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Do you remember the first pie you ever made, or the type of pan you used, or the recipe? I don’t remember any of that, but there's one thing I do think of every time I make pie dough; it’s a line from an old cookbook on making pastry: “Be swift and deft.”
It’s great advice to keep in mind when baking pies, but what most cookbooks don’t tell you is that your pie pan (aka pie dish or pie plate) can make or break your pie. It doesn’t matter whether it’s made from glass, metal, or ceramic—that’s mainly a personal preference that bakers will learn from experience. What does matter is that the pie pan must be well-made because the devil’s in the details.
That's why I did the research to help you find the right one for you. Do you still have the recipe for the first pie you ever made? Try it in one of these great pans; or, if you’re looking for new recipes, check out these easy pie recipes or this perfect pie crust recipe.
Here, my list of the best pie pans.
Best Overall: Williams Sonoma Goldtouch Pro Nonstick Pie Dish
What We Like: Great performance, high-quality
What We Don’t Like: Nonstick surface requires care to avoid scratches
This pie pan has a big fan base, and it lives up to its reputation. It's made from professional-quality aluminized steel with Williams Sonoma's proprietary dual-layer nonstick coating. Customers like that it releases food easily and quickly, and that it heats and browns evenly. The pan can handle temperatures of up to 450 degrees and has an overall weight of 1 pound.
Plus, it's dishwasher-safe—the only catch is that the company recommends handwashing it with soap and a soft sponge if possible and not using harsh cleaning products or scouring pads. The pan was built with care and asks the same in return!
Diameter: 9 inches | Material: Aluminized steel with dual-layer nonstick coating | Dishwasher-safe: Yes, but handwashing recommended
Best Budget: Lindy's Stainless Steel 9-Inch Pie Pan
What We Like: Stainless steel surface works well, excellent price
What We Don’t Like: Surface can be scratched fairly easily
This pie pan is a surprise in several ways: It’s constructed of extremely shiny stainless steel, it works well, and the price fits any budget. Plus, you won't have to worry about damaging the pan when taking it out from the freezer and bringing it into the oven.
It’s solid but not heavy, weighing about 0.5 pounds overall. Plus, it's freezer-safe and oven-safe and comes with a one-year warranty. The surface is not nonstick, but it cleans up well. In fact, several users say the pan cleans up beautifully both by hand and in the dishwasher. Others also like its weight and durability.
Diameter: 9.8 inches | Material: Stainless steel | Dishwasher-safe: Yes
Best Metal: USA Pan Bakeware Aluminized Steel Pie Pan
What We Like: Professional-level quality, consistent performance
What We Don’t Like: It isn’t made in different sizes
I have a thing for USA Pan Bakeware: I never met a piece of it I didn’t like, and this pie pan is no exception. It's serious, solid, and hardworking. It also lasts forever, basically.
The pan is made of aluminized steel with a nonstick silicone coating that makes for easy cleanup (on top of being dishwasher-safe). Furthermore, the bottom has a patterned raised surface that’s unique to the brand; it claims that this design helps circulate air and prevent warping. Another bonus, according to several users? Its thickness, which, at 1.5 inches, makes the pan hefty and durable, and helps it to brown pies evenly.
This pan comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Diameter: 9 inches | Material: Alloy steel with nonstick silicone coating | Dishwasher-safe: Yes
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Best Glass: Pyrex 9-Inch Glass Pie Plate
What We Like: Classic and traditional style, adaptable to many uses
What We Don’t Like: Has a limited capacity (because of 1.2-inch depth)
Many of us have memories of Pyrex tempered glass pie pans from childhood. Personally, I can’t remember a single time my kitchen didn’t have several of these pie pans.
They work well, and in some ways they’re even a part of kitchen lore. Pyrex's glass pie plates adapt to all crusts and fillings and are good-looking enough to put on the table at a family dinner. This item comes with a two-year limited warranty.
Some highlights from users include how easy this pan is to use and clean, its durability—and that they can see the pie crust through the glass as it's baking.
Diameter: 9 inches | Material: Tempered glass | Dishwasher-safe: Yes
Best Disposable: KitchenDance Disposable Heavyweight Aluminum Foil Pie Pans
What We Like: Heavy-duty aluminum, nice look
What We Don’t Like: Only available in packages of 10 or more
Surprise! There are disposable pie pans available in a heavier-gauge aluminum than what’s found in the grocery store aisle. These pans are a dream, compared to the nightmare experience most disposable foil pie pans offer.
Bake whatever you’d bake in a non-disposable pan—with no fear of buckling. With a bit of attention (and careful handwashing and drying), they can also be reused. These pans are great for gifting pies on the holidays—and in fact, a few users say they've had friends return them because it would be a shame not to reuse these hefty pans.
Diameter 9.5 inches l Material: 90-gauge aluminum foil | Dishwasher-safe: No
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Best Deep Dish: Baker's Advantage Teal Ceramic Deep Dish Pie Dish
What We Like: Quite deep (2.2 inches), very pretty
What We Don’t Like: Only available in two-tone teal color
Made of ceramic, this very pretty teal and ivory pie pan has a fluted edge and a 2.2-inch depth, two qualities that make it perfect for deep-dish pies of any kind, as well as quiches and other main dishes. It conducts and holds heat well and is quite sturdy. Plus, it's elegant enough to bring from the oven to the dining table. Several people also say this pan cooks beautifully, and food releases easily, leaving behind minimal residue.
With care, this pan should last a lifetime. Handwashing is recommended, and it comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Diameter: 10.2 inches l Material: Low-porosity stoneware | Dishwasher-safe: No
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The Williams Sonoma Goldtouch Pro Nonstick Pie Dish (view at Williams Sonoma) has a lot to offer, whether you’re an experienced pie baker or new to the experience. If you’re looking for a pan that can handle deep-dish pies and also looks great on your dining table, the Baker's Advantage Ceramic Deep Dish Pie Dish (view at Amazon) is perfect.
What to Look for in a Pie Pan
Pie pans can be made of metal, glass, or ceramic—and within those categories there are differences in materials and construction. There are also disposable pie pans made of aluminum foil, as well as a newer product to the market with a focus on sustainability: the paper pie pan.
Metal pie pans heat and cool quickly, making them ideal for pre-baked pie shells.
Glass pie pans heat and cool at a moderate level, and they have the advantage of the cook being able to check how the bottom crust is browning to allow for adjustment while baking. Ceramic pie pans heat and cool similarly to glass pie pans, but hold heat longer.
You can find pie pans from 4 inches to 16 inches in diameter, with depths of between 0.75 inches and 2.5 inches; 9 inches is the standard size for pie pans. These measurements are taken from the outside of the top of the pan. The most common depth for a regular pie pan is approximately 1.5 inches, and for deep-dish pie pans, the most common depth is 2.25 inches.
Should I grease my pie pan?
There are two schools of thought on the subject. The first is to not grease the pie pan. The second is to spray lightly with a vegetable oil spray. As with so many things in baking, you’ll find what works for you with experience.
How do I use a fluted pie pan?
Prepare the pastry as you would with a regular pie pan, but be sure you’ve allowed an inch extra larger than the diameter of the pie pan when you cut the round. Fold the extra dough over, all around, and then pinch the dough along the edges between your fingertips to follow the pattern of the fluted surface. If the dough becomes difficult to work with, refrigerate the pie until the dough is well-chilled.
Why Trust Simply Recipes?
Karen Resta is a New York-based writer specializing in food culture and history, cooking, pastries, and restaurants. A former executive chef who started out as a pastry chef, she now travels the globe writing about and photographing the best authentic food and pastries. She admittedly likes cake better than pie, but believes pie is more challenging to make perfectly. Karen is passionate about finding quality kitchen tools within your given budget, and that knowing how to use them makes all the difference. She curated this list with that in mind.
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