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Jan 28, 2012 09:11 AM

Best Half Sheet Pan?

I've read about the Lincoln pan that was chosen by CI but I've also read reviews that say it's disappointing. I had ordered pans by Nordicware but they arrived dented. I'm trying to decide if I should have replacements sent or take the opportunity to order something different.


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  1. What criteria are you looking for your baking sheet? Williams Sonoma has some aluminized steel pans.

    What do you want? Aluminum? Steel? Aluminized steel?

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      Oh yeah, the details! I think I want Aluminum or possibly Steel. I don't think I want Aluminized steel but I'm open to hearing more about it. I would like to avoid nonstick, silicone coated, air circulating or anything else fancy!

      1. re: olympia

        If you just want aluminum or just steel pans, then you can find very good deals from your local restaurant supply store. Aluminum pans have a better heat distribution, but steel pans are much more robust. Forget about the "concept" for a second, let's ask this question. In your past, what is your greatest challenge? Do you tend to have more trouble making all the cookies evenly baked? Or do your pans tend to dent and warp?

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          I don't have regular sheets just the ones for circulating air. I think they're a pain and just about impossible to roast on. So, I don't really have any proper ones!

          1. re: olympia

            Hmm.. do you tend to bake at high temperature (>400F)? If so, steel may be better against for warping. If not, I will go for a thick aluminum baking sheet.

            Also it really depends what you plan to use the sheet for. If you want to bake cookies (flat objects) which usually do not go much about 400F and need a good uniform pan temperature, then I would go for aluminum. If you plan to use it to bake dozen of chicken wings, drumsticks, tatar tots...etc and use high temperature at the end of the baking with the broiling function, then I will go with steel.

    2. Go to your local restaurant supply place. They will have heavy duty half sheet pans at a price that's hard to believe. ;-)

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      1. re: Sid Post

        This is absolutely the truth. A third of the price from the fancy stores and it amazes me that more people don't use this resource. My family constantly comment on my great cookware, and it is from the local Sysco store.

        1. re: Sid Post

          I think they're like $12 at the local place.

          1. re: olympia

            Also check if your CostCo has a separate Business Store--ours does, and the prices on commerical-grade cookware are terrific.

        2. Mine are from a restaurant supply place and they're marked Wear Ever 5303. They're aluminum and they're at least 25 years old.

          Here's a current iteration:

          1. Aluminum half sheet pans can also be found cheaply at Sam's Club. I liked them so much, I bought a pair of quarter-size sheet pans as well. They're sold in pairs, for $10.78 at my local Sam's. Here's a link, you can select the Sam's nearest you for the price.


            1. I have a bunch of aluminized steel ones I got with racks and covers from Costco. Had them for years, they work great and I love having plastic covers and racks that actually fit the pans. They are not expensive either.

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              1. re: rasputina

                I should look for those. The ones I bought came with covers - that's why I'm considering just getting them replaced. I'm open though, might as well try to do it once and not have to replace down the road.