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Updated: 1 Feb 2022

Best roast potatoes

Choosing frozen roast potatoes is an easy way to save time and effort on Sunday lunch preparations. But are Aunt Bessie’s the tastiest or are you better off going for a pack of own-label roasties?
Amy Axworthy
Dish of roast potatoes with sprig of rosemary

A piping-hot pile of golden roast potatoes is a glorious thing, but there’s no need to spend hours in the kitchen preparing them. Our taste test has uncovered some delicious, easy to cook frozen roast potatoes that can be on your plate in minutes.

In November 2021, we tested Aunt Bessie’s and Bannister's frozen roasted potatoes alongside nine supermarket own-label options from the likes of Aldi, Lidl and Asda. 

We uncovered some standout spuds that make an ideal accompaniment to any roast dinner. But there was also disappointment, with lower scorers lacking flavour and crispiness.


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Best roast potatoes

Big-brand Aunt Bessie's stole the show this year, beating Bannister's and all the supermarket spuds to be crowned the best frozen roast potatoes.

But we also found an excellent great-value option from Aldi. Runner up and one of the cheapest spuds on tests, Aldi proves you don't always need to pay a premium for your potatoes.

Best Buy: Aunt Bessie's Roasties - 72%

£2.38 per kg

Aunt Bessie's Roasties

According to our tasters, it's worth splashing out on a pack of Aunt Bessie’s if you want great-tasting roast potatoes. These big-brand spuds hit all the right notes in our taste test with a delicious flavour, golden colour and crispy texture. 

They are also suitable for vegans and they're gluten free.

Available from Asda, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose.

Great Value: Aldi Four Seasons Roasting Potatoes - 67%

75p per kg

aldi four seasons roast potatoes

Aldi shoppers can bag a tasty pack of budget roasties in their weekly shop.

Joint-cheapest on test, these great-value spuds outperformed all other supermarket own-brands on flavour and texture. But the panel were most impressed with their delicious flavour, crispy outside shell and soft potato centre.

Available from Aldi.

Sainsbury's Roast Potatoes - 64%

£1.39 per kg

Sainsbury's Roast Potatoes

Our tasters liked the enticing golden colour of Sainsbury’s roast potatoes, but the flavour didn’t impress as much as that of the highest scorers. More than half of the panel felt the flavour was too weak. 

The tasters also felt they could be a little crispier, but the inside texture was nice and soft. Overall they're still a tasty option. 

Available from Sainsbury’s.

Asda Crispy Roast Potatoes - 60%

£1 per kg

Asda Crispy Roast Potatoes

The texture on the inside of Asda's roast potatoes drew plenty of fans, and they cost less than half the price of a pack of Aunt Bessie's.

However, they didn’t score as highly as some of the other spuds because 58% of the panel thought the flavour was too weak and 45% thought they weren’t crisp enough.

Available from Asda.

Bannister's Farm Farmer's Roasting Potatoes and M&S Jersey Royal Roasties - 59%

£1.88 per kg & £4.17 per kg

Bannister's Farm Farmer's Roasting Potatoes and M&S Jersey Royal Roasties

Bannister’s and M&S were pushed down the rankings by their average flavour, appearance and texture, which is particularly disappointing from M&S as they are the most expensive on test. 

However, if you like a fluffy roastie you might still enjoy these, as both impressed with their soft potato centre. Bannister’s are also one of only two gluten-free roast potatoes on test. 

Bannister's Farm Farmer's Roasting Potatoes are available from Ocado or Tesco.

M&S Jersey Royal Roasties are available from M&S (in-store) or Ocado.

Co-op Crispy Roast Potatoes - 58%

£1.33 per kg

Co-op Crispy Roast Potatoes

Most of our tasters thought the soft centre of Co-op’s roast potatoes was just right. 

However, they were let down by their average aroma and soggy exterior. Some of the panel also felt Co-op's spuds looked pasty.  

If you shop at Co-op, and don't mind spending a bit more, you’re best off picking up a bag of Best Buy Aunt Bessie’s instead.

Available from Co-op.

Tesco Roast Potatoes - 57%

75p per kg

Tesco Roast Potatoes

Tesco’s roast potatoes impressed with their lovely texture on the inside, but half of our tasters felt they were too dry and 61% thought they weren't crisp enough. 

They are joint-cheapest on test though, so if you shop in Tesco and you're trying to cut costs, they could still be worth a try. 

Available from Tesco.

Iceland Roast Potatoes - 55%

£1.10 per kg

Iceland Roast Potatoes

Iceland may be known for its frozen food, but its frozen roast potatoes proved fairly underwhelming in our taste test.  

They were let down by a bland flavour and some found the outside lacked crispiness, although the texture of the centre was pleasant. 

Available from Iceland.

Lidl Harvest Basket Roast Potatoes - 53%

75p per kg

Lidl Harvest Basket Roast Potatoes

Lidl offers some of the cheapest roast potatoes around, but don’t let that tempt you. 

Their weak flavour, pasty colour and soggy texture meant these potatoes were rated as one of worst of the bunch. 

Available from Lidl (in-store). 

Morrisons Roast Potatoes - 51%

99p per kg

Morrisons Roast Potatoes

Our tasters found little to admire in Morrisons' roast potatoes.  

The soggy texture was rated worse than the other roasties we tested (along with Lidl's) and around half of our panel felt the taste was too weak. 

You’ll probably want to pile on the gravy to cover up these miserable spuds. 

Available from Morrisons.

How long do frozen roast potatoes take to cook?

Taking out a tray of roast potatoes from the oven

The majority of the roast potatoes we tested take around 30 minutes to cook. 

Of the products we tested, Aunt Bessie’s, Morrisons, Iceland and M&S roast potatoes are the quickest to cook, taking just 25 minutes according to the pack instructions, while Bannister’s Farm take the longest at 45 minutes. 

Most need the oven temperature to be set to 220°C, or 200°C if you’re using a fan oven.

Save time and pop some of our best frozen Yorkshire puddings in the oven too. 

How many calories are in roast potatoes?

Dish of roast potaotes

The calorie content of the roast potatoes we tested varied from 96 calories to 158 calories per 100g. Aldi’s roast potatoes contained the most calories, while M&S were the least calorific. 

You can compare the calories per 100g of all roast potatoes we tested in the table below. We've also listed which spuds are veggie, vegan or gluten free.

 Product

Number of calories per 100g

Vegan or vegetarian?Gluten free?

Aldi Four Seasons Roasting Potatoes

158


 

Vegetarian

No

Morrisons Roast Potatoes

151


 

Vegetarian

No

Sainsbury's Roast Potatoes

143


 

Vegetarian

No

Lidl Harvest Basket Roasting Potatoes

141


Vegan

No

Asda Crispy Roast Potatoes

135


Vegetarian

No

Tesco Roast Potatoes

135


Vegan

No

Iceland Roast Potatoes

133

Vegetarian

No

Are roast potato bags recyclable?

Plastic roast potato bags can’t go in your household recycling bin. However, you may be able to recycle them at some supermarkets - for example, Tesco has a soft plastic collection scheme.

Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Co-op also specify that their packaging can be recycled at some of their larger stores. But if you buy Bannister’s Farm roast potatoes you’ll have to check locally to see where to recycle the bag.

Seasoning roast potatoes

roast potatoes seasoning

Good-quality roast potatoes taste delicious on their own. But if you're looking for ways to jazz them for up a special occasion or you need to liven up a plate of reheated spuds, here are a few suggestions: 

  • Add some crushed garlic and fresh green herbs such as rosemary, thyme or parsley before cooking to add extra flavour.
  • Dried herbs will work well too if you can’t get your hands on fresh. 
  • To add some saltiness, try sprinkling a stock cube over the potatoes. 
  • For a bolder flavour, add spices such as cumin for sweetness, or paprika and cayenne pepper for a real kick. 

If that all feels like too much effort, you can also buy ready-made roast potato seasoning from the supermarket - you can find this in the spice aisle.

Or if you'd prefer to make your roasties from scratch, see our guide on how to make roast potatoes.

How we tested

The products were assessed by a large panel of consumers who regularly consume roast potatoes.

The make-up of the panel broadly represents the demographic profile of adults in the UK.

Each roast potato was assessed by 66 people.

The panellists rated the taste, texture, aroma and appearance of each product and told us what they liked and disliked about each.

The taste test was blind, so the panellists didn’t know which brand they were trying. The order in which they sampled the roast potatoes was fully rotated to avoid any bias.

Each panellist had a private booth so they couldn’t discuss what they were tasting or be influenced by others.

The overall score is based on:

  • 50% flavour
  • 25% appearance
  • 20% texture
  • 5% aroma

These weightings are based on consumer rankings of the importance of different roast potato attributes.

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