Updated: June 8, 2015

Roasting Pan Reviews:

Getting ready for the holiday season can mean many things to different people. My wife is an avid home chef and she loves cooking for my relatives. I'm very lucky, but I also have to buy kitchen cookware and appliances to help make her life that much easier. When it comes to holiday meals, turkey and ham are 2 main courses for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Therefore, we needed a new roasting pan to handle the demands of feeding 15 people. Roasting pans are not the type of cookware you use that often, probably on special occasions or during the holidays. That being said, it's easy to want to skimp on the price since it's not going to get used too much. I went with my wife to several stores like Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma to see what was offered and compare prices. We also went online to Amazon.com, Cooking.com, Target and Walmart to view what they had.
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Choosing the best roasting pan - You may see these cookware items listed as "roasters" or roasting pans. The top brands are Calphalon, Granite Ware, Circulon, All-Clad, KitchenAid, Progressive International, T-Fal, Cuisinart, and Mauviel. List prices range from $40 to $200. The Mauviel for $199 gets great reviews but so does the Calphalon LRS1805P ($120) and the $50 Circulon. Price doesn't guarantee owner happiness. Some cooking experts say to stay away from the foil roasting pans which tend to be messy. Others mention that the Granite Ware covered roasting pans are "practical" and are the same type our grandparents used to use in the kitchen. They are durable, lightweight, and inexpensive. The open roasting pans are the most common style you'll see available in stores like Target and Walmart or Sears. They are made with aluminum, porcelain, cast iron, 18/10 stainless steel, carbon steel, and enamel on steel. If cleaning is something you dread, consider the non-stick coatings. The open roasters are great for poultry, roasts, and even some desserts. The sides should be at least 3 inches high so that all those juices don't spill over. We have the Calphalon roasting pan and it's heavy for my wife when lifting it into the upper oven. When you put a 15 pounds turkey into it, that just adds to the weight, so we usually cook the turkey in our lower oven to reduce the strain from lifting the roasting pan up so high. There are covered roasting pans and electric roaster ovens, but we will keep our focus to just the traditional roasting pans in this article. Roasting Pan reviews - Cooks Illustrated did a review some years ago on roasting pans from Anolon, Cuisinart, Granite Ware, Farberware, KitchenAid, Metro Roasting, and Calphalon. The Calphalon and Cuisinart were recommended - good scores for browning, ability to use on a stovetop, sturdy, useful U-rack or V-rack. Slate.com did a review as well and Finecooking.com posted an roasting pan equipment review on their website too. Cooking.com and Amazon.com always have owner reviews which are just as useful as those done by professionals and experts. We like to hear what ACTUAL consumers have to say about the products. You can browse the best selling roasting pans online here.

Best Roasting Pans:

TOP RATED - Go with the Calphalon LRS1805P Contemporary Stainless Special-Value 16-Inch Roaster with Nonstick Roasting Rack which sells for $120 online and gets near perfect marks from experts and owners alike. The 16" roaster provides even heating throughout and the 3-ply 18/10 stainless steel is what surrounds the aluminum core. The handles will stay cool and the roasting pan is sturdy. You can use it in the oven/broiler up to 700 degrees and the nonstick cooking rack included is a huge bonus. The Calphalon outdoes the All-Clad and KitchenAid stainless steel roasting pan competitors. The price is very reasonable given the Mauviel is closer to $200 and the All-Clad is roughly $150 (but with less favorable reviews). We have used ours for 2 seasons worth of cooking roasts and turkeys and so far we are very happy with the results. I find that cleaning the roaster rack is easy (that's my job since I can't cook that well) and it holds the turkey (15 pounds) just fine. You can view the most popular roasting pans here.


Turkey Roasting Pan:

RECOMMENDED - The Circulon 16-Inch Rectangular Nonstick Roaster is one that gets great feedback from home chefs, especially those cooking up turkeys. The hard anodized aluminum roaster has 18/10 stainless steel handles so you can pick it up and move it from oven to cooktop easily. It's oven safe up to 500 degrees and the manufacturer does recommend hand washing versus machine wash. We read one review that noted the owner was able to roast a 25+ lb. turkey without an issue. Most others agree that the size is perfect and it's very easy to clean. At less than $50 we say it's a "real bargain" and several other review websites gave it a "thumbs up" for a rating. Once you learn how to make a roast, you might find that cooking them more often is a good thing. Don't let the holidays dictate when you use your roasting pan - get it out year round.