We Tested the Best Half Sheet Pans—Here Are Our Picks

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A half sheet pan is essential to every kitchen. Measuring in at around 18 x 13 inches (and as small as 16 x 12 inches), this size typically fits comfortably into a home oven. Simple in design and offering a ton of versatility, it can be used for making cookies and crackers, creating sheet pan dinners, roasting vegetables and proteins, and much more. 

They come in an array of materials, from traditional aluminum to cutting-edge ceramic coatings, and you can choose from rimmed or rimless styles. The material will influence heating ability, nonstick properties, durability, and care and maintenance. We tested some of the top-rated half sheet pans on the market by sending them to the home of our experienced product tester, who evaluated their performance side-by-side after baking cookies and roasting vegetables. Each sheet pan was rated on its durability, heating ability, ease of cleaning, quality of finish, and overall value.

Here, our picks for the best half sheet pans, according to hours of testing.

Best Overall: Nordic Ware 2-Piece Half Sheet Set

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What We Like
  • Sturdy construction that resists warping

  • Lifetime warranty

  • Inexpensive

What We Don't Like
  • Hand wash only

The Nordic Ware Naturals Aluminum Half Sheet Pan checks all the boxes for what most people are looking for when it comes to baking sheets: It's an inexpensive, reliable workhorse that can be used again and again. This particular pan is the favorite of Clémence Gossett, pastry chef and co-owner of The Gourmandise cooking school in Santa Monica, California.

“We're such big fans that we carry it in our school store,” says Gossett. “It's made in the U.S. and is sturdy enough to keep from warping when the pan moves from hot to cold.”

Made from pure aluminum, it features rolled, encapsulated steel rims that hold the pan’s structure. The aluminum is nonstick, and the pan is oven-safe to 450 degrees, allowing you to roast and broil vegetables and more. The manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty on this pan and advises that you hand wash to prevent discoloration from dishwasher detergents.

In testing, our cookies baked evenly, with the bottoms cooking just as much as the tops. There was no sticking, and washing was easy, as well. It also worked well for roasting veggies—there was no burning. The shiny metal surface showed some wear-and-tear from metal spatulas and from stacking and moving, but that doesn’t affect the performance at all.

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Material: Aluminum | Dimensions: 17.9 x 12.9 x 1 inches | Dishwasher Safe: No

What Our Testers Say

"An overall pan for the kitchen, this is great for everything from baking to roasting."Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best Heavy-Duty: Chicago Metallic Commercial II Sheet Pan

4.9
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What We Like
  • Stands up to daily use

  • Uncoated aluminum conducts heat well

  • Inexpensive

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

This pan is great for those who are tough on their bakeware or simply like to bake often. A professional-weight half sheet pan, this is made from 18-gauge aluminized steel, which is thicker and heavier than most home bakeware. Featuring a rolled rim reinforced with wire rods, this pan will not warp and will easily stand up to daily use. The steel retains heat well, so in testing, cookies baked a little faster, but didn’t burn. The light color no doubt helped prevent over-browning that can happen with dark pans. Roasted vegetables browned nicely on the bottom, but didn’t burn, and cleanup was easy every time.

These pans measure 16.75 x 12 inches, giving you plenty of cooking space, and as a set of two, you can cook twice as much in one go. These are dishwasher safe, but hand washing will help to extend the pan’s life.

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Material: Aluminized steel | Dimensions: 16.75 x 12 x 1.25 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes, but hand wash recommended 

What Our Testers Say

"The performance with both cookies and roasted veggies was excellent. Nice browning, no burning, and easy cleaning."Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best Nonstick: USA Pan Aluminized Steel Half Sheet Pan

4.5
USA Pan aluminized steel half pan

Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

What We Like
  • Strong, durable steel base

  • Great for cookies

  • Corrugated surface promotes even heat and easy release

What We Don't Like
  • Nonstick coating is susceptible to scratches

  • Hand wash recommended

  • Oven-safe temperature is lower than non-coated pans

This classic sheet pan from USA Pan is made of heavy-gauge aluminized steel, which features carbon steel that is dip-coated with an aluminum-silicon alloy, making it strong with high thermal conductivity. The rims also incorporate steel wire to enhance the pan’s strength and prevent warping. USA Pans bakeware has a patented nonstick silicone coating, which is PTFE-, PFOA-, and BPA-free, and will allow everything from cookies to baked fish to release easily from the surface. 

This pan features a corrugated surface to help promote air circulation and heat distribution, allowing foods to cook evenly so your results are always consistent. In testing, cookies baked evenly and released with no sticking, although there was a little bit of burning when roasting vegetables. Unfortunately, the pan warped when roasting vegetables at 425 degrees, which is lower than the recommended temperature of 450 degrees. It returned to its original shape after it cooled.

The sturdy, scratch-resistant surface holds up well against higher temperatures and it was also incredibly easy to clean, even when there was a little burning. The manufacturer recommends washing by hand and avoiding the use of sharp utensils to preserve the integrity of the nonstick coating.

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Material: Aluminized steel | Dimensions: 17.5 x 12.75 x 1 inches | Dishwasher Safe: No

What Our Testers Say

"Because it's made from steel, this retains heat well, so cookies didn't spread and baked evenly."Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best Rimless: Vollrath Wear-Ever Cookie Sheet Pan

4.5
Vollrath Wear-Ever Cookie Sheet Pan

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Thick construction to prevent warping

  • Excellent heat conductivity and even baking

  • Can slide baked goods onto a cooling rack with ease

What We Don't Like
  • Not as versatile as a rimmed baking sheet

  • Hand wash only

If you’re searching for a rimless pan, this cookie sheet from Vollrath offers durability and performance without the limitations of a rimmed edge. This is ideal if you want to slide your baked goods off the pan and right onto a cooling rack. You’ll notice that it’s thicker than most pans because it has to be; a rolled edge rim normally provides structural stability, so this pan relies on heavy, 10-gauge aluminum to resist warping. Two ends are raised, giving a hand-hold to make it easier to lift the pan in and out of the oven.

While we couldn’t find any confirming documentation, when our tester pressed on the sheet, she could feel a bit of “give,” which means this may be made from dual layers of aluminum with air insulating it inside. That construction provides even baking and less chance for burning, which is what was experienced in testing. Cookies and vegetables both cooked evenly, with no burning.

The aluminum surface provides great heat conductivity, making it a favorite for commercial bakers who need large-scale consistency. This pan is extremely durable and easy to clean, although it is hand wash only. A hole on one end of the sheet makes it easy to hang this on a hook, if desired.

The only caveat is that this sheet pan is less versatile than a traditional rimmed pan. Without a rim, it can’t hold pan juices or oil, so you’ll have to be mindful of what you’re cooking, but if you’re primarily using it for cookies and other baked goods, it’s not an issue.

Material: Aluminum | Dimensions: 17.8 x 14 x 0.5 inches | Dishwasher Safe: No

What Our Testers Say

"This pan is almost perfect. It baked cookies evenly and worked just as well for roasted vegetables."Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best Ceramic: Great Jones Holy Sheet Pan

4.5
Holy Sheet Pan
What We Like
  • Beautiful color options

  • Can double as a serving tray

  • Reinforced to prevent warping

What We Don't Like
  • Max temperature is lower than some other pans

This pan from Great Jones is a newcomer to the bakeware world, but it is quickly gaining popularity thanks to the combination of its vibrant, Instagram-worthy hue and outstanding performance. This rimmed baking sheet is made of aluminized steel with a nontoxic, Swiss-made ceramic coating that is free of PFOA. The rolled edges are reinforced with steel rods to prevent warping, something that flimsier pans tend to do in the oven. 

During testing, the pan acquired a deep scratch on the bottom from stacking and moving the pan along with the others. While that didn’t affect use, a scratch on top would be more problematic and would make the pan less attractive. Because this is made from steel rather than aluminum, it baked a bit faster, and our tester got some burning on the bottom of the cookies and on the roasted vegetables. You may have to adjust baking times accordingly.

This pan is large enough to cook sheet pan dinners for a family or make a batch of focaccia without overflow. It's oven-safe up to 450 degrees, and easy to clean by hand or in the dishwasher even if there was burning.

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Material: Aluminized steel, ceramic nonstick coating | Dimensions: 18.5 x 13.5 x 2 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes

What Our Testers Say

"It may be necessary to adjust time and temp with many recipes, but even though there was burning, cleanup was easy." — Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best Enamel: Crow Canyon Home Vintage Enamelware Sheet Pan

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Crow Canyon Home Vintage Enamelware Sheet Pan

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Durable construction

  • Completely food-safe, even if enamel chips

  • Can be used in oven, on grill/open-flame up to 530 degrees

  • Dishwasher safe

What We Don't Like
  • On the smaller end of half sheet sizing

  • Burned-on food is difficult to remove

This enamelware half sheet pan from Crow Canyon Home will add a whimsical vintage touch to your bakeware collection. It is made from high-strength steel, which is then hand-dipped multiple times to create its durable porcelain enamel surface—a technique that was popularized in the 19th century to make bakeware, tableware, and cookware surfaces that were easier to clean than bare metal. The result is a very sturdy pan that is oven-safe up to 500+ degrees and can even be used on the grill, making it ideal for broiling and roasting at higher temperatures in addition to baking cookies. 

During testing, this did well with cookies, although it baked faster because of the steel construction. Our tester's vegetables had some burning, and the burned-on food was difficult to remove, requiring multiple rounds of soaking, scraping, and scrubbing to get rid of all the bits.

This sheet pan is completely food-safe, even if the enamel coating chips, so it’s a fantastic option for kids to handle during a family baking project. It is available in a traditional white finish with a colored rim, or an artisan-applied splatter design that looks fantastic as a serving tray when it’s not being used as bakeware. This sheet pan is dishwasher safe, so cleanup is easy as long as nothing has burned on.

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Material: Porcelain enamel on steel base | Dimensions: 16.25 x 12.25 x 1.25 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes

What Our Testers Say

"This is a pretty pan and would be great for serving."Donna Currie, Product Tester

Final Verdict

Our favorite half sheet is the Nordic Ware Naturals Aluminum Half Sheet (view at Amazon), thanks to its solid performance in testing, durability, and great price. For serious bakers, we recommend the Chicago Metallic Commercial II Sheet Pan (view at Amazon), which is thicker and heavier than other options, performed well in testing, and will hold up to years of heavy use.

How We Tested

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We sent these half sheet pans to the home of our experienced product tester, who used each one to bake cookies and roast vegetables. Our reviewer spent hours with each pan and then rated them all on durability, heating ability, ease of cleaning, the quality of the finish, and overall value. Our tester then submitted additional feedback on their particular strengths and weaknesses.

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Other Options We Tested

  • TeamFar Baking Sheet Set of 2 (view at Amazon): A previous version of this roundup included the TeamFar Baking Sheet Set as our Best Set option. However, in testing, these baking sheets warped even at lower temperatures. The fact that they are stainless steel would make them good for roasting acidic foods, but our tester's roasted vegetables burned and the cleanup was difficult. "While the idea of stainless steel bakeware sounds good, the warping makes these less desirable," our tester concluded.
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What to Look for in a Half Sheet Pan

Material

Sheet pans come in a variety of materials. An aluminum pan is durable, affordable, and conducts heat evenly. If you're tough on your pans and/or use them frequently, the 18-gauge aluminized steel might be the way to go. Nonstick pans will make for easy cleanup, but they can also scratch. It all depends on how you use your pans, what kind of foods you like to cook and bake, and whether or not you are interested in washing a pan by hand versus putting it in the dishwasher.

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Rimless vs. Rimmed

Some sheet pans come with rims, others don't. How you use a sheet pan will help you determine what kind would work best for you. For example, a rimmed sheet pan is great if you roast a lot of vegetables on them or make sheet pan dinners. It will keep the contents of the pan contained more easily than a pan without a rim.

However, if you're looking for a pan that's going to be used for baking purposes, you may want to consider using a rimless sheet pan because air will circulate more evenly around the baked goods. And that means your baked goods will cook more evenly, too.

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Care

How important is it to you to be able to put your pans in the dishwasher? Many manufacturers of nonstick pans don't recommend it in order to best preserve the integrity of the nonstick surface. However, a lot of pans can go right into the dishwasher, and if you tend to prefer the ease of that kind of cleanup, you'll want to check the manufacturer's recommendations before making a purchase.

FAQs

What is the difference between a jelly roll pan and a half sheet pan?

Half sheet pans are typically 18 x 13 inches, but jelly roll pans are a bit smaller, around 15 x 10 inches. Don't be tempted to make a recipe that calls for a jelly roll pan in a half sheet pan; it won't work.

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Will a half sheet pan fit in a standard oven?

Yes, it will. Full sheet pans, which are 26 x 18, won't typically fit in a standard oven but instead are designed more for commercial ovens.

What gauge is best for sheet pans?

A thinner baking sheet is more likely to bend and warp in the oven. Many of our favorite half sheet pans for everyday cooking clock in around 18-gauge aluminum, but rimless half sheet pans for items such as cookies are usually 10- to 12-gauge. This may sound confusing, but the scale works backward; the higher the numbers go, the lower the thickness of a pan’s material.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

The author of this piece, Bernadette Machard de Gramont, is a Los Angeles-based writer who specializes in global food and wine content. After a two-year stint at the Williams-Sonoma Headquarters in San Francisco, she now researches and tests a variety of cookware, bakeware, and wine tools, and interviews field experts for their insight. She interviewed one expert, Clemence Gossett of Santa Monica-based The Gourmandise cooking school, for this piece.

Donna Currie, who updated this roundup, is a cookbook author who writes roundups and reviews products for The Spruce Eats. She has tested more than 100 kitchen products for the brand, including the half sheet pans featured on this list.

Carrie Honaker, who also updated this roundup, is a food writer, restaurateur, and avid home cook. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Bon Appetit, Allrecipes, and Wine Enthusiast. 

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