A small difference in dimensions is not going to affect the way your food is cooked but will render it a wasted purchase if it won’t fit inside your cooker. There’s no right or wrong answer with coating so stick with an uncoated pan if you’re a purist or choose very carefully indeed if you want the convenience of a non-stick sheet.
It’s the sudden changes in temperature combined with poor edging that causes many cheaper pans to warp. Measuring up at 16 ½ x 11 1/3 × 1 inch inside, you’ll have more than enough space for whatever you want to roast, bake or toast from vegetables through to cookies.
If you fancy a change from roasting veggies and want to turn your hand to baking a cake, the aluminum conducts heat brilliantly to optimize rising while the steel rim puts paid to warping that can leave your pan and cake ruined. As the name makes abundantly clear, this all-American product is another versatile performer whether you want to roast up a batch of vegetables or get busy with some baking.
A corrugated surface helps optimize airflow leading to perfect cakes and cookies every time. The heavy-duty aluminized steel comes backed by a lifetime guarantee and the non-stick coating is free of all known contaminants so you can cook with a clear conscience.
Pan prone to warping if you broil on a regular basis so think closely about intended usage If you’re hunting for a refreshing alternative to aluminum cookware, this stainless cookie sheet makes a perfect aid for baking and roasting.
If you’re looking for a taste of the professional bakery in your home kitchen, this rugged 13-gauge aluminum sheet pan is just the ticket. You can choose from a single pan, a 3-pack or 12-pack depending on your needs, and the stackable design is a winner if you’re struggling for storage space.
Not good for use in the dishwasher so stick to sanitizing and hand washing to avoid spoiling the sheet pan If you’re looking for a large single-sheet pan equally good for baking cookies and cakes, jelly rolls, roasting heaps of veggies or even racking up a whole meal, this Chicago classic is a home run.
Last but by no means least, if you appreciate the finer things in life and you have deep pockets, this Clifton roasting rack is a true asset to any kitchen. With 2 layers of stainless steel on either side of an aluminum core, you’ll get extreme durability along with rack perfect for air circulation and slipping in the oven or up on top of the stove.
Follow this advice and you’ll end up with supremely tasting side to your meat and potatoes or you can go for the healthy option and eat them alone with some tasty ciabatta bread. Mushrooms, broccoli and cabbage should be set on one side since they’ll take perhaps 25 minutes to roast properly.
Prepare Your Vegetables : Since you obviously want your veggies to cook evenly and consistently, it pays to cut them all into vaguely similar shapes and sized. With your prep done, it’s time to layer them on your baking sheet… Arrange and Season Your Vegetables : While it might be tempting to cram as much as you physically can into your pan, this is a bad move.
Not only is this a healthy option but you’ll also find it helps the heat transfer through to the bottom of the pan. As long as you take a little time to avoid buying cheap and poor quality sheet pans that will warp and end up in the bin after a week or two, the best trays will give you plenty of faithful service, all the more so if you always remember to use parchment paper or aluminum foil.
They cradle cookies and scones while they bake, they’re the perfect vessel for batch roasting root veggies and, as sheet pan dinner fans know, you can prepare an entire meal on one. We consulted with some of our favorite bakers, food writers and cookbook authors to get their take on what really makes a sheet pan great.
So whether you are gearing up for peak holiday baking season, or simply want to roast your salmon and asparagus in tandem, here are the best cookie sheets out there right now, according to cooking pros. Designed in collaboration with Food52’s community, this sheet pan handles sweet and savory treats equally well, making it a favorite of home cooks and professional bakers alike.
And, as Gulag said, “the easy-grip handles provide extra leverage for rotating and lifting when you've got heavier items on the pan.” Five Two’s pan withstands temperatures up to 600 degrees F, which makes it great for broiling too. Food writer Georgia Freedman started using heavy-duty baking sheets while developing recipes for, in collaboration with Brooklyn’s The Chocolate Room.
“The super fun colors make your kitchen sing!” said Grand baby Cakes founder and editor, Jocelyn Deck Adams. “Cookies practically slide off the sheets when they’re ready, and washing them is a breeze,” said Luisa Weiss, author of Classic German Baking.
Nordic Ware’s pure aluminum baking sheets are rust-resistant and the reinforced steel rim prevents warping. “I actually bought a couple of half sheets for my mother’s house because, despite her fancy stock of department-store baking bans, they all warp like crazy.
Nordic Ware never warps, is super shiny, and has those great high edges, which I love for baking brownies or tossing roasted vegetables.” Food writer and Washington Post Voraciously editor, Olga Mass, has equally strong feelings about her preferred baking sheet.
“For baking cookies I recommend corrugated half sheet pans,” said Christina Lane, founder of Dessert for Two. Meanwhile, the aluminized steel and diamond-texture on the surface increases' airflow, which helps promote evenly baked cookies.
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.
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. It isn’t as versatile as our main pick, because it can’t contain roasting vegetables or the juices from a sheet pan dinner.
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.
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.
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. Some baking sheets come with special features meant to promote even baking, but these often cost more and don’t make a huge difference for most tasks.
These pans can be good for baking delicate cookies such as meringue and tools, but for anything else they’re unnecessary. 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. In 2013, we also baked sturdy slice-and-bake cookies and monitored for even browning on the tops and bottoms.
For each test, we baked one sheet pan at a time and placed it on the middle oven rack. 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.
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. In our tests, it baked cookies (and everything else) as well as the Nordic Ware, and you get two for the price of one of our main pick.
The pan did buckle in high heat, which isn’t a big deal if you use it only for making cookies. 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.