The Best Roasting Pan

The Best Roasting Pan

Our pick

Cuisinart 16″ Roasting Pan With Rack (MCP117-16BR)

Cuisinart 16″ Roasting Pan With Rack (MCP117-16BR)

The best roasting pan

With its sturdy tri-ply construction, this roaster cooks more evenly than other similarly priced pans.

Buying Options

$70 from Home Depot

The Cuisinart 16″ Roasting Pan With Rack (MCP117-16BR) is our pick for the fourth year running because it can handle a variety of cooking tasks with ease. Its flat cooking surface and tri-ply, fully clad construction conducts heat evenly for hassle-free searing, deglazing, and gravy-making on the stove. It’s big and sturdy enough to accommodate a 20-pound turkey, a large roast, two whole chickens, or a complete one-pan meal. Large, riveted handles provide a secure grip, even with the bulkiest kitchen towels and oven mitts.

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Runner-up

Anolon Tri-ply Clad Roaster with Nonstick Rack

Anolon Tri-ply Clad Roaster with Nonstick Rack

A good roaster

This tri-ply roasting pan is a comparably priced option if our top pick is unavailable.

Buying Options

$100 from Amazon
$110 from Wayfair

If our top pick sells out, we think the Anolon Tri-ply Clad Roaster with Nonstick Rack is a good choice for a similar price. This fully clad tri-ply roasting pan is spacious and sturdy, and has big, riveted handles. But the channel around the edge of the pan makes it harder to use on the stovetop compared with our other tri-ply clad picks.

Also great

KitchenAid Tri-ply Stainless Steel Roaster

KitchenAid Tri-ply Stainless Steel Roaster

Thicker gauge, twice the price

This heavy-duty roaster has a slightly larger cooking area and more versatile rack than our top pick.

Buying Options

$165* from Amazon
$122 from Overstock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $122.

The pricier KitchenAid Stainless Steel Roaster has all the capabilities of our top pick with the added benefit of slightly more room for larger roasts and a bent lip that makes pouring easier. Like our top pick, the KitchenAid roaster has a flat cooking surface for easy sauce-making and searing, fully clad stainless steel construction for excellent heat distribution, and big, riveted handles. But this roaster’s thicker metal walls and slightly larger body make it a half pound heavier than our top pick when empty. And even though we don’t place a ton of importance on roasting racks, KitchenAid’s flatter V-rack has more surface area to accommodate everything from a large turkey to odd-shaped shoulder roasts. If our top pick sells out, and you’re willing to spend more to get a pan of similar quality, the KitchenAid is a great choice.

Budget pick

Granite Ware 19-inch Covered Oval Roaster (F0510)

Granite Ware 19-inch Covered Oval Roaster (F0510)

For occasional roasting

If you just need something to throw the T-Day turkey into, this roaster does the job, but it can’t be used on the stove.

Buying Options

$35 from Amazon

A solid roasting pan is good for a whole lot more than simply roasting a turkey once a year. But if you do need one only once a year, the Granite Ware 19-inch Covered Oval Roaster (F0510) is a serviceable, modestly priced alternative (and it also fits in smaller ovens). We just wouldn’t use this thin steel roaster on the stovetop to make gravy and sear meat. The Granite Ware roaster costs a third of the price of the Cuisinart for a third of the capabilities—only a good buy if you’re just roasting turkey and don’t plan on using it for other things.

Upgrade pick

Williams Sonoma All-Clad Stainless-Steel Flared Roaster

Williams Sonoma All-Clad Stainless-Steel Flared Roaster

An exceptional roaster for a premium

If you can afford it, the All-Clad Flared Roaster does everything our main pick does, but better.

Buying Options

Buy from Williams-Sonoma

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $250.

The expensive All-Clad Flared Roaster is our upgrade pick because it was the top performer in our tests, both in the oven and on the stovetop. Its flared sides dispersed heat evenly throughout the pan, giving us a turkey with the most amount of crisp, golden skin. All-Clad showed the best heat distribution on the stovetop, searing chicken pieces consistently across the pan. If you’re a frequent roaster, or if you don’t mind paying more for the finest quality, the flared All-Clad is hard to beat.

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Our pick

Cuisinart 16″ Roasting Pan With Rack (MCP117-16BR)

Cuisinart 16″ Roasting Pan With Rack (MCP117-16BR)

The best roasting pan

With its sturdy tri-ply construction, this roaster cooks more evenly than other similarly priced pans.

Buying Options

$70 from Home Depot

Runner-up

Anolon Tri-ply Clad Roaster with Nonstick Rack

Anolon Tri-ply Clad Roaster with Nonstick Rack

A good roaster

This tri-ply roasting pan is a comparably priced option if our top pick is unavailable.

Buying Options

$100 from Amazon
$110 from Wayfair

Also great

KitchenAid Tri-ply Stainless Steel Roaster

KitchenAid Tri-ply Stainless Steel Roaster

Thicker gauge, twice the price

This heavy-duty roaster has a slightly larger cooking area and more versatile rack than our top pick.

Buying Options

$165* from Amazon
$122 from Overstock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $122.

Budget pick

Granite Ware 19-inch Covered Oval Roaster (F0510)

Granite Ware 19-inch Covered Oval Roaster (F0510)

For occasional roasting

If you just need something to throw the T-Day turkey into, this roaster does the job, but it can’t be used on the stove.

Buying Options

$35 from Amazon

Upgrade pick

Williams Sonoma All-Clad Stainless-Steel Flared Roaster

Williams Sonoma All-Clad Stainless-Steel Flared Roaster

An exceptional roaster for a premium

If you can afford it, the All-Clad Flared Roaster does everything our main pick does, but better.

Buying Options

Buy from Williams-Sonoma

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $250.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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