Few people understand that, when cooking meat, getting the temperature and the cooking time is more crucial than choosing the right herbs and spices.
That is because meat can be quite tasty on its own as long as you do not undercook it and you do not cook it until it’s dry either.
Best Electric Roasters of 2020
It is equally important to have an oven that will cook evenly and that can be an expensive thing to buy unless you go for a simple electric roaster. They are a lot more functional than you would expect, and their cooking time for various types of meets and various weights comes in the package with the oven.
That is why we went in search of the top 10 best electric roasters. We have highlighted their most important features in the table below, but if you want to get an in-depth review for each one, scroll past the table and find the model that interests you.
1. Oster CKSTRS23-SB 22-Quart Electric Roaster Oven
As far as the features you should look for on an electric oven are concerned the Oster CKSTRS23-SB is pretty much the standard against all other electric roasters should be measured against.
It has a huge 22-pound capacity, which basically means you can fit anything up to the size of a 22-pound turkey in it. Once the cooking is done you can lift the turkey out of the oven using the removable rack the oven comes with. The inside of the oven is made from enamel on steel which has several advantages.
For one, enamel distributes the heat evenly over the entire surface of the oven. And second, the enamel is the new Teflon, meaning it is extra easy to clean and food does not stick to it.
Finally, you can choose to buy the Oster CKSTRS23-SB with a basting lid, which we really think is worth the extra few dollars, since it creates an extremely rich, moist roast.
2. Rival Roaster Oven
The Rival Roaster Oven has the same features as the Oster, except that you do not have the option of a self basting lid.
However, you do have the choice between a 22 pounds and an 18 pounds electric oven, the latter being somewhat cheaper. In fact, the most important reason why we featured the Rival Roaster Oven so prominently on our list is that it has everything you would want from an electric oven but for a very reasonable price.
You can even choose between a black and a white version, regardless of the size, and for the same price.
3. Hamilton Beach 32229 22-Quart Electric Roaster Oven
The first thing we are going to say about the Hamilton Beach 32229 is that it has earned the highest Amazon rating, a 4.6 stars one, from more than 270 customers.
It has a 22-pound capacity and you can choose your preferred cooking temperature to up to 450 degrees. It has a modern stainless steel body, with a simple black knob that allows you to choose the temperature. However, the thing that most impressed us about it was just how good the recipes that come with the Hamilton Beach 32229 actually are.
We tried both a chicken and turkey roast recipe and they both came out exceptionally tasty.
4. Nesco Classic Roaster Oven
The Nesco Classic Roaster Oven is the first highly affordable electric oven that we are going to feature on our list. It has a smaller, 18 pounds capacity, which should still fit most Thanksgiving Day turkeys, and even the biggest chicken you can find.
However, the most impressive thing about the Nesco Classic Roaster Oven is the fact that it is very affordable and yet it comes with its own self-basting lid. It has several other impressive features like the internal porcelain well that perfectly distributes the heat around the roast and the fact that they use a “Circle of Heat” heating element to further ensure that you are evenly cooking the roast.
In fact, this is also the perfect electric roaster to use if you plan to bake any type of bread or cake.
5. Oster CKSTRS71 18-Quart Roaster Oven
The Oster CKSTRS71 is also an 18 pounds electric roaster that you can get for peanut money, while still enjoying the fact that you are getting an Oster product.
It comes with 3 smaller enamel on steel pans and lids that you can use to roast your vegetables, broccoli, potatoes, even beans, at the same time, while your turkey roast is taking shape in the gas oven.
Unfortunately, you do not get a self-basting lid option with this one, but the Oster CKSTRS71 has earned a very impressive 4.4 star rating on Amazon from almost 100 customers.
6. Proctor Silex 32700 6.5-Quart Portable Roaster Oven
We absolutely had to feature the Proctor Silex 32700 because it is the smallest electric roaster on the market today. It has a 6.5 pounds capacity, which means it will fit a small turkey or an average-sized chicken.
Of course, that can is not necessarily a positive quality for the Proctor Silex 32700, until you realize that its size means this is the only portable electric roaster on the market.
And its perfect temperature handling, and enamel-coated cooking vessel, have earned it a 4.6 star rating on Amazon, albeit from only 40 customers.
7. Oster CKSTROSMK18 Smoker Roaster Oven
The Oster CKSTROSMK18 is a slightly smaller electric roaster, it only fits a 20-pound turkey, but it can also work as a smoker. Of course, if you are a fan of smoking meat you should check out our top 10 best electric smokers of the list, but if you want a machine that will do both, the Oster CKSTROSMK18 is your only option.
It is actually a standard 22 pound Oster electric roaster, but they have changed the shape of the roasting pan to include a pair of smocking pockets that you can fill with wood chips.
8. Oster 18-Quart Electric Roaster Oven
The very point of an electric roaster, for most people, is to have a secondary oven to use while your regular oven is in use, and, by the way, if you are also looking for one of those make sure to check out our top 10 best gas ranges of the list.
The Oster 18-Quart Roaster Oven is the perfect companion for any one of those ranges because it also comes with a buffet server with 3 enamel on steel pans. That means you can cook the turkey in your regular oven, and cook the side vegetables like your carrots or potatoes in the electric roaster.
9. Nesco 4818-25PR 18 qt. Electric Roaster Oven
We have already talked about the attractive price and interesting features of the Nesco 4818-14, but with that mode, you only got the choice between white and black.
So we decided to also feature the Nesco 4818-25PR, which is basically the same oven, same volume, same features, but in a more modern brushed aluminum look.
10. Hamilton Beach 32182 18 qt. Electric Roaster Oven
Finally, we decided that it would not be fair to you if we did not introduce the Hamilton Beach 32182. It has the same buffet server with 3 steel pans feature that the Oster 18 Quart has. It even has the same 18-quart volume.
We were impressed by the quality of both these products so it is really up to you to choose which one you visually like the most.