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Best Bakeware Sets

Updated November 2018
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    Shopping guide for best bakeware sets

    Last Updated November 2018

    From warm apple pie to crunchy roasted potatoes, a world of delicious food options opens up when you have a good bakeware set. Armed with tried-and-true recipes, there's nothing standing between you and some delectable dishes.

    Whether you're stocking the kitchen in a first home or replacing an old, worn bakeware set, you might not know where to start. After all, you can find all kinds of sets featuring various pieces made from a range of materials, so how do you tell which one is right for you?

    Here's the good news: you've come to the correct place to get some assistance. At BestReviews, we research products and compile our findings in a straightforward, no-nonsense format. And we don’t accept free samples from manufacturers. The result is a shopping guide that contains everything you need to know in order to make an informed purchase.

    So preheat that oven, read our guide to bakeware sets, and you'll be baking up a storm in no time!

    Some bakeware sets come with lids for certain pieces so that you can store leftovers in the same dish in which you cooked your food.

    What's included in a bakeware set?

    Just to make things complicated, there's no such thing as a standard bakeware set. Different sets contain different combinations of pieces. Your chosen bakeware set may contain all or some of the following. Think about what you want to bake and choose your set accordingly.

    Cake pans

    Most bakeware sets contain at least one pair of round cake pans for creating layer cakes. Some sets may contain a couple of pairs in different sizes. Round cake pans may be springform types or have fixed or push-out bottoms. Some sets also contain a loaf pan for making loaf cakes, quick breads, and yeast loaves.

    Most layer cake recipes call for eight-inch pans, so look for this size if you opt for a bakeware set that contains only one pair of cake pans. Many bakers find an extra pair of nine-inch or ten-inch pans useful for making larger cakes, too.

    Baking trays and sheets

    Baking trays are rectangular dishes with a shallow rim. These are useful for cooking a range of foods, from flat sponges for jelly rolls or opera cakes to frozen oven fries.

    Baking sheets are similar to trays but rimless. These are excellent for cookies or for transferring pizza dough onto a pizza stone.

    Baking dishes

    Baking dishes have deep sides and so are suitable for a range of baking and roasting tasks. While you can find oval baking dishes, most are square or rectangular. Most bakeware sets include at least two baking dishes of different sizes. Square eight-by-eight-inch or nine-by-nine-inch dishes are ideal for brownies and other tray bakes. Larger rectangular dishes are great for cooking a wide range of foods, including lasagna, casseroles, and roasted vegetables.

    While you can find some silicone bakeware sets, many of them aren’t very durable, don't distribute heat evenly, and don't get hot enough to give foods a crispy finish.

    Muffin pans

    Unless you rarely bake sweet food, we recommend a bakeware set that contains at least one muffin pan. Muffins and cupcakes are popular sweet treats, so most bakers get plenty of use out of these pans. The most common addition to a bakeware set is a standard-size 12-cup muffin pan, but you can also find giant muffin pans that make six large muffins and mini muffin pans that make 24 small muffins.

    Pie pans

    If you like to bake pies, a pie pan is a must-have in your bakeware set. A nine- or ten-inch pan is the most common option for pie recipes. Some sets may also include tart and/or quiche pans.

    Although not the most common addition, you can find bakeware sets that contain a pizza screen for baking ready-made or homemade pizza.

    Ramekins

    Ramekins are small, round dishes that are ideal for baking individual desserts, soufflés, and pot pies. While not everyone will need ramekins, some bakers use them often.

    EXPERT TIP

    Some pieces of bakeware feature silicone grips on the rim, giving you better grip on heavy, food-laden pans.


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    Bakeware set materials

    Aluminum

    • Pros: Aluminum bakeware sets are lightweight and tend to be inexpensive. The dishes conduct heat well for even browning.

    • Cons: Aluminum bakeware is thin, so it can warp with regular use. Some pieces have a nonstick coating that scratches off easily.

    While you can buy plain aluminum bakeware sets, most come with a nonstick coating. Some people choose to avoid standard nonstick materials because of the chemicals they contain.

    Carbon steel

    • Pros: Carbon steel bakeware sets are heavy-duty and highly durable. These sets are naturally nonstick without the use of chemical coatings.

    • Cons: Carbon steel isn't a great conductor of heat. These bakeware sets can be expensive.

    Thoroughly dry your carbon steel bakeware before storing it because it can rust if you put it away wet.

    Cast iron

    • Pros: Cast iron bakeware is durable enough to last a lifetime if properly cared for. It retains heat extremely well and cooks food evenly.

    • Cons: Cast iron is extremely heavy, so dishes can be hard to handle when full. It tends to be fairly expensive, too.

    Plain cast iron bakeware sets require "seasoning" to give them a nonstick surface.

    Ceramic

    • Pros: Ceramic is a great insulator and tends to cook food well. It's also attractive and makes ideal oven-to-table ware.

    • Cons: Ceramic bakeware sets usually include only baking dishes and ramekins, so they're not ideal if you want to bake cakes.

    Ceramic bakeware sets are made from porcelain or other stoneware and are different from ceramic-coated or enamelled options.

    Ovenproof glass

    • Pros: Most ovenproof glass bakeware is dishwasher safe. Since you can look at the food from all angles as it cooks, this bakeware helps prevent over-browning and burning.

    • Cons: Ovenproof glass doesn't conduct heat as well as metal.  

    Bakeware set prices

    • Aluminum: Expect to pay between $15 and $80 for an aluminum bakeware set, depending on how many pieces it contains.

    • Carbon steel: Small carbon steel bakeware sets with just a few pieces start between $15 and $20. Large, high-end sets can cost up to $100.

    • Cast iron: While you can find small cast iron bakeware sets (with just a couple of pieces) for around $20, large sets could cost several hundred dollars.

    • Ceramic: Expect to pay anywhere between $25 and $150 for a ceramic bakeware set, depending on the size, quality, and manufacturer.

    • Ovenproof glass: Basic ovenproof glass cookware sets start at around $20. Large sets can cost as much as $100.

    Tips

    • Check the size of the pieces in your set. Make sure the pieces are the correct size to meet your needs. For instance, if you're cooking for a large family, you'll need larger dishes.

    • Opt for durability. The most durable, hard-wearing bakeware sets cost more. However, a high-end set might make financial sense in the long run because it could last 20 years, while a set half the price might last only five.  

    • Consider the food you like to bake. It's all very well buying a bakeware set that contains six different cake pans, but if you rarely bake anything other than savory food, they'll just end up gathering dust.

    • Think about replacements. If matching bakeware is important to you, check how easy it would be to buy pieces individually to replace any that get lost, worn, or broken.
    Pyrex is the most widely known producer of ovenproof glass bakeware, but you can also find generic options.

    FAQ

    Q. How should I care for my bakeware to keep it in good condition?
    A.
    Taking good care of your bakeware can increase its longevity. Follow these tips to help keep it in top-notch condition.

    • If your bakeware has a nonstick coating, never use metal utensils on it because metal can scratch off the coating.

    • Always follow the manufacturer's care and washing instructions. These vary depending on the material.

    • Make sure you thoroughly dry your metal bakeware before storing it to avoid the chance of rust or corrosion.

    • Be careful when storing your bakeware because stacking could chip or dent more fragile pieces.  
       

    Q. Can I put my bakeware in the microwave to reheat its contents?
    A.
    If you have any kind of metal bakeware, never put it in the microwave. Most ceramic and Pyrex bakeware is microwave safe, but check the manufacturer's specs before you nuke it.

    Q. What other baking essentials do I need for a well-stocked kitchen?
    A.
    Having the right tools is essential for anyone who loves cooking or baking. If you don't have the right equipment and accessories, you might be caught short when you want try a new recipe. While the following list isn’t exhaustive, we recommend that avid cooks pick up the following baking equipment.

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