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Best Rotisserie Oven for Chicken – Buying Guide and Recommendation

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Do you love picking up a rotisserie chicken for dinner from the grocery store? Have you ever thought, it would be great to be able to make one of these at home myself? If you would love to have restaurant quality food, a rotisserie oven is a great appliance to have. Plus, you can make a lot more in these ovens than chicken.

You need to pick out a rotisserie oven based on your needs and here’s a few tips to make sure you pick out an oven that is perfect for you.

Our Pick:

Black & Decker TO4314SSD Rotisserie Convection Countertop Toaster Oven

It’s a very versatile machine that can toast, bake and broil as well as cook rotisserie style food. For that reason, Black & Decker TO4314SSD wins the roundup.

Types of Rotisserie Ovens

Rotisserie ovens can usually fit on your counter and come in all different sizes and shapes. Most include accessories as well as cookbooks to help you make delicious meals. You need to consider how you are going to use the oven and what size the chicken or meat you will usually want to cook to make sure you get the correct capacity size. Also, figure out what size your kitchen counter will be able to hold and how frequently you will use it.

These are really convenient machines that make really tasty meals and you may find yourself using it several times a week. They are also very easy to use and you don’t have to have any special training or cooking background to be able to cook with one.

Small Rotisserie Ovens

If you have a small kitchen, then you will want one of the smaller rotisserie ovens. They are usually less expensive and easy to store. If you will only be using the rotisserie oven occasionally, this size is perfect. It’s also a great housewarming gift for first time homeowners or those moving into a condo or apartment.

Standard Rotisserie Ovens

The standard rotisserie oven measure about 15 inches wide and can be used to cook small chickens, meat and vegetables. These ovens are intended to stay out on your counter and tend to be used very frequently. The usually includes accessories to help you cook several types of food.

Vertical Rotisserie Ovens

A vertical rotisserie oven is less common but is still convenient as well as a healthy way to cook. One of the benefits of the vertical rotisserie oven is its ability to drain the unhealthy fats into a container or compartment. These fat compartments are also easy to clean. The vertical rotisserie also cooks the food 360 degree around without rotating the food.

Commercial Grade Rotisserie Ovens

Don’t worry, you don’t have to a professional to use a commercial grade rotisserie oven. The size just means that you can cook larger pieces of meat or multiple pieces of meat at once. This size will still fit well on your counter.

Accessories

Each oven should come with some accessories with the most common being skewers, marinade injectors and cleaning brushes.

Best Rotisserie Oven - Reviews

1. Cuisinart CVR-1000 Vertical Countertop Rotisserie

The Cuisinart CVR-1000 is a top of the line rotisserie oven that is a great addition to your kitchen. It has a sleek, classic appearance that works well with any kitchen décor and since it’s a vertical rotisserie oven, it takes up less space than horizontal rotisserie ovens.

The Cuisinart can cook up to eight pounds of meat. The meat bastes itself until you end up with a chicken that is moist and easy to pull apart. The grease collects in a removable drip tray that is easy to clean. There are several features on the Cuisinart including touchpad controls with a LCD display panel to control temperature settings.

It also comes with five pre-programmed temperature settings for a simple one step temperature setting process. Temperature settings are the most common temperatures used and range from 325 degrees F to 450 degrees F. The recipe book will help you figure out the best temperature and cook time based on he tweight for the different foods you prepare. Additional accessories include the following:

  • Toasting rack
  • 8-piece skewer set
  • Multi-purpose basket
  • Poultry tower
  • Removable chrome insert

The Cuisinart also features a chrome insert that helps the oven maintain a constant temperature by reflecting heat back up at the food while it cooks to help make sure the food is cooked through evenly. The inside of the oven is non-stick for easy cleaning and the removable pieces are dishwasher safe.

One thing to be careful is where you place the oven. It has a vent on the top that can harm children if they put their hands over it and it should also be placed in an open space on the counter where there are no overhead cabinets.

What we like:

  • Easy to clean and removable parts are dishwasher safe
  • Preprogrammed temperature settings
  • Chrome insert helps cook food evenly

What we don't like:

  • Capacity is only 8 pounds
  • You need to be careful where you place the oven on your counter because of the heat vent on the top

2. Ronco ST5000PLGEN Showtime Rotisserie Platinum Edition

The Ronco ST5000PLGEN Showtime Rotisserie Platinum Edition is a more affordable option and has a high capacity at 15 pounds. It’s a great oven for large families as you can roast more meat than smaller ovens. One drawback is that you cannot adjust the heat, it has specific setting:

  • No heat rotation
  • Normal heat rotation
  • Pause and sear

The enclosed recipe book will help you figure out the cook time of the food you are making usually 15 minutes per pound but it may take some trial and error before you get it down. In addition to the recipe book, you get the following accessories:

  • Oven gloves
  • Non-stick rotisserie basket
  • Loading and carving base
  • Food ties
  • Rotisserie BBQ DVD
  • Non-stick drip tray
  • Non-stick spit rod

The Ronco rotisserie oven is a great oven for the cost and makes a really good tasting chicken in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, it is not non-stick so it’s a little harder to clean.

What we like:

  • Affordable oven and great value
  • Cooks great tasting chicken in a short amount of time
  • Large capacity, great for families

What we don't like:

  • Not non-stick so harder to clean
  • Temperature setting are not adjustable

3. Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie

The Hamilton Beach Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie is one of the most affordable rotisserie options on the market. It’s also a convection oven so it can do more than just rotisserie styled food. It has a small capacity at five pounds but it’s also a rather large machine that will take up a lot of counter space. Because of the convection oven it can also make:

  • Two cake pans at the same time
  • Two 9×13 size casserole dishes at the same time
  • Two 12-inch pizzas
  • Up to 5-pounds of chicken or other meat

It does have temperature settings so you can choose your the temperature you prefer. It also has a knob to choose bake, rotisserie or convection but the timer knob only goes up to 120 minutes. There are no digital features in the Hamilton Beach rotisserie oven.

It has a sleek and modern chrome look that will be a nice addition to your kitchen. Accessories include:

  • Two baking pans
  • Rotisserie accessories
  • Two cooking racks
  • Two broiler racks

What we like:

  • It can cook more than meat
  • Has bake, rotisserie or convection options

What we don't like:

  • Small capacity but takes up a lot of counter space
  • No digital features
  • Timer only goes up to 120 minutes

4. Black & Decker TO4314SSD Rotisserie Convection Countertop Toaster Oven

The Black & Decker TO4314SSD Rotisserie Oven is a very versatile oven that has 1,500 watts of power that makes cooking easy and your food is cooked quickly. It has a digital LCD panel display that includes one touch operation for popular foods. It includes a glass door and a slide out drop tray making it easy to clean. The Black and Decker Rotisserie Oven can also broil, bake and toast up to six slices. Oven accessories include a baking pan and a rotisserie spit and forks.

The Black & Decker is great for any meal plus snacks and is also great for reheating. Heat is applied from the side of the oven directly onto the food and is great for chicken, meat and pork as well as pizza and casseroles.

What we like:

  • Easy to clean
  • Digital LCD panel includes one touch operation for popular foods
  • Versatile oven that can also be used as a toaster oven and convection oven

What we don't like:

  • Rotisserie spit can stop working after a few uses

5. Waring TF250 Electric Digital Rotisserie Turkey Fryer and Deep Fryer Steamer

The Waring TF250 Electric Digital Rotisserie Turkey Fryer and Deep Fryer Steamer is very versatile as it is also a fryer and a steamer. It can deep fry your favorite foods including an 18 pound turkey in a little over an hour. You change the fryer into a steamer by changing out the oil for water and then you can steam vegetables. It is a state of the art digital machine that alternates the direction of the meat while in rotisserie mode to evenly cook your food. While frying, it require 1/3 less oil than regular deep fryers because the meat is rotating constantly in and out of the oil. The digital control pad has a countdown timer and thermometer that can adjust your frying temperatures and the indicator light tells you when the oil is at the correct temperature.

The Waring rotisserie oven has a large 2.5 gallon reservoir made of stainless steel that withstands corrosion and it has a heavy duty stainless steel lid that is vented to keep fried food from getting soggy. It can fry a whole turkey at 3.5 minutes per pound. Its accessories include the following:

  • Spits
  • Aluminum frying/steamer basket
  • Meat thermometer
  • Butcher’s twine

What we like:

  • Versatile machine that can fry and steam as well as make rotisserie style food
  • Digital control tell you when the oil is at the correct temperature
  • Large capacity at 18 pounds

What we don't like:

  • Fryer tends to lose heat when food is added
  • Not as healthy as other rotisserie ovens because of the use of oil

Conclusion: The Winner

Our Pick:

Black & Decker TO4314SSD Rotisserie Convection Countertop Toaster Oven

It’s a very versatile machine that can toast, bake and broil as well as cook rotisserie style food. For that reason, Black & Decker TO4314SSD wins the roundup.

It has 1,500 watts so food is prepared quickly and it’s great for any meal – breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. It can also make pizza and casserole as well as roast meat. It has a digital LCD panel that includes one touch operation for your popular foods and is easy to clean with its slide out drop tray.

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