal for a big company of friends or family while requiring very little of your time and effort. The oven has an 18-quarter capacity which allows it to accommodate a whole lot of steaks and to house in a whole turkey with the weight of up to 24 pounds. Even if you are satisfied with the performance of your conventional oven, you may still like an idea of having the Proctor Silex 32191 as a backup oven in order to cook more dishes for your guests. The oven's performance is fast and worth admiring, really. It can easily cook a 14 to 18-pound unstuffed turkey in less than 2 ½ hours, which makes it twice as fast as a conventional oven. And if you chop meat in smaller chunks, it will be cooked even faster. Despite the fact that this type of oven is named roaster, it is suitable not only for roasting. You can bake and stew food in it as well. With a removable rack and pans, it also allows for steaming food, which makes it perfect for customers who stick to a healthy diet. 

Review of Proctor Silex 32191 Roaster Oven

Features and Settings

The temperature settings of the Proctor Silex 32191 that range from 150°F-450°F enable you to cook and bake dishes more thoroughly without burning or overcooking them. For greater convenience, the manufacturer equipped this roaster oven with a lift-out rack which not only allows for safe and handy meat removal but also makes it suitable for baking. All the internal parts of the Proctor Silex 32191 are removable for easy cleaning, and the pan can be even used for serving food.

Proctor Silex 32191 Roaster Oven in the use

If You Do not Want to Pay More

Both the rack and the bowl are easy to clean. All you need to do is rinse them thoroughly under running water. Be wary of immersing the body of the roaster fully in water, as water may cause damage to the heating element of the device. It will be enough to wipe the housing clean with a damp cloth. Other features that add up to the usability of the Proctor Silex 32191 include stay-cool handles and rather small overall dimensions of the device, making it a portable solution for those who often need to cook away from home. The rack handles may seem not sturdy, yet, users have no complaints about their convenience whatsoever.

To round things up, we haven't found a lot of differences between this roaster by Proctor Silex and many other similar products presented by other manufacturers. It has pretty much the same range of temperatures, practical features, and set of accessories. The advantage to this one, though, is that it is available at a lower price, which makes it an appealing choice for those customers who are looking for a simple and practical solution and who do not want to overpay.

Detailed review of Proctor Silex 32191 Roaster Oven

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

This is truly like an oven on your counter-top with a larger capacity than most toaster ovens.

Size & Weight

It is well made and large enough to handle a good sized turkey.

Features

I'm grateful that they include the lift out rack and removable pan to make life easier.

Power

Convenient. Can be taken anywhere as long as there is an available power outlet.
 

Oster CKSTRS23-SB

Capacity

The Oster CKSTRS23-SB Roaster Oven is a simple device that will quickly become irreplaceable in your kitchen.

Right off the bat, this oven is very big and can hold up to 22 quarts of food, which should be enough to serve food for up to 17 adults, and that is impressive. This means you can easily use it as the main oven if you do not have one, and if you have, it'll certainly lend you a helping hand when you're waiting for the guests to come around. Plus, the Oster CKSTRS23-SB Roaster Oven will easily accommodate a whole turkey, leaving the other oven free for other meals.

Besides capacity, the Oster CKSTRS23-SB has a nice and stylish stainless steel design, perfectly matching different kitchen interiors. Also, it looks good if put on the table when dishing up the meal. The exterior of the roaster is also good, even though it is a bit thinner than usual, and will serve you for a long while without warping.

Review of Oster CKSTRS23-SB Roaster Oven

Cooking Features

As mentioned, the Oster CKSTRS23-SB has enough capacity to cook a whole turkey, chicken and big steaks to perfection. However, its cooking capabilities do not end here. Thanks to such a big pan and rack included in the set as well as variable temperature modes (150°F-450°F), you can use this roaster for cooking not only meat but also such dishes as soups, sauces, cakes, and even bread. Plus, it's able to keep the meal warm, if set at 150°F-200°F temperature. What is also great is that the lid here is self-basting, meaning you won't need to constantly open it to check on the meal. Thanks to all this, the heat won't leak and the meal will come out juicy, warm, and tasty. 

Oster CKSTRS23-SB Roaster Oven in the use

Easy to Use and Maintain

Speaking of convenience features, the Oster Roaster Oven has all the essentials you need, including lid holders and handles making it easier for you to take the food out of the pot and serve it. Also included is an indicator that will let you know when the appliance reaches the needed temperature and you can start cooking.

Maintainance of the unit is simple. All you'll need is to give it a quick wipe with a damp cloth after each use. The internal parts (the pan and the rack) are easy to clean as well. Thanks to the non-stick coating it'll be enough to rinse them with hot water and a small amount of cleanser.

In closing, if you need a simple, yet functional roaster that won't cost you a fortune but will be suitable for cooking a variety of meals, the Oster Roaster Oven will be the right choice, especially if your family is big.

Detailed review of Oster CKSTRS23-SB Roaster Oven

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

The temperature settings are high, so make sure you do one temp or two below of what you would normally do.

Size & Weight

I decided on the Oster because of its size and self basting feature as well the good reviews.

Features

Clean-up was super easy because of the removable pan.

Power

The heat (power) output of this model is not enough to boil soup when it is filled with 12 quarts of soup.
 

Rival RO180

Capacity

If you look for a practical, affordable, and moderately sized kitchen appliance, we recommend checking out the Rival roaster. With an 18-quart pan, this model is a device of more or less average capacity. However, it will still let you cook a substantial meal for 9-10 persons and you will still be able to fit an 18-lbs turkey in this home roaster. 

Coming encased in a white-color housing, the appliance will match pretty much every interior. An oval-shaped sleek body looks beautiful, so, you will not think twice before setting the unit on the table for all your guests to see.

The only thing users don't like about this model is that the power cord is somewhat short. But we hope you will be able to find a place for this compact unit near the socket on your counter. 

Review of Rival RO180 Roaster Oven

Wide Range of Temperature Modes

Distinguished by a pretty wide range of temperature settings (150°F-450°F), the Rival RO180 Roaster Oven is a multi-purpose kitchen appliance. It is perfect for cooking different kinds of meat, puddings, sauces, cookies, and buns. You can roast, bake, stew, and steam bringing to life a variety of recipes and experimenting with ingredients and techniques. More than that, when used at 200°F-250°F, this roaster can also function as a slow cooker. Even tough, lean, and fibrous beef, pork, and lamb chunks will come out so soft and tender that they will literally melt in your mouth.

If you don't own a microwave oven, you can also use this roaster from Rival to warm up precooked meals and leftovers really quickly. For that function, go for the lowest temperature setting.

Rival RO180 Roaster Oven in the use

Handy Kitchen Tool

The range of useful features accompanied by the easy cleaning procedure makes this pan roaster an extremely handy purchase. To clean the slow roaster after cooking in it, you only need to put the lid, removable pan, and the rack into the sink with hot water and let them soak for a while. In a few minutes, you will clean them with no effort at all. And you can spruce up the body of the electric roaster oven by simply wiping it with a damp cloth.

Safety features are also taken into consideration. Stay-cool handles will allow for easy appliance handling even if you just turned it off. Just remember that the walls of the roaster are still quite hot. After setting the pan roaster on your table, you can fix the lid with special holders. And if you cooked meat of poultry and decided to serve it in some other tableware, you can easily lift the rack and take it out.

All in all, the Rival roaster is a convenient device that boasts a wide temperature range. It will suit those who want to enjoy tasty meals without applying too much effort. 

Detailed review of Rival RO180 Roaster Oven

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

I think I can use one if the temperature isn't above 350.

Size & Weight

The size is great for cooking for a big party or making a turkey.

Features

I definately like it and it seems to function perfect!

Power

The unit is easy to clean, easy to use and runs on 1450 watts (15 amp breaker will handle this) instead of your oven power.
 

Hamilton Beach 32229R

For Family Dinners and Hearty Parties

If you have a big family or often welcome guests in your house, a good roaster will be a perfect addition to your kitchen arsenal. And we strongly recommend turning your eyes to higher capacity models like the one from Hamilton Beach. With minimum effort and control from your side, it will help you cook a variety of wholesome large-size dishes.

The model comes fitted with a generously sized 22-quart cooking bowl that can easily accommodate a whole 28-pound turkey, a chicken with several portions of vegetables, a lamb leg or a pork knuckle. So, if you need to cook a festive dinner or a party treat for about 12-15 persons, the Hamilton Beach roaster will cope with that task without a hassle. And while it cooks the main dish that will undoubtedly become the focal point of your table, you will have time to make appetizers and other side dishes.

Once the meal is ready, you can either serve it right in the roaster to keep it warm for longer or remove it and serve on the plate. A roasting rack features hefty side handles ensuring a secure grip to safely and conveniently take out heavier and bulkier foods. Besides, the unit body also has stay-cool handles on the sides to prevent the risk of burns when handling a hot unit.

Review of Hamilton Beach 32229R Turkey Roaster Oven

For Various Cooking Purposes

The Hamilton Beach 32229R is a pretty multifunctional device. Ideal for roasting, it can also be used for numerous other purposes. Variable temperature settings will let you choose the cooking temperature between 150°F-450°F. Thus, depending on the temperature mode you set, the appliance is also suitable for steaming, stewing, simmering, baking, and even slow cooking. All dishes will come out evenly and perfectly cooked with all the juices sealed inside and minimum oil used. Meat and vegetable stews, beef rolls, puddings, roasted chicken, cakes, souffles, and even bread. These are only a few dishes you can cook in the Hamilton Beach roaster. And if you want to use it as a slow cooker, we highly recommend checking out these slow cooker recipes to surprise your family with mouth-melting delicacies.

Hamilton Beach 32229R Turkey Roaster Oven in the use

Created to Last

Along with a variety of cooking options and high cooking performance, this model will impress you with robust construction. This kitchen assistant has a stainless steel exterior, which is not only durable but also easy to clean from grease and oil. The roasting rack, pan, and lid are made of steel as well. While the pan is dishwasher safe that will take every strain off out of the cleaning process and save you the need to scrub and rub it after use, for the lid and rack manual wash is recommended. Yet, they are a breeze to clean in warm soapy water. The body should never be immersed in water and a damp cloth will quickly and easily remove all the stains. Solidly built, the Hamilton Beach roaster is definitely designed to serve you for long and proper maintenance will help you extend the unit service life to the maximum.

To sum up, if you want to cook hearty meals like a professional chef with minimum effort and no guesswork, this efficient and reliable roaster will get you covered. Plus, it comes at a fairly reasonable price tag and won’t cost you a fortune.

Detailed review of Hamilton Beach 32229R Turkey Roaster Oven

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What Is a Roaster?

A roaster looks like a big slow cooker. Owing to the option of setting low temperatures, it can also work in a similar way, that is, cook food for a long time. But at the same time, the temperature modes of a roaster oven are more varied, so this device is perfect for baking and roasting. To be exact, you will be able to cook in a slow roaster oven every single recipe you cooked in your traditional oven before. But when compared to a traditional oven, the beef roaster still has a few benefits. It is easier to clean. Owing to the design, the pan roaster is much more cost-efficient, needs less power to heat up and maintain the temperature. It is also more portable, so you can use it wherever there is an access to the power line, like on your backyard patio. The distinctive feature of turkey roasters is their size. You will be able to cook a whole turkey or a 20 lbs chicken, and feed a big party, a company of family and friends. No problem with preparing a festive table for the Christmas, the Thanksgiving day, or another event, with all the relatives gathered around. If you read our best roaster review till the end, we are sure you will find the very turkey roaster oven that is good for you.

The slow cooker is a device similar to the roaster. With it, you will be able to cook any dish that requires a lot of time. It will be a useful addition to your kitchen's everyday appliances thanks to a smaller size.

To quickly cut vegetables or mince meat for various recipes, you may find it useful to have a food processor, and to nicely slice the already cooked meat, electric food slicers will be good.

What Features to Compare

Capacity

The first thing to consider when you purchase a turkey roaster oven is its capacity. You will probably encounter slow roasters with a 6 to 22 quarts capacity the most often. The 6-quart capacity is enough to feed a small family of 3 to 5 people. But the most popular are the 18-quart to 22-quart pan roasters. Using this kind of poultry roaster, you will be able to prepare meat, poultry, vegetable sauces, puddings, or soup to feed not only your family but all the guests who you invited for dinner. The best roaster reviews say that this volume of food is good for 10 to 17 adult servings. Also, these kinds of beef roasters are often used to prepare food for community meals and parties.

Cooking Features

We have already mentioned it before, but the home roasters' cooking features to prepare recipes in various ways are truly extensive. However, depending on the temperature modes your electric roaster oven can manage and its scope of supply, the features can decrease, so pay attention to this too. First and foremost, the chicken roaster is a device, created to roast and bake food, the same as your common oven. In this case, the meal will be prepared in a pan. The pan is included in every cooking roaster.

The average temperature mode to bake meat and poultry ranges between 325°F-450°F. Some turkey roaster models may act as slow cookers, that is, braise food for a long time at approximately 200°F-250°F. This way even the toughest meat will become tender and literally melt in your mouth. Few electric roaster ovens are good for baking puddings, baked rolls, or even bread. The average temperature, in this case, will be 325°F-425°F. Also, it will be great if your meat roaster has a rack to place the baking sheets on when you use the roaster for this. The rack will come in handy when you decide to steam food without an ounce of fat. Just pour some water into the pan, put your meat or veggies on the rack, set the rack on top of the pan. At ~400°F temperature you will after some time get a healthy and tasty meal. The 150°F-200°F temperature will provide for keeping food warm before you dish it up. It is a useful feature if you haven't finished cooking other meals in time. And you can use this setting to warm up the already cooked food.

Convenience

And one more parameter to think about before making a final decision is the convenience of electric roaster oven's use and maintenance. As these devices tend to heat up really bad during cooking, you may want to have non-heating handles. At the same time, remember that a high temperature is just an operational aspect for this type of devices, so be sure to always have an oven cloth within reach.

Then there is an option of having an indicator to notify you when the desired temperature is reached. Specific holders for the lid on the body will be of use when you dish up the meal, as you won't have to look for a place to set the lid. If you are going to cook big chunks of meat or poultry on the rack, having handles there will help you easily lift food from the electric turkey roaster. A removable lid, pan, and rack, when they are easy to wash, drastically simplify the roaster's maintenance. Sometimes you can even wash particular parts in a dishwasher. And to clean the roaster's body it is often enough to just wipe it with a wet cloth.

Every housewife knows that when you cook big slices of meat, the juice released from it must be constantly poured over the meat again. This is made in order to prevent overdrying. But the home roaster will spare you this problem. The tight-fitting lid will not allow the moisture evaporate and will preserve all the food flavors inside. The meat is cooked faster, and yet it is more juicy and tender.

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