Many of us, myself included, have long been fans of Caraway’s cookware. It’s stylish, high-quality, and the ceramic coating is fabulously nonstick. It comes in all the shapes and sizes you’ll ever need. So when they came out with bakeware, I was excited to test it out. Would it live up to my expectations, or is it not worth the steep price tag? I picked up the ingredients for a few batches of cookies and banana bread in order to find out.
Ceramic nonstick surface
Nonstick may be fragile
There’s no doubt that the Caraway bakeware set looks attractive. Even better, it can match existing Caraway cookware, if that’s your aesthetic. The creamy color I received had a light gray interior that certainly looked upscale.
The design decision I liked best were the handles on two pieces. Both the large half-sheet baking sheet and the 9 x 13-inch baking pan had handles. I always felt secure holding onto them, which was particularly nice when I loaded those pans up with a lot of food.
One design feature that I wish was included was rolled edges on the baking sheets. While the pans look attractive as they are, and rolled edges might be considered a tad less fancy, rolled edges reinforce baking pans, making them less prone to warping. That little flaw is addressed in the information included with the cookware that noted that warping can occur, but the pans return to normal after they cool. The smaller sheet pan warped when I used it, but the larger pan did not.
The ceramic surface is incredibly nonstick with cookies sliding around like they were ice skating, and roasted foods releasing easily from the surface. Biscuits literally fell out of the muffin pan when I turned it over, and bread fell out of the bread pan. No matter which pan I used, food didn’t stick. It’s worth noting, though, that the bakeware instructions suggest using butter or oil only, but I used baking spray with no immediate adverse effects. The instructions also note that if baked goods might be sticky, parchment paper should be used to preserve the nonstick surface.
In order to keep the cookware unscathed, it’s important to avoid all metal utensils, and to be gentle with cleaning. Like all bakeware, this can acquire a patina. Some bakers feel that the patina is desirable, but this cookware has specific instructions for removing it when it occurs, so you can return to the pan in question to its original condition.
Variety of Pieces and Accessories
The set I tested included an 18 x 13-inch half-sheet baking sheet, an 18 x 13-inch cooling rack that fits the baking pan, a 10 x 15-inch quarter-sheet baking sheet, a 12-cup muffin pan, a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, a 9-inch square baking pan, two 9-inch baking pans, and a 1-pound loaf pan, two storage caddies and two cork trivets.
If you can't commit to the whole set, I highly recommend the 9 x 13-inch baking pan and the cake pans, with my favorite accessory being the 18 x 13-inch cooling rack. It fit neatly into the larger baking sheet, nestled on the bottom where it could be used to keep food barely off the bottom of the pan. I found that it was also possible to flip it upside down to lift food higher, but it was just a little bit shifty. Of course, it can be used as a cooling rack to hold foods after they’re removed from the pans.
One final note…
The bakeware caddies count as two pieces in this set, even though they’re not bakeware. They’re designed to keep the bakeware safe in storage, to eliminate the possibility that pieces will scrape into each other on their way in and out of a cabinet, and the internal separators give each one its own safe space. But they create another problem. They’ll take a lot more cabinet space than if the bakeware was nested or stacked—and that’s if you have a cabinet where they'll fit.
Price at time of publish: $395
Good, but not perfect.
I enjoyed using this set and will continue to use it as long as it lasts. However, unlike some cooks who treat their kitchen gear gently, I can be a bit rough. Cooks who are willing to pay the price, and who are willing to treat the bakeware gently may get their money’s worth. Cooks like me, though, are likely to shorten this bakeware’s lifespan considerably.
Material: Ceramic-coated steel
Maximum Temperature: 500 degrees; not broiler safe
Pieces Included: 18 x 13-inch baking sheet, 18 x 13-inch cooling rack, 10 x 15-inch baking sheet, 12-cup muffin pan, 9 x 13-inch baking pan, 9-inch square baking pan, two 9-inch round baking pans, 1-pound loaf pan, two storage caddies, two cork trivets
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Donna Currie is a food writer, author of a bread-baking cookbook, and a long-time product reviewer. During her time at The Spruce Eats, she has reviewed over 100 items, including bakeware.