If the prospect of scrubbing caked-on or burned food off your baking sheets is getting in the way of you enjoying your freshly baked cookies or roasted veggies, you’re not alone. Sure, baking can be fun, but there’s often the risk of your biscuits browning unevenly or charred pieces of your fish sticking to the pan. That is, unless you really spray the pan with oil (which you’ll also have to clean up later) or line it with parchment paper or aluminum foil, the cost of which adds up quickly, particularly if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
Enter silicone baking mats. These humble kitchen accessories are so much more than they seem: They're a great alternative to grease or single-use liners because they're both nonstick and reusable, saving you money and the hassle of excessive cleanup. These mats are made from a combination of food-grade silicone and fiberglass, allowing them to withstand temperatures of up to about 500 degrees Fahrenheit. This also makes them durable enough to be used in the freezer and microwave. A bonus? They don’t absorb heat like your baking pan does, meaning your baked goods will brown more evenly.
But as you probably guessed, these mats are not one size fits all; there are ones customized for rolling pastry dough or spacing cookies evenly, for example.
Here, our picks for the best silicone baking mats to help you find the right one for you.
Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat
Comes in a variety of sizes
You may have heard the name Silpat spoken reverently by both home bakers and professional bakers alike, and for good reason. The Silpat line of silicone baking mats, produced by French company Sasa Demarle Inc., has acquired quite the reputation over the past several decades for its quality and versatility. This particular nonstick silicone baking mat is made from fiberglass mesh and food-grade silicone, which helps it withstand temperatures of up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit and distribute heat evenly (which means your food will not only release easily but also bake evenly).
It’s also microwave- and freezer-safe and comes in several sizes in addition to half sheet, including jelly roll and toaster oven size. You can wash this in the dishwasher, but we recommend handwashing it—in fact, several users say it’s easy and quick enough to clean it with soapy water and a sponge. It comes at a higher price tag than some of its competitors, but many say that its versatility and durability make it worth the investment.
Oven Safe Temperature: 480 degrees | Sizes Available: 1.5 x 9 inches (Sil-band), 10.9 x 7.9 inches (toaster oven), 11.75 x 8.25 inches (quarter sheet), 13.5 x 8.5 inches (jelly roll), 16.5 x 11.5 inches, (half sheet), 17 x 12.25 (cookie sheet), 19.5 x 13.5 (three-quarter sheet)
Price at time of publish: $22
"The thicker the mat, the longer it will last. Silpat makes the highest quality ones, and they last forever with proper care. They are just about the thickest ones you can find. Thinner gauge mats tend not to age as well and sometimes the printing will begin to wear off over time and the mat will discolor." — Kierin Baldwin, chef-instructor of Pastry & Baking Arts at the Institute of Culinary Education
Kitzini Silicone Baking Mats
Includes 2-4 sheets
Professional grade thickness
Possibly prone to staining and melting
From the number of positive reviews we came across on the internet, it was easy to tell that these silicone liner sheets from Kitzini are a favorite among online customers. These half sheets are BPA-free and made from 0.75-millimeter-thick food-grade silicone with a fiberglass core, which means you’ll get even and consistent baking. Plus, the nonstick surface means there’s no greasing required, making cleanup a breeze.
These are oven-safe up to 450 degrees, and customers love that they’re a versatile, durable alternative to parchment paper. Reviewers do also mention that staining and slightly melting is possible. They are available as a 2-pack of macaron baking mats, as well as sets of three or four. A bonus? With two mats costing the price of one from some other brands, these Kitzini sheets are a bargain for the quality.
Oven Safe Temperature: 480 degrees | Sizes Available: 11.5 x 8.5 inches (quarter sheet), 16.5 x 11.6 inches (half sheet)
Price at time of publish: $15
"We exclusively use silicone baking mats to make our cookies. Like many, we cannot underscore how magical even heat distribution is—the bottoms of our cookies just come out consistently golden." — Monica and Jessica Valenzuela, co-owners and bakers at Little Boxes NYC Bakeshop
Cuisinart Silicone Baking Mat
Microwave and dishwasher safe
From a reputable brand known for durability
Opting for this silicone baking mat instead of the leading brand will save you about 40 percent, though it offers many of the same benefits. The food-grade silicone is nonstick, so the days of scraping leftovers off your baking sheets are over. It’s heat-resistant up to 480 degrees, and it’s suitable for use in the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher.
While the larger size is not as large as some other silicone baking mats, this Cuisinart model is perfect for your smaller baking sheets. Measuring 11.6 x 16.5 inches, it’s considered half sheet size, but it also has blunt corners, so it will fit baking sheets with rounded edges.
"This silicone baking mat is not only covered by a lifetime warranty but it's also thoughtfully designed at a standard size that should easily fit the majority of baking sheets you’ve already got at home," say Monica and Jessica Valenzuela, co-owners and bakers at Little Boxes NYC Bakeshop.
Oven Safe Temperature: 480 degrees | Sizes Available: 9.3 x 8.7 inches (toaster oven), 16.5 x 11.6 inches (half sheet)
Price at time of publish: $17
Best for Pastries
SiliQueen Silicone Pastry Baking Mat with Measurements
Includes silicone brush and bench scraper
Features measurement markings in inches and centimeters
Features a Fahrenheit-Celsius conversion chart
Various extra-large sizes for different workspaces
Too large for most baking sheets
Low temperature resistance
You can use a silicone baking mat for virtually any pastries you bake in the oven: macarons, cookies, cakes, and so on. But if you’re a home pastry chef who needs help with eyeballing a 8-inch crust from a 10-inch one, this is likely the silicone mat for you. It has markings that will come in handy when measuring doughs and other goods. The mat has a temperature conversion chart, measurement table, and various other markings that will come in handy when perfecting the science of baking. It also includes a silicone brush and stainless-steel bench scraper.
Many reviewers enjoy using this large mat on top of their workspace to protect their counters. The standard size measures 27.5 x 20 inches, which won’t fit most baking sheets, but it comes in a variety of sizes for larger or smaller surface areas and baking trays.
Oven Safe Temperature: 446 degrees | Sizes Available: 11.4 x 10.2 inches, 23.5 x 17.5 inches, 23.6 x 20 inches, 23.6 x 23.6 inches, 27.5 x 20 inches, 31.5 x 23.6 inches
Price at time of publish: $17
“Yes, they are super durable, so you can throw them in the dishwasher, but never use a knife, cookie cutter, pizza wheel, or any other sharp utensil on them. You will 100% regret it!” — Monica and Jessica Valenzuela, co-owners and bakers at Little Boxes NYC Bakeshop
MMmat Silicone Baking Mats
Variety packs include multiple sizes
Can include macaron sizing guides
Not standard sizes
This set of three nonstick mats works with different pans and different recipes, offering you versatility without having to use tons of parchment paper. The silicone mats comes in 13 x 9 inches, 14.76 x 9.85 inches, and a half-sheet pan size. At one millimeter thick, these won't slip and are extra durable. They’re also safe in the oven up to 500 degrees, and can be washed in the dishwasher.
Many users are impressed by this set’s versatility, using them for recipes that range from dried apple crisps to frozen berries to homemade crackers—which all slide right off, they say. MMmat also offers these mats with size guides for making macarons, which include measurements around the trim and fit half-sheet pans.
Oven Safe Temperature: 500 degrees | Sizes Available: 13 x 9 inches, 14.76 x 9.85 inches, 16.5 x 11.6 inches
Price at time of publish: $27
"Silicone baking mats are used on a baking sheet to prevent food from sticking and to make cleanup easier. Many types also come with markings on the mat that help with even portioning of food, such as circles for piping macarons or placing cookie dough." — Kierin Baldwin, chef-instructor of Pastry & Baking Arts at the Institute of Culinary Education
Best for Jelly Roll Pans
Mrs. Anderson’s Non-Stick Silicone Jelly Roll Baking Mat
Great nonstick properties for delicate treats
Might not fit all jelly roll pans perfectly
A jelly roll pan is different from your typical baking sheet. The main difference is the size, usually measuring 15.5 x 10.5 inches. Some silicone baking mats are simply too large and won’t fit a jelly roll pan, so you may need a separate mat that’s smaller. This one by Mrs. Anderson's comes in at 14.2 x 9.5 inches, making it the perfect size for most jelly roll pans. If you’re not looking for a smaller silicone baking mat, you might be disappointed by the size.
Like premium models, this one is made of nonstick silicone that is oven-safe up to 480 degrees. The manufacturer recommends hand washing, so you may have to spend a few extra minutes on cleanup. Your jelly roll pan dimensions may differ from standard sizes, so be sure to measure your pan to make sure this model will fit.
Oven Safe Temperature: 480 degrees | Sizes Available: 14.2 x 9.5 inches
Price at time of publish: $20
Grand Fusion Silicone Clear Baking Mat
Can form itself into a basket
Transparent for using with stencils
Prone to staining, according to user reviews
Only safe to 450 degrees
We love a kitchen gadget that serves more than one purpose, and the Grand Fusion Silicone Baking Mat does just that. Though your kitchen collection may keep growing, your storage capacity does not. This silicone baking mat does the job of the others, since it can also change itself into a leak-proof tray. Just snap the corners together to create a basket that fits into smaller baking pans with higher walls. The patent-pending design is one of a kind and allows you to catch liquids from moist foods.
The clear surface gives you maximum control and creativity—it's transparent enough that you can use it with stensils underneath. But it comes with some drawbacks. While some customers have had no issues with discoloration, some user reviews claim that the sheet stains easily.
Oven Safe Temperature: 450 degrees | Sizes Available: 15.75 x 11.8 inches
Price at time of publish: $15
"No matter which brand you choose, make sure you test it with your favorite baking sheets and in your own oven. The combination of all of those variables, down to the color of the baking mat and dark vs. light sheet pans, can make a big difference in your final bake.” — Monica and Jessica Valenzuela, co-owners and bakers at Little Boxes NYC Bakeshop
There’s a reason Silpat is lauded by both amateurs and pros alike. We chose its Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat for best overall because it doesn’t skimp on quality. It's versatile, durable, and truly nonstick. Intimidated by the precision that baking requires? SiliQueen Silicone Pastry Baking Mat with Measurements, with its distinctive imprints and unit conversions that come in metric and imperial units, can help.
What to Look for When Buying a Silicone Baking Mat
Silicone baking mats come in different sizes, from a quarter or half sheet to a small jelly roll or extra-large size, and more. Make sure that you're getting the proper size(s) that will fit in your pans and work well for you. Several manufacturers also have silicone mat sets with multiple sizes available in them.
Some silicone baking mats offer extra features such as unit and measurement conversions, spacing marks for placing cookies, and circular- and thickness-outlined dimensions for rolling pastry and dough. These additional components can be really useful and will alleviate the estimating and guessing for the size needed for that 9-inch pie you're baking, for instance.
Ease of Cleanup
Silicone mats are handy items to keep in the kitchen for their ability to assist you in the baking process. They provide a nonstick surface for rolling out dough, help keep those counters clean, and free you from scrubbing cookie sheets and pans. But, what about the ease of cleaning the mats themselves? Several of them are dishwasher safe and can be thrown in on the top rack for easy cleaning, while others need to be washed by hand. Even if the mat is dishwasher safe, it will last longer if it's hand-washed.
Are silicone baking mats safe to use?
Silicone mats are made from food-grade silicone, which is a polymer that’s generally considered in the food industry to be food safe and, according to a statement by the FDA, can be safely used in the “processing, preparing, and treating” of food. This guidance isn’t the clearest, however, so it’s important to closely follow each manufacturer’s guidelines on how and where to use them. Typically, silicone baking mats are designed to withstand temperatures of up to anywhere between 428 degrees Fahrenheit to 480 degrees Fahrenheit; they’re also not meant to be used directly on an oven rack or under the broiler.
How do you clean a silicone baking mat?
One of the perks of using a silicone mat is how easy and quick it is to clean—all you need is a little soap and warm water, then wipe it with a dishcloth and lay it flat to dry. Many manufacturers claim their products are dishwasher safe; while this may be true, we still recommend hand-washing if you’re able, to ensure your mat lasts longer.
How hot can silicone baking mats get?
As mentioned above, silicone baking mats are made to handle temperatures of close to 500 F; just make sure not to put them directly onto or under a heating element (unless you want melted silicone on your food). Again, make sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations on the highest temperature a particular product can withstand.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Fran Sales is an associate editor for The Spruce Eats. Having been a consumer of plant-based food and vegan and cruelty-free home and kitchen goods for years, as well as a relatively recent convert to food composting, she’s always on the lookout for the next best way to help the planet.
This roundup was updated by Lacey Muinos, a food and kitchen goods writer with a special interest in plant-based and sustainable living. She once cut a perfectly good silicone baking mat to fit her cookie sheet, so she recommends investing in multiple sizes.
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