The 8 Best Baking Sheets of 2020

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"These sheets won’t rust, stain, oxidize, or pit, even if you use them for roasting tomatoes."
"Thanks to the ceramic coating, this can handle high heat—up to 500 degrees."
"These are commercial grade, so they’re heavier weight and much more sturdy."
"Your cookies won’t stick or over-brown on this pan."
"Larger than a typical half-sheet pan, but still able to fit in home ovens."
"Includes a nonstick steel 13 x 17-inch baking sheet with a silicone baking mat that fits inside it and a baking/cooling rack."
"Makes it simple to separate foods while keeping everything on the same pan, thanks to silicone divider pans."
"Includes a standard half-sheet pan , an extra-large 2/3-sheet pan, and a small 1/4-sheet pan."

When it comes to baking or roasting, you can have all of the right ingredients on hand for the perfect recipe, but if you don't have the right baking sheet your finished product might end up burnt and stuck. Most baking sheets (also called cookie sheets) are either uncoated aluminum or nonstick-coated steel. Aluminum heats quickly and cools quickly. Steel cookie sheets take longer to heat up, but they retain heat. When it comes to pan sizes, the most common size for home ovens is the half-sheet pan. Full-sheet pans won’t fit in home ovens and are designed for commercial use, but some home ovens can accommodate the extra-large 3/4-sheet pans. With all of the uses for baking sheets in the kitchen, it may be the hardest working piece of equipment you own. 

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Best Stainless Steel: TeamFar Pure Stainless Steel Cookie Sheets (Set of 2)

Stainless steel cookie sheets are more versatile and durable than either aluminum or steel. Aluminum cookie sheets shouldn’t be used for acidic foods, and steel sheets can rust if the coating wears or scratches. Just like your stainless steel cookware, these sheets won’t rust, stain, oxidize, or pit, even if you use them for roasting tomatoes or using lemon juice as a marinade on your chicken wings. They’re dishwasher safe, and won’t be ruined if you get aggressive with scrubbing off burned bits.

The sheets have rolled edges that prevent warping, and the mirror finish helps prevent sticking. The set includes both a half-sheet and a quarter-sheet pan, so you’ll always have the pan you need. 

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Best Ceramic Coated: Farberware Purecook Ceramic Nonstick Baking Sheet

Ceramic has become quite popular as a nonstick coating in cookware, so it’s no surprise to find ceramic-coated bakeware. This attractive aqua-colored pan is a standard half-sheet size with generous side rims that make it easy to get the pan in and out of the oven. 

The quilted pattern on the base of the pan creates airflow under food for even baking, and it also improves the stability of the pan for warp-free performance. Thanks to the ceramic coating, this can handle high heat—up to 500 degrees—so it’s great for all kinds of home baking. For those who like matched bakeware, there are other pans with this same color and coating; other colors are also available.

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Best Aluminum: Nordic Ware Naturals Aluminum Baker's Half Sheet

Aluminum baking sheets are classics in the kitchen. While some are cheap and flimsy, these are commercial grade, so they’re heavier weight and much more sturdy. For even better performance, they have rolled, encapsulated steel rims so they won’t bend or warp in normal use, and they’ll never rust or corrode. 

This set of two pans will speed up baking when there are multiple batches of cookies or other baked goods, since one pan can be in the oven while the other is being unloaded, cooled, and reloaded with more cookie dough. Since aluminum is a responsive metal, these will cool quicker when they’re out of the oven, so they’ll be ready to use faster than steel pans. These half-sheet pans are the most common size in home kitchens, but they are also available in quarter-sheet size for smaller batches and for countertop ovens. These are made in the United States and should be hand washed.

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Best for Cookies: OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Half Sheet Pan

Made from aluminized steel with a light-colored nonstick coating, your cookies won’t stick or over-brown on this pan. The double-layered coating is reinforced with ceramic for durability and scratch resistance. It resists staining and keeps the steel from corroding, while the micro-textured pattern minimizes surface contact while maximizing airflow for even baking and easy cookie release.

The square-rolled edges look modern and add strength to the pan so it resists warping, while the edge also provides a secure grip for easy removal from the oven. The pan is dishwasher safe, but hand washing is a snap because of the coating.

After you fall in love with this pan, you can buy more pieces of bakeware with the same features for a complete set. Every piece has dimension markings, so you’ll know that you’ve got the right size pan for your recipe.

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Best Extra-Large: Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Mega Baking Pan

Larger than a typical half-sheet pan, but still able to fit in home ovens, this 15 x 21-inch baking sheet gives you more room for cookies, biscuits, and pastries. It’s also perfect for making extra-long loaves of bread that wouldn’t fit on a standard sheet. It’s made from steel with a dark finish so it retains heat well, which keeps cookies from spreading too quickly. 

The nonstick coating on this baking sheet helps cookies and other baked goods release easily and makes cleanup easier, too. While this is dishwasher safe, given its large size, it may not fit in most dishwashers. Handwashing with warm soapy water is recommended for longer life.

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Best Baking Set: Chicago Metallic Non-Stick Jelly Roll Pan with Mat and Cooling Rack

This is everything a baker needs for cookies, in one complete set. This set includes a nonstick coated steel 13 x 17-inch baking sheet with a silicone baking mat that fits perfecting inside it and a baking/cooling rack. All parts are oven safe to 450 degrees, so they can be mixed and matched for baking, roasting, crisping, drying, and cooling. 

The silicone mat has circles to indicate placement for macarons or other cookies to space them evenly, but even when cookies aren’t on the menu, the mat makes cleaning easy. The rack can fit inside the cookie sheet for roasting or crisping in the oven or can be used outside the oven to hold breaded foods before frying. It can also be used as a cooling rack for freshly baked cookies, pastries, and breads. These should all be hand washed to preserve product life.

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Best for Roasting: Cheat Sheets Silicone Baking Sheets

Sheet pan suppers are trendy right now, but not everyone wants their cauliflower cooking in chicken juices. Cheat Sheets’ design makes it simple to separate foods while keeping everything on the same pan, thanks to silicone divider pans that snug neatly into the baking sheet. 

The metal sheet and silicone pans are oven safe to 450 degrees, so the set is great for all kinds of baking and roasting. This will be useful for making an entire meal in the oven—including dessert—on one pan, and it’s just as handy for prepping food ahead while keeping everything separate. Since the individual trays can be removed at any time, it’s also ideal when foods have different cooking times. And of course, the nonstick baking sheet can be used on its own when it’s time for cookies.

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Best Multi-Size Set: Artisan Professional Classic Aluminum Baking Sheet Pan Set

Using the right-sized pan for the job makes sense, and this set can help cooks do that, since it includes a standard half-sheet pan (18 x 13 inches), an extra-large 2/3-sheet pan (21 x 15 inches), and a small 1/4-sheet pan (13 x 9.5 inches). They’re great for classic baking recipes, for freezing foods individually on the pan before putting them in a bag for long-term storage, for roasting meats and vegetables, or for sheet pan suppers. The quarter-sheet pan is handy for smaller batches, and it can also fit into many countertop ovens when the big oven is busy.

Made from commercial grade aluminum, these have a reinforced rim so they won’t warp or bend, and they won’t rust or corrode. These should be hand washed.

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