It’s Time to Upgrade Your Baking Sheets

The sheet pan is a kitchen workhorse, and these are the best around

Although a sheet pan is the workhorse of the kitchen and serves endless purposes, a quality product is often overlooked. They must be sturdy, reliable, and able to withstand some rough handling. No more tensing up when it sounds like a bomb went off in your oven as your inferior quality tray warps with the heat. No more burnt bottoms of cookies and recipes that just won’t turn out quite right. It’s time to upgrade your kitchen game and the solution is a no-brainer.

The color of your sheet tray matters, and not just for aesthetics. Darker colored materials attract more heat waves than lighter objects. We’ve all felt this when we wear black on a sunny day and feel much warmer than when we wear white. Darker trays typically lead to darker baked goods, or an increased propensity for burning them.

Nordic Ware Baking Sheet

Nordic Ware

May we present the only sheet tray you need in your kitchenAmazon

These aluminum sheet trays come in standard culinary measurements of full sheet (26- by 8-inches), half-sheet (18- by 33-inches) and quarter sheet (9- by 13-inches) sizes. A crucial note on size: a full sheet is truly enormous and won't fit in most home ovens (it is designed for commercial bakeries). What you want is a half sheet tray. Quarter sheet pans are perfect to have on hand for small projects, such as roasting nuts.

When it comes to heat conduction, bare aluminum is the queen. It heats up quickly and cools down just as swiftly, meaning your food starts cooking immediately when it goes into the oven and stops cooking quickly after it comes out. As an added bonus, aluminum won't rust. Thanks to its wire rim it won't warp with drastic heat changes, it cooks evenly and its light color ensures you don't prematurely burn the bottom of your cookies. This sheet pan might be the only one you’ll ever need; you should probably order two!

Nordic Ware Prisms Baking Sheet

Nordic Ware Prisms

The added prism pattern embossed into its base helps with air flow.Amazon

Alright, if you don’t want two of the exact same trays then complete your order with the added benefit of an embossed prism pattern. The pattern is meant to further improve air flow while cooking, increasing the ratio of crisped bits—we all know brussel sprouts need crispy bits—and it also makes the tray more scratch-resistant than its original counterpart.

OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Baking Sheet

OXO Good Grips Non-Stick

Strong aluminum and a non-stick coating make for a great sheet panAmazon

You can always rely on OXO to get kitchen tools right, and their sheet pans are no exception. This line of bakeware is made of durable heavy-grade aluminized steel and coated with two layers of the non-stick coating. It’s non-stick, and scratch, stain, and corrosion-resistant. It also features a micro-textured surface also ensures even baking and promotes airflow.