The 12 Best Roasting Pans for Every Home Cook, According to Thousands of Reviews
Roasting pans are one of the most versatile additions you can make to your cookware collection. Most of them can go straight from the stovetop for searing to the oven for roasting. And even though we all associate them with Thanksgiving and our favorite turkey recipes, they can be used 365 days of the year (if you're that ambitious).
They have high walls that trap heat inside and leave plenty of room to store pan liquids for basting, making them ideal for roasting meats like turkey, chicken, game hens, pork, beef, duck, and more. Roasting pans may also be used to roast vegetables, either by themselves or alongside a meat roast. And if you want, you can use your roasting pan as an oversized baking dish for extra-large casserole, cakes, lasagna, and more. We've compiled the best roasting pans for every type of home cook, according to thousands of online reviews. Here are the 12 best roasting pans you can buy this year.
Best Roasting Pans at a Glance
- Best Overall: Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick Roasting Pan
- Best Value: Farberware Nonstick Steel Roaster with Flat Rack
- Best High-End: All-Clad Stainless-Steel Roasting Pan
- Best Nonstick: Circulon Nonstick Roasting Pan
- Best Stainless Steel: Cuisinart Chef's Classic Stainless Roaster with Rack
- Best Carbon Steel: Made In Roasting Pan
- Best with Lid: Mr Rudolf Roasting with Lid and Rack
- Best for Grilling: All-Clad Outdoor Roaster
- Best Oven-to-Table: Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Roaster
- Best Oval: Granite Ware Covered Oval Roaster
- Best Extra-Large: Anolon Triply Clad Stainless Steel Roaster
- Best Petite: Chicago Metallic Petite Roast Pan
What to Consider When Buying a Roasting Pan
There are a lot of roasting pans on the market. A quick Google search for roasting pans will confirm that. And it's sure to leave you with plenty of questions. Should you go with stainless steel or nonstick? Or something else entirely? Which is better — rectangular roasting pans or oval ones? Below, peruse the important details to consider to guarantee you've chosen the best pan for your cooking style and needs.
If you're buying a roasting pan specifically for Thanksgiving, you'll obviously want to buy one that is large enough to accommodate a full-size turkey. But you don't want one so big that it won't fit in your oven. Be sure to check your oven's dimensions before you click "add to cart."
If you're in the market for a roasting pan for smaller roasts, like chicken or game hens, there are petite models available that will save you money and cabinet space. But a larger size will be your most versatile option, so long as it can fit in your oven.
You'll find roasting pans in this review made of all different materials: stainless steel, nonstick, enameled cast iron, and carbon steel. Each has its own advantages.
Stainless steel is an excellent conductor of heat, durable, and can be used in the oven as well as on the stovetop. Based on the sheer volume of stainless steel models on the market, it's clear that this is a favorite among consumers.
Nonstick, however, might be the best for those looking for the easiest cleanup possible. Some roasting pans featured in this review give you the best of both worlds: a stainless-steel pan with a nonstick roasting rack.
Carbon steel roasting pans are less common, but it's a great choice of material for a roasting pan because it does well at retaining heat, can be used on both the stove-top and in the oven, and tends to be more affordable than its stainless steel counterparts.
If you're wanting to take your turkey straight from the oven to the table, enameled cast iron is the obvious choice. It has the functionality of a roasting pan (thanks to the cast iron), but with the elegance of your finest dinnerware, thanks to the enamel finish. You may also find ceramic and glass roasting pans on the market, but we chose not to include them in this review because they aren't flameproof, and thus cannot be used on the stovetop.
Most roasting pans on the market (and in this review) are rectangular. The reason for this is because they give you more cooking area than, say, oval pans. If you're cooking smaller birds like chicken, rectangular pans will allow you to fit more than one (depending on the size). But it ultimately comes down to personal preference. Oval roasting pans are still popular for their elegant, attractive shape.
Flat Racks vs. V Racks
When shopping for roasting pans, the first thing to note is some come with racks and some don't. While racks aren't necessary for roasting (you can always layer vegetables along the bottom of the pan for the turkey to rest on), they certainly make it easy to keep the bottom of your turkey crisp and evenly cooked, as opposed to letting it sit in its cooking liquid (nobody wants a soggy bottom).
Roasting racks come in two different styles: flat and V-shaped. Proponents of the V-shaped rack argue that it holds the roast more steady, while flat-rack enthusiasts argue that they are versatile, as they have more surface area for larger roasts that include vegetables and aromatics.
Now that you know what to look out for, keep scrolling to shop the best roasting pans, each of which has hundreds of glowing reviews.