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Ronco Showtime Rotisserie Review

Updated: August 15, 2016

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Pros

  • Turns out crisp-skinned chicken
  • Most parts are dishwasher safe
  • Cooks food relatively quickly
  • Clear instructions and recipes

Cons

  • Nonstick coating may flake off
  • Big and bulky
  • Build quality could be better
Our Analysis
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We did read some complaints about the Showtime Standard Rotisserie. Most focus on the machine's build quality, namely Teflon coating that wears off and that rods squeak as they turn. Ronco's customer service also is criticized by a few consumers. We also read that the Showtime Rotisserie eats up countertop real estate and gets quite hot during cooking. Despite these flaws, most owners agree that this rotisserie is a good value.

The Ronco Rotisserie weighs 28 pounds and plugs into a standard electrical outlet. An automatic three-hour timer shuts the oven off once the cooking cycle is complete. The rotisserie comes with food ties, two flavor injectors, Teflon-coated drip tray, thermometer, non-stick roasting basket, one spit rod, four kabob rods, a carving fork/knife, rubber gloves, instructional video and recipe booklet. Be aware that Ronco sells several versions of this oven with different exterior finishes and differing accessories.

We read the best review of the Showtime Standard Rotisserie in The Wall Street Journal, where it goes head-to-head with four other countertop ovens. To see what owners are saying about this device, we turned to Epinions.com, where we found more than 170 user reviews. We also read candid owner reviews at Amazon.com, InformercialRatings.com, ConsumerAffairs.com, Sears.com, and Egullet.org.

Our Sources

1. The Wall Street Journal
Lisa Kalis, Jan. 14, 2005

Reporter Lisa Kalis orders five countertop rotisseries, roasting a chicken in each. The Ronco Showtime Compact isn't easy to assemble (it takes five attempts to get a small chicken centered on the rods), but it does turn out a chicken that is better than a regular oven-roasted bird. The skin is crispy and the flesh juicy. Kalis gives it the Journal's Best Overall award. This rotisserie also cooks the chicken in the shortest amount of time of all rotisseries tested.

Contributors to Epinions.com,

The Ronco Showtime Rotisserie earns an average of 4.5 stars out of five in about 175 reviews at Epinions.com. The majority is happy with this rotisserie, which users say turns out moist and flavorful meats. We read some complaints, which are divided between Ronco's customer service and the difficulty of cleaning this machine. But even owners who post negative reviews of this rotisserie say it turned out delicious food.

Contributors to Amazon.com,

More than two dozen contributors to Amazon.com give the Ronco Standard Rotisserie overwhelmingly positive reviews. The majority says it turns out evenly browned, juicy meat, and it's easy to use. Users say that they can't stop staring at the Ronco Rotisserie as the meat spins, and clean-up is easy because the drip tray, spit and basket are dishwasher-safe.

Editor of TVGadgetJudge.com,

Having prepared a wide variety of meats and vegetables in the Ronco Showtime Rotisserie, the anonymous editor of this gadget-review blog gives this machine his highest rating. Chickens and rib roasts prepared in this unit are difficult to resist, he writes, but because vegetables shrink, they sometime fall out of the cooking basket. Small roasts and steaks "tend to be a little dry," notes the reviewer.

Contributors to Egullet.org,

Contributors to this food forum discuss the merits of the Ronco Showtime Rotisserie. The consensus is that it does a very good job roasting chicken, but some contributors say it's a pain to clean. One reviewer says that he has to cook a large chicken for 90 minutes in order to achieve crispy, well-browned skin.

Diana Rattray,

Diana Rattray, About.com's guide to Southern food, offers a favorable review of the Ronco Showtime Indoor Rotisserie. She finds it easy to assemble and notes that grease drips off while the spit rod turns – "a real plus for the health-conscious," but notes that it's heavy, and it's also difficult to keep the interior clean. She deems the accompanying video and instructions "excellent." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)

Contributors to InfomercialRatings.com,

Reviews here give the Showtime Rotisserie above-average marks for performance. Many say it's easy to use, and it turns out moist, perfectly cooked chickens, turkeys and roasts. We read some complaints about the spit rod, which is said to be squeaky, and the rotisserie's build quality, which is said to be only fair.

Contributors to Sears.com,

Sprinkled among the roughly 10 reviews here are comments about the Showtime Platinum Edition Rotisserie. The majority is very happy with Ronco's rotisseries, which are said to turn out moist, tender meat.

Contributors to ConsumerAffairs.com,

Scattered complaints here about the Ronco Showtime Rotisserie center on Ronco's customer service; some owners who sent their rotisseries back to the manufacturer say that they have not received replacement units.

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