6 Best Pie Pans to Buy in 2022, According to Test Kitchen Pros

Philip Friedman

Though you may not be turning out delicious homemade pies on a regular basis, a pie pan is always a helpful addition to your arsenal of baking pans, especially if you tend to host dinner parties or host holidays like Thanksgiving.

Pies are particularly finicky, though, and the right pie dish can make a world of difference in both end result and servability. And while it’s true that you can bake an evenly cooked, well-browned pie in just about any type of pie pan — glass, nonstick metal or ceramic — there are many variations in each that can greatly affect the final product.

When testing pie pans in the Good Housekeeping Institute, we baked 15 apple pies in as many different vessels, assessing overall performance, the color of browning on the top and bottom and how evenly the filling cooked. Winning pies were firm and stable with a beautiful golden hue and a flaky crust. We also took notes on ease of use: Did the pie plate have easy-grip handles? How simple was the dish to clean? Could you pop it in the dishwasher?

Our top picks:

Below, you’ll find the full list of pie pans hand-selected by the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab. You can also read more about the different materials pie plates come in, plus what to look for when shopping. Here are the best pie pans you can buy, according to testing and brands we trust.

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Best Overall Pie Pan

Goldtouch Pro Nonstick Pie Dish

weight 1 pound
Dimensions 9 x 9 x 1.5 inches
Material aluminized steel
Dishwasher safe yes

Best Value Pie Pan

9-Inch Pie Plate

weight 1.81 pounds
Dimensions 10 x 10 x 1.5 inches
Material glass
Dishwasher safe yes

Best Metal Pie Pan

9-Inch Seasoned Cast Iron Pie Pan

weight 3.45 pounds
Dimensions 12.44 x 10 x 1.69 inches
Material cast iron
Dishwasher safe no

Best Ceramic Pie Pan

sweetie pie

weight 2 pounds
Dimensions 10 x 10 x 2 inches
Material ceramic
Dishwasher safe yes

Best Pie Pan With Lid

Naturals High Dome Covered Pie Pan

weight Not listed
Dimensions 10 x 10 x 1.75 inches
Material Rust-proof aluminum
Dishwasher safe no

Best Fluted Pie Pan

10.4-Inch Ruffled Pie Dish

weight 2.4 pounds
Dimensions 10.4 x 10.4 x 2.4 inches
Material ceramic
Dishwasher safe no


How we test pie pans

When we tested pie pans in the Lab, we put 15 of the most promising to the test. We tested pie pans of all different materials, including glass, metal and ceramic. More were standard 9- or 9.5-inch pans.


To assess the overall functionality of each pie pan, we baked 15 apple pies over the course of more than 10 hours, using 15 packs of Pillsbury pie dough and 30 cans of Duncan Hines apple pie filling. After each pie cooled for two hours, our test kitchen pros examined the crust on top, then cut into the pie to examine the bottom crust. Normally, if the edges of our pie pans started to brown quicker than the center was cooking, we’d loosely cover it with foil to prevent burning, but we did not do so for this test so we could get a better read on how the pies browned without intervention.

What to consider when shopping for pie pans

✔️ Diameter: Though pie plates come in all different sizes, the most common size – and what you’ll find most recipes call for — is 9 to 10 inches in diameter. Our tests confirmed why this is the most desirable size. Nine-inch pie plates performed the best using pre-made pie dough. Anything larger sunk in the middle and didn’t cook evenly from center to outer edge.

✔️ depth: This measurement is equally as important as diameter since it greatly affects capacity. For standard pies, look for a depth of about 1.25 to 1.5 inches. If you’re whipping up a deep-dish pie, look for a pie dish with a depth closer to 2 inches.

✔️ Material: When it comes to pie pans, the most common materials are glass, ceramic and metal. And while all can produce evenly-baked pies with a nice, flaky crust, there are undoubtedly pluses and minuses to each. In tests, some glass pie pans performed well; others produced pale crusts with soggy bottoms. The ceramic pie pans we tested were generally neither here nor there — not outstanding, but not disappointing — but they are very attractive, which is important for serving purposes. Finally, metal, though heavy, cooked very evenly and browned well.

✔️ Rim and handles: some pie dishes are rimmed; others aren’t. Overall, our test kitchen experts liked the maneuverability of rimmed pie plates — especially those with handles. This extra material helped prevent the exterior of the crust from burning. They did, however, note that these pie pans didn’t perform as well overall — many of these baking dishes produced undercooked pies with shrinkage.

What type of pan is best for pies — glass, metal or ceramic?

Overall, our test kitchen pros don’t prefer one material over another. Glass, metal and ceramic pie pans can all produce evenly-cooked pies with perfectly browned, flaky crust. That said, there are some pros and cons to each type.

  • glass: Though most glass pie pans are sleek and have clear sides that make it easy to monitor the progress of your pie from multiple angles, our test kitchen pros found that they weren’t reliable across products. Some performed well, but others failed to produce well-browned crust and instead yielded pale crusts with soggy bottoms.
  • metal: Our testers were surprised by how well metal pie dishes performed, particularly cast iron ones, which created very evenly cooked pies that were golden brown on top. That said, these pie pans are much heavier than others, plus the metal nonstick options tend to scratch if you cut and serve pie straight from the pan, as many do.
  • ceramic: Most of the ceramic pie pans we tested fell somewhere in the middle of the pack, scoring just slightly lower in both performance and ease of use than our top picks. Still, our testers note that ceramic pie pans tend to be attractive enough to serve from.

Can a cake tin be used for pie?

In a pinch, you can certainly use a cake tin in place of a pie dish. Just be sure to note the shape and overall size. Though many cake pans are very similar to pie pans, some have a slightly larger depth and not all have sloped sides, which can make serving a bit more challenging.

Why trust Good Housekeeping

Lab testing for this roundup was conducted by Eva Bleyer, Home & Kitchen Appliances Reviews Analyst for the Good Housekeeping Institute. In addition to pie pans, Eva regularly tests kitchen and cooking appliances, tools and gear. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Food Studies, Nutrition and Public Health and is a trained chef from the Natural Gourmet Institute. She has also worked as a personal chef and food stylist for Food Network.

Brigitt Earley is a freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience testing and writing about consumer products, including pie pans and other kitchen accessories and gadgets. She holds a degree in Professional Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute (now Institute of Culinary Education).

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