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How Do I Choose the Best Home Rotisserie?

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  • Written By: N. Madison
  • Edited By: Rachel Catherine Allen
  • Last Modified Date: 16 November 2017
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It can be difficult to choose a home rotisserie when presented with numerous options. Your choices may be influenced by the reputation of the company that makes the model you are considering as well as comments experienced users share about it. You might also consider the terms of any warranty offered with it and its size when making a choice. The availability of accessories, the difficulty of maintaining the rotisserie, and even its appearance might affect your decision.

Brand reputation and warranties can factor into making the best choice. Often, online reviews and reports from consumer organizations provide information you can use to determine whether a model cooks well and lasts for a long time. In addition, you might compare models based on the warranties they include. A model with a long warranty that covers many types of situations may inspire greater confidence in buying it.

Size might also make a difference when you are trying to choose the best home rotisserie cooker. A compact model may prove beneficial if you have little counter space in which to keep it. Compact models don’t usually hold as much food, however, and many of them are designed to cook meat and poultry of up to about 10 pounds (about 4.5 kilograms). If you have a large family or plan to prepare food for guests on a regular basis, you may prefer a standard or large cooker instead. Standard-sized home rotisserie cookers often hold meat and poultry of up to about 15 pounds (about 6.8 kilograms) while large models frequently hold meats that weigh 20 pounds (about 9 kilograms) or more.

Often, the first thing people think about when choosing a rotisserie cooker is preparing chicken and turkey in it, but this type of appliance can also be used for other foods. If you choose a model that comes with a cooking basket, for example, you can conveniently prepare steaks and fish as well. Some models even have special rods and skewers for cooking vegetables, corn, and kabobs. In general, the more accessories your rotisserie cooker includes, the more you will be able to cook using it.

Some cooking appliances prove harder to clean than others, and your enjoyment of a home rotisserie may be influenced by the ease you experience with cleaning it after use. Many of these cooking appliances have parts you can disconnect and place in a dishwasher as well as surfaces that are designed to prevent food from sticking to them. In addition, the drip pan of your cooker will likely collect juices when you use it. If you select one that is easy to remove, your job will likely prove simpler.

Though not as critical as some other factors used to compare rotisserie cookers, the color of a model may influence your decision making. This may prove particularly important if you will use it in your kitchen and want all your appliances to match. Often, these cookers come in basic colors like white and black, but you may find stainless steel or chrome versions as well.

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