The flat surface is ideal for spreading out your bakes, and because you don’t need to spend a lot and it doesn’t take up much storage space, this piece of kit is a worthwhile addition to your equipment list. Oven trays can take a bashing, as oil residue and sometimes charred remains build up over time.
Although it’s tempting to get a cheap baking tray, we didn’t want to fall foul of false economy. For those who bake less frequently, a budget option that still offers reasonable quality might feel like a better spend.
We looked for trays that have such an effective non-stick coating that it wouldn’t be necessary to apply butter, oil, liners, parchment or foil. This sturdy, shiny black carbon-steel cookie sheet comes with an extra-toughened non-stick surface, making it super-smooth.
Coupled with the flat edges, cookies slide gracefully from the sheet without help. Our cookies browned quickly on the double-walled sheet, but were dark in the recommended 10 minutes.
Despite the weight, the Nether ton sheet is one of the easiest to lift in and out of the oven, as it has a cleverly designed 2 cm stepped rim on one side. However, the sheet will also take on the oils and fats from your bakes, creating a lovely patina over time that will only get more beautiful with age.
It has a soft gray color and a good weight and balance to it, even when laden with cookies. Some sugar did burn onto the sheet, but we left it to cool, and it wiped clean with just a damp cloth.
The Samuel Groves sheet is the most expensive in our test, which is justified as it comes with a lifetime guarantee and promises to be scratch-resistant and not blister or peel. We tested the 37 x 33 cm size, which though large (it holds 10 cookies comfortably), is not heavy.
Silver wood recommends a light oiling of the tray to ensure your bakes do not stick. The heat distribution and retention on this sheet is excellent, and our cookies spread quickly and evenly.
But, this sheet only needs a quick wipe with a damp cloth after use for it to look like new again. On test, the non-stick surface performed so well, it was hard to stop the cookies sliding off all by themselves when moving the sheet in and out of the oven.
It’s a good idea to remember though that metal tools and non-stick sheets should never mix. We love the look of this tray, with its softly rounded corners, light stingray color on the surface, and a pretty enameled green underneath that makes it stand out in the baking drawer.
At 32 cm, it isn’t the largest of trays, but it easily holds six cookies, and is ideal for anyone whose space is at a premium. The tray has a double-layered non-stick surface, and is constructed with two layers of carbon steel, giving it excellent heat distribution.
Our cookies were baked to perfection in 7 minutes, the fastest in the test, so recipe timings may need to be adjusted to prevent overcooking. The sheet is made of steel, with softly rolling edges and two coats of non-stick.
The tray is black, with no adornments or handles, and has a super-smooth surface with a superior Precook Ultra BK non-stick coating. This baking tray from Stellar is designed in cooperation with celebrity chef James Martin, whose face and recipe is emblazoned on the packaging.
The tray has four raised sides that make it versatile for both baking and roasting, and it’s oven-safe to 240C. The lightweight, black carbon steel tray has a unique cushioned base that looks a lot like metal bubble wrap.
For a tray so light, if we had baked them for 10 minutes, they would have most likely burned, so attention is needed for the recipe timings. We reviewed a representative sample of baking trays and scored them against the following criteria.
However, if too heavy to start with, once laden with cookies or pastries it will be difficult to carry. Non-stickability: A good-quality non-stick surface that will stand the test of time, with no need for additional oiling or the use of liners, parchment or foil, if possible.
Ease of use/practicality: A lip, handles or shallow sides for moving the tray around with our precious bakes was very important. If you have any questions or suggestions for future reviews, or spot anything that has changed in price or availability, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. Just like your stainless steel cookware, these sheets won’t rust, stain, oxidize, or pit, even if you use them for roasting tomatoes or using lemon juice as a marinade on your chicken wings.
They’re dishwasher safe, and won’t be ruined if you get aggressive with scrubbing off burned bits. Reviewers love the mirror-like finish and how easy these pans are to clean, though some report slight warping at temperatures higher than 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Reviewers praise how pretty the pan is and its resistance to warping; however, some note to make sure to thoroughly dry it after washing as they observed slight rusting when they skipped this step. For even better performance, they have rolled, encapsulated steel rims, so they won’t bend or warp in normal use, and they’ll never rust or corrode.
Since aluminum is a responsive metal, these will cool quicker when they’re out of the oven, so they’ll be ready to use faster than steel pans. Made from aluminized steel with a light-colored nonstick coating, your cookies won’t stick or over-brown on this pan.
It resists staining and keeps the steel from corroding, while the micro-textured pattern minimizes surface contact while maximizing airflow for even baking and easy cookie release. After you fall in love with this pan, you can buy more pieces of bakeware with the same features for a complete set.
Every piece has dimension markings, so you’ll know that you’ve got the right size pan for your recipe. Just note that, as some reviewers point out, the measurements are of the outside of the pans (including their sizable rims).
Larger than a typical half-sheet pan, but still able to fit in home ovens, this 15 x 21-inch baking sheet gives you more room for cookies, biscuits, and pastries. It’s also perfect for making extra-long loaves of bread that wouldn’t fit on a standard sheet.
It’s made from steel with a dark finish so it retains heat well, which keeps cookies from spreading too quickly. People love that they can cook twice as many cookies on the pan and how easy it is to clean; a few reviewers, however, report some warping at temperatures of 300 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
All parts are oven-safe to 450 degrees, so they can be mixed and matched for baking, roasting, crisping, drying, and cooling. Sheet pan suppers are trendy right now, but not everyone wants their cauliflower cooking in chicken juices.
These pans received the best reviews for their sturdiness and resistance to rust, followed by how easy they are to clean. Final Verdict Donna Carrie is a writer and product tester for The Spruce Eats.
She's also a bread- baking expert, having written Make Ahead Bread, a cookbook detailing the process. In addition to the top baking sheets, Donna's written lists on the best cookie tools and best bread machines of the year.
This piece was edited by Bernadette Ma chard de Gramont, an LA-based writer who specializes in global food and wine content. She researches and tests a variety of cookware, bakeware, and wine tools, and interviews field experts for their insight.
Pro bakers prefer bare aluminum sheets because they are more durable, distribute heat more evenly, and cool more quickly once out of the oven, than steel ones. Heavy-gauge aluminum pans tend to heat more evenly and are sturdier and more warp-resistant than their thinner counterparts, but are also more expensive.
Nonstick pans are easier to slide food off of and clean, and because the coating is generally dark, they tend to cook more quickly, too. However, this coating tends to scratch and wear off over time, especially over consistent use at high heat, so they don't last as long as bare aluminum pans.