Best Pie Pans

Updated July 2020
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Buying guide for best pie pans

Last Updated July 2020

There's nothing quite like cutting through a golden, flaky pastry crust to reveal a delicious filling inside, whether you're baking a classic fruit pie or something more unusual, like a curried chickpea pie. Of course, to bake the perfect pie, you need the perfect pie pan. 

Before you buy, you should carefully consider which pie pan is right for you. Material is more important than many people realize, with different materials giving a range of results. You also need to choose a pie dish of the correct size and shape to meet your needs, as well as consider other features, such as fluted edges and whether your pie pan is dishwasher safe. 

It might seem like too much to think about, but we have you covered. This buying guide contains all the information you need to choose the right pie pan, or you can check out our top five pie pans, plus our selection of close runners-up. 

A corrugated base on a pie pan can help the finished pie release more easily and may result in a more evenly cooked bottom crust due to better air circulation.

Key considerations

Material

It's important to choose a pie pan of the right material to get the best results. The vast majority of pie pans are made from either metal, glass, or ceramic.

Metal: These pie pans give you quick, even browning, but they can lead to overbaked crusts in custard-type pies that require a longer bake time for the filling to set. Aluminum and stainless steel options are highly affordable. Cast iron pie dishes are some of the most expensive on the market. 

Tempered glass: These pie pans are strong yet relatively affordable and tend to produce well-browned, crisp crusts. If you're looking for a versatile option that works well for all types of pies, glass is a good call.

Ceramic: These pie pans may look attractive, but often, ceramic doesn't have particularly great heat transfer properties, so you might be left with a pie that has a soggy bottom. Thinner ceramic pie plates tend to brown pie crusts better. 

Size

Most recipes call for 8- or 9-inch pie pans, so this is a good size to start with. If you attempt a recipe designed for an 8-inch pie pan in a 10-inch dish, you won't have enough pastry or filling to go around. That said, if you're baking for a large group, a larger 10- or 11-inch pie pan will make a bigger pie; you'll just need to scale up your recipe or search for pie recipes designed for larger pie pans. You can also find mini pie pans designed for small pies or even individual pies. The pans designed to bake individual pies usually come in packs of two to six. 

Shape

The vast majority of pie pans are round. However, you can also occasionally find other shapes. Square pie pans are sometimes used to bake rustic, often savory pies or pot pies with a top crust but not a bottom crust. You'll also sometimes find novelty-shaped pie pans, such as hearts meant for use on Valentine's Day or anniversaries (or when you just want to show your pies some love), or even pie pans shaped like the symbol for the number pi (?). The trouble with novelty pie pans is that the shape can limit the types of pies you can bake in them or make the pies difficult to turn out. 

DID YOU KNOW?

Some pie pans have handles or extra-wide rims to make them easier to remove from the oven.

Features

Fluting

If you see a pie pan with a wavy edge, that’s known as a fluted edge. A fluted edge can make pies look more decorative and fancy, but large flutes can lead to problems with the edge of the pie crust burning, so proceed with caution.

Color

You won't get color choices with average metal or glass pie pans, but if you choose a ceramic model, you'll be able to pick from a range of colors and sometimes even patterns, too. 

Broiler safe

Some pies, such as those with meringue toppings, need to be finished under the broiler for extra browning. If you're likely to need to broil your pies, choose a pie pan that's broiler safe.

Dishwasher safe

Picking a pie plate that's dishwasher safe will make it easier to clean up after you’re done. That said, washing up a single pie pan by hand doesn't take too much effort, so don't avoid an option you love just because it can't be washed in the dishwasher

The nonstick coatings found on some metal pie pans can scratch or flake over time, limiting the lifespan of the dish.

Accessories

Pastry mat: Bake Buddy Pastry Mat
A pastry mat not only helps keep your counters clean while rolling out pastry but also helps you roll pastry to the correct size for your pie dish. We love this option from Bake Buddy, which comes in large and jumbo sizes.  
 

Rolling pin: Farberware Classic Rolling Pin
You can't make a quality pie from scratch without a rolling pin. It's essential for getting your pastry delectably thin. This wood rolling pin from Farberware is durable, moisture resistant, and comfortable to use.  
 

Baking beans: Kitchencraft Baking Beans 
When making a pie crust that must be baked blind (prebaked or partially baked before adding the filling), you can fill the crust with these ceramic baking beans to prevent the pastry from bubbling.

Pie pan prices

Inexpensive: The least expensive pie pans are aluminum, stainless steel, and basic glass, which cost between $5 and $15.

Mid-range: These options cost from $15 to $25 and include the best tempered-glass pie pans and some ceramic options. 

Expensive: High-end ceramic and heavy-duty cast iron pie pans are the most expensive, retailing for between $25 and $40. 

EXPERT TIP

An additional benefit of using glass pie pans is that you can see through them to check how the crust is browning.


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Tips

  • Consider how often you bake pies. We wouldn't recommend shelling out $30 on a high-end pie pan if you only bake pies a couple times a year. Conversely, it's worth spending extra to get the best if you're an avid pie baker. 

  • Check the depth of your chosen pie pan. You can find extra-deep options if you like plenty of filling in your pies. 

  • Don't be afraid to take shortcuts. If you don't have the time or inclination to make your own pastry, it's fine to use store-bought pastry dough.

  • Decide if you need more than one pie pan. Some pie pans are sold in packs of two or more, which often provide better value for money than buying them separately. 

Other products we considered

You've already seen our top five pie pans, but we found some other excellent options during our research. The following pie dishes would make excellent alternatives should none of our top choices fit the bill. The 9-inch USA Pan Bakeware Pie Pan is made from heavy-gauge, commercial-quality aluminized steel. The proprietary nonstick coating is free of PTFE, PFOA, and BPA.

Looking for an extremely heavy-duty option that you won't need to replace in your lifetime? Try the 10-inch cast iron Camp Chef Pie Pan. It's virtually indestructible and arrives pre-seasoned, though you may need to build up the seasoning a little more before the pan is truly nonstick. 

The 9.5-inch glass Anchor Hocking Fire-King Deep Pie Baking Dish is an excellent option for making deep-dish pies and is reasonably priced considering its quality.

Another great option is the stoneware WIRELESS The Pi Dish, which is perfect for anyone who loves math as much as they love pie, with the pi symbol in the center and the number pi written around the edge to 99 decimal places. 

Try using a preheated Baking Steel under your pie pan for extra browning properties.

FAQ

Q. How can I improve my pie-making skills? 
A. Looking to up your pie game with your new pie pan? Thankfully, you can find all kinds of resources. First, you might want to consider buying a book of pie recipes. However, there are plenty of free recipes online, as well as many video tutorials. 
 

Q. Can I bake savory as well as sweet pies in a pie pan? 
A. Yes, absolutely. Sweet pies are generally more popular than savory pies in the United States, but the cooking process is much the same for both (fillings aside). If a pie pan cooks sweet pies well, it will turn out quality savory pies, too. 
 

Q. Are disposable aluminum pie pans any good? 
A. Disposable aluminum pie pans produce a better crust than you might think. We wouldn't recommend using them all the time because they aren't the most environmentally friendly option (though they can be recycled). However, they're useful for times when you need to bake a large number of pies or you want to gift someone a pie or take one to a potluck without worrying about retrieving your pan.  

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