Reviewers agree the 16-inch Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Roaster with V Rack is a standout at evenly browning meat or vegetables. This sturdy pan's tri-ply construction makes for superior heat conduction, particularly on the stovetop. Experts say that pans made with only a single layer or aluminum or stainless steel tend to warp more than those with an aluminum core sandwiched in between stainless steel (or another metal). Like most stainless cookware, this Calphalon pan is safe to use under the broiler and place in the dishwasher. For cooks who want a nonstick roasting pan, experts and owners suggest the Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick Roaster Set (*Est. $80).
In addition to versatility and excellent cooking results, expert reviews of the Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Roaster with V Rack praise its design and that of the nonstick rack that comes with it. Testers say the rounded corners make it easy to stir sauces with a whisk, and the 5-inch-wide handles are roomy enough for potholders. Owners say this 8-pound pan isn't too heavy to lift, and its stainless-steel surface is easy to clean. Calphalon offers a lifetime warranty on this roasting pan.
We found a recent professional review of the Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Roaster with V Rack at Fine Cooking magazine and two older reviews at Cook's Illustrated magazine. User reviews from owners at Cooking.com and Amazon.com are mostly positive.
1. Fine Cooking
Editors at Fine Cooking magazine compare nine roasting pans by cooking a turkey and potatoes in the oven and making gravy on the stovetop. They also evaluate each pan's size, shape, weight, handles and rack. They recommend the Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Roaster with V Rack as the best budget pick.
Review: Test Drive: Roasting Pans, Garth Clingingsmith, Sept. 2011
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors at Cook's Illustrated magazine test eight roasting pans priced at $200 or less, including the Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Roaster with V Rack. All but one is a stainless-steel roaster. They roast a 15-pound turkey and deglaze the pan to make gravy, and they sear a 5-pound pork loin on the stovetop before oven-roasting it and roasting potatoes. Four roasting pans are recommended.
Review: Roasting Pans, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Dec. 2006
3. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors at Cook's Illustrated magazine evaluate the Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Roaster with V Rack -- along with three other pans -- to determine whether stainless-steel or nonstick pans perform better. Editors sear chicken and beef on the stovetop and then roast meats and potatoes in the oven. Finally, they use the drippings to make gravy on the stovetop.
Review: Do You Need a Nonstick Roasting Pan?, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Nov. 2008
Retailer Cooking.com invites owners to post reviews of their cookware. More than 80 owners give the Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Roaster with V Rack an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. The 40 or so owners who have written brief reviews say this roasting pan looks great and is easy to clean.
Review: Roasting Pan with Nonstick Rack: Contemporary Stainless by Calphalon, Contributors to Cooking.com
Normally, Amazon.com has a large number of reviews on kitchen items, but very few roasting pans have accumulated more than several dozen reviews. The Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Roaster with V Rack is the top-rated roasting pan, with about 50 owners giving it an average of 4.8 stars out of 5. Owners agree it's a good size and weight.
Review: Calphalon LRS1805P Contemporary Stainless Special-Value 16-Inch Roaster with Nonstick Roasting Rack, Contributors to Amazon.com