Whether you're an accomplished baker or just starting out with your first kitchen, a baking pan set is a must in every home. Most sets come with five to 10 pans, often including round cake pans, so you can easily make a tiered cake; a rectangular or square pan for brownies and bars; and a half sheet tray that can be used for but can also tolerate high temperatures for cookies roasting chicken and veggies. Some even come with a muffin tin is and a loaf pan for that banana bread or two-person lasagna.
In the Just Cooking Institute, we tested 14 nonstick baking pan sets for performance and ease of use (and yes, nonstick cookware is safe!). We made over 200 cookies and roasted almost 20 pounds of broccoli to ensure even cooking, easy cleaning, and no warping. We whittled down the offerings the best recommendations that are easy to clean, can stand up to high heat and repeated washing, and can bake an evenly-browned, level cake with a fine texture, even cookies, and consistently roasted veggies. These are the best baking pan sets you can buy in 2020:
Best Overall Baking Pan Set: Circulon 10 Piece Non-Stick Bakeware Set
Best Value Baking Pan Set : Chicago Metallic Commercial II 6 Piece Non-Stick Bakeware Set
Best Baking Pan Set for Beginners: Anolon Best Starter-Set Baking Pan Set
Best Non-Slip Baking Pan Set: Calphalon Premier Countertop-Safe Bakeware
Most Durable Baking Pan Set: All-Clad Pro-Release 10 Piece Non-Stick Bakeware Set
Most Stylish Baking Pan Set: Wilton Texturra Performance Non-Stick Bakeware Set
Best Baking Pan Set for Frequent Bakers: Anolon Eminence Nonstick Bakeware Set
Best Baking Pan Set for Cooks: Oxo Non-Stick Pro 10-Piece Bakeware Set
This Circulon baking pan set scored perfect scores in our performance and ease of use tests. Cake and cookies came out evenly browned and had a fine texture with few air pockets, and broccoli also came out nice and consistently crisp. The pans are also super easy to clean and the wide rims allow for easy handling. We like that the set comes with two round cakes pans so you can easily make a tiered cake, a cover for the rectangular baking pan so goodies can be stored or transported easily, and a rack that can be used for cooling, roasting, or as a trivet.
This Chicago Metallics set can't be beat for its performance, ease of use, and price. It earned perfect scores in our tests for performance, and was just shy of a perfect score for ease of use since the pans lack handles. We love the sharp corners and straight sides that produce professional-looking cakes, brownies, and bars. The only downside is that it only comes with one round cake pan.
We also tested the Chicago Metallic Professional Non-Stick 8-Piece Bakeware Set, which ranked just a smidge below the featured Commercial set. In terms of performance, the only difference was that the cookies took a little longer to bake than the manufacturer's instructions. The Professional set includes eight pieces instead of six, and comes with two half sheet trays, two round cake pans, and a rack, instead of square baking pan.
For newbie bakers or those with small kitchens, Anolon's Advanced Nonstick Bakeware set has the most useful assortment of pans to get started, including two round cake pans and a square pan for brownies. The half sheet tray resembles a cookie sheet with shallow edges, but is still rimmed, which makes it good for roasting juicy foods. It also has a large, square-like surface area. The cooling rack is an added bonus that can be used to cool cookies, as a trivet or roasting rack. All of the pans performed well in our tests, and they scored the highest for ease of use, thanks to being dishwasher safe and easy to handle — we particularly appreciated the large silicone grips on the handles.
Each pan in this baking pan set from Calphalon has silicone grips on the bottom, so you can place them directly from the oven on your counter. Since these grips also make the pans nonslip, keep in mind they might be a little difficult to take out of the oven. In our tests, the cookie sheet produced impressively even cookies, and we like the assortment of pans that are included in this genius set.
All of theAll-Clad Pro-Release pans are solid and sturdy, made of heavy gauge aluminum. They performed very well across baking and roasting tests, but be warned that broccoli caused some staining and the pan required some elbow grease to clean. The handles made moving the pans easy, and we like the assortment of pans, which includes two round cake pans, a half sheet tray, a rectangular pan, and a square pan. The cookie sheet, rack, and quarter sheet pan are bonuses that will surely go to good use.
Wilton is known for baking, so it's no surprise that its eight-piece Textura set performed well in our tests. The pans feature a wavy, textured pattern, which, according to the brand, allows for more airflow and even baking. One downside is the pattern imprinted the bottom of our cakes, so we recommend lining it with parchment if you'd like to avoid that. In our tests, we were impressed with the nonstick coating that caused the cookies to practically slide off the pan – in a good way! We're also fans of the handles, which made rotating and moving easy.
During our tests, this set stood out for ease of use and would be a great addition to any baker's kitchen. Each of the pans has handles that make them easy to grab and move around, and they're super easy to clean. In addition to including the pieces we value most (two round cakes pans, a half sheet tray, a rectangular pan, and a square pan), it comes with a cover for the rectangular pan, an oven rack, and two loaf pans for all of your baking needs, easy transportation, and then some.
The baking sheet trays in this set are ideal for home chefs. Included with this set are two handy quarter sheet trays (which offer the same quality of the half sheet tray, but are easy to clean in your sink and can also be easily placed in the dishwasher), a half-sheet pan, two jelly roll pans, a cookie sheet, and a pizza pan for any culinary task. The bottom of each pan is textured to increase airflow for even cooking, and in our tests, cookies baked perfectly on the half sheet tray, and although the pan was a little hard to clean by hand, it produced good crispy veggies.