The Best Muffin Pans

Let the aroma of fluffy homemade muffins fill your kitchen

Are your homemade muffins coming out wrong? Misshapen and stuck to the pan, burnt in some areas and undercooked in the middle? It's not you, it's the muffin pan. We usually put little thought into muffins, thinking any ol' pan with six holes in it will do the job, but that's not always the case. The color of your pan plays an integral role in how your muffins turn out. Darker materials attract more heat waves. Translation: lighter-colored pans result in lighter color muffins, while darker pans create more exterior browning. Bronze and gold pans typically fare somewhere in the middle. To us, the shift into cooler weather means it's time for quiet mornings while your kitchen fills with the smell of baking perfectly crumbly muffins, and for this, you need the right equipment.

OXO Good Grips 12-cup Muffin Pan

OXO Good Grips 12-cup Muffin Pan
No more thumbprints in your muffins with the wide edges of this pan.Amazon

There are a few unique features we love about this pan. The nonstick surface pops your steaming muffins out with ease, with a textured top that easily releases any burnt bits from the inevitable dropped dollop of batter. Most notable consumers love their wide edges for gripping the tray, which solves the age-old problem of thumbprints mucking up your fluffy muffins when removing the pan from the oven. The light coloring of this tray ensures a more even cooking and balanced browning on the exterior and bottoms.

It also comes in a 24 cup mini-muffin size because, well, mini-muffins. Rhubarb almond muffins on a Sunday brunch spread, here we come.

OvenArt Bakeware 12-Cup Silicone Muffin Pan

OvenArt Bakeware 12-Cup Silicone Muffin Pan
Easy to use, easy to clean.Amazon

Silicone is perfect for people who are tired of trying to scrub muffin tins clean. If this is you, welcome to your muffin-filled future. The pliable material makes it simple to pop muffins or cupcakes right from their vessel and cleaning is a breeze. Additionally, burnt muffin batter crumbs don't cling to silicone as unwaveringly as they do their metal counterparts. The OvenArt Bakeware is made of European premium BPA free silicone , so you can forget about muffins baked in toxins. The only downside of using silicone is that it's a bit floppy. Popping a raw batter filled muffin tin into the oven can prove very challenging and usually requires placing them on a baking sheet.

Chicago Metallic Non-Stick Muffin Top Pan

Chicago Metallic Non-Stick Muffin Top Pan
Top of the muffin to you!Amazon

We would be remiss not to mention that it is possible to make only the muffin tops. We all have the friend who devours the muffin top, leaving its crumbly bottom on the plate untouched. This pan has cups that are only half an inch deep, creating glorious muffin tops without the base! If you live in a household of muffin top lovers, this one’s for you.