When it comes to baking and roasting, a consistent result is always elusive. But that is just what you want, right? So how do you ensure that you will have a consistent result when baking or roasting? Simple. Use a rotisserie oven.
The rotisserie oven is popular during the holidays because that’s when we have the time to bake and roast. But don’t you know that this popular kitchen appliance is good to be around all year round? After all, who doesn’t love to bake all the time?
So, if you want to own a rotisserie oven, make sure that you have space for it in your kitchen. You also have to consider your cooking demands. If you want to use it for roasting and not just baking, you better choose one that has that feature.
Rotisserie oven comes in vertical and horizontal formats. If you want to saves space, vertical is the way to go. There are rotisserie ovens that can also cook kebabs, ribs, and vegetables when it has the right accessories.
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Top Reasons Why Rotisserie Oven is Better
Grilling aficionados may disagree with me, but I strongly believe that the rotisserie oven is the better way to cook meat. Here let me provide some reasons why I believe this to be so.
1. Meat is skewered
With the rotisserie oven, the meat is skewered to a spit. This is a long stainless steel rod designed to hold the weight of the meat by puncturing through it without damaging the parts. With this technique, you can cook large chunks of meat like turkey, chicken, and pork.
Good luck doing that with grilling. With grilling, you have to reduce the size of the meat to cook it evenly because when the chunk of meat is too big, you can’t expect it to cook well inside.
2. No flare-ups
With grilling, flare ups are inevitable because the oil from the meat drips to the ember. This can cause the meat to be overcooked from the outside and undercooked inside. With the rotisserie oven, you totally remove this issue. Since the meat rotates to the flame, the juice also rotates without escaping from the meat. This results in a juicier, more evenly cooked food and without any flare ups.
3. More predictable
The secret to consistency is predictability. With the rotisserie oven, cooking is easily predictable because the heat is consistent and even. All you need to do is set a timer and when it’s up, your food is cooked. Since the meat is always rotating, you can’t overcook a side and the juice remains intact inside the meat.
This is not possible with grilling. It usually requires supervision otherwise, you will overcook the food.
4. More sanitary
I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of putting my food on a rack that has been exposed to the elements. With the rotisserie oven, the food is suspended over a flame. This kills whatever bacteria that’s in it before being cooked and it prevents one from getting on board after the food is cooked.
Types of Rotisserie Oven
Rotisserie ovens usually come in different sizes and shapes. It also comes with different accessories and cookbooks so you can cook a delicious meal. The challenge for you is to consider how you would use the oven and to determine ahead of time the usual sizes of meat that you will cook. You also need to consider the kitchen space that you can dedicate for this oven. Here are the different types of rotisserie ovens.
- Small rotisserie ovens
- Standard rotisserie ovens
- Vertical rotisserie ovens
- Commercial grade rotisserie ovens
If you are single and have a small kitchen, you would normally want a smaller rotisserie oven. This is usually easy to store due to its small form factor and also less expensive.
Also, if you will use it only for special occasions, this is also the perfect size. If you are planning to give one as a housewarming gift, this is also the perfect size.
If you intend to use a rotisserie oven often, than a standard size is the best. It usually comes in 15-inches-wide form factor and can accommodate a small chicken, regular size meat, and vegetables. This type of oven is intended to stay on the kitchen counter top due to its frequent use.
While less famous compared to the standard rotisserie oven, the vertical form factor has some strengths that you need to consider. First of all, it can do everything that a standard oven can do. It’s considered a healthier way to cook because it drains all the fats of the meat. Lastly, it’s easier to clean than the standard oven.
While you don’t have to be a professional to use this kind of rotisserie oven, it is indeed famous among restaurants. The reason behind this is that it can accommodate the larger size of meats than what you would normally cook at home. If you find yourself frequently cooking huge preparations, this might be the size to grab.
A rotisserie oven would usually come with accessories to extend its functionality. The most common would be skewers, cleaning brushes and marinade injectors.
There are ones that come with more but you have to understand that additional accessories also add to the price of the oven. Besides, if you don’t think you need those accessories, why pay for them?
My Top 7 Rotisserie Ovens
While there are a lot of competing brands in the market today, here are my top 7 picks. This review is meant to lessen your burden of choosing what is the best rotisserie oven for your kitchen.
Ronco ST5000PLGEN Showtime Rotisserie Platinum Edition
If you’re looking for an oven that spends a third lesser energy than the regular convection oven, the Ronco ST5000PLGEN Showtime Rotisserie Platinum Edition is for you. It’s easy to operate and it starts quickly, you can be sure you won’t wait a minute longer for your meal to be ready.
Nobody loves cleaning, right? But with this oven, you would love even the most mundane task of keeping it clean. All you need to do is wipe it with a clean damp cloth and it’s ready to go for the next cooking. This is made possible by its non-stick surface. You can even just dunk its removable glass door down the dishwasher. How easy is that?
When your meal is ready, the exterior handle stays cool throughout the cooking process, you don’t have to sweat getting your food.
- Energy saving
- Quick to start
- It has a removable heat shield that browns the meat perfectly
- A bit noisy when cooking
- Rather long cooking time
Cuisinart CVR-1000 Vertical Countertop Rotisserie
If you’re looking for a countertop rotisserie oven, the Cuisinart CVR-1000 fits the bill very well. Not only is it space saving thanks to its vertical form factor, it’s also a good decor with its sleek and classic appearance typical of all Cuisinart products.
Any eight pounder meat is fair game for this oven. The grease is collected down a removable drip tray which is easy enough to clean while the food bastes itself until it’s cooked and easy to pull apart.As for the controls, what can be more hi-tech than a touch pad control system and an LCD display?
You wouldn’t have to worry about overcooking your food with this because it comes with pre-programmed temperature settings. On top of that, it comes with a recipe book that determines the cooking time and temperature of the food based on its weight.
- Even heat distribution thanks to its chrome insert
- Pre-programmed settings help in ensuring consistency of result
- Removable parts are dishwasher safe
- 8 pounds is a bit limited to larger preparations
- Heat vents on top, so be careful where you place it
Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie
If you are looking for an affordable rotisserie option, the Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie won’t disappoint you. It’s also a convection oven so you can cook recipes that are convection type as well.
The caveat behind this machine is that it’s a bit bulky for a capacity of five pounds. It will take up a lot of space while allowing you only to cook smaller preparations.
As a convection oven, this cooks fast and its even heat distribution is really a plus. It doesn’t have digital features but has automatic temperature settings so you don’t have to worry about overcooking your food.
- It is highly flexible with the convection and rotisserie options
- Since it’s a convection oven, it can cook more than meat
- The switch tends to malfunction from time to time
Black & Decker TO4314SSD Rotisserie Convection Countertop Toaster Oven
The Black & Decker TO4314SSD Rotisserie Oven is a versatile oven which packs in 1,500 watts of cooking power, making it easy to cook food quick and easy. It has automatic cooking settings and a digital LCD display panel, making it almost impossible to overcook your food.
The slide out glass door and drop tray makes the entire thing easy to clean and access from the outside. It can bake, toast and broil, in fact, it’s really flexible in that it can play a lot of double roles not just as a rotisserie oven. You can even use it to reheat food.
- Easy to clean with its removable parts
- One touch operation with its digital LCD panel
- Flexible and versatile oven
- The rotisserie spit stops working after a few cookings
Waring TF250 Electric Digital Rotisserie Turkey Fryer and Deep Fryer Steamer
While we have a score of versatile ovens, nothing would beat the Waring TF250 Electric Digital Rotisserie Turkey Fryer and Deep Fryer Steamer in the department. Not only is it a rotisserie oven, but it’s also a fryer and a steamer at the same time. All you need to do to change the fryer to steamer is change the oil to water and you have a completely different cooking implement.
When in rotisserie mode, it alternates the direction of the meat to achieve an even cooking.When on frying mode, it requires a third lesser oil compared to the conventional deep fryer. This is because the meat is made to constantly rotate in and out of the oil.
It is digitally operated with a countdown timer and thermometer that you can adjust to the optimum temperature of the cooking mode. For example, when you’re frying, it will tell you when the oil is at the correct temperature.
- The versatility is just awesome
- Digital control makes cooking so easy
- 18-pound capacity is perfect for large preparation
- Fryer tends to be slow to recover the heat when the food is added
- The use of oil can be a turnoff if you’re picky about it
Cuisinart TOB-200N Rotisserie Convection Toaster Oven
Another versatile product from Cuisinart is the Cuisinart TOB-200N Rotisserie Convection Toaster Oven. It combines the functionality of a toaster and a rotisserie oven in one.
With a whopping 1,875 Watts power and a huge holding capacity, you can cook a 4-pound chicken with this oven.It has a non-stick interior which makes it so easy to clean combined with an aesthetically appealing brushed stainless steel exterior.
- Combined rotisserie and toaster oven functionality
- 4Lbs holding capacity
- 1,875 Watt power
- Aesthetically appealing
- Too small for larger birds like turkey
- Too bulky for its small capacity
- It has limited accessories
Ronco ST5270SSGEN Ez-Store Rotisserie
If you are short on space and still wants to have a rotisserie oven, the Ronco ST5270SSGEN Ez-Store Rotisserie. This oven is really small, it stands 8 inches high in stored position.
It drains away all the excess fats from the meat making it a healthy option. But don’t let all the draining dishearten you, it keeps all the flavor inside the meat.
It comes with a really simple but highly effective control panel and this oven is so versatile you can cook pork tenderloin, chicken, prime rib, vegetables, fish, and kebabs.
It’s also a bit generous with its accompanying accessories. It comes with removable drip tray, oven gloves, and a multipurpose basket, carving platform, and rotisserie spit. It’s also easy to clean because all these accessories are dishwasher safe.
- Drains fats while holding the flavor
- Easy to use and clean
- Easy to store
- Lacking in temperature control
- A bit noisy when cooking
- Could use a better insulation
All these rotisserie ovens are good and I really had a hard time making a choice. That being said, if I only had one choice, that would be the Ronco ST5000PLGEN Showtime Rotisserie Platinum Edition. The quick cooking and energy saving feature are just too awesome for me. The huge holding capacity is also another killer feature for me.
When the situation calls for bigger preparations, I don’t want to buy a different oven just for it. I can easily overlook the noise because all rotisserie ovens will make noise at varying degrees.
If I can’t get the Ronco ST5000PLGEN, the Cuisinart CVR-1000 Vertical Countertop Rotisserie is a close second. Cuisinart has been consistent in delivering awesome kitchen appliances and this one is no different. The vertical form factor is just awesome when it comes to storing but not only that, it drains the excess fats from the meat as well. The hi-tech features are also hard to overlook and as far as capacity goes, 8Lbs is not small for regular preparations.
The Ronco ST5270SSGEN Ez-Store Rotisserie would have been perfect except for its small capacity, but this can be a perfect choice if you're living alone or would only bake or roast occasionally. It’s fat draining feature is one thing that you should not overlook especially if you’re a health buff. If you’re short on space, this is also a good choice because 8 inches in the storage position is so negligible even in smaller kitchens.
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