From muffins and cake layers to loafs and cookies, the range of pans offers a reliable, well-constructed option for anything you’d like to create. Made from reliable, heavy-gauge steel cores that will last for years, each piece will evenly cook the recipe at hand without over or under baking.
It’s uses an interlocking, nonstick material to make sure even the stickiest of recipes slide right of the pan. The cranberry red silicon grips on this 10-piece bakeware set from Rachael Ray is just the first of many conveniences.
Not only does it include all the essential bakeware pieces for any recipe at hand, it’s long-lasting, nonstick coating makes food release and cleanup a breeze. It’s carbon steel construction also offers a faster reaction time to heat dispersion for fast, even cooking without hotspots.
Often the material of chose for professional and commercial bakers, aluminized steel bakes with precision and is built to last. This raised circle design also boosts airflow to prevent unwanted sticking.
Heavy gauge steel construction guarantees even heat distribution and makes for a sturdy set. With more than 2,000 positive Amazon reviews, it’s easy to trust this set to make the most of any family recipe.
This 6-piece set is made of a heavy-weight, carbon steel for even cooking that reliably resists warping. It’s oven-safe to 500 degrees Fahrenheit with a nonstick coating that will let any recipe gracefully slide from the surface with the touch of a spatula.
The interior of each pan has interlocking, nonstick layers for easy release, and it’s dishwasher safe for those few times you need some extra help with cleanup. This 8-piece set was designed to be stored together, saving your cabinets from a clunky catastrophe every time you cook.
These professional-quality pans are made from commercial-grade aluminized steel for quick, even distribution of heat and reliable baking. An extended edge for easy handling is just the start for this 6-piece pan and sheet set available in copper brown and silver.
High-performance steel construction pairs with a diamond textured surface for a durable, nonstick bake that deliver a quality recipe every time. Originally created for French pâtisseries, they’re still the choice of many professional bakers and chefs today.
Made of a fiberglass fabric that’s coated with food-grade silicone for a nonstick finish, you’ll be saving yourself a lot of parchment paper with this set. Cake and cookies came out evenly browned and had a fine texture with few air pockets, and broccoli also came out nice and consistently crisp.
We like that the set comes with two round cakes pans so you can easily make a tiered cake, a cover for the rectangular baking pan so goodies can be stored or transported easily, and a rack that can be used for cooling, roasting, or as a trivet. This Chicago Metallic set can't be beat for its performance, ease of use, and price. It earned perfect scores in our tests for performance, and was just shy of a perfect score for ease of use since the pans lack handles.
We love the sharp corners and straight sides that produce professional-looking cakes, brownies, and bars. In terms of performance, the only difference was that the cookies took a little longer to bake than the manufacturer's instructions.
Since these grips also make the pans nonslip, keep in mind they might be a little difficult to take out of the oven. They performed very well across baking and roasting tests, but be warned that broccoli caused some staining and the pan required some elbow grease to clean.
The pans feature a wavy, textured pattern, which, according to the brand, allows for more airflow and even baking. One downside is the pattern imprinted the bottom of our cakes, so we recommend lining it with parchment if you'd like to avoid that.
The baking sheet trays in this set are ideal for home chefs. Included with this set are two handy quarter sheet trays (which offer the same quality of the half sheet tray, but are easy to clean in your sink and can also be easily placed in the dishwasher), a half-sheet pan, two jelly roll pans, a cookie sheet, and a pizza pan for any culinary task.
The bottom of each pan is textured to increase airflow for even cooking, and in our tests, cookies baked perfectly on the half sheet tray, and although the pan was a little hard to clean by hand, it produced good crispy veggies. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping Institute Senior Testing Editor & Producer Nicole is a recipe developer trained in classic culinary arts and culinary nutrition who specializes in testing and developing kitchen appliances; she currently runs the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliances Lab.
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. If the bottom of a pan is warped (which can create hot spots that burn food), or if handles are loose or broken, it’s time to shop.
We buy and test cookware sets ranging from less than $100 to $600 or more, from well-known brands such as All-Clad, Anglo, Clifton, Cuisinart, and Willing J.A. Heckles, as well as sets sold under the names of celebrity cooks like Ayesha Curry, Rachel Ray, and the Pioneer Woman.
CR’s take: The 12-piece Cuisinart Green Gourmet nonstick set aces all our key cooking tests. We were able to easily maintain sauce at a low simmer, and the 6-quart Dutch oven quickly brings water to a near-boil.
With Excellent ratings on both our cooking evenness and speed of heating tests, the Greenspan stands up to the competition. The coating appears pebbly, but that doesn’t affect its nonstick properties, and we effortlessly cooked pancakes and eggs.
Cooking evenness is superb, and this 8-piece set aces our speed of heating test by quickly bringing 4 quarts of water to a near-boil in the 5-quart stockpot. The surface stands up to our durability test, in which we rub steel wool over the coating 2,000 times, earning a Very Good rating.
Simmering a sauce produces impressive results, and this set earns a Very Good rating for cooking evenness. Heckles Motion Grey is made of anodized aluminum and works with any type of range.
Simmering in the saucepan, however, is only so-so, and the eggs needed nudging out of the pan in our food release test. Clifton designed this set so that it stacks and nests, which frees up precious cabinet space.
The Clifton Premier Space Saving 8-piece stainless set earns a Very Good rating in our evenness tests, like our other top performers in this category. The stainless handles are long and sturdy, and you can use these dishwasher-safe pots and pans on any type of range, including induction.
It earns an Excellent rating on our cooking evenness test, and when we brought 4 quarts of water to a near-boil in the 6-quart stockpot, speed of heating was also impressive. Its performance in our food release test, however, was subpar, so if you like to fry eggs, you may want to stick to a nonstick skillet.
Knowing that I wanted to be a journalist from a young age, I decided to spiff up my byline by adding the middle initials “H.J.” Like our typical cookware, tools and equipment used in baking are made of different materials.
Tempered glass is the best material made for baking casseroles and roasts. The great thing about this type of glass is that it is sturdy and can be used as a serving dish or decorative piece.
However, on the downside, it is not ideal for frequent baking since constant use would make the glass brittle resulting in cracking and breaking. Plus, food tends to stick to glass and once placed inside an oven; it keeps heating up thus burning the sides or edges of your goods.
However, food also sticks to it like glue and has a tendency to burn sweet goods easily or have a burnt brown crust. Fortunately, you can use a baking sheet to prevent the sugar from sticking and burning.
Ceramics are also great for baking unleavened bread as well as casseroles and roasts. Perfect for quick and even heating, copper is a great material used for baking.
However, it is also highly reactive to food; but when treated, this material is effortless to work with. In as much as this is the best conductor in our list, it is also a bit costly thus, making most (if not all) copper bakeware sets a premium line.
It is mostly anodized, bonded or coated with other materials due to the high potential of toxicity. Silicone surely shows a lot of promise as a material for baking.
It also heats up a little slower than desired and since they are pretty flexible, they tend to bulge outwards once you start baking. After looking at the different materials on the list, I highly recommend using Carbon steel, Copper, and Silicone.
The kind of bakeware set you would choose is based on what you would usually make and bake in your kitchen and not just about how quickly the material heats up. The air pockets are small circles or shapes at the bottom of the bakeware to allow better airflow and movement underneath.
This allows hot air to cook the food better and prevent any overtaking or browning at the bottom of the bakeware and your bread or pastry. A raised base it is ideal in baking pastries that are often sweet and sugary or glazed since they are prone to browning or burning.
The holes allow more heat to circulate through the food resulting in a crispy bake. A silicone handle makes it easier for you to have a better grip on your bakeware rather than the use of bulky mittens.
Open handles make it easy for you to grab hold of your bakeware with ease even right after it was just baked. One great thing about open handles is that they will not peel off or easily get detached.
Your choice of bakeware also considers what type of pans, sheets, and trays that you will need. The function should always be a priority and you’ll certainly find quality bakeware sets that are practical with great design and appearance.
I’ve already mentioned a list of materials that you can choose from but it doesn’t end there. You also need to be meticulous and see if the material you are choosing is FDA-approved or lab tested proving that you are getting a 100% non-toxic bakeware set.
Again, safety is a significant concern and picking pure quality items with certification gives you a guarantee that you are getting the right brand. No matter how great a quality the baking set you are eyeing for, if it doesn’t fit your oven then it would be of no use to you.
If you have a large oven, choose a baking set with a larger capacity. You want a set that requires little effort to separate the baked goods from the bakeware.
In most cases, we use a spatula or a scraper to loosen bread or cake from the pan, but a non-stick surface will make this a more straightforward task. Aside from the nonstick surface, also consider if metal baking sets are treated for safety like aluminum and copper.
In the process of cooking different things in an oven, we can’t help but use strong smelling spices. Materials that hold onto scents are baking sets using silicone and aluminum.
These items make the bakeware set unique and definitely worth the amount you are paying for. In addition to after baking cleanup, you should have an eye for the long term use of the bakeware that you’re going to buy.
Once you have gotten the hang of baking and have gained experience, you can choose whichever set you feel is best to work with. Different types of bakeware are produced in the market today which makes it a little hard, (especially for starters) to choose which set would be the best for them.
In order to help you get the right pick, here’s a list of the most highly recommended bakeware sets and their features. The Copper Chef 12-piece Bakeware Set has a unique color and design that makes your party look expensive and put together.
Its heat distribution is fast and even which provides consistency in cooking. The Silicone paddings are attached to the grips, and they can withstand temperatures of up to 450 (medium heat), adequate for a majority of baking jobs.
Its plastic material can be sensitive to the internal heat of dishwashers, thereby burning it. It is made of heavy gauge steel material and of excellent quality.
It provides even heat distribution to make sure that your baked goods are perfectly made with their flavors intact. It is dishwasher safe however, hand washing is still recommended preserving its quality.
Even Heating Construction, meaning it allows every corner to heat evenly Dishwasher safe Best for baking biscuits, breads, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, pizza, and potatoes; also great for cooking roast meats and broiled vegetables Versatile baking pans Needs to be kept dry immediately after washing A bit expensive compared to the other bakeware sets.
These modern black, sturdy-looking baking dishes are very versatile and fulfill most of your cooking demands. Its material is good at even heat distribution so hotspots are no longer needed.
They are dishwasher safe but it is still recommended that you hand wash them, so they would last longer. Since they have no silicone padding or protective surfaces you will need pot holders or thick gloves for safety.
These containers can also be stored inside the freezer for those non-bake refrigerated type of cakes. Each piece has an interior and exterior Dylan non-stick coating that is safe and makes baking and cleaning very easy.
It cannot handle temperatures higher than 400 °F, so it can be limited and may not be used in baking or cooking some recipes that require more heat. The good thing is that all pans have handles and adequate grip areas.
It cannot handle temperatures higher than 400 °F, so it is limiting It gets rusty after a few months of cleaning using the dishwasher so wiping and hand washing is recommended This set is versatile and functional with interlocking nonstick layers that deliver high performance and easy release of baked goods.
The heavy-gauge steel core in each sheet and pan distributes heat evenly The set has an elegant and unique design and it has an excellent non-stick coating that makes it easier to bake.
Clean up is such a breeze and it is good for baking almost everything and the silicone handles provide easy grip and comfort even with potholders. Also, choose sets that have all the items that meet your daily baking demands.
It doesn’t matter how many pieces are included as long as you’re happy and satisfied with their use. Please take our 3-minute survey, and give us feedback about your visit today.
Pots and pans are available in a wide array of materials, with and without nonstick finishes, and there are distinct differences between the various offerings when it comes to how they cook and their ease of use. While sets are sold at a huge range of prices, you don’t have to spend top dollar to get a dependable one that you’ll find a pleasure to cook with.
Copper cookware heats the most evenly and is the most responsive (meaning, take your pan of hollandaise off the burner and it stops cooking immediately so there’s no danger it will curdle). But copper is super pricey and requires a lot of upkeep if you want to maintain its bright, shiny finish.
The vast majority of aluminum cookware has some kind of finish, either enamel or nonstick, to prevent this from happening and also make it easier to clean. Some aluminum pans are hard-anodized, which means they’ve undergone an electrochemical process that strengthens and darkens the metal, protecting if from denting and stopping it from interacting with whatever you’re cooking.
That might not bother you if you bought an inexpensive omelet pan but can be upsetting if you’ve invested in an expensive set. Keep in mind that some items are lids and sometimes the manufacturer throws in a few plastic utensils and adds them to the piece count.
We give points to sets that include a 12-incher as it’s such a versatile pan for frying, stir-frying and one-pot dishes like paella or chicken with dumplings. Every set will also include one or two saucepans and again, larger ones are more useful as you can warm a cup of soup in a 3-quart pot but might not be able to make enough rice for the whole family in a 1-quart.
To select our best cookware sets, we relied on our years of rustling pots and pan both in our test kitchens and on our own home stoves. Before becoming a cooking tools expert, she spent seven years working as a professional chef in New York City restaurants.