I Use This Sheet Pan Almost Daily and Never Want to Use Another

published Apr 25, 2023
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cabbage steaks being prepared, before roasting
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Micah Morton

While sheet pans are indispensable tools in every kitchen, I don’t ever recall buying one with any particular intention or attention to detail — which is odd, because they’re such workhorses. Rimmed baking sheets are used to bake cookies, roast vegetables, prepare sheet pan dinners, and so much more. Yet they tend to be items that find their way into our cabinets as hand-me-downs or something you picked up out of necessity on a grocery store run.

After my husband and I bought our first house together, I was finally able to settle into my forever kitchen and decided to take a hard look at many of my tools. As I piled a well-worn stack of sheet pans into a cabinet drawer, I wondered why on earth I was keeping them. Far too many times I would hear a loud crack coming from the oven when, inevitably, one of these pans would warp under the high heat. I’d hear another thud whenever the pan came out of the oven and was resting on a trivet. It seemed like anything over about 400 degrees would cause these pans to warp. And broiling? Not even worth it. 

Credit: Kristina Vänni

Each time I needed a new sheet pan, I’d try a different brand or spend a little more in hopes that a new one would be better than the one before. They all seemed to fail me in one way or another. That’s when I made the commitment to finally find the best baking pan on the market and stop wasting money on tools that come up short. 

My search led me to Hestan and its Provisions line. I was already a fan of Hestan and have been investing in their cookware for several years, so this was almost like a lightbulb moment for me. The quality skillets and saucepans have already proven their value many times over, so I was encouraged that the bakeware line would do the same. I’ve been cooking with the Hestan OvenBond Tri-ply Half Sheet Pan almost daily for a few months now, and it’s already hands-down the best baking pan I have ever used.

Credit: Kristina Vänni

At $130, it’s a significant jump from the inexpensive $25 pans that came before it. But when I think back on how many times during the past 20 years I spent that same $25 again and again, an upfront investment for better quality didn’t seem like such a huge leap. And if you don’t need a half-sheet size like I do, there’s also a medium and a quarter-sheet version that are both slightly less expensive, but just as durable, versatile, and reliable. 

Here are some of my favorite things about the Hestan OvenBond half-sheet pan.

  • Nothing sticks: If you look at the before-and-after photo of my roasted cauliflower with shallots and capers, the vegetables simply slide off the sheet without any scraping or elbow grease. 
  • Easy to clean: Because food releases so easily from this baking sheet, cleanup is also a breeze. 
  • Wide handles: The sides of the pan are easy to grip, even with large oven mitts on. 
  • Even heat distribution: The pan is made to evenly emit heat, so baked goods are perfectly browned and roasted vegetables and proteins emerge from the oven with flawless color. 
  • Elegant design: I never knew a sheet pan could be beautiful until I came across this one. In fact, this isn’t a tool that has to stay in the kitchen — it can also be a serving piece. This could easily go from oven to table just like my favorite LeCreuset pieces
  • No warping: The pan is oven-safe up to 600°F and broiler-safe too, so it’s totally fine for high temps. 
  • Safe investment: The sheet pan comes with a lifetime warranty from Hestan, so I feel comfortable that the brand stands by its products. 

I can’t wait to make more meals and treats on this pan for many years to come — in fact, I already have plans for tonight’s dinner.  

Buy: Hestan Provisions OvenBond Stainless-Steel Half Sheet Pan, $130