The Rival RO180 Roaster Oven is one of the best roaster oven on the market. Here are the reasons behind highly positive reviews.
The Rival RO180 surprised me with how much actually fit into the roaster oven. Being an 18 quart model, it’s smaller than many of the other products on the market. It still can hold up to an 18 pound turkey, which can feed quite a large group. Recipes for slow cookers, baking, roasting, and those included with the menu book included with the roaster when it’s purchased can easily feed up to 8 people without struggling.
Having the capacity it does, the RO180 surprised me by being able to fit baking pans easily, with room to spare for easy removal when baking is complete. Prepping and baking a cake was a breeze, and handling a large muffin pan was also no problem for the roaster.
Easy to Use
The removable rack and roasting pan in the oven makes it easy to pull the completed meals from the roaster and as an added bonus the roasting pan can be used to serve from without making a mess on any other serving dishes.
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Wide Temperature Range
The wide temperature range is great for being able to handle high heat needs or for when you want to slow cook a meal. With the range spreading from 150 degrees to 450 degrees you can handle just about any recipe in your cookbook.
Energy efficiency is becoming a big part of our lives as we look to save money by reducing bills. The less often a standard convection oven is put to use by using a roaster oven the more money you’ll save on your energy bills. Not only can using the RO180 save up to 77 percent of the power usage of a standard oven, but it will also cook your food more swiftly as well, saving time along with cash.
The Not So Good
While the unit has stay cool handles that allow for moving the roaster while it’s still hot, the sides of the roaster oven do get very hot so you have to be careful while moving it to only touch the handles. That can be difficult when the roaster is full, as the roaster itself weighs in at nearly 15 pounds, so with an added 18 pound roast that brings the total possible weight up to 33 pounds. I found it was best to find a place to set up the roaster on the counter and leave it there in one place after I began cooking with it. The size of the roaster also made cleaning the cooking well difficult to manage.
An issue with finding a place to set the roaster oven to start cooking with it is the length of the power cord. While the roaster itself can fit easily onto most counters, it needs to be relatively close to an outlet because the cord is rather short.
One last item of note that detracts from the roaster oven is that while the temperature dial has a wide range of temperatures it can be hard to set to an exact temperature. For roasting this wasn’t an issue, as just having the temperature in the general range was fine for the long hours roasting takes. However, for baking where temperatures needed to be more precise I used an oven thermometer to test the temp after preheating.