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The best roti makers are nifty little tools that are designed to help you make soft, round, delicious rotis with minimal effort. And yet, somehow, they’ve 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.

We disagree. Here at Hometop, we feel that a roti maker is actually a useful, much-needed product, one that saves you time and money—not to mention giving you great-tasting rotis. 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 (more on that below) 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, pappads and dosa in the process.

Note: After making and eating rotis using the roti maker we can safely say that the bad reviews online are mainly due to a lack of understanding of how to use the roti makers. Which is why we have a full section on how to use roti makers properly. We highly recommend reading that before buying one. Check it out here.

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. This is where the Bajaj Vacco 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 that making rotis by hand

But it’s not just rotis. The Bajaj Vacco can make papad, khakra, toast bread, and even make uttapams, making it an extremely versatile appliance. Its stainless-steel body makes it shock resistant, and it has an auto cut-off feature to ensure it doesn’t overheat.

It’s easy to use, with an ergonomic design, and comes with a one-year warranty. Our only issue was that the top lid handle can get quite hot, so be sure to wear kitchen gloves when you’re using it. Other than that, it’s very easy to use with an ergonomic design, a one-year warranty, and at only Rs.1990 it’s a top-of-the-line yet affordable, sturdy roti maker that will serve you well.

The best budget roti maker

Sunflame RM1 900-Watt Roti Maker

The Sunflame heats and cooks roti in a pretty good time, taking around four minutes to heat, and one minute to cook. It makes near-perfect roti, and with an eight-inch plate and non-stick coating you’ve got no worries about mess or waste while you’re cooking.

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.

Its ergonomic design makes it simple to use, and the two-year warranty ensures that you’re covered should anything need replacing. Just watch out for the top lid handle. Like the Bajaj, this too can get quite hot, so make sure to wear kitchen gloves when you’re using 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.

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Why trust us

roti makers

We tested each roti maker machine exhaustively before we made our decision.To make it fair, each roti maker was tested with similar dough & other ingredients, they had similar working mechanisms and features. All of the best roti makers were made of stainless-steel and were rated at 900-watts with power indicators and auto-cut-off safety features. They were all affordable for the average household, too, with the cost of each coming in under Rs. 2500.

To begin our testing, we analyzed over 135 roti makers available online, and sorted them by reviews, choosing roti makers that had 20 or more reviews. This left us with 15 products, which we then sorted by star rating, removing all those with less than 2.5 stars.

From the remaining seven products, we chose and purchased the roti makers with the most reviews, and the best-value price.

This left us with the following four best roti makers, which we tested intensively each for a full week to see how they fared:

  1. Bajaj Vacco "Go-Ezzee" C-02
  2. Prestige PRM 1.0
  3. Eveready RM1001
  4. Sunflame RM1

This process narrowed it down to our top two , the Bajaj Vacco and the Sunflame RM1, the merits of each we’ll discuss in more depth further down.

Why are positive Roti Maker reviews so few?

Reading through the online comments & reviews we found lots of questions and doubts regarding the products, the process and the ingredients.

To help solve this we tested different roti makers, various combinations of dough and water, different heating times, different handle pressing actions & different types of food to come an optimum process of making rotis that was almost as perfect as the regular hand-made rotis.

After going through around 100 rotis and comparing them to conventionally made rotis we started to slowly understand the capabilities of the roti makers. We finally found the correct cooking method and slowly realised that the Roti makers were not as bad as the reviews suggested.

The only problem was with the usage instructions which was not clear and confused people. So the process we used to make perfect rotis using the roti maker is mentioned here. It takes a fair bit of practice in order to make soft and fluffy rotis. You’ll be set in no time with our guide.

Note: During our initial testing, our reviewer used the roti maker with his bare hands. The top lid handle heated up to the point where he almost burned his fingers, essentially leaving the roti maker unusable. This was something that hadn’t been mentioned in the roti maker reviews, and we found it was an issue across all four roti makers we tested.

 To make sure this wasn’t a safety issue, we checked with an electrical appliance store’s representative and local electricians, and it was confirmed that this is just due to the top lid’s contact with the heating plate. So while it’s not a serious safety issue, we highly recommend using kitchen gloves when using your roti maker.

Discovering the correct way to make Rotis

Let’s start with the basics—your dough. It took us a number of batches to get it right, just so you can make it right the first time.

Our initial batch of rotis was too thick and uneven. The dough used for this was of the normal type that is used for manual rotis. This produced small and inconsistently thick rotis.

Small and Inconsistently thick roti

Small and Inconsistently thick roti

Our second batch of rotis was made with even softer dough. Now we pressed the lid for 2-3 seconds as before. This resulted in hard, cracked rotis with inconsistent thickness. This was baffling, as the roti maker demo CD showed the host pressing the lid slowly.

Cracked & hard roti

Cracked & hard roti

After a foray into Youtube videos of how to make roti using a roti maker we learned the proper method of making rotis: make the dough really soft, add a teaspoon of oil to it, flatten the dough balls (larger diameter) before putting them on the hot plate and close the lid quickly and smoothly. What we got was a perfect roti; soft and fluffy, round with a consistent in thickness the whole way through, and delicious to taste.

Perfect, fluffy, soft roti

Perfect, fluffy, soft roti

After a foray into Youtube videos of how to make roti using a roti maker we learned the proper method of making rotis: make the dough really soft, add a teaspoon of oil to it, flatten the dough balls (larger diameter) before putting them on the hot plate and close the lid quickly and smoothly. What we got was a perfect roti; soft and fluffy, round with a consistent in thickness the whole way through, and delicious to taste.

Summary of making perfect rotis on the Roti Maker (In order of importance)

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

  • 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.

  • Add a teaspoon of oil to the dough to make the dough softer

We used this recipe going forward when testing out each of the four best roti makers.

The different types of Bad rotis during the initial test phases

The different types of Bad rotis during the initial test phases

How to make a Roti in Roti Maker

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

Our best pick in detail

Just so you can make a more rounded decision for yourself, here’s a bit more detail as to why we chose the Bajaj Vacco for our Best Pick roti maker.

Obviously, the reason we chose this machine was its reheating time. While it takes 3:50 minutes to heat initially, the ability to reheat in just ten seconds flat means you can make batch after batch of hot, fresh rotis, without any delay in between.

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 a an 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.

We want to give you the full picture, though, so there are a few things we didn’t particularly like about the Bajaj Vacco.

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.

Our budget pick in detail

We chose the Sunflame roti maker for our Budget Pick, because for the price, you won’t get a better machine.

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.

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 a 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. The slow reheating time does make it a bit of a chore to make multiple rotis, and 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.

However, at a price of around Rs.1782 the Sunflame outperforms other roti makers both in cost and performance, which is why it made our Budget Pick.

How we tested

We didn’t want to simply read online reviews and best-selling lists, and choose the best based on online data. While good in theory, this wouldn’t hold water when it came to practical use, or forming our own opinion.

Instead, to really understand why a roti maker machine is a necessary kitchen tool, get to know its capabilities, and see why they’re rating low in reviews, we decided to put them through actual practices tests ourselves, to see just how well each one worked.

Test 1: The unboxing and usage test

Parts of a Roti Maker

Parts of a Roti Maker

For this test, we compared the different roti makers on how they came in the box, their different specifications, and how they were to familiarise ourselves with, to hold, and to use.

Each of the roti makers we tested had an eight-inch diameter with non-stick plates, and had similar working mechanisms, so it came down to little things, such as a better-designed main handle, or slight wobbling during use. The Eveready model came with a slight dent already on its side, which shows it could wear easily through repeated use and transportation.

While all the roti makers were similar in features and design, the Sunflame model felt slightly better built, with a sturdier handle and lid mechanism, and a longer top lid handle, making it easier to grab onto. There was no resistance or wobbliness from the lid, making it an all-round sturdy, practical appliance.

Test 2: The roti making test

This was the important one—how well each machine handled making rotis.

For this test we compared the time taken to make a roti by hand, which was our baseline, to time it took each machine. We found that making rotis by hand takes around 45 seconds to roll, then 1:30 minutes to heat the tawa, 1:40 minutes to cook the roti, and almost no time to reheat. This averages out to be around 2:20 minutes for each roti, but delivers perfect rotis every time.

The Sunflame and Eveready took around one minute to cook each roti, and the Prestige and Bajaj Vacco took 1:30 minutes, which proved that a roti maker is quicker on cooking time. While the Prestige roti maker was the quickest to heat, it needed to have the lid closed the entire time to do so. The Bajaj Vacco was ready to reheat in just 10 seconds, making it a much faster process all up.

So while perfect, the downsides to making roti by hand is that it takes a lot more effort. You’ve got to operate the gas stove, stand around near a burning flame, and put extra flour on the pan to stop your roti from sticking. The overall process on a roti maker is much quicker, easier, cleaner, and more efficient than the conventional way.

The roti making test

After comparing rotis made by all four machines, the Sunflame and Eveready produced a slightly better result, with more uniform heating leading to a better cooked roti. The Sunflame edged ahead, however, due to its shorter initial heating time, and a steadier lid and stronger handle.

Be warned, though, that after making only one or two rotis, the top lid handle becomes too hot to touch, making wearing gloves necessary.

While the Sunflame takes the cake with its fast cooking time of one minute, the Bajaj races ahead with its initial heat time of 3:50, and phenomenal reheating time of just 10 seconds. Even with a slightly longer cooking time this makes for a much quicker, easier job if you’re making a large batch of rotis, saving you a considerable amount of time.

Test 3: The extra cooking test

While each roti maker is advertised as a roti and khakra maker, we couldn’t help but notice that they’re designed to resemble a mini tawa—so naturally we became curious. What else can you cook on a roti maker?

Each roti maker came out around the same. You can make crisp papad and hot, crunchy toast in under a minute. Making dosas was a little more difficult due to the small diameter of each roti maker, and no raised shoulder at the edge, meaning it was difficult (and messy) to pour and spread the dosa batter. It should work fine for uttapams, however.

While we didn’t try it, given that each one makes papad with no problems it seems like making khakras should be a breeze.

The extra cooking test

All in all, each roti maker fared the same, so while there was no clear winner, it just goes to show that a roti maker is a multi-functional kitchen tool, and handy to have around.

After our initial discovery of just how hot the roti make lid handle gets, we were a little worried about how they would hold up when used for an extended period of time. So, naturally, we tried it out. We took a large amount of dough and set out to see how many rotis we could make in an hour.

Being the hottest of the four we’d tested, we decided to see how the Sunflame roti maker fared. We turned it on at 3:10pm and continued making rotis until 4:10pm—one hour of intense roti making.

The Sunflame handled exceptionally. After taking 4:24 minutes to heat up, we managed to pump out 25 rotis in one hour. Each roti took around one minute to make, with one-minute reheating time. Each of the rotis were cooked to almost perfection, and were absolutely delicious.

The main handle remained cool to touch, even after one hour of continuous use. However, the top lid handle was extremely hot after just a few rotis, so we found we needed gloves to use it.

Rotis made in the marathon test

Rotis made in the marathon test

Despite this the machine worked perfectly and showed no signs of extreme heating; there was no smoke, or the smell of anything burning. We think this is due to the constant heating, cooling, and reheating, as shown by the temperature indicator light.

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 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 by rests solely on you, and what your specific needs are. 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 two-year warranty, you can’t really go wrong.

But 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.

So if you want to save money, go with the Sunflame. If you want to save time, go with the Bajaj.

Here at Hometop, we’re committed to researching, analysing and testing products thoroughly to make sure you never buy a horrible product. Stay tuned for more in-depth analysis, and happy roti making.

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