Of all the cookware, bakeware and kitchen gadgets you can own, few things are more useful than a sturdy half sheet pan. A good one can truly do it all: evenly bake every type of cookie or cake conceivable, roast chicken and vegetables to perfection, play catchall to pie drippings and substitute nicely for a pizza stone. As a professionally trained baker and recipe tester, I use them several times a week and own a lot or them. After a recent purge of the blackened and bent batch in the back of my supply closet, I set out to test and determine the absolute best sheet pans out there.
Based on weeks of baking, roasting and cleanup (described in further detail below), the half sheet from Nordic Ware Naturals is the best option you can buy right now. Not only is it made from uncoated and untextured aluminum, which is a premium material, but it’s also affordable. If you’re looking for a nonstick option, you can’t beat Made In’s sheet pan, which performed incredibly well in the oven and sink. Overall, there are plenty of great options for both uncoated and nonstick sheet pans to choose from depending on your cooking style and preference, which we explain in detail below.
How I Tested The Best Sheet Pans
Rimmed 13-by-18-inch half sheet pans are the most versatile of the baking sheet options. They are the most consistent size for standard recipes, fit in most home ovens and can tackle a majority of everyday kitchen tasks. Therefore, I eliminated rimless and perforated cookie sheets as well as jelly roll pans and other sizes from the search. Based on consumer and expert reviews as well as my extensive experience with a variety of brands, I narrowed my testing subjects but kept a variety of price ranges and features.
To test for consistency and even baking, I first made a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe. Each sheet was tested with dough from the same batch that was distributed with a small cookie scoop to maintain size and then baked on the same oven rack at the same temperature for eight minutes. I also baked turkey meatballs in the same fashion for 15 minutes. To test high-heat performance (all pans claimed to be safe up to 450 degrees), I roasted bone-in chicken breasts with a medley of carrots and broccoli, and separately roasted tomatoes with garlic and shallots. In between each use, I hand washed each to assess how easy it was to clean and maintain. Though I most often use parchment paper for baking and aluminum foil for cooking to line the pans, during testing, I cooked everything directly on the pans.
My judging criteria included:
- Performance: How well did the sheet pan perform in a variety of tasks?
- Ease of use: How easy was it to handle and clean the sheet pan?
- Special features: How do a variety of constructions and finishes affect the overall outcome?
- Value: Considering the above criteria, is this sheet pan worth the money?
Below, here are the sheet pans that excelled.
Best Sheet Pan Overall
A Versatile, Reliable And Affordable Option
Best Budget-Friendly Sheet Pan
Sheet Pans Worth Buying In Bulk
Best Nonstick Sheet Pan
The New Winner On The Block
Best Sheet Pan For Everyday Use
A Solid Option With The Fastest Cook Time And Easiest Clean Up
More Sheet Pans Worth Considering
Another Uncoated Option Worth The Price
An Option That Lets You Channel Your Inner Martha Stewart
A Textured Option For Better Cooking