Loaf Pans for Every Style of Baking

Fill your kitchen with the comforting smell of homemade bread with these loaf pans

Loaf pans come in all varieties of materials, so it can be hard to choose. More frequently than not the right choice depends on what you plan on cooking. The Staub will look classically elegant upon your candlelit table filled with crispy lasagna, while the renowned metallic loaf pan will churn out professional-looking loaves of bread to gaze at during Sunday brunch. These pans will inspire you to fill your kitchen with the comforting smell of baking bread and whip up real danish rye or the best damn Meyer lemon cake around.

USA Pan Bakeware

USA Pan Bakeware
A top choice among many bakers.Amazon

This (8.5 x 4.5 inch) pan is made of aluminized non-stick steel, and showcases a unique corrugated surface that increases airflow for even baking and quick release of your goodies. The light color of the metal pan will also ensure that the exterior of your loaf does not over brown and burn as it would be more likely to in a dark-colored metal pan. This pan will turn out bakery-quality loaves, every time.

Pyrex Glass Loaf Pan

Pyrex glass loaf pan
Glass pans allow you to see your rising loaf browning while cooking.Amazon

Glass pans typically do not cook as quickly as their metal counterparts because metal is a conductor of heat, while glass is an insulator. Translation: glass will be slower to heat but once hot does a better job of retaining the heat. While this can result is a more even baking, it can also result in the bottom and edges of especially sugary loaves caramelizing too quickly and burning before the inside is cooked through. The upside of glass is that the transparent walls mean you can visually see how your loaf is browning without removing it from the pan. They are a go-to for classics like banana bread, zucchini bread, and babka.

Wilton Silicone Mini Loaf Pan

Wilton Silicone Mini Muffin Tray
Mini loaves are almost too adorable to handle.Amazon

Do you want to win brunch? Do you want to beam with pride to your colleagues when you open your lunchbox and out falls a teeny personal-sized banana loaf? A mini loaf will have your guests and colleagues ooh-ing and ahh-ing at its adorable stature and how outrageously put together you seem. It's pumpkin spice season, but instead of a grande why not make it a mini?

Staub Red Cast Iron Loaf Pan

Staub Red Cast Iron Loaf Pan
Transport this classic red Staub from oven to tabletop and keep your meal piping hot.Amazon

What about the gorgeous cast iron loaf pans you see all the time? They also have their place. While they may not be the idea choice for a delicate loaf, you can bake steaming chewy bread in this durable enamel coated cast iron pan and in fact there are plenty of bread recipes that call for it specifically. What we love about the French made Staub Loaf pan is its classic fiery red beauty. Lasagna bread, meatloaf or macaroni au gratin would crisp up beautifully in this (12.75 x 5.25 inch) pan, but also allow you to transport it right from the oven to the dinner table. Because cast iron holds heat for so long, it will keep your dish warmer much longer.