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.
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.
£2.38 per kg
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.
75p per kg
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.
£1.39 per kg
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.
£1 per kg
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.
£1.88 per kg & £4.17 per kg
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.
£1.33 per kg
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.
75p per kg
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.
£1.10 per kg
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.
75p per kg
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).
99p per kg
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.
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.
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.
Number of calories per 100g
|Vegan or vegetarian?||Gluten free?|
Aldi Four Seasons Roasting Potatoes
Morrisons Roast Potatoes
Sainsbury's Roast Potatoes
Lidl Harvest Basket Roasting Potatoes
Asda Crispy Roast Potatoes
Tesco Roast Potatoes
Iceland Roast Potatoes
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.
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:
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.
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:
These weightings are based on consumer rankings of the importance of different roast potato attributes.