The Best Sheet Pans, According to Our Test Kitchen
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Our team of experts tested 10 different brands to find the best sheet pans. Find out which ones you need for roasting, baking and more.
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Sheet pans are far from fancy pieces of cooking gear, but they’re likely some of the biggest workhorses in your kitchen. From easy sheet pan dinners to chewy batches of cookies, a good sheet pan is key to getting crispy veggies and golden-brown baked goods. The best sheet pans should help your recipes bake evenly, clean up easily, retain their shape and—most importantly—hold up to repeated use.
Many folks don’t put a lot of thought into the pans they buy (after all, they look a lot alike). But after trying out 10 different options and using them day in and day out, our Test Kitchen found the best sheet pans to use for everything from roasting to baking.
How We Found the Best Sheet Pan
Over the course of several months, our test cooks and food stylists used these pans daily to see how they stood up to wear and tear. Then they put each sheet pan through a series of standardized tests to see how they compared (learn more about how we test products). We evaluated the sheet pans based on these factors:
- Roasting: After roasting seasoned and oiled carrots at 425º for 15 minutes, did the carrots look browned and caramelized? Did they stick to the pan? Did the oil discolor or stain the pan?
- Baking: After baking sugar cookies at 350º on ungreased pans, were the cookies evenly browned? Did they release easily from the pan?
- Buckling: At high temperatures, did the pan buckle or warp? If so, did it return to its original shape at room temperature?
- Price: Is the pan affordable? Is it well priced for how well it performed?
Our Test Kitchen-Preferred Sheet Pans
After months of rigorously testing 10 different sheet pans, a few favorites rose to the top. Here are the best sheet pans, according to our Test Kitchen.
Best Overall Sheet Pan: Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Baker’s Sheet
Our Test Kitchen experts loved that this Nordic Ware sheet pan is big, durable and easy to clean. The cookies and vegetables browned evenly and were easy to scoop off the tray—no need to pry them off with a spatula.
The largest pan in the Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum series is a whopping 15×21 inches, which is spacious enough for your favorite sheet pan dinners or a big batch of sheet pan desserts. As our food stylist Shannon Roum put it, “Being able to tackle a dozen cookies at a time is dreamy.”
This cookie sheet is advertised as being commercial grade, and it certainly performs that way. After months of use in our Test Kitchen, it still looks (and works) great! When it came to our buckling test, our experts found that the pan occasionally buckled at high heat, as many do. However, it always flexed right back into shape (not as common).
While this sheet pan isn’t nonstick, Shannon found that cookies slid off easily—no parchment paper required. After messier jobs, like roasting veggies, our cooks didn’t notice that sticky residue that sometimes lingers on baking trays even after a wash. All of the oil and baked-on bits wiped off easily with a regular dish sponge and soap (here’s our favorite dish soap), and this pan is also dishwasher safe. (You may notice some slight discoloration after washing, but it’s only cosmetic—your 100% aluminum pan is safe to use.)
- Size: 15×21 inches
- Nonstick coating? No
- Price: $15.99
Best Sheet Pan for Baked Goods: Taste of Home Baking Sheet
From our own cookware collection, we recommend this 18×13-inch Taste of Home baking sheet, which comes with a wire cooing rack that’s perfect for cookies, muffins and more.
“The Test Kitchen loves that it’s so roomy, fits the cooling rack and is heavy-gauge,” says Taste of Home Executive Culinary Director Sarah Farmer. “We love the cool design, too!”
The heavy-gauge metal gives this sheet pan big points for durability. While almost all baking sheets warp and buckle in the oven, only heavy-gauge ones return to their original shape after cooling, Farmer says. Additionally, the patterned surface of this baking sheet encourages air flow to help with even baking.
Like pretty much everything in the Taste of Home cookware and bakeware collection, this baking sheet is nonstick. It’s also suitable for the dishwasher, although we recommend washing it by hand. However, our sheet pan isn’t fit for the broiler—baking only!
- Size: 18×13 inches
- Nonstick coating? Yes
- Price: $44.95
Most Stylish Sheet Pan: Farberware Ceramic Nonstick Cookie Sheet
Available in both aqua blue and lavender, this 11×17-inch Farberware baking sheet shines in form and function. Like the other two baking sheets featured here, it’s made of warp-resistant metal. It’s also nonstick.
This pan’s textured surface helps promote even browning on whatever you’re baking or roasting. It can withstand oven temperatures up to 500º, which will accommodate nearly any recipe you’d use it for, from cookies to roasted vegetables.
When it comes to care, though, this pan needs a little too much TLC. Hand-washing is recommended and some detergents can damage the finish.
- Size: 11×17 inches
- Nonstick coating? Yes
- Price: $14.99
What to Make with Sheet Pans
Now, we don’t need to tell you how to use your sheet pans—you know they’re your go-to for everything from roasted vegetables to Christmas cookies.
How to Care for Your Sheet Pans
After you use them to make a delicious dinner, side dish or dessert, your sheet pan will need some TLC. Sudsy water is a great place to start, but sometimes baked-on bits get the better of even the most diligent dish-washers among us. This guide to how to clean a baking sheet will help make your pans like-new, no fancy tools required.
Sarah Farmer, Taste of Home Executive Culinary Director, contributed to this article.