Choosing The Right Electric Rotisserie Oven And Other Kitchen Gadgets
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Choosing The Right Electric Rotisserie Oven And Other Kitchen Gadgets

As technology marches on and more products pour into the already saturated market in just about every category, how the heck do you go about choosing something simple like a new electric rotisserie oven without losing your mind and the entire weekend buried in reviews? Read on to find out which rotisserie ovens made the shortlist and how the shortlist got there at all!

It’s funny how a kitchen appliance you didn't even know existed is now one of the most used and loved items in the kitchen. Originally bought because the weather was so bad last summer we couldn't have outside barbecues (and I got fed up of himself not cooking at all), our Baby George rotisserie oven restored my husband to the kitchen in lieu of the outdoor barbecue, and thankfully myself into a chair to rest.

However, the truth of the matter is Baby George is just too small, given that we use it two or three times a week and often have family or friends around to dinner. We certainly won’t be throwing it out, we will take it on vacation and because it makes the nicest crispiest most melt-in-the-mouth chicken rotisserie that you could ever wish for, we'll probably still use it quite often anyway.

But if you want to cook a leg of lamb or large joint of beef it would be optimistic to say the least, to think you can cram it into this baby!

One other thing we wanted to go up a grade on is cooking control. George is on or off period with no further control over heat or rotation of the spit. When you first begin cooking in a rotisserie oven that’s fine, but as with other skills once you get going you want more flexibility to experiment and be able to set it and forget it until the timer goes off.

After quite a bit of research, it seems to come down to either the Cuisinart or the Ronco Showtime rotisserie. Both of these appliances have a good capacity and both offer far more temperature control, though they are very different in shape. The Cuisinart uses vertical space and therefore less kitchen counter, but you do need to take care where there are wall hanging kitchen units above your chosen spot - these ovens get very hot!

I like the look of the Cuisinart Digital touchpad. Maybe it's the easy clean nature of the touchpad, no more intricate grease removal with a cocktail stick or scrubbing with an old toothbrush, just a wipe over with a damp cloth. Possibly it was just the sleek stainless steel casing with no ugly knobs or dials - either way it's a very fine looking appliance and looks built to last – which has subsequently proved right.

Do you love reading reviews? They open a window into another persons experience where you get to learn what’s to like about a product, which features work and what you should avoid. You also get to see when there are problems, which manufacturer ducks and dives and which gets the problem sorted out.

Well the Ronco sure gets a lot of reviews, more or less all saying good things. The Cuisinart is a lesser known brand in home rotisserie cooking and appliances and accordingly has fewer reviewers in total, but again they all read well. In the end it came down to two things.

Firstly, which seemed the best set it forget it rotisserie we could load up, set the program and leave it take care of the meat. Secondly and equally as important – space, because as with a lot of folk who don’t have big kitchens or big counters, the footprint size matters a lot and on both counts, Cuisinart won the day.

So what can you take from this? That there are at least two great electric rotisserie ovens with good features and excellent reputations – there are plenty more to look at but the well-known brands are also the most popular with previous buyers, which says a lot for good quality.

When buying kitchen gadgets decide what you want and then check it works in with what you can have. I always have a notebook handy, then start with the best sellers in that specific category on Amazon and work through what will work for us – don’t forget to check the warranty length at the same time.

Once you’ve got a shortlist of brands and models or both, make a coffee then sit down with the reviews, read the good and the bad because if you do, by the time you’re done you’ll pretty much know which is the best fit for you and your family needs.


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