Last Updated on August 29, 2020
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Roasting pans are a staple in professional kitchens for good reason: They make meal preparation fast and easy, whether for 2 people or 20.
Yes, these large, tall-sided pans can make cooking everything from a whole turkey to a medley of vegetables quick and simple — if you know how to choose the best one for your kitchen.
Picking a great roasting pan can be HARD, especially if you don’t have any experience using them. That’s why we consulted with professional chefs to bring you this list of the 9 BEST ROASTING PANS available today.
In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to choose the best roasting pan for your kitchen. After that, we’ll introduce you to 9 different pans for every possible occasion before giving our final verdict on the best roasting pan for your money.
Here are the best roasting pans you can buy:
- Best Overall - Cuisinart Chef's Classic Roaster
- Runner Up - Circulon Nonstick Roasting Pan
- Best Premium Roasting Pan - Calphalon Contemporary Roasting Pan
- Best Anodized - All-Clad Hard Anodized Dishwasher Safe Roaster
- Best Roasting Pan Set - Calphalon Contemporary Hard Anodized Roasting Pan
- Best Budget Nonstick - Gibson Home 2 Piece Non-Stick Turkey Roaster
- Best Small Roasting Pan - Farberware Nonstick Roasting Pan with Rack
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9 Best Roasting Pans (2020 Reviews)
1. Best Overall - Cuisinart Chef's Classic Roaster
Cuisinart is one of the most well-known names in cookware, supplying reliable and effective kitchen equipment to amateurs and professionals alike. The company especially shines in the quality of their traditional cooking tools — like this beautiful roasting pan!
Constructed entirely of durable and attractive stainless steel, the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic roasting pan is as long-lasting as it is aesthetically pleasing. The solidly welded roast rack and riveted handles add to this toughness, making it a kitchen tool that can be passed down through generations.
The beveled edges make it easy to pour out drippings from your turkey into a waiting pot on the stovetop — perfect for making gravy with your meals. We love the angle of the handles on this roasting pan, as they make it easy to pick up and maneuver even when fully loaded.
Combine all of that with being entirely dishwasher safe and available at a great price, and it’s easy to see why this roasting pan from Cuisinart is our #1 pick.
Made entirely of durable and attractive stainless steel
Comfortable, ergonomic handle design
Totally nonstick and dishwasher safe
Drip-free edges make gravy easy
Roasting rack shape cooks evenly and thoroughly
Cannot be used on the stovetop
Not for use with induction burners
Measure your oven to make sure it will fit
2. Runner Up - Circulon Nonstick Roasting Pan
With its fast and even heating, this nonstick roasting pan from Circulon nearly secured a spot as our #1 pick — but was narrowly kept out of the running because of one recommendation the manufacturer makes; we’ll tell you all about that in the pros and cons section.
As far as pan size goes, the Circulon is one of the largest roasting pans that we reviewed: Measuring 17 inches by 13 inches, it’s large enough to roast a turkey or ham for an entire family! The U-shaped rack, with its easy-grip handles, makes the entire cooking and cleanup process fast and convenient.
The nonstick coating for this offering from Circulon is top-notch — but requires extra special care. Namely, the manufacturer recommends that you hand wash this pan. If it weren’t for this gripe, this product could have easily been our #1 pick.
Overall, it’s an excellent pan for the price that is made with durable construction and many thoughtful features. As long as you’re willing to hand wash it, it’s a fantastic roasting pan for the money.
Huge roasting capacity
Convenient U-shaped rack with easy-remove handles
Fast and even heating
Thick and durable steel construction
Excellent non-stick coating
Hand wash recommended to keep the nonstick coating in good condition
Inconvenient for cleanup
Non-stick coating may not be long-lasting
3. Best Premium Roasting Pan - Calphalon Contemporary Roasting Pan
Premium roasting pans, like this one from Calphalon, offer not just stunning aesthetics but thoughtfully designed features that make them as pleasurable to use as they are to look at. The Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel 16-inch Roaster with Nonstick V-Rack may sport a modern design, but its impressive functionality is truly old-school.
By sandwiching a heavy-gauge aluminum core between two layers of stainless steel, the Calphalon Contemporary is able to heat quickly and evenly — leading to perfectly browned roasts, without unnecessary sticking. Furthermore, the stainless steel surface is non-porous, meaning that it can be used with any type of utensil in your kitchen.
Capable of roasting up to 25 pounds, this pan is well-suited for even your largest meals. The inward-curving handles are the most comfortable out of any pan we tested, making it easy to transport from the oven to the stovetop to the table.
All of this would have been enough to make the Calphalon Contemporary our premium choice roasting pan, but we were truly amazed by how easy to use and versatile it is. First, it’s completely dishwasher safe — but maybe more amazingly, it’s also safe to take directly from the oven to the stovetop.
In short, no other roasting pan we reviewed could match up with the features offered by the Calphalon Contemporary. It’s pricey, but well worth every penny.
Fast, even heating
Compatible with all types of utensils
Generous 25-pound roasting capacity
Extremely durable, and comes with a lifetime warranty
Take it from the stove to the stovetop to the table
Compatible with induction stovetops
Comfortable handle design
Big investment to make if you only roast occasionally
4. Best Anodized - All-Clad Hard Anodized Dishwasher Safe Roaster
For the ultimate in non-stick roasting, you have to turn towards anodized cookware. Hard anodized aluminum cookware has been processed to make its surface virtually completely smooth — meaning that even the stickiest of burnt ends have nothing to hold onto.
All-Clad makes our favorite hard anodized roasting pan. The aluminum construction of the base is offset by stainless steel handles, but the roasting rack is just as non-stick as the base. It’s scratch-resistant and oven-safe to 500 degrees F, making it a roasting pan that’s built for the long haul.
A downside of anodized cookware, though, is that it’s always recommended to hand wash it. While it’s technically dishwasher safe, the large temperature changes and harsh chemicals in dishwashers can warp or bend the aluminum. Thankfully, the supremely non-stick nature of anodized cookware makes cleanup easy, even when you’re hand washing.
The most non-stick surface available
Durable scratch-resistant coating
Ergonomically designed handles for easy lifting
Lifetime warranty makes it a great investment
Big 25 pound roasting capacity
On the more expensive side
Cannot be used on the stovetop
Hand wash recommended
5. Best Roasting Pan Set - Calphalon Contemporary Hard Anodized Roasting Pan
Looking for an all-in-one solution to cooking your Thanksgiving turkey, Easter ham, or weeknight roast beef? Consider this five-piece roasting pan set from Calphalon to make your meal preparation fast and easy. It has everything you need to roast an excellent dinner — just add your meat of choice!
Coming with a hard anodized roasting pan, non-stick rack, two stainless steel roast lifters, and a stainless steel injection baster, this set simplifies the requirements of a holiday roast into one convenient package. We love how the 25-pound capacity and quick, even heating make cooking any size of meal a breeze.
Combine all that with an outstanding 3 layers of nonstick coating, though, and this set from Calphalon really stands out as a fantastic option for your kitchen. Unlike most hard anodized cookware, it’s completely dishwasher safe, too.
The only catch? It’s definitely on the pricier side. If you cook roasts regularly, it’s an amazing investment in your happiness at the dinner table.
All-in-one solution for dinner; no other tools needed
Safe for oven and stove top
Completely dishwasher safe
Hefty 25-pound capacity
Durable and comfortable handles
Three layers of nonstick coating
On the expensive side
Extra equipment may be unnecessary for some recipes
6. Best Budget Nonstick - Gibson Home 2 Piece Non-Stick Turkey Roaster
As the only roasting pan on our list with space-age xylan coating, the Gibson Home occupies a unique territory: It has the basics of everything you need in a roasting pan, but few other features to make it a sure choice. For the price, though, it’s hard to beat how well the non-stick coating works.
Measuring 16.5 inches by 12.5 inches by 3 inches, the Gibson Home roasting pan has slightly shorter sides than the pans we’ve reviewed so far. This means that transporting it from your stove can be a little more difficult than you might like.
Its carbon steel construction definitely gives it staying power, allowing it to heat quickly and evenly while resisting warping. The xylan coating is incredibly non-stick, but requires hand washing to maintain its desirable qualities. Overall, it’s a good pan for the price — but has some drawbacks, too.
Incredibly non-stick surface
Durable carbon steel construction
Good handle design
Hand wash only
Non-stick coating may not last forever
7. Best Small Roasting Pan - Farberware Nonstick Roasting Pan with Rack
It’s easy to see that most roasting pans are designed to hold a whole turkey or ham. But what can you do if you don’t need that much space — or your oven can’t hold a larger roasting pan?
In that case, you’d want to go for the Farberware nonstick roasting pan. At just 11 by 15 inches, it’s a diminutive option for people who want the convenience of a roasting pan, but don’t plan on cooking whole turkeys.
Made of heavy-gauge steel and coated with a durable non-stick silicone lining, it’s easy to use and easy to clean. Unfortunately, the chrome-plated roasting rack isn’t quite as non-stick. The handle design definitely leaves something to be desired by being too close to hot edges, too.
Overall, it’s a great option for anyone who needs a smaller roasting pan — but not the best choice for most.
Suitable for smaller ovens
Durable non-stick coating
Heavy-gauge steel is warp-resistant
Hand wash only
Handles are harder to use
Chrome plated rack is difficult to clean
8. Best Minimalist Choice - Chicago Metallic Professional Non-Stick Roast Pan with Non-Stick Rack
Sometimes, you don’t need a pan with all the bells and whistles — just one that gets the job done. For instance, if you need to order a roasting pan to be delivered to your relatives’ house for a holiday dinner, you wouldn’t want to go with the most expensive option available.
In cases like this, choose the Chicago Metallic roasting pan for its minimalist design and great price. Measuring just 13 by 9 inches, it makes a great roasting pan for smaller homes and apartments where your oven might not be large enough to accommodate top-of-the-line pans.
Made from an aluminum and steel composite material, this roasting pan heats quickly and evenly. A silicone-based coating makes it non-stick and oven safe up to 450 degrees F, though you may want to hand wash it to extend the life of the coating.
Minimalist and functional
Great heat conduction for fast, even roasting
Non-stick silicone coating works very well
No handles on pan; only on roasting rack
Hand wash recommended
9. Best Natural Option - Granite Ware 18-Inch Covered Oval Roaster
Another set, this one another solid ceramic nonstick set. Overall I like this Granite Ware Roaster a bit less than the GreenLife set above, but there’s one thing I like better: the dual spouts on the smaller 1 quart pot. It makes pouring easy for both right and left handed people, and adds a lot of versatility to an otherwise fairly standard pot.
The handles are also much sturdier steel as compared to the plastic of that above set, and likewise the core material is a hard anodized aluminum so it’s a bit better than the standard aluminum of the above.
But the less well designed lids and less appealing looks of this set push it just slightly lower. There is an argument to be made for either being better, mind you, and I like both, so this is still a very valid option; I’m just valuing design a bit higher than materials between these two. The prices are pretty much identical as well, so no need to feel bad about that either.
No chemical coatings
Excellent non-stick finish
Scratch resistant and durable
Lid automatically bastes while roasting
Cool, old-school style
On the smaller side
Porcelain finish chips somewhat easily
All things taken into consideration, we’re huge advocates of the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless 16-Inch Rectangular Roaster with Rack. It has a perfect balance of everything that you might need in a roasting pan, without going overboard on any feature. Combine that with an excellent price, and we can strongly recommend it for all your roasting needs.
Thank you for reading today, and we hope this guide has answered all of your roasting pan questions. Good luck with all of your kitchen adventures!
How to Choose the Best Roasting Pan
While the most common use for a roasting pan is to evenly cook large cuts of meat, they’re actually versatile enough to incorporate into your nightly dinner plans — if you choose one that is user-friendly.
With that in mind, look for the following features in any roasting pan you buy. They’ll help turn this piece of kitchen equipment from an occasional-use item into your new favorite dinnertime staple.
Nonstick is Essential!
Whether you’re roasting a whole turkey or a pan of lasagna, the prolonged cooking times and high heat of roasting can make cleanup a real hassle. The last thing anyone wants after a delicious meal is an hour of cleaning dishes, too.
Avoid all of the soaking and scrubbing by only choosing roasting pans that are durable and nonstick. This can include all stainless steel construction or silicon coatings, though we’re especially fond of anodized cookware. In our experience, it does the best job of resisting stuck-on grease and sugars.
Pay Attention to the Handles
Roasting pans can accommodate a lot of weight. With the average whole turkey weighing in at around 16 pounds, it’s especially important to have sturdy, ergonomic handles. In fact, this feature can make or break a roasting pan for us. If it’s not easy to handle, you won’t end up using it often — simple as that.
The best roasting pans have comfortably shaped handles, secured with sturdy rivets. You can find less expensive roasting pans with moving handles (or none at all), but these will always have limited utility in the kitchen.
Check the Size
Most roasting pans are made specifically to hold a whole turkey, measuring somewhere in the neighborhood of 16 inches by 12 inches. This size is often the most convenient and multipurpose, allowing you to use it for any recipe that calls for roasting.
Unless you’re looking for a pan strictly for roasting vegetables, stick with this standard size.
With those three features in mind, let’s take a closer look at the best roasting pans for your money. We hand-selected each item on this list based on its value compared to those features, and have options for every budget.