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 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. "Lighter-colored cookie sheets bake your cookies more efficiently," says Clemence Gossett, owner of The Gourmandise School.
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.
Read on for our top baking sheet picks.
Caraway Baking Sheet
Easy to clean
Easy to grip with oven mitts
We are already fans of the Caraway cookware set, so it's no surprise that the brand's baking sheet is equally fantastic. This half sheet is made of aluminized steel and coated with Caraway's durable ceramic coating. Wide stainless steel handles are riveted to the pan's body and are easy to grab even when wearing oven mitts. The pan is oven-safe up to 550 degrees and is thick enough to resist warping.
In our home tests, this pan performed beautifully—cookies came out perfectly golden brown on the bottom, while potato wedges were crispy on the outside. Due to the slick surface, everything released effortlessly, and cleaning up the pans was a breeze—no scrubbing required. While this pan does cost a little more than a typical baking sheet, we think it will last much longer while providing an enjoyable experience for bakers of any level.
Price at time of publish: $55
Material: Aluminized steel | Available Sizes: 18 x 13 inches (large), 15 x 10 inches (medium)
Nordic Ware Naturals Baker's Half Sheet
Steel rims help prevent warping
Embossed logo is hard to clean
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. Both the pans' sturdiness and their resistance to warping garnered them high marks from reviewers, though some note that the area of the pans where the company logo is embossed is harder to clean.
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.
Price at time of publish: $25
Material: Aluminum | Available Sizes: 10 x 7-inch, 12.8 x 9.5-inch, 12.8 x 17.8-inch, 21 x 15-inch
"It's made in the U.S. and sturdy enough to keep from warping when the pan moves from hot to cold." — Clemence Gossett, owner of The Gourmandise School
Hestan Provisions OvenBond Half Sheet Pan
Heats evenly thanks to an aluminum core
Resistant to warping
Tri-ply construction is built to last
Stainless steel is typically not an ideal choice for bakeware because it isn't a great conductor of heat on its own. But Hestan built this baking sheet like its high-quality clad pots and pans—stainless steel is layered over a solid aluminum core to get the best of both worlds: a sturdy build with excellent heat distribution and retention. Because of this, the pan weighs significantly more than your average baking sheet, which means it's not flimsy and will stand up well to frequent use.
At-home testing demonstrated the pan's even heating when baking focaccia bread and roasting vegetables for meal prep. The stainless steel surface was also quite easy to clean by hand, requiring light scrubbing with soap, warm water, and a nylon scrubber to remove any stuck-on debris.
This pan features wide, flat handles that are easy to grab with oven mitts. It is oven and broiler safe up to 600 degrees, and because of its thick construction, is seriously resistant to warping. If you're looking for a baking sheet with the same quality as your favorite multi-clad stainless pan, this is it—worth the splurge.
Price at time of publish: $130
Material: Stainless steel, aluminum core | Available Sizes: 18 x 13 inches, 9 x 12 inches
Best for Cookies
OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Half Sheet Pan
Dimensions are of the outside of the pan
Made from aluminized steel with a light-colored nonstick coating, your cookies won’t stick to 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.
In our Lab tests, this sturdy baking sheet proved its durability by resisting warping and turned out well-cooked potato wedges and cookies (though the bottoms had a tendency to brown quickly). The nonstick finish made this extremely easy to clean.
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. Just note that, as some reviewers point out, the measurements are of the outside of the pans (including their sizable rims).
Price at time of publish: $26
Material: Aluminized steel | Available Sizes: 9 x 13-inch, 13 x 18 inch
"Lighter-colored cookie sheets bake your cookies more efficiently and the rimmed edges prevent fat spillage when roasting everything from vegetables to chicken." — Clemence Gossett, The Gourmandise School
Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Mega Baking Pan
Very large surface area
Easy to clean
Some report warping over 300 degrees
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.
People love that they can cook twice as many cookies on the pan and how easy it is to clean; a few reviewers, however, report some warping at temperatures of 300 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
Price at time of publish: $33
Material: Nonstick coated steel | Available Sizes: 15 x 21-inches
Best Ceramic Coated
Great Jones Holy Sheet Pan
Available in four vibrant colors
Lower heat threshold than others
Ceramic has become quite popular as a nonstick coating in cookware, so it’s no surprise to find ceramic-coated bakeware. The cheerful Holy Sheet pan by Great Jones is made of aluminized steel with a vibrant ceramic coating that can add a pop of color to your bakeware collection. It's slightly heavier than your average sheet pan but is easy to maneuver to and from the oven.
In our home tests, this sheet pan turned out cookies with deep golden brown bottoms and soft and gooey middles. Potato wedges were easy to flip and slide off of the pan—no sticking at all. Our tester also found that the pan didn’t warp during use, which is often a concern for thinner, cheaper pans.
While this baking sheet’s heat threshold is only 450 degrees, it’s high enough for most general baking—you’ll be able to handle cookies, scones, cinnamon rolls and the like. Our tester also noted that though it is dishwasher safe, it was also very easy to clean, great news for anyone who might be resistant to washing dishes by hand.
Price at time of publish: $40
Material: Aluminized steel, ceramic coating | Available Sizes: 18.5 x 13.5 inches
Best for Roasting
Prepd Cheat Sheets Silicone Baking Sheets
Made of high-quality silicone
Oven-safe to 450 degrees
Easy to clean
May not be great for making large meals for multiple people
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. People who have kids who are picky eaters, especially like these pans.
The metal sheet and silicone pans are oven-safe to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, 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.
Price at time of publish: $30
Material: Silicone | Available Sizes: 4.88 x 4.88-inch (square), 4.88 x 9.88-inch (rectangle)
Our top pick is the Caraway Baking Sheet —it's a great-looking pan that performs really well and is a breeze to keep clean.
How We Tested
Our editors spent weeks researching baking sheets, developing a standardized methodology against which to test them, and putting them through their paces at The Lab. We then collected the data—as well as insights from our home testers—and used it to determine ratings and placement on this list.
We tested them by baking a batch of cookies as well as a tray of potato wedges. Each model was judged by heating ability (conductivity, distribution, and retention), nonstick capability, and whether or not there was any warping. We also evaluated how easy each baking sheet was to clean.
Other Options We Tested
- GreenPan Craft Sheet Pan: This high-performing baking sheet almost made this list by scoring high in every test. It was just a bit too heavy and wide in comparison to other models and cost more than other baking sheets that perform just as well,
- Vollrath Wear-Ever Heavy Duty Sheet Pan - Half Size: This performed really well in our baking tests, but our tester noted some scratches on its finish, leading us to believe it wasn't as durable as other options.
- King Arthur Cookie Sheet: The maximum temperature for this sheet is only 450 degrees, lower than some competitors. It has a sloped designed that requires you to flip the sheet around during baking for even results that were just a touch undercooked.
- Norpro 18 Inch x 13 Inch Commercial Grade Aluminum Jelly Roll Pan: This pan generally performed well and was easy to clean. However, we noticed some warping during our Lab tests, and found the price to be on the high side.
- Good Cook Steel Nonstick Bakeware: We found this to perform fairly well for its relatively low price, but it warped at 450 degrees.
- Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Bakeware Mega Cookie Sheet: This baking sheet warped at 350 degrees. We love how big this sheet is for making large batches, but its size is also its downfall—it's unwieldy and doesn't fit into a sink very easily.
- Fat Daddio’s Natural Aluminum Half Sheet Pan: It's an affordable, sturdy baking sheet that turns out great cookies, but it is quite difficult to clean and susceptible to staining.
What to Look for When Buying a Baking Sheet
Material and Heating Capacity
A baking sheet’s material will determine its temperature limits. Generally speaking, a good baking sheet should be able to withstand temperatures that include your high broiler setting. Some pans featuring nonstick coatings may have a lower heating capacity as traditional nonstick will tend to start to break down at high temperatures. If you’re only using them to bake cookies and other pastries, the heat threshold doesn’t need to be as high. Always check the manufacturer’s specifications to ensure your pans will meet your needs. Popular materials include:
Sheet pans made from aluminum are preferred for a reason—aluminum is a superior conductor of heat and responds well to temperature changes. This means that pans will heat up quickly when placed in a hot oven and will cool down quickly when removed, preventing your baked goods from overcooking. Aluminum pans tend to be the least expensive option, making them ideal for those who are hard on their bakeware and need to replace them.
Baking sheets made with a ceramic coating are often crafted from a base material, like aluminized steel, which conducts heat. These pans are then sprayed or dip-coated with a special coating made from sand-derived silica, resulting in a nonstick finish. It is an overall excellent alternative to other coatings, but since it is more brittle, it is more susceptible to cracking. Always be sure to double-check the manufacturer’s instructions for specific heat limitations.
This durable material was created by the Calphalon company from a technique adapted from the aerospace industry. It uses an electrochemical reaction to oxidize the cooking surface so that it's extra hard and durable and will not react with acidic foods. Hard anodized aluminum is a great heat conductor, but its dark surface might make for quicker cooking than expected—you may find you have to adjust your temperature or cooking times accordingly.
When buying this type of baking sheet, look for one made from 18/10, 18/8, or 18/0 stainless steel. The first number indicates the percentage of chromium in the steel alloy, and the second number denotes the percentage of nickel.
Well-performing bakeware tends to have a few key features in common. Rolled edges, often time reinforced with steel rods, will help prevent a baking sheet from warping when subjected to big temperature changes. Heavy-gauge, aka thicker, construction also helps pans maintain their shape during use. Clemence Gossett, owner of The Gourmandise School in Santa Monica, recommends rimmed sheets, because of their versatility. “Rimmed edges prevent fat spillage when roasting everything from vegetables to chicken,” she says. “Bonus? You can bake sheet cakes and sponge cakes in a rimmed baking sheet.”
Professional kitchens will almost always choose light-toned baking sheets over darker-toned options. “Lighter-colored cookie sheets bake your cookies more efficiently,” says Gossett. Some recipes might specify that you use lighter-toned bakeware for this very reason. Dark-toned bakeware—like many nonstick pieces—attracts and spreads heat quicker and holds heat longer than a lighter-toned pan. The result is that cookies and other baked goods may brown too quickly and set before the inside has a chance to finish cooking. A good rule of thumb when using such bakeware is to lower the heat by 25 degrees and check for doneness well before the recipe’s actual full recommended bake time.
Major manufacturers will likely offer some type of warranty on your baking sheets. The length of this warranty can be anywhere from just one year to a lifetime; and will depend on the product. The common thread between warranties is that they will protect your product from defects in workmanship and materials but do not cover damage from accidents, improper cleaning, prolonged high heat exposure, and improper use. When purchasing your bakeware, ensure that the manufacturer’s warranty meets your expectations and continue to care for your pans per the company’s recommendations.
Types of Baking Sheets
This size measures 26 x 18 inches and is mostly used in commercial kitchens to bake in large quantities. A full-size baking sheet is typically too large for most home ovens.
Measuring 18 x 13 inches, this size is the most common selection for a standard home oven. It is exactly half the size of a full sheet pan, hence its name. This size is generally big enough for baking a dozen cookies or roasting a spatchcocked chicken and vegetables for a sheet pan dinner.
Jelly Roll Pan
As you can discern from its name, jelly roll pans are designed to bake a thin layer of cake for making such rolled desserts as a Buche de Noel or a Swiss Roll. These pans measure about 10.5 x 15.5 inches and are a size between a half sheet and quarter sheet, giving you a little more room to work with.
The quarter-size sheet pan measures 13 x 9 inches, exactly half the size of a half sheet. This pan size is ideal for toaster oven cooking, freezing pre-shaped cookie dough, refrigerating ingredients, or baking for just one to two people. You can also use them side by side in a conventional oven to roast two different items at the same time.
These mini pans measure 9 x 6.5 inches, a perfect size for roasting nuts, reheating pizza or flatbreads, or baking just a couple of cookies at a time.
Based in Minnesota, Nordic Ware celebrates over 75 years of manufacturing a multitude of kitchen products. Its original product line included specialty Scandinavian cookware items such as rosette irons and ebelskiver pans, but today it is best known for its world-famous Bundt pans, as well as an extensive assortment of bakeware, cookware, and kitchen accessories.
Also part of the Bundy Baking Solutions family of brands, Chicago Metallic specializes in commercial and foodservice grade bakeware. These pieces are made in factories owned and operated by Bundy in the USA. The brand’s portfolio includes baking sheets, cake pans, muffin tins, and loaf pans with a handful of specialty pieces, like baguette pans, taco shell racks, and popover pans. Pieces from Chicago Metallic tend to be heavy-gauge and come in either a non-coated commercial-type finish or an easy-release nonstick finish.
For over 90 years, Wilton has led the way in the baking space with its evolving, often whimsical collection of bakeware, baking tools, and ingredients. Wilton’s brand centers itself on staying at the forefront of trends and innovation, including traditional pans and more novelty-type items, like character cake pans, a giant cupcake mold, and an endless array of decorating supplies.
What is a rimmed baking sheet?
Rimmed baking sheets feature rolled edges that keep the contents (from marinades and sauces to batter) contained inside the pan. While many pro bakers prefer unrimmed sheets for their larger surface area and better air circulation (making them ideal for evenly baking cookies), home bakers find rimmed sheets more practical because of their versatility—mainly due to their spill-proof edges. This allows for a greater variety of dishes, from roasted meats or vegetables to pizzas to toasted nuts, without anything spilling over the edges.
What is a lined baking sheet?
Recipes often call for a "lined" baking sheet. This refers to the addition of a liner before baking—the best way to keep baking sheets in top shape. Parchment paper or a silicone mat provides a barrier between food and the pan’s surface for easier release and clean-up.
How do you clean baking sheets?
It is often recommended that you wash baking sheets by hand, particularly if they have a nonstick coating. As with most nonstick cookware, you will want to avoid using sharp or metal tools to prevent scratching the pan’s surface. If you’re working with uncoated aluminum or stainless steel, it might be a bit more difficult to remove stains or baked-on and burnt food—try coating the stains with a paste made from baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, let sit for a couple of hours, and scrub away with regular dish soap and water.
How do you grease a baking sheet?
"Greasing" a baking sheet is simply applying some sort of oil to its surface in order to prevent food from sticking. You can do this with nonstick spray, an oil mister, or by using a pastry brush to apply a layer of melted oil onto the baking sheet. Another easy way to grease a baking sheet is to take a paper towel, put a bit of butter or other fat onto it, and gently smudge the inside of the pan until you have an even, see-through layer of grease with no clumps.
Why Trust the Spruce Eats?
Donna Currie is a writer and product tester for The Spruce Eats. She's also a bread-baking expert, having written Make Ahead Bread, a cookbook detailing the process. In addition to the top baking sheets, Donna's written lists on the best cookie tools and best bread machines of the year.
This piece was edited by Bernadette Machard de Gramont, an LA-based writer who specializes in global food and wine content. She researches and tests a variety of cookware, bakeware, and wine tools, and interviews field experts for their insight.