Rival 18-quart roasters are easy to use, with a single dial that sets the temperature between 150 and 450 degrees Fahrenheit. They are large enough to cook a 20-pound turkey and other large cuts of meats. They work well for soups and stews, making enough food for a crowd.
An electric roaster is useful for cooking large family meals. It provides space for roasting meats or baking other dishes while keeping the oven free. The Rival RO180 roaster has a white finish that makes it attractive in any kitchen. As of 2015, Rival no longer offers the divided buffet server that was once available with this roaster. The Rival roaster is popular with many consumers, but both Hamilton Beach and Oster offer larger roasters that hold a slightly bigger bird and are 4 quarts larger in volume.
While cooking in this roaster is easy, some consumers complain that it is awkward to clean due to its size; however, other brands of roasters have a similarly sized pan. It is larger than most other small appliances and requires a significant amount of storage space. Other complaints are that the outside of the roaster becomes very hot when in use and that it has a relatively short power cord.