The 5 Best Quarter Sheet Pans of 2021

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While half sheet pans are the most common size for many kitchens, the quarter sheet pan is a versatile and useful tool for anyone who loves to cook and bake. Measuring at around 9.5 x 13 inches, its diminutive size lends itself well to roasting nuts and smaller servings of vegetables, or test-baking one or two cookies at a time. It’s also a great size to use in smaller ovens, like countertop or vintage models that can’t fit a half sheet pan. 

Whether it’s a first-time purchase or staple in your kitchen, you’ll find fantastic options to add to your bakeware arsenal in our roundup of the best quarter sheet pans.

Our Top Picks
It's a tried-and-true favorite of professional and amateur cooks, and it won’t break the bank.
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This heavyweight, versatile pan doesn’t cost a fortune, so you’ll want multiples.
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The unique corrugated surface minimizes sticking.
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It's tough enough for a commercial kitchen and easy to store thanks to its stackable design.
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This excellent kit includes a sheet pan, cooling rack, and silicone mat.
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Best Overall: Nordic Ware Naturals Aluminum Quarter Sheet

Nordic Ware Naturals Aluminum Quarter Sheet
What We Like
  • Durable, thick aluminum construction

  • Rolled rims to prevent warping

  • Oven-safe to 450 F

What We Don't Like
  • Hand wash only

Just like the half-sheet version, the Nordic Ware Naturals Aluminum Quarter Sheet Pan seems to have it all. This pan is nicely priced, durable, and performs well. While bigger versions of this pan are staples in professional and home kitchens, this size is just right for roasting nuts or reheating a slice of pizza. With this size you can fit two side by side in most ovens, so you can also cook two separate things at the same time, which is great for doing meal prep

This pan measures 13 x 9.5 inches and is constructed from uncoated 18-gauge aluminum that is naturally nonstick and will not rust. Its rolled steel rims are reinforced with wire to prevent warping, and it's oven-safe up to 450 F. Nordic Ware offers a lifetime warranty on these pans and suggests washing by hand to prolong their life. 

Best Budget: Mrs. Anderson's Baking Quarter Sheet Pan

Mrs. Anderson's Baking Quarter Sheet Pan
What We Like
  • Oven-safe to 480 F

  • Reinforced rim prevents warping

  • Inexpensive

What We Don't Like
  • Hand wash only

Mrs. Anderson’s Baking is a trusted brand for great quality, wallet-friendly bakeware. This heavyweight quarter sheet pan is made of commercial-grade, 19-gauge aluminum and features a reinforced beaded rim to prevent warping, a problem that can happen with thinner pans. You can use this in the oven up to 480 F or for chilling and freezing foods without taking up too much space in the fridge or freezer.

This pan is also NSF-approved, which means it is made with materials that are held to strict food-safety standards. The aluminum won’t rust and will hold up against scratches, dings, and dents really well. For best results, do not place this pan in the dishwasher—clean with a damp sponge or mild detergent as needed.

Best Nonstick: USA Pan Bakeware Nonstick Quarter Sheet Pan

USA Pan Bakeware Nonstick Quarter Sheet Pan
What We Like
  • Unique design and coating make great nonstick surface

  • Oven-safe to 450 F

What We Don't Like
  • Coating is susceptible to scratches

USA Pan’s quarter sheet is made of heavy-gauge aluminized steel, a process in which strong carbon steel gets coated with an aluminum alloy. To make the pan nonstick, these pans also have a patented silicone coating, which is free of PFOA, PTFE, and BPA. The corrugated texture minimizes surface contact, promoting heat circulation and an easy release of your baked goods

Oven-safe to 450 F, you’ll be able to bake small-scale sheet pan dinners or half batches of cookies. As with most nonstick surfaces, it’s advisable to avoid using sharp instruments that might damage the coating. Stick to hand washing to prolong the life of the finish.

Best Heavy-Duty: Vollrath 5220 Wear-Ever Collection Quarter-Size Sheet Pan

Vollrath 5220 Wear-Ever Collection Quarter-Size Sheet Pan
What We Like
  • Heavy, commercial-weight construction

  • Tapered, stackable design

What We Don't Like
  • Hand wash only

For commercial quality at a great price, these quarter sheet pans from Vollrath are a wonderful option. These are heavy-duty pans made with thick, 16-gauge aluminum (heavier than your typical home bakeware) and a reinforced beaded rim that prevents warping during baking. The light color of these pans prevents over-browning, and the aluminum construction promotes even heating and cooking.

These pans are also stackable, so you can have multiples without worrying about taking up too much storage space. Use them for everything from oven-toasting coconut flakes or as a tray for breading chicken cutlets. While they’re designed for frequent use and will withstand any rigorous cooking routine, these must be washed by hand and should never be placed in the dishwasher.

Best Set: Checkered Chef Quarter Sheet Pan and Rack Set

Checkered Chef Quarter Sheet Pan and Rack Set
What We Like
  • Great starter set

  • Cooling rack is also oven-safe

  • Silicone mat is reusable

What We Don't Like
  • Oven-safe only up to 400 F

  • Hand wash only

If you’d like a quarter sheet pan that includes accessories, this set from the Checkered Chef has everything you need—a standard 9.5 x 13-inch sheet pan with a cooling rack and bonus silicone baking mat. The pan is made from aluminum, giving it excellent heat conductivity and natural nonstick properties. It also features a rolled, reinforced edge to prevent warping.

The included cooling rack is made from 100 percent stainless steel with no additional coatings, which can also be used as an insert for the rack to cook up crispy bacon or bake chicken wings. The silicone mat is a fantastic, reusable liner that fits perfectly within the pan—and is an alternative to parchment paper or aluminum foil.

The maximum temperature rating for this pan is 400 F, lower than other brands, but it still functions perfectly for most baking needs. As with other aluminum pans, you’ll want to hand wash these to protect them from discoloration from dishwashing detergent. It’s a great set to have, especially for those who often cook for just one or two people.

Final Verdict

Our top pick is the Nordic Ware Naturals Aluminum Quarter Sheet Pan because of its consistently excellent performance and durability in the long haul. If you're looking for a nonstick version, we also recommend the USA Pan Bakeware Quarter Sheet Pan because of its unique corrugated surface and patented silicone coating that helps food release easily.

What to Look for in Quarter Sheet Pans

Material

Aluminum is the most common option for sheet pans. It conducts heat well, so the food cooks evenly, and it heats up and cools down quickly. Uncoated aluminum is rated for higher temperatures than sheet pans with a nonstick coating. If you want to use the pan for broiling foods as well as baking, be sure to look at the maximum heat it can take. Sheet pans made of stainless steel tend to be heavy-duty, are also quick to heat up, and distribute heat well. Unlike aluminum, most stainless steel baking sheets are dishwasher safe, but the material isn't naturally nonstick. Finally, consider your utensils because metal spatulas and tongs will scratch and chip nonstick surfaces such as silicone and ceramic.

Construction

Sheet pans do a lot of hard work in the kitchen and need to handle extreme temperatures, so durability is a significant consideration. When shopping for an aluminum pan, remember that a 16-gauge pan is thicker than an 18-gauge pan. It's common for metal pans to warp as they heat up, which can cause uneven cooking and spills if you have liquid in the pan. A thicker pan with a reinforced rim is less likely to warp in the oven.

Color

Lighter surfaces absorb less heat, cook more efficiently, and are the preferred choice for baking. Cookies and bread baked on dark surfaces may not cook through but become too brown and crisp on the bottom. Darker pans, including hard-anodized aluminum, will also cook food faster, so you may have to lower the heat by 25 degrees or shorten the recipe's cooking time. A silicone mat can help distribute the heat, and dark pans are good when you want crispy crust on something like pizza.

FAQs

What are the different sheet pan sizes?

Sheet pans (or baking sheets) come in several sizes, and the quarter sheet pan is not the smallest. A full sheet pan (26 x 18 inches) will generally only fit in commercial ovens. The most common size in home kitchens is the 18 x 13-inch half sheet pan. The quarter sheet pan is the same size as a 9 x 13-inch cake pan, and two can fit side by side in the average oven. Eighth sheet pans are the smallest (6.5 x 9 inches), and these are handy for small cooking and baking tasks.

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

Cooks tend to interchange the names sheet pan, baking sheet, cookie sheet, and jelly roll pan. While all of them can handle many of the same cooking tasks, there is a difference.

  • A sheet pan and baking sheet are the same thing: a flat-bottomed, rimmed pan. They're the most versatile and can cook nearly anything you'd make on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.
  • A jelly roll pan is a type of sheet pan that's typically 10.5 x 15.5 inches. While it can be used like any sheet pan, it's designed to bake a thin cake of a specific size that you intend to roll, such as a Yule log.
  • Cookie sheets come in several sizes but are typically about the same size as a jelly roll pan. The main difference is that they are not rimmed, so cookies slide right off the edge. Many have one raised side that's easier to grip.

Why do baking sheets turn brown?

Even if you buy a light-colored pan, it may turn brown if you use it a lot for a variety of foods. This is very common with baking sheets because they are so useful, with the ability to cook everything from sheet pan dinners and potatoes to delicious cookies. Over time, a buildup of fat and oil bakes onto the surface—similar to the seasoning on cast iron—and gives the pan a dark patina. While you might want to restore your baking sheets to their like-new shine (it's a time-consuming task), many bakers prefer the extra gentle browning produced by a well-used pan.

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This piece was written by Bernadette Machard de Gramont, an LA-based writer who specializes in global food and wine content. After a two-year stint at the Williams-Sonoma Headquarters in San Francisco, she amassed a comprehensive collection of bakeware, including the USA Pan and Nordic Ware Naturals baking sheets, which she uses extensively. She now researches and tests a variety of cookware, bakeware, and wine tools and interviews field experts for their insight.

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