Best Rotisserie Ovens in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update February 24, 2019
What is the best way to cook healthy and delicious chicken? Is there any appliance that can roast poultry with a golden crust and yet fat-free? You might be surprised but there is. Find one of the best rotisserie ovens in our review and come up with your favourite meals just as you like them. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Cooking Modes
Cooking Capacity
Cooking Temperature
Power
Controls
Usability
Extras
Size
Warranty
 
PROS

You can control each of the four heating elements and the hotplates separately to cook your dishes evenly.

CONS

The glass door heats up during long cooking sessions and has to be opened carefully.

OUR VERDICT

This large capacity oven from Tower is great if you plan on cooking for the whole family as it has plenty of space for the food. Plus, there are multiple cooking modes with the user getting full control of the process. If you want delicious and refined dishes, this is the best rotisserie oven money can buy.

detailed parameters
Type

Horizontal

Cooking Modes

3 oven functions, 3 hot plate settings (independent/dual), adjustable temperature

Cooking Capacity

42 L

Cooking Temperature

100°C - 230°C

Power

Oven: 2000 W

Hotplates: 1000 W and 600 W

Controls

Mechanical

Usability

60 minute timer, dual hotplates, non-slip feet, inner light

Extras

Baking tray, wirerack, tray handle, rotisserie fork

Size

36 x 56 x 34.5 cm

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The two separate doors provide easy access into the oven so putting dishes in and taking them out will be easy.

CONS

The legs aren't very sturdy.

OUR VERDICT

This small model from JMP is great for cooking medium-sized chickens and turkeys as well as roasting vegetables on kebab skewers. If you're cooking for just yourself or a family of two, this device will save your time, provide you with tasty meals, and make cooking easier.

detailed parameters
Type

Horizontal

Cooking Modes

Manual temperature and timer regulation

Cooking Capacity

~ 15 L

Cooking Temperature

Low and high temperature settings

Power

1200 W

Controls

Mechanical

Usability

Clear-view design, two glass doors with handles

Extras

7 kebab skewers, rotating basket, loading rack, grill rack, 2 rotisserie forks, drip tray, heating element tool

Size

33.2 x 44.2 x 25 cm

Warranty

30 days

PROS

The vertical design helps get excess fat and juices rolling right down into the drip tray.

CONS

No temperature adjustment controls are available.

OUR VERDICT

This is a great model for those who want a reasonably priced and compact oven that can still make quite a bit of food in no time. It's effective, easy to keep clean thanks to a drip tray, and the 7 skewers allow for making several dishes at a time. The Quest 34020 is a great find for quick meals.

detailed parameters
Type

Vertical

Cooking Modes

Manual time regulation

Cooking Capacity

21 L

Cooking Temperature

Preset temperature

Power

1500 W

Controls

Mechanical

Usability

60 minute timer, anti-slip feet, sliding glass door with auto shut-off

Extras

7 kebab skewers, drip tray

Size

45 x 27 x 33 cm

Warranty

30 days

PROS

The convection mode will give the meat a nice golden crust as it roasts on all sides.

CONS

The rotisserie bar is a bit fiddly to insert.

OUR VERDICT

This is an energy-efficient and reasonably priced oven that still boasts good capacity and power, making it perfect if you're cooking for a whole family. The meat gets a nice roast with a juicy crust and the hotplates will help you warm up leftovers to enjoy a hearty breakfast. Definitely an all-in-one kitchen helper for those seeking a bargain.

detailed parameters
Type

Horizontal

Cooking Modes

Convection function, manual temperature and timer regulation, adjustment of the heating units' operation

Cooking Capacity

26 L

Cooking Temperature

100°C - 230°C

Power

Oven: 1600 W

Hotplates: 600 W (each)

Controls

Mechanical

Usability

60 minute timer, non-slip feet, dual hotplates

Extras

Wire rack, baking tray, tray handle, rotisserie skewers, rotisserie handle, removable crumb tray

Size

41.6 x 49.2 x 34 cm

Warranty

30 days

PROS

This model has a halogen lamp that's not only energy-efficient but cooks the food 46% faster than convection ovens do.

CONS

The oven is designed in a way that restricts your view of the food.

OUR VERDICT

If you're on a tight budget and need an oven that not only costs little but doesn't drum up high electricity bills, this is the one for you. This JML model cooks anything you want and gives meat a nice juicy crust and yet it's very efficient in use and keeps up with high-end expensive competitors. Definitely a good buy for a thrifty cook!

detailed parameters
Type

Horizontal

Cooking Modes

Manual temperature and timer regulation, rotary control, fan speed control

Cooking Capacity

11.37 L

Cooking Temperature

75°C - 250°C

Power

1500 W

Controls

Mechanical with LED display

Usability

Digital timer with 'delay' function, wide sturdy base

Extras

High/low rack, spindle, fork, air-frying basket, tongs, basket hook and stand, oil sprayer, frying pan, steak rack, skewer drum, roasting pan

Size

13 x 14 x 15 cm

Warranty

1 year

Tower T14014

Both Sides Now

Tired of walking by those delectable roasted chickens in the supermarket and envying the crispy meat since your oven doesn’t quite manage that? Well, you can actually easily get that kind of roast at home if you use a tabletop rotisserie oven. For the best quality, we recommend the Tower T14014 Mini.

Though it might look like a microwave at first glance, this sleek black appliance is a full-blown oven with 2000 W of power. More than that, it has two hotplates with 1000 W and 600 W of power each. They can be used for roasting, frying, and quickly heating up meals as well.

But the addition of hotplates isn’t just a question of utility, it’s also a big help in keeping the meat roasted evenly. Since you can control each of the 4 heating elements and 2 hotplates separately, you can quickly cook the meat through in spots that might have been left underdone otherwise. This will help keep your meals perfect as can be with a crispy finish on the skin.

Just make sure not to get too giddy as you rush to take out the meal because the glass door of the Tower T14014 Mini gets quite hot in the operation. Make sure you’re wearing a potholder or at least grab the handle through a towel or something similar lest you burn yourself on the heated-up glass.

Review of Tower T14014 Mini Oven with Double Hotplates and Rotisserie

More Than Enough

But it’s not enough to simply leave all heating elements in the oven on full blast if you want to make truly delicious meals using the Tower T14014 Mini. Thankfully, the oven gives you full control, offering 3 oven function, 3 hot plate settings, and the chance to adjust the temperature in a wide range. Specifically, you can set it at any level between 100°C and 230°C, more than enough variety to make all kinds of dishes. You can adjust the cooking timer, the temperature, and which parts of the oven are on by simply turning one of the three knobs on the oven’s body.

Plus, you should definitely take advantage of the accessories that come with the Tower T14014 Mini to expand your cooking skills. Things like the baking tray for pizza and pastries, a wire rack, and a rotisserie fork will all come in handy sooner or later as you create tasty pastries or roast chickens or turkeys whole. The latter is completely possible, by the way, thanks to the 42 L capacity of the oven. You could squeeze a pretty fat bird in there and, in an hour or so, end up with enough meat for a feast.

So if you’re planning on serving up versatile dishes for a whole family (and maybe even some friends), this 42 L oven from Tower will be of immense help. It’s easy to control, has many modes of operation, and enough power and space to roast a chicken whole. Definitely a must-have for big households.

Tower T14014 Mini Oven with Double Hotplates and Rotisserie in the use

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JMP Deluxe

Size Matters

Having a small yet powerful oven to help cook meat while you go about other kitchen chores would be a blessing for most people nowadays. If you’re swamped with your busy lifestyle and have little space in your kitchen but still want to enjoy roasts, the JMP Deluxe Oven is just what the doctor ordered!

Though this mini oven has just 15 L of capacity, it’s enough to roast a small chicken or turkey whole. It’s a great option if you’re cooking for yourself only or for your spouse while bigger families might want to have something else boiling on the stove while the JMP Deluxe roasts away.

And roast it will, all thanks to the 1200 W of power that the oven uses to cook the meat evenly and quickly. You won’t have any trouble with parts of the meat not being done as the two rotisserie forks that come with the purchase will rotate the food and let it get exposed to heat on each side. And if you’re afraid of the dish falling off, there’s a rotating basket to hold the meal and keep it from dropping into the nifty drip tray, which collects all excess juices so you won’t have to scrub the oven after every use. You can also rely on the seven kebab skewers that allow for roasting several pieces of meat at once, making it easier to cook for people with different tastes.

Review of JMP Deluxe Rotisserie and Oven

Don't Rock the Boat

Cooking through even a big chunk of meat should be easy enough but that’s not the end of the JPM Deluxe’s convenient features. The unique double-door design allows for easy access to the inside of the oven so you won’t burn yourself on the parts that might get hot during operation. And even dishes that fill up the 15 L oven will be easy to reach without worries about tipping over the dripping tray. Just make sure not to rock the oven itself as its feet aren’t non-skid. You don’t want to spend an hour roasting a bird just to have the dish ruined when the JPM Deluxe gets knocked off of the countertop.

Speaking of the time spent cooking, you can adjust both the temperature and timer here to control how well-cooked you want the meat to be. Sadly, the choice of temperature is constrained by two “low” and “high” settings, instead of giving you a full range. It’s not much of a problem for basic dishes but a bit annoying if you want to make some high cuisine.

All in all, those cooking for themselves or a partner should love this compact electric oven. It takes up little space, roasts food quick, and comes with many accessories to make your cooking easier and more versatile.

JMP Deluxe Rotisserie and Oven in the use

 

Quest 34020

Go High

Isn’t it annoying how most portable ovens nowadays are these stainless steel monstrosities taking up half of your countertop and whirring like a truck while they cook? If you said yes, you’ll be happy to hear about the Quest 34020.

Not only is this model vertical, thus taking up less space than horizontal ones by design, it’s also quite compact for a vertical one as is. At just 45 x 27 x 33 cm, you can easily fit it onto your kitchen table and slide under the wall-hanging cabinets. Now, you might think that this kind of size makes it less than capacious but the Quest 34020 easily fits up to 21 L. This means a whole chicken or turkey can be stuffed in there along with some potatoes or vegetables so you can cook a whole roast at once.

And you don’t have to restrict yourself to roasting whole birds only as the 7 kebab skewers that come with the oven will help make small kebabs using meat and vegetables. Don’t worry about having to wipe up the juices from the food either as the drip tray will be picking up any debris and excess fat. This is most effective thanks to the vertical orientation of the oven as all juice rolls straight down to the tray. Yet another benefit of the compact Quest 34020 that’s simply not available in the horizontal competitors.

Review of Quest 34020 Vertical Rotisserie Grill with Timer

Keeps It Simple

Thanks to the transparent body of the Quest 34020, you can watch as the food is being cooked and not only get an appetite but also see how much longer the meat needs before completion. And since the cooking wouldn’t be very effective if the dish stayed still, getting only one side roasted, the oven offers a practical solution. The skewers are inserted into special grooves that hold them and spin 360 degrees so the food gets an even roast on all sides.

Sadly, we did feel like the lack of temperature controls restricted the choice of dishes one can make with this model since you can only determine the cooking time. Some dishes are better off being cooked longer but on low temperature which this oven doesn’t offer. So those that are getting into slow-cooking might want to get an additional appliance for that purpose.

Other than that, there’s very little to dislike about the Quest 34020. If you want good roasts done quick, this vertical oven is a compact and efficient solution. It can hold a lot of food, makes maintenance easy thanks to a well-placed drip tray, and comes with 7 skewers so you can cook different meal ingredients all at once. While it’s not a high-cuisine option, it’s more than serviceable for daily food making.

Quest 34020 Vertical Rotisserie Grill with Timer in the use

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Quest 35370

Keep Those Bills Low

Tired of slaving away at the stove for hours only to get food that tastes alright but looks nothing like the stuff you see in restaurants? Well, there’s a solution to that and we believe it’s an important one because we take food in with our eyes first and foremost. So, without further ado, let’s take a close look at the Quest 35370 and why its cooking is so delectable.

Right away, as you set this wide horizontal oven on your kitchen counter, we suggest you turn on the convection mode. This will not only speed up the cooking process but also ensure that any meat you cook gets this golden crisp on all sides without any char. No longer do you have to rub butter into the chicken, making it less-than-diet-friendly, or have to deal with burnt spots that appear when you try to do a nice crisp all over. Instead, the oven just rotates the dish, browning it and using all of its 1600 W of power to cook your meal to perfection.

Now, you might be thinking “that sounds like it’d wreak havoc on my electricity bills” and we’re happy to report that it’s not the case. Thanks to the A mark in energy efficiency, you can rest assured that the Quest 35370 will consume less energy than most similar ovens without losing anything in terms of power.

Review of Quest 35370 Benross Convection Rotisserie Oven

No Hit to Your Budget

Piling onto the aforementioned advantages, we can’t “afford” to mention one small thing. That is the price, which is, indeed, as low as it could reasonably be and makes this an affordable appliance. It’s a huge bargain considering the wealth of accessories that come with the oven and the numerous control options, including a full temperature range. Those who want to do more than just roast meat will be glad to use the baking tray and the hotplates on top of the stove to bake pastries and fry up some dishes to create a three-course dinner in half the time it’d usually take.

We do admit that a price like that demands some concessions and the oven is a bit shoddy in some places. For one, the rotisserie bar takes some force to insert but you have to be careful not to damage anything or drop the meat off of it in the process. It’s a mild annoyance but one that’s worth noting. Other than that and a design that might not be to everyone’s liking, we can’t find many (or any, really) faults in the Quest 35370.

With all that said, you can clearly see how and why this model deserves one of the top spots in our lineup. It combines power, efficiency, and low price to create a budget-friendly model that wouldn’t be out of place in a professional kitchen.

Quest 35370 Benross Convection Rotisserie Oven in the use

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JML 14 Pc Set

All Hail Halogen

Want something with the compact and elegant design of a pressure cooker but with the capability to roast and fry and pretty much everything but the kitchen sink? Well, rotisserie ovens are a good choice here but you could get ambitious and ask for even more. For example, could we find one that matches the description and is also affordable and economical? You betcha and it’s right here - the JML 14 PC Set Deluxe.

This model uses a halogen lamp (unusual, right?) to cook food. Now, you might not know exactly what it means but the specialists have helpfully specified that this makes the JML oven 46% faster at roasting meat than a convection model. A priceless feature for cases where you have guests coming over soon and need to stir up a feast or need to head to work but don’t have even a bite in your fridge. And that’s not all as halogen is also more energy-efficient, which means your electricity bills won’t be staggering even if you cook every single day.

Now, the oven is designed specifically to keep the heat and the light from the halogen lamp in, which means your view of the food will be limited. It’s not much of a problem since you can control how long the dish is cooked and at what temperature but it’s always nice to see the cooking process with juices running off of the meat.

Review of JML 14 Pc Set Deluxe Halogen Cooking With Rotisserie Function

Accessories Aplenty

We can definitely call the JML 14 PC Set Deluxe a perfect choice for bachelors and bachelorettes living alone that want to expand their cooking options. Sure, the 11.37 L capacity means you won’t be cooking several dishes at a time or serving up whole geese but a chicken or a turkey can fit easily into the oven. As for the versatility, well, the device comes with plenty of accessories to make cooking new dishes easier.

For example, you get an air-frying basket and tongs so you can make crispy and non-fatty fries in the comfort of your home. Alternatively, you could do a kind of stir-fry using two of the pans that you get with the oven. Plus, if the pieces of meat aren’t too big, you can roast two at once using the racks, making it easier to quickly conjure up a meal for two if you have a date coming over.

Cooking is also pretty easy thanks to the aforementioned control. You can adjust the timer and temperature as well as the rotation of the dish. That way you can quickly finish off the roast if one side of the dish is undercooked. Plus, you also control the fan speed to help the smell dissipate faster or, conversely, let it linger around to get your appetite going.

All things considered, we simply can’t see any serious reasons why someone who lives alone and wants good dishes would dislike the JML 14 PC Set Deluxe. Sure, it’s not intended for large families but those who want to nosh on tasty food that takes little time and effort to cook should snag this model right away.

JML 14 Pc Set Deluxe Halogen Cooking With Rotisserie Function in the use

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What Is a Rotisserie Oven?

A rotisserie oven is an efficient and user-friendly appliance used for at-home cooking healthy and delicious poultry and meat. Usually, a rotisserie oven comes with one or two spits for roasting a whole chicken or any other poultry. So, what's the secret of that amazing fragrance and taste of the chicken pieces cooked in this oven? They've been achieved due to the even juice distribution along the entire chicken through its slow turning around in the oven. The beauty of rotisserie ovens is that they can be used for roasting not only poultry but any other meat, seafood, and vegetables. They feature a wide set of additional accessories and so, can expand your cooking options by times. So, look out and find the model to suit your daily needs!

To cook a healthy and delicious family breakfast, you may want to acquire one of these fantastic juicers that are on the peak of popularity in the market, as well as a toaster maker for frying mouth-watering toasts with marmalade or honey.

What Features to Compare

Type

Selecting a chicken rotisserie oven, first of all, you should consider what kind of appliance you need. There are two main types of ovens - horizontal and vertical. Horizontal ovens may look somewhat bulky, but, as a rule, they are much more capacious and can accommodate a bigger poultry or a chunk of meat. Vertical rotisserie ovens are a bit smaller due to their prolongated shape and so, they fit best smaller chickens (or turkeys). Still, both ovens can do a great job, roasting meat to the doneness degree you like the most, enveloping it in a yummy golden brown crust.

Usability

The second feature you should keep in mind while selecting an oven is its functionality. Consider cooking modes and an adjustable timer to preset the desired cooking time. An audio beep signal and an auto-off feature allow for the most comfortable and safe use of the oven, informing you of the cooking process and turning the device off in case of improper use. Some sophisticated models boast a convection function which provides hot air circulation and cuts down greatly on the pre-heating time. Ovens with a built-in thermostat will suit those users who'd like to adjust the temperature manually, varying it in a wide range. Go for a powerful oven with at least 1,000-Watt yield to be able to cook not only easy but quickly as well. With a performing rotisserie oven, cooking for a big family will be a breeze. Or you can opt for a less-powerful but portable oven and use it on a patio or in the backyard throwing fantastic BBQ parties for one and all.

Extras

Depending on the included accessories, a rotisserie oven can be used for cooking a variety of dishes. Most of them are equipped with a spit and a drip tray to collect excess fat running out of meat. A baking pan and oven rack(s) allow baking pizza, toasts, and smaller pieces of meat. The fans of shish kabob will appreciate having an oven with skewers. Some rotisserie ovens can be supplied with heat-resistant gloves to enable a more secure way of extracting cooked food out of the hot unit. If they aren't, you can always buy some separately. A recipe book is another bonus you can find along with some ovens.

Did you know?

Origin of the Word

Have you ever wondered when the word “rotisserie” first appeared and why it's used in its current context? Even though the ovens we use today are a relatively new invention, the term we’re looking at originated sometime around 1450 in France. Back then, in the medieval times, meat was cooked on the spit, the rotisseries itself. A servant turned the metal skewer slowly to guarantee that the food would be roasted evenly.

Of course, food has always been loved all around the world and it didn’t take long for mechanical spits to be created. They were made using either steam, clockworks, or even animals. With this more reliable appliance, the method became even more popular despite the advance of new techniques and recipes.

Then, as the twentieth century was about to come, Ron Popeil invented an electric home rotisserie oven and everyone received access to delicious rotisserie chicken and turkey. No servants, steam engines, or fire pits were required!

Why Not Just Buy Chicken in a Supermarket?

Whenever you go to big chain supermarkets, you are likely to see a department where big, juicy, and perfect-looking roasted chickens are sold. And, if you’ve ever looked at the prices, they seem to be quite low, shockingly low for a whole roasted chicken! So, you may be wondering why these ready-to-go foods are so cheap and why I need to buy an oven and spend time cooking a whole chicken if I can get one in a supermarket? Well, some studies have been done and it seems like the attractive prices may be not as wonderful as they seem.

People tend to get suspicious when something seems too good to be true. Some say that the birds you see on display are those that were about to expire and go beyond their “sell-by” date. Supposedly, the shops just take this unsellable poultry, cook it, and prop it up for customers to buy as a quick dinner replacement. Others suppose that the roasted chicken and turkey are so-called “loss leaders”. That’s a product that ultimately costs the store itself some money but brings in enough customers to recoup the losses and earn much more than it loses. But these two theories aren’t exactly correct. What’s the right reason for the alluring prices for the juicy meat?

Why Is Store Chicken So Cheap?

Well, this may sound strange but the already-cooked chicken isn’t actually cheaper than the raw meat. Sure, if you take three random birds from the deli and three random ones from the meat section, the deli ones will cost less, because the cost is calculated per each chicken. However, it actually should be calculated per pound and, when you do it properly, raw meat is usually far less expensive. You see, the rotisserie products are plumper and they look delicious, but they are hollowed out and they lose a lot of the fat and juice in the process, which might make them healthier, but it cuts into their weight. So in the end, you’ll be paying more for the same product.

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Publish Date: 2018-01-18 15:01:30