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Review: Best Rotisseries

A rotisserie is a versatile appliance to have in your kitchen and in these health conscious times they’re  valuable as fat-reducing cooking appliance. The principle is incredibly easy to understand as they simply rotate meat, fish, or veggies over or next to a heat source. Granted, this has been done for millennia over camp and cooking fires, and the basics of heat transfer into the food are exactly the same.

The heat source in a modern interior rotisserie are electric coils placed strategically under and/or around the rotating shaft, commonly called the "spit”. This evenly distributes heat which cooks the food completely and thoroughly, while the undesirable fat drips away, usually into a pan at the bottom. Although there are variations on this setup, they all work on much the same principle.

Each of these best rotisseries in 2021 we’ve selected are designed with dishwasher safe materials and break down easily including the spit and holding forks when you’re done cooking. They will all have a dedicated drip pan or spout for easy removal of the grease and/or oil, as well as having exterior surfaces  that can be wipes clean with a damp cloth. Additionally, their heating sources are positioned to make these picks countertop friendly, so you won't have to worry about burn marks.

Comparing the Best Rotisserie

Ronco Showtime Rotisserie

Ronco nearly invented the home rotisserie, and their stainless steel 5500 Series Rotisserie is one of the easiest units to use by far and large enough for two chickens, a large turkey, or a rack of ribs.. While there are several iterations of this unit both large and small, they all work basically the same way. Push the meat onto the spit, slide-on the circular holding forks to either side and then just pop the spit ends into the catches inside of the oven, and presto, you’re done. The cooking temps are pre-set, so all you need to do is to set the time and let it cook.

There’s a timer guide on the side for the basics such as chicken (15 minutes per pound), turkey (12 minutes per pound), and delicious ribs (18 minutes per pound) while the unit is designed to consume less energy than other options. Accessories are plentiful like fish baskets, circular cages for veggies or chicken nuggets, and you can even get flavor injectors too. If you want to just "set and forget" your rotisserie for virtually effortless cooking, the Ronco 5500 Stainless Steel Rotisserie Oven is the one to get.

NutriChef Kitchen Vertical Countertop Rotisserie

If a horizontal oven doesn't suit your needs, try a vertical type, such as the NutriChef Kitchen Vertical Countertop Rotisserie Rotating Oven. This rotisserie lets you open the entire front so you can slide your food inside which you've already placed onto the spit although sometimes it's not quite as easy to use as the top rated Ronco, especially if you have a heavy bird ready to go. You won't be able to do a large turkey, but smaller fowl like chickens, ducks and turkeys that are less than 10 pounds will work well. It even comes with a kabob rack that you can stack veggies and cut meat onto. This is another temperature controlled unit, so all you'll need to do is set the timer and let the rotisserie do all the work. For smaller fare, you'll be hard pressed to find a better rotisserie than this vertical Nutrichef Countertop Oven. That is, of course, unless any of the Roncos' show up.

GoWISE USA 8-in-1 Electric Air Fryer

If you want a unique design in a competent rotisserie, then look no further than the GoWise Good Cooking Air Fryer and Rotisserie Multi Cooker which uses heated air for cooking as the food rotates inside. This unit is unique in that it uses circulating hot air as the cooking medium. As such, it would technically be safer than those that use hot electrical coils and compared to cooking in an oven, your food will cook up to 30 percent faster.

You won't get a large turkey inside, as this pick is better suited for smaller food items but it does come with a basket for such things as fish and French fries. Although this is a set and forget timer cooker, the instructions are a bit vague and the grate is the most difficult to clean than on any other unit listed. However, this novel rotisserie oven delivers the goods and for smaller amounts of food it's more than likely what you're looking for.

Cuisinart CDF-500 Extra-Large Rotisserie

If you want the fastest and most novel rotisserie available, than the Waring Pro TF200B Rotisserie Turkey Fryer/Steamer is the one for you. This is a deep frying, top-loading rotisserie unit that uses oil as the heating medium. The hot oil sits at the bottom, and the food rotates in and out of the oil for cooking times of 3 1/2 minutes per pound. It will hold an 18 pound turkey and it will cook it in less than an hour! That type of speed and quickness can't be beat.

If you’re worried about the fat from the oil, consider using olive oil or a similar high omega-3 oil which have positive health benefits. The control panel lets you set the temperature, pre-heats the oil, and then lets you know when the food is ready to roll out for you and your guests with an indicator light. There is even a highly convenient petcock valve to drain the oil once you are done. For the fastest rotisserie food by far, the Waring Pro Rotisserie can't be beat.

Flexzion Toaster Oven Grill Rotisserie

This may be the best rotisserie that you've never heard of. But if a vertical rotisserie is part of your kitchen game plan, than the CuiZen Vertigenius CUI-76278 Vertical Rotisserie must be one to consider. You won't get a large turkey inside, but smaller turkeys, chickens and beef or pork roasts will work well. The digital display is navigated with frontal buttons, and they include controls for the temp, timer, light, and motor among others. It comes with a fish basket and kabob skewers, while the unit is compact and should easily in most cabinets when not in use.

Of all the rotisseries on this list, the CuiZen Vertigenius CUI-76278 Vertical Rotisserie may be the most difficult to use, because it is not a set and forget unit but may be the easiest one to clean on our list thanks to a stainless steel interior. There’s no doubt this pick turns out delicious rotisserie food, and if you’re willing to invest a little more preparation when cooking, you won't be disappointed.

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