A decent baking tin can completely transform the way you bake and roast, provided you pick the right tray for the job. However, the best baking tray isn’t always the biggest or the most expensive and you can pick up some fantastic options for under £20 in our roundup below.
You might not have put much thought into buying a baking tray before. But the shape, material and intended use all play a role in achieving that perfect bake, as well as ensuring the tray stays in good condition for years to come.
Whether you’re looking for an everyday roaster, a tray for cookies or even a Yorkshire pudding tin, we’ve tested and reviewed some of the best baking trays you can buy right now.
If you want to get clued-up on how to choose the right baking tray for the job, our buying guide below has some tips and advice. Alternatively, skip this to find our top picks further down the page.
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How to choose the best baking tray for you
How much should I spend on a baking tray?
A high price doesn’t necessarily equate to a better product when it comes to baking trays. While buying a sheet under £10 might mean you have to replace it more often, you also don’t need to spend £40 or more to get something decent.
All of the baking trays on our list cost between £10 to £40 and will see you through plenty of bakes and roasts, as long as you treat them right. It’s best to spend less on something that gets light, regular use and fork out more money for heavy-duty cooking tasks such as roasting joints of meat.
Which baking tray material is best?
Baking trays and dishes typically come in a variety of materials. The type you choose will largely depend on the cooking task at hand, but may also be personal preference. These are some of the most common types of baking tray:
Metal – Metal baking trays, either aluminium or steel, are the most familiar style of tray you can buy. They’re generally lightweight, non-stick and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This makes them ideal for plenty of everyday tasks such as cooking oven food, baking cookies or roasting vegetables.
Glass – Glass baking dishes are good at conducting and holding heat. They tend to be heavier than metal trays and are generally deeper since they are predominantly used for heavy-duty cooking like roasting meats, potatoes or casseroles.
Ceramic/stoneware – Ceramic bakeware is similar to glass as it’s also a good conductor and retains heat. Much like glass, these baking dishes tend to be heavier and deeper, making them ideal for long and slow roasting. There’s no great benefit to choosing ceramic over glass or vice versa, other than personal taste.
Is there anything else I need to consider?
When choosing a metal baking tray or sheet, always look for something that has a good non-stick coating. Even if you use baking paper to cook, a decent level of non-stick will make your tray easier to clean and protect against scratches and scrapes.
Hard anodised bakeware will also protect your tray from surface damage and can even be used with metal utensils, as it’s more durable than classic non-stick. Anodised bakeware also won’t peel over time and should stay like-new, providing you treat it with care.
Most baking trays are dishwasher-safe but we’d always recommend hand-washing with a non-scratch sponge, to prolong the life of your tray.
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Best baking tray: At a glance
- Best multipack baking tray: Tala Performance set of three | Buy now
- Best shallow baking tray: KitchenAid 49cm Non-Stick Baking Sheet | Buy now
- Best baking tray for cookies: Judge Non-Stick Baking Sheet | Buy now
- Best baking tray for brownies: Lakeland Brownie Tin | Buy now
- Best ceramic baking tray: La Creuset Stoneware oven dish | Buy now
The best baking trays to buy in 2021
1. KitchenAid 39cm Non-Stick Baking Sheet: Best shallow baking tray
Price: £19 | Buy now from Argos
KitchenAid might be best known for its range of kitchen appliances but it also stocks an impressive range of quality bakeware in its repertoire. Its latest lineup includes this non-stick aluminised steel baking tray, which is ideal for around two to three portions of chips, family tray bakes, and more.
The non-stick coating is highly effective, which means you shouldn’t need any oil for most baking tasks and its thick build retains heat well for an impressively even bake. KitchenAid’s baking tray is heat-safe up to 240°C and it’s easy to remove from the oven thanks to the lipped handles on either side. If you’re in a hurry, you can pop it in the dishwasher after use for hassle-free cleaning, although KitchenAid recommends hand-washing with a non-abrasive sponge.
Key details – Size (LDW): 39 x 25.5 x 3.5cm; Weight: Not stated; Material: Stainless steel; Dishwasher safe: Yes; Guarantee: Lifetime (manufacturing defects), 2yr (non-stick)
Buy now from Argos
2. Judge Non-Stick Baking Sheet: Best baking sheet for cookies
Price: £9 | Buy now from Horwood