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Is a kitchen really a kitchen if it doesn’t have a sheet pan (or five)? Metal baking trays are our workhorses, handling everything from cookies to roasted vegetables to entire. Sure, you might think a bit of metal is just a bit of metal. How different can sheet pans be? But not all are created equal, and for a piece of kitchen equipment as vital as a baking tray, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting one that will serve you well and last for years.
Our platonic sheet pan is no wallflower. We need it to be durable enough to use daily without warping under high heat, high quality so that your food cooks exactly at the rate it should, and the right size to fit in most home ovens. For all that and more, we turn to the inimitable. It’s the best sheet pan on the market—and the BA Test Kitchen’s agreed upon, all-time favorite.
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Why is the Nordic Ware Naturals Aluminum Half Sheet our pick for best sheet pan?
Our crowd-favorite baking sheet is made with high-quality, pure, uncoated aluminum, which conducts heat more efficiently and uniformly than aluminized steel (aluminum-coated steel) or stainless steel. This results in food that bakes evenly, rises predictably, and browns perfectly—meaning, when you put a tray ofin the oven, they start baking straight away on your aluminum sheet pan, and stop baking as soon as you pull them out. Nobody likes a burnt-bottom biscuit! Conductivity is king!
Made from heavy-gauge (read: thick) aluminum, these sheets are also our pick for durability. Metal expands when heated, and under extreme temperatures a thin, rimless baking sheet might turn into something that looks more at home in a sculpture garden than your kitchen. Something called a “reinforced encapsulated steel rim” is the secret weapon to making Nordic Ware’s baking trays virtually un-warpable. The edge of the aluminum tray is rolled around a rectangular frame of steel wire, which pushes against the four sides and keeps the bottom flat, making sure your pan stays level and absorbs heat evenly.
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This half-sheet is also mess-free! The one-inch high edge, like a dam levee, keeps olive oil from sloshing everywhere,from spilling, rising dough from expanding off the edge, and crispy little veggie bits from ending up in bottom-of-the-oven purgatory. All of which makes for an easier clean up later.
So, what size pan should I buy? What is the difference between a sheet pan and a jelly roll pan and a cookie sheet? Help, I’m spiraling.
Okay, so when it comes to sheet pans, size matters. Typically, we recommend a half sheet pan, which is about 18x13" and is big enough for most home cooks but small enough to fit easily into your apartment oven. Unless you are a commercial baker, when you read a recipe that calls for a sheet pan, this is the size in question.
, the ones you see used in restaurant kitchens and commercial bakeries, are actually ginormous (26x18”) and won't fit in most home kitchen ovens. But if you need to cook for a crowd, the , at 21x15", is your fighter. It’s 35% larger than the classic half sheet pan and still fits most standard-size ovens. Made from aluminum, it’s a trusty pan that you can count on for the long haul.
Quarter sheet pans also exist. At 13x9”, their surface area is half the size of a half sheet pan’s, naturally, and they're great for when you’re roasting a portion of small portion of veg, toasting nuts or seeds, baking a “I’m having a hard day” cookie for one, or storing meat in the fridge. For a small but mighty tray, don’t look past the. They’re staples in restaurant kitchens, and to make you a better, faster cook.
While cookie sheets are often referred to as baking sheets, there is a difference. At best, they have one or two slightly raised edges—like this—but typically they are totally flat. This feat of design excellence allows hot cookies to slide off the tray easily without ruining their shape. But never, ever roast on these! Not only are they more susceptible to warping, but also your meat juices and oils will be very everywhere.
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For the pastry chefs among us: Ais another thing altogether. At 15x10" in size, a jelly roll pan is larger than a quarter sheet pan and smaller than a half sheet pan. If you make a lot of , go ahead and buy one rather than trying to scale up or down your recipes. Sure, they make for dainty spirals of sponge cake, but they’re also a great size for baking .
How do I care for my sweet little sheets?
Even without a nonstick surface (or an added nonstick coating), cleaning your sheet pans is easy, especially if you line them with parchment paper or aprior to cooking. Before the initial use and after every use following, hand wash your baking sheet with warm, soapy water. Aluminum cookware and bakeware reacts with acidic foods—like —which can cause discoloration, darkening, corrosion, and pitting. It’s totally cosmetic and harmless, but if you and don’t like your new splotches, follow this more to cleaning sheet pans and they’ll be spiffy in no time. (Note: Using a dishwasher isn't recommended; hand-washing is best.)
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Okay that all makes sense…but what should I cook?
The world, my friend, is your(with polenta and thyme). Make a huge batch of the world’s , then snack on it all week. Crack a bev and bake some ! Roll out some crisp-yet-tender to remind yourself that there are still good things in this cursed world. Turn to any one of these for easy weeknight dinners that are even easier on the clean up crew. One piece of kitchen equipment that does all this and more? That’s so metal.
Bed Bath and Beyond launched a cookware line—but is it any good? .
— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Bed Bath and Beyond is basically Disney World for grown-ups—instead of exhilarating amusement park rides, you get your thrills from dollars saved and coupons scanned. Hardcore BB&B fans can sign up for a yearly membership called Beyond+, not unlike Disney's annual pass option. And now, the most magical (retail) place on earth has launched its own line of cookware under the name Our Table.