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 a matter of minutes.
In September 2020, we tested Aunt Bessie’s and Bannisters roasted potatoes alongside eight cheaper supermarket own label options from the likes of Tesco, Aldi and Asda.
We uncovered some standout spuds that make an ideal accompaniment to any roast dinner. But there was also disappointment to be had, with lower scorers lacking in both flavour and crispiness.
All prices correct as of October 2020.
85p per kg
Could Aldi’s roast potatoes be the ‘champion’ of your Sunday lunch?
87p per kg
Asda promises ‘fluffy roasties every time’ – did our panel of tasters agree?
£1.88 per kg
At more than double the price of the cheapest potatoes we tested, are Aunt Bessie’s expensive roasties worth paying more for?
£1.88 per kg
These skin-on spuds have the lowest calories per 100g compared to other roast potatoes we tested. But does that mean compromising on taste?
£1.33 per kg
Are these Co-op roast potatoes tasty enough to deserve a spot in your shopping trolley?
£1.10 per kg
Our panel rated the taste, texture, aroma and appearance of these Iceland roast potatoes. Could they be the ultimate addition to your Sunday roast?
79p per kg
Lidl’s roast potatoes are some of the cheapest we tested. Does their taste make them a good value option?
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75p per kg
Morrison’s roast potatoes contain more calories per 100g than other brands we tested. But how do they compare on taste?
£1.39 per kg
They’re the most expensive supermarket own label roast potatoes we tested per 100g. Are they worth paying more for?
£1.25 per kg
Tesco describes its roast potatoes as ‘crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside’. Should Tesco shoppers favour them over popular brand Aunt Bessie’s?
The majority of the roast potatoes we tested take around 30 minutes to cook.
Of the products we tested, Morrison’s roast potatoes are the quickest to cook, taking just 25 minutes according to the pack instructions, while Bannisters 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.
The calorie content of the roast potatoes we tested varied from 101 calories to 151 calories per 100g. Morrison’s roast potatoes contained the most calories, while Bannisters were the least calorific.
You can compare the calories per 100g of all roast potatoes we tested in the table below.
Number of calories per 100g
Morrison’s British Roast Potatoes
Aldi Champion Roasting Potatoes
Sainsbury's Roast Potatoes
Lidl Harvest Basket Roast Potatoes
Tesco Roast Potatoes
Asda Crispy Roast Potatoes
Iceland Roast Potatoes
Aunt Bessie's Roasties
Co-op Frozen Roast Potatoes
Bannisters Farm Farmer's Roasting Potatoes
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 68 people.
The panellists rated the taste, texture, aroma and appearance of each product and told us what they liked and disliked about each one.
The taste test was blind, so the panellists didn’t know which brand they were trying. The order 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: