Are you craving for some tasty rotis or phulkas? But do not want the heavy, maida filled rotis from the restaurant? Now you can get tasty rotis at your home without having to roll a roti. We are talking about using a roti maker.


A roti maker works on electricity and allows you to make amazing, soft and round rotis within minutes. But all roti makers online seem to have awful reviews with less than three star?


Roti makers somehow have ended up being one of the most underappreciated and misunderstood kitchen products, if the roti maker reviews on Amazon and Flipkart are anything to go by.  So what is it about them that people end up complaining about? Do people see them as a useless, single-serving tool that can easily be replaced by hand? Or is it that they’re too complicated to use?


We took it upon ourselves to find out, by testing the best roti makers to get an in-depth view of what flaws and advantages these appliances have. To get to our outcome we thoroughly tested each of the roti maker machines, for more than two weeks, putting them through their paces to see what each one could do, tasting over a hundred rotis, chapatis and dosa in the process.




The best roti maker

Bajaj Vacco Go Ezzee Roti Maker

The best roti maker shouldn’t just be a single-serve machine; they should be able to pump out multiple rotis for an extended period of time. But it’s not just rotis where the Bajaj Vacco shines. But it can also make papad, khakra, toast bread, and even make uttapams, making it extremely versatile. Its stainless-steel body makes it shock resistant, and it has an auto cut-off feature to ensure it doesn’t overheat.

Its ergonomic handle makes it a delight to use, and its sturdy construction gives it the feel of a real kitchen workhorse. The body is made of quality stainless steel, and it’s shock resistant, with automatic thermostat control and an auto cut-off feature to ensure it doesn’t overheat or give you any nasty electric shocks.


The good-quality non-stick coating means you get even, consistent cooking, without any messy clean-up afterwards, and the 137cm electrical cord means it can be placed comfortably in most kitchens.


The Bajaj Vacco roti maker is efficient—with a reheating time of just 10 seconds, it heats up almost instantly, ready to make batch after batch of delicious rotis.


While it takes 30 seconds longer to cook when compared to the Sunflame and the Eveready, the reheating time makes it a much quicker process than other roti makers. It is also significantly more convenient than making rotis by hand. But there are some drawbacks as well.


Compared to the other roti maker machines we tested, the cook time was a little slower at 1:20 minutes per batch. The top lid handle heats up a lot during this time, so unless you want a nasty burn you should wear a pair of thick kitchen gloves to keep your hands safe. The single indicator light can be a little confusing, too, however, you’ll get used to this the more you use it.


The Bajaj Vacco comes with a one-year warranty, which is less than the other models we tried, and the demo CD that came with the appliance didn’t work when we tried it on a laptop. Also, the name can be confusing—Bajaj Vacco has no connection to the Bajaj Electricals company. Bajaj Vacco is a completely different brand by a different Bajaj Family.


So while there are a few things that could have been better about this model, for the overall price of Rs.1990, the roti quality, and its performance, you couldn’t ask for a better roti maker, which is why it made our Best Pick.


Pros

  • Very Good Rotis can be made

  • Easy to use with an ergonomic handle

  • Felt sturdy to use

  • Good initial heating time (3.50 minutes)

  • Fastest reheating time (10 seconds)

  • Good quality non-stick coating

Cons

  • Slightly slow Roti making time (1.20 minutes)

  • The top lid handle heats up a lot (must use Gloves)

  • Only 1-year warranty

  • The single indicator can be a little confusing

  • Has no connection to the Bajaj Electricals company (Bajaj Vacco is a completely different brand by a different Bajaj Family)

  • The Demo CD provided is simply a normal CD with a company seal, also the CD did not work when inserted in a Laptop.

The best budget roti maker

Sunflame RM1 900-Watt Roti Maker

We chose the Sunflame roti maker for our Budget Pick because, for the price, you won’t get a better machine. Also much like the Bajaj Vacco, it features a stainless-steel body, is shock resistant, and comes with an auto cut-off feature so it won’t overheat.

Out of all the machines we tried, this one produced one of the best results, the end product being a near-perfect circle of soft, delicious roti. The eight-inch plate diameter makes a very good-sized roti, and the non-stick coating means you can slide them out time after time with ease, with no messy clean-up at the end.


The Sunflame is easy to use, with a comfortable ergonomic handle, and its solid construction makes it feel like a dependable kitchen staple. With stainless steel, shock-resistant body, and an auto cut-off feature to eliminate the risk of overheating, the Sunflame is safe to use day after day.


A two-year warranty has you covered, too, so you can use it with confidence. The 155cm electrical cord was the longest of the roti makers we tested, giving it an edge over the others when it comes to placement.


In the spirit of fairness, there were some things we didn’t like about the Sunflame.


It takes a little longer to heat than the Bajaj Vacco, with a warm-up time of around four minutes. Once it’s up and running though, you can make roti in just one minute. Reheating also takes around a minute, but you can use this time to make the next lot of dough balls. Also, the top lid handle heats up significantly, so you have to wear kitchen gloves while using it. Also, the single indicator can be confusing until you get used to it.


As our budget pick, the Sunflame will only set you back around Rs.1800, which is a great price to pay for near-perfect rotis, every time.


Pros

  • Fast cooking time (1 minute)

  • Near perfect rotis

  • Easy to use with an ergonomic handle

  • Felt sturdy to use

  • Good quality non-stick coating

  • 2-year warranty

  • Longest electric wire provided (155 cm)

Cons

  • Slow reheating time (around 1 minute)

  • The top lid handle heats up a lot (must use Gloves)

  • The single indicator can be a little confusing




Buying Guide to the best roti maker

If you are looking to buy a roti maker for your kitchen here are some things you must look for:


  • Non-Stick: A non-stick coating will ensure no amount of dough is stuck to the plates and will give smooth rotis/ chapatis

  • Heat resistant handle: Single usage of the roti maker involves pressing one plate onto the other with the handle it is imperative that the handles are heat resistant.

  • Shockproof: Roti makers being electrical devices can leak electricity, hence roti makers now come with a shockproof body to prevent any hazards.

  • Plate diameter: a larger size plate will give bigger size rotis/ chapatis

  • Power consumption: Lesser power consumption will mean more cost-effective rotis. Most roti makers are around 900 watts (600 watts for lower plate & 300 watts for upper plate).

  • On/ off indicator light: It is helpful to know the current status of the roti maker, light on means roti maker is on and the plates are being heated, once the light turns off means the temperature is reached and the roti can be cooked.

  • Weight & Size: A lightweight & small size roti maker will help during trips.

Now that you have got yourself a brand new roti maker, here is how you can make rotis on it.


To make a perfect roti using the roti maker it is absolutely essential that you follow these tips


  1. Add more water to flour (compared to making normal roti dough) to get soft dough, that will give soft rotis

  2. Press the lid and open quickly, this will give rotis of consistent thickness and soft consistency. In roti makers we press the lid just once, unlike in normal rotis where the rolling pin is rolled over multiple times.

  3. Add a teaspoon of oil to the dough to make the dough softer



If you implement the above mentioned steps you will get good rotis. Below we’ve mentioned the entire method we followed.


1) Prepare the dough

  • Ingredients: wheat flour, water, salt, and oil
  • The quantity of the ingredients will depend on how many rotis you need to make

2) Knead the dough:

  • Take 1 bowl of flour (roughly 200ml) and 1 bowl of water (almost equal parts flour and water, the water being slightly less) in a large bowl
  • Add a little salt and a teaspoon of oil
  • Mix well so it forms a lump of dough, and set aside for 1 hour

Pro tip: Please make sure the dough is softer than what you would usually make for normal rotis. This is the main reason why rotis are not as good with roti makers - the dough is not soft enough.

Adding oil to the flour

Adding oil to the flour

Kneading the dough

Kneading the dough

Dough kneaded and kept for an hour

Dough kneaded and kept for an hour



3) Prepare the roti maker

  • Plug in your roti maker, open the lid, and turn on the power
  •  Allow it to heat up until the indicator light turns off
  • Once the light is off, your roti maker is ready for making rotis

4) Make your rotis

  • Glove up: Make sure to wear kitchen gloves before touching your roti maker. Safety first!
  • Place: Make a ball of dough and flatten it, then place it off centre (near the hinge of the lids) on the roti maker plate.
  • Press: Hold the top lid and the handle, and quickly press the top lid first, then the handle (this should take a second and not more), then open them again. (Quick lid closing will give soft, flat rotis while slower & longer lid closing will give cracked & hard rotis)
  • Wait: Now you will have a flattened roti ready for cooking. Let it sit on the hotplate until you start to see bubbles form on the roti.
  • Turn 1: Once you see bubbles start to form, turn it over with your hand or a wooden spatula. Don't worry about the timing for the first few tries—it should take about 20-30 seconds for bubbles to form, depending on the roti maker.
  • Turn 2: When you see the edges of the roti start to lift (due to more bubble formation), turn it over again. This should take another 20-30 seconds.
  • Wait and press: Now wait until you see the whole roti lifting up—around 10 seconds—and gently place the top lid down on it, and wait.
  • Lift: If everything is done properly, the roti will partially lift the top lid by itself when it’s ready, usually after 10-15 seconds. If not, simply lift the lid yourself.
  • Eat: Your roti is ready to eat!
Electric roti making process

Making Rotis in Roti Makers

Still, have some questions about roti makers? Check out the FAQs section below:

FAQs

  • Time to make 1 chapati?

    Approximately 1 minute to make a chapati

  • Should we use fresh dough?

    Yes

  • What other stuff can be cooked?

    Papads, Toast, Khakra

  • How to clean the Roti maker after use?

    You can use a wet cloth to clean the roti maker

  • Can mini dosas be made on it?

    Dosas are difficult to make due to the lack of a raised lip

  • Is it Non-stick?

    Yes

  • Can we toast bread on it?

    Yes

  • Is there an Auto cut off when heated?

    Yes

  • Is it Shock Proof?

    Yes, but make sure you wear gloves/ mittens as the handle can get really hot

  • Why do some rotis come out hard & cracked?

    Check our section on how to make rotis.

     


Final thoughts

After thorough testing of all four of our trial models, we’ve come to the conclusion that you shouldn’t pay attention to the online ratings you might see—roti makers are easy, useful tools, that can help you create delicious, fluffy rotis in minutes, far quicker and easier than doing it by hand.

Of the four models we tested the Bajaj Vacco and Sunflame roti makers were the standout performers. We highly recommend both appliances, however the question of which one you should but rests solely on you, and what your specific needs are. 


If you’re willing to spend a little more on something that will speed up your overall cooking time, then we definitely recommend the Bajaj Vacco roti maker. Its exceptional heating and reheating times, and decent roti cooking time to boot will save you precious time when you need to make a lot of rotis.


If you’re after the best bang for your buck machine then the Sunflame roti maker is definitely the way to go. With its fast cooking time, simple instructions, good feature set, and a two-year warranty, you can’t really go wrong.

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