We love sheet pans in the test kitchen. Technically they’re rimmed baking sheets, but you know what I’m talking about—the flat metal thing that goes in your oven.
Add a wire cooling rack and you have the perfect vessel for roasting and broiling meats, holding breaded foods before and after frying, and drizzling chocolate over desserts. In a pinch, turn a sheet pan upside down and you have a pizza stone or a pizza peel.
But as essential as we think sheet pans are, there are a few ways they can get messed up.
First, have you ever heard that boinging noise after you place it in the hot oven? That’s the pan warping, which is the metal expanding in a hot environment. Even a good pan can warp, but a sturdier pan will warp less, so the only way to avoid this is to buy the right pan. That’s one reason our winner from Nordic Ware beat out the seven other pans in our testing lineup.