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.
During our tests, this set stood out for ease of use and would be a great addition to any baker's kitchen. 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.
The winner was clear: the Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Baker’s Half Sheet. Like other bare aluminum sheet trays, it conducts heat efficiently, which means food cooks evenly and the pan itself warms up and cools down quickly.
Its light color makes it less likely to produce too-dark cookies or cakes, yet its thickness and sturdiness can turn out crispy, well-risen crusts. While aluminum is prone to staining and scratching (and acidic ingredients like vinegar and tomato can cause discoloration, pitting, and corrosion), the Nordic Ware pan is easy to clean.
Whereas rimless cookie sheets are good for maximizing space if you’re baking an army of gingerbread men, trays with rims are all in all more versatile: They prevent spillage and drip page on everything from roasted fish to granola. We baked the dough on oiled sheets, pulling the focaccia out when it was deeply golden brown on top.
We checked how easily the focaccia slid out of the pan (i.e., stick age factor) and flipped the cooled bread to look for evenly colored bottoms. We compared how fast the food cooked on the various trays : whether the trays warped at high temperatures and which remained hot after coming out of the oven (not optimal when you’re looking to reduce the carryover cooking that can lead to too-crisp cookies or tough fish fillets).
We also looked at how many sticky brown bits remained on the tray after transferring the food to serving dishes. We then handwashed all the baking trays with warm soapy water and a nonabrasive sponge, paying attention to how easy cleanup was (or wasn’t) and whether the basic tasks had left stains and scratches.
Stainless steel is widely known to be a poor performer in this category, which explains why the stainless-steel baking sheet we tested was so unreliable. This may not affect whether your veggies get a nice char, but if you’re cooking in a small oven, it could determine whether the sheet fits inside.
The Tolerate pan is much thicker than the Nordic Ware (13 gauge) and pricier too ($23 per unit compared to $12), but produced middle-of-the-road results. The USA Pan and Chicago Metallic both produced nicely browned vegetables and focaccia but cookies that erred on the too-crisp side; the Holy Sheet made some the best focaccia of the bunch, with no stick age whatsoever, but was less successful in the other tests, under-browning vegetables and over-browning cookies.
Neither the Holy Sheet nor the Chicago Metallic are intended to be used above 450°, per the manufacturers’ instructions, which could become a problem if you really need to bring the heat; also, as with all nonstick pans, there is the risk that the coating will deteriorate with use. That said, if focaccia is a staple in your repertoire, the Holy Sheet might be a worthwhile investment (it’s $25 for one unit) for that baking project alone.
The sheet warped after just 15 minutes at 450° and was the least reliable in terms of even or consistent cooking: cookies were too dark, focaccia was brown on the bottom before its interior was cooked, and roasted vegetables left stains that we couldn’t scrub off. Skip the nonstick surface and instead simply line the pan with parchment paper, or a silicone baking mat if you’re cooking something delicate.
At an affordable price, there’s really no reason not to buy the Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum tray. It’s solidly constructed, made in the United States, and bound to be your best friend all year long.
For extra-crisp roasted vegetables, put the sheet tray in the oven while it preheats so it’s nice and hot. The fact that the sides are only an inch high means that more direct heat can circulate around what you’re roasting, yielding crispier surfaces all around.
Line a sheet tray with a clean dish towel and spread freshly washed herbs, greens, veggies, or berries out to dry. And whenever you’re deep-frying, that sheet tray fitted with a wire rack is your best friend: have it ready right next to the stove to let freshly fried chicken drip and cool without getting soggy.
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.
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. 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.
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 be sure that every part of the cake will receive the same amount of heat, so it cooks evenly. 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.
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. The best baking pans are designed to make creating perfect baked goods a breeze.
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.
The last thing you want is to choose a brand-new baking pan only to have it warp after a couple of uses. 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. The ten-year warranty that is supplied with this product also helps to put it at the top of its class.