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.
All of theAll-Clad Pro-Release pans are solid and sturdy, made of heavy gauge aluminum. 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. 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.
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Erin Jeanne McDowell, recipe developer and author of The Fearless Baker, admits the sheet pan appealed to her at first because of the bright blue color. “It’s unusual for a baking sheet,” she says, but adds, “When I tried the tray, I realized what a great pan it was and became properly obsessed.” The most impressive aspect to her was how easy it is to clean.
“A flat baking sheet is like gold in a professional kitchen,” explains Zoe François, pastry chef and co-author of the cookbook series Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. And this one from Nordic Ware is her personal favorite because it’s made from “a heavy-duty aluminum with solid rims that prevent warping.” Elena Lesser, chef and TV host, likes it “because of its even heating, allowing food to be properly roasted and baked with nice contact crisping and browning.” She even thinks these are the “closest brand to the industrial baking sheets” she used as a chef at Missy Robbins’ Lilia.
And Brittany Bennett, owner of Ta artwork, agrees that if you’re really into baking or cooking, you’ll probably already “use parchment paper, a silicone baking sheet, or toss vegetables in silky ribbons of olive oil to prevent your food from sticking” on one of these aluminum pans, which she considers “reliable” and “satisfying” to cook with. Eric King, food photographer and baking blogger at Easy Gay Oven, likes it because it “cooks steadily, so it doesn’t burn the bottoms of cookies,” and “unlike some other baking sheets, it has a lip to catch any leakage from, say, buttery croissants.” Admiral Kassel, founder of New York City’s Flour Shop, describes it as the “perfect nonstick” that has “some sort of magic in there that makes for the perfect bake every time,” though she hypothesizes that it’s due to the weight from the aluminized steel and ceramic-based coating.
The metal is thick enough that it won’t warp, and she thinks these are “relatively easy to clean, unless things really get burnt onto the pan, which can necessitate more intense scrubbing, even enlisting steel wool.” But to prevent that, she recommends cooking with parchment paper or some sort of layer, especially since these aren’t nonstick. This isn’t a traditional sheet pan, because the sides are much higher than most and it’s coated in enamel, but Shelly Westerhausen, cookbook author and owner of Vegetarian ‘Ventures, swears by it.
But just like all the other chefs we spoke with, Westerhausen lines this pan with parchment paper while cooking “to protect the sheet pans from getting stained and to help with an easy cleanup.” Over the past five years, we’ve spent more than 45 hours testing 15 sheet pans and cookie sheets.
After making 24 batches of cookies, six pizzas, and many pounds of oven fries, we found that the Nordic Ware bakes as evenly as sheets twice the price and won’t buckle at high heat like cheaper models. We chose the Nordic Ware Baker’s Half Sheet as our top baking sheet in our original 2013 review, and after years of heavy use at home and in our test kitchen, we’ve found it still lies flat and bakes cookies to an even golden brown.
Some aluminum sheet pans may perform on a par with it, but the Nordic Ware consistently costs the least for a pan of its quality. If our main pick sells out, the Artisan Half Size Aluminum Baking Sheet is a decent runner-up.
Like the Nordic Ware, it’s made of strong, uncoated 18-gauge aluminum that stands up to high heat. In our tests it browned oven chips a little darker than the Nordic Ware, and it costs more than our main pick, a price bump with which we saw no increase in performance.
In our testing, this two-handled sheet was easy to rotate in the oven, capable of baking cookies evenly, and simple to clean. Made of 10-gauge aluminum, it’s even thicker than our main pick, which is necessary to keep it from warping without the structural support of rims.
A good baking sheet needs to do just two things: It needs to cook your food evenly, and it needs to withstand the abuse that comes with regular kitchen use. The rim keeps oils and juices from roasting meat or vegetables contained, and allows you to stir food around without having it slide off onto the bottom of your oven.
Rimless sheets are made specifically for baking cookies and can make it easier to slide a batch directly onto a cooling rack. Cook’s Illustrated (subscription required) also found that rimless sheets will bake your cookies a few minutes faster, because they allow for better air circulation.
Although sheets also come in aluminized steel and even triply construction (an aluminum core sandwiched by stainless steel), bare aluminum conducts heat more efficiently, especially for baking; it heats up quickly and evenly and will cool down quickly once you take it out of the oven. Triply sheets are expensive, and may retain heat longer than bare aluminum ones, meaning you risk overtaking cookies after you’ve pulled them out of the oven.
Both of our favorite rimmed baking sheets are 18 gauge, which is plenty thick to keep them from warping. Our rimless cookie sheet pick is made of thicker 10-gauge aluminum, which helps it stay flat without the added structural support of rims.
Nonstick finishes can degrade at high temperatures and will inevitably scratch and lose their efficacy over time, so they’re not great for a pan you may want to use regularly for heavy-duty tasks like high-heat roasting. If you do need a nonstick surface for, say, baking cookies, it’s much better to line your pan with a sheet of parchment paper.
This method is not only foolproof, but it also makes cleanup nearly effortless and adds a little insulation to the sheets, which helps prevent burnt bottoms. We’ve ruled out all nonstick baking sheets because they’re not nearly as durable as bare aluminum.
Standard sizes are most useful Although you’ll find plenty of rimmed “jelly roll” baking sheets at grocery and kitchen-supply stores, they’re often thin and wobbly. The best rimmed baking sheets are the aluminum half- sheet pans used in commercial kitchens and adopted by many home bakers and cooks.
Many rectangular cooling racks are also designed to fit snugly in a half- sheet pan, which is a great setup for roasting meat or glazing a bunt cake. Without that coating, things like oven fries do inevitably stick to a baking sheet in spots (the same is true of all bare aluminum pans), and it’s a pain to scrub residue out of the ridges.
Photo: Michael HessionOver the years, we’ve run numerous tests on our baking sheets. For the most part, each test helped us evaluate one of two things: how durable a pan is, and how evenly it bakes.
To test the latter, we always bake cookies, because they require some precision and are quick to show hot spots. Most manufacturers advise against putting bare aluminum pans in the dishwasher because doing so can tarnish the metal, so it’s important that they clean up relatively easily.
That said, we put our sheet pans in the dishwasher in the Wire cutter test kitchen, and although it has discolored them, it hasn’t affected their performance. Although you might find a comparable pan at a kitchen-supply store, the Nordic Ware is the best option that’s readily available online.
It also happens to be one of the most consistently inexpensive aluminum pans we’ve found in our years of research. The bottom of the pizza crust for our pissaladière also baked evenly with no noticeable dark or light spots.
Photo: Michael HessionThe Nordic Ware sheet also didn’t warp at high temperatures. And even after several years of use, all the Nordic Ware pans in our test kitchen still lie flat.
They’re good for little things like toasting nuts or baking a few pieces of fish, and they’re easier to wrap up and fit in your fridge. I found that a regular nylon scrub pad slightly scratched the surface of the aluminum.
The metal is also soft enough that utensils could scratch the surface a bit, but that’s the case with all the pans we tested. The surface of the Nordic Ware pan quickly accumulates light scratches, but these don’t affect its performance at all.
Also remember that if you throw the Nordic Ware pan in the dishwasher, it will turn dull and tarnished. That won’t affect its performance, but if you want to keep the pan gleaming you should wash it by hand or line it with foil before roasting vegetables.
While Nordic Ware pans used to have a completely smooth surface, they now include a slightly raised logo on one end. Since it’s just a small patch, we don’t think it’s a deal breaker, especially given that Nordic Ware’s pans are consistently the most affordable and high-quality baking sheets we’ve found.
After years of heavy use both at home and in Wire cutter’s test kitchen, all our Nordic Ware Baker’s Half Sheet pans still perform really well. If our main pick is unavailable, the Artisan Half Size Aluminum Baking Sheet is a great alternative.
It was one of several aluminum sheet pans we tested that baked about on a par with the Nordic Ware, and of those, it tends to be the closest in price to our top pick. Like the Nordic Ware, it baked cookies evenly to a nice golden brown, and never warped in our battery of high-heat tests.
We did, however, hear some crackling sounds when this pan was hot and sitting outside the oven, suggesting that it moves slightly as it adjusts to the temperature change. Photo: Michael Sessions it turns out, Tolerate (another top maker of sheet pans) owns Artisan.
Cook’s Illustrated (subscription required) chose this sheet as its top pick, and the Tolerate also gets high marks on Amazon. We’ve run our aluminum sheets through the dishwasher without any effect on their performance, but the detergent and heat do tend to discolor the metal.
Baking on a layer of parchment will keep your pans spotless and create a nonstick surface (as well as a small amount of insulation) for your cookies. It tends to be a little more expensive than our picks, however, and we also noticed that most of the negative reviews on Amazon complained of pans arriving dented.
It was tough to clean all the stuck-on bits of potato off of the Nordic Ware Prism’s ridged surface. Photo: Michael Session 2018 we tested the Nordic Ware Prism Half Sheet to see how its ridged surface compared with the smooth aluminum bottom of our top pick Nordic Ware pan.
Unfortunately, they both also have a nonstick coating, which is fine for cake pans but not great for baking sheets (which need to withstand higher temperatures and more frequent abuse from spatulas). We featured the Members Mark Half Size Aluminum Sheet Pan from Sam’s Club as our runner-up in our 2013 guide.
The pan did buckle in high heat, which isn’t a big deal if you use it only for making cookies. The Tolerate Wear-Ever Heavy-Duty Half-Size Sheet Pan (13-gauge, model 5314) used to be Cook’s Illustrated’s (subscription required) top choice for sheet pans and is currently a runner-up.
Surprisingly, this pan warped slightly while baking our honey Florentine, when the oven was set at only 375 °F. We were also not clear on if the bright (albeit attractive) turquoise finish (it also comes in red) would chip over the long term.
Marguerite Preston is a senior editor covering kitchen gear and appliances at Wire cutter, and has written guides to baking equipment, meal kit delivery services, and more. A top-quality baking pan is an essential piece of kitchen equipment that no cook should be without.
The right model can help you to achieve good and reliable results every time you bake. However, these days, baking pans come in a wide range of different sizes and shapes and even materials.
Fortunately, the Clifton Nonstick Bakeware Set includes six different baking trays that come in a wide range of sizes and styles. No matter what you are planning on baking, you are sure to find a tray in this set to suit your needs.
This makes it especially easy to bake a wide range of different types of foods. Each piece in the set has been made of industrial-grade Carbon steel to protect against warping at high temperatures.
This means that you can be sure this cook set of baking pans will be with you for a long time to come. If you have a lot of hungry mouths to feed, you are sure to need a baking pan that is especially large.
There will be no need to divide your food between different baking trays and spend extra time and trouble. This should be more than sufficient to create a huge batch of cookies or roast many vegetables.
The tray comes with a special non-stick American coating that is BPA, FOA, and PTFE free to prevent chemical contamination. The USA Pan 1607CR Bakeware Extra Large Sheet really comes into its own when it comes to baking.
However, this model is also ideal for roasting vegetables and cooking a range of other items. The rack fits perfectly on top of the tray and is especially easy to lift out again when necessary.
The fact that this model doesn’t come with a warranty may well give you pause for thought. With due care and attention, you should be treated to excellent performance for many years to come.
The Ox Good Grips has a solid reputation for being of high quality. The Ox Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Half Sheet is especially large and easy to use.
It promises to allow you to make large batches of your favorite treats without having to compromise on quality. This mighty model has been created from industrial grade aluminized steel.
This helps to provide a quick flow of air for perfect baking every time. The tray also boasts two thick layers of ceramic coating to help deliver superior strength.
Like the other top models in the Ox Good Grips, this baking pan is designed to be very easy to handle. This means that even when the tray is full of food, you will be able to lift it out of the oven with ease.
However, if your oven tray happens to slip, it can lead to spilled food and even burns. The Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet comes complete with thick raised edges.
Even if the pan is filled to capacity, you can be sure that you will be able to get a good grip on the edge. As an added bonus, you are treated to two matching pans in this special set.
This material delivers excellent heat conduction so that your food cooks especially quickly. This also helps to ensure that food in the baking pans cooks very evenly.
It should be noted that the Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet is not especially durable. However, trying to assemble a set of different sized baking pans that feature the same quality can pose a problem.
Each piece in the Good Cook Set of 3 Non-Stick Cookie Sheet has been made of the same quality materials. This special coating is also designed to prevent greasy food from staining the pan and ruining its appearance.
Each of these special baking pans has been created in a slightly different size. If the baking pans happen to warp or fail for any reason, you can simply send away for a new model.
As an added bonus, each tray in the set is designed to be fully dishwasher safe. Cake batter can tend to drip and leak out of the baking pan and can cause problems in the oven.
Fortunately, the ALUMINUM Nordic Ware Leakproof Spring form Pan promises to put a stop to this messy problem. This special spring form pan boasts a durable leak-proof seal to perfectly prevent leaks and drips.
When your cake has been baked to perfection, simply undo the clips, and it will slide right out of the pan. The fact that this model is not dishwasher safe may initially give you pause for thought.
However, the ALUMINUM Nordic Ware Leakproof Spring form Pan is very easy to wash by hand. This is facilitated by the thick and durable non-stick coating that is designed to repel food.
As an added bonus, this baking pan is supplied with a comprehensive ten-year warranty. The cool charcoal color of this baking pan also helps to make it especially attractive.
If you love round cakes, you will need a baking pan that has been created especially for the purpose. Trying to make sure that a cake stays perfectly round on a regular tray can be a real challenge.
With this special set, you are treated to a pair of baking pans, each of which is nine inches in diameter. The pans come complete with tall edges, which help to keep the cake mixture firmly in place.
The top-grade aluminum material makes sure that heat is evenly distributed throughout the whole of the baking pan. You can simply slide out the baked cakes and give the pans a quick rinse once they are cool.
The bottoms of the pans have a tendency to warp, especially when exposed to high temperatures. To this end, the type of baking pan you choose can play an important role.
It has been specially designed to deliver extremely even heat distribution. As an added bonus, this model is fully dishwasher safe to help make the cleanup process a breeze.
However, the Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Bakeware Large Cookie Sheet also comes complete with a durable non-stick coating. This means that food residue simply slides off to make this model very easy to clean by hand.
A number of different materials have been used to create top of the range baking pans. In order to receive consistent results, you will need your baking pan to conduct heat evenly.
The only real issue is that this material tends to warp at high temperatures. Stainless steel is able to withstand especially high temperatures, meaning that it is not so prone to warping.
However, stainless steel doesn’t tend to conduct heat as well as aluminum. Carbon steel is a good option as it boasts superior heat conduction properties.
If you are especially passionate about baking, it might be a good idea to choose a set of different pans. If you have ever suffered the misery of trying to remove baked on food, you will know how important this factor is.
Therefore, it is important to pay close attention to the warranty that is offered with the model you select. A baking pan that comes with an extensive warranty should provide you with extra peace of mind.
If you have a true love for baking, you are likely to want to create lots of different types of items. The interiors come with interlocking non-stick layers to help prevent food from sticking and staining.