Best Pizza Pans, Trays and Stones

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 31, 2017
If you are fond of cooking and would like to please your family and friends with delicious pizza, you unambiguously need a pizza pan. We have reviewed 5 best different models for you. Pick the one that suits you best! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
DIAMETER
TEXTURE
MATERIAL
COMPATIBILITY WITH COOK TOPS
CONVENIENCE
 
PROS
Owing to ''seasoned" cast iron, a pizza gets baked through evenly. This multipurpose pizza pan can be used for grilling vegetables and meat, making eggs, pancakes etc.
CONS
Might seem a little heavy.
OUR VERDICT

This amazing dish with loop handles will impress the most finicky cooks! Due to the dish capacity, the size of a single pizza will be ebough for 3-4 servings. A money back guarantee doesn't allow us to doubt in its quality.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Cast iron pan

DIAMETER
14''
TEXTURE
Solid
MATERIAL
'Seasoned' cast iron
COMPATIBILITY WITH COOK TOPS
Pizza oven, Stovetop, Oven, Grill, Induction Cook Top
CONVENIENCE
Looped handles, Hand cleaning
PROS

The BBQ Grill tray can be used as an outdoor convection oven. Another important feature is a patent-pending heat shield which protects the pizza crust from burning.

CONS
Rather small cooking surface to accommodate a bigger pizza.
OUR VERDICT
One of the best choices for small families. Due to the non-stick coating, it's very easy to clean. A hand-washable design doesn't require special maintenance.
detailed parameters
TYPE

CAR pan

DIAMETER
12''
TEXTURE
Super Perforated
MATERIAL
Metal, Non-stick coating
COMPATIBILITY WITH COOK TOPS
BBQ, Stovetop
CONVENIENCE
Handles, Stand is used as Heat shield, Hand cleaning
PROS
This is an extra thin New Star pizza tray, using which baking will be much faster. A closed bead design for ease of cleanup. Besides, small rim gives more space for pizza.
CONS
Frequent dishwasher cleaning might cause dullness.
OUR VERDICT
Traditional Italian Pizza style! Aluminum Coupe Pizza Pan is fabulous for thin crispy crust pizza. You can pick a suitable one, as different sizes are available.
detailed parameters
TYPE

Regular (Coupe) pan

DIAMETER
20'' (Also available: 18'', 16'', 14'', 12'', 10'', 8'')
TEXTURE
Solid
MATERIAL
Heavy duty aluminum
COMPATIBILITY WITH COOK TOPS
Oven, Pizza Oven
CONVENIENCE
Closed bead design, Dishwasher-safe
PROS
Heritage Professional Ceramic Pizza Dish is odorless, fireproof and temperature drop resistant. A pizza cutter included in the kit will be an absolute godsend.
CONS
You might need a pizza peel for a pizza release.
OUR VERDICT
Ideal for thin pizza with a golden crisp crust. This Stone is appropriate for 4-5 pizza servings. Heats up 50% faster than the other baking stones.
detailed parameters
TYPE

Stone

DIAMETER
15''
TEXTURE
Solid
MATERIAL
Non-stick ceramic glaze
COMPATIBILITY WITH COOK TOPS
Pizza oven, Grill, Oven
CONVENIENCE
Pizza cutter, Hand cleaning
PROS
A wide rod rim it comes with prevents warping. A non-stick coating is a cutting-edge technology, offering safe and easy cleaning. This pan is a good value for the money.
CONS
Should be cleaned carefully not to scratch the cooking surface.
OUR VERDICT
An excellent choice for Chicago-style pizza admirers! The 14" cooking surface diameter allows making a biggish pizza, enough to serve for 3-4 people.
detailed parameters
TYPE

Deep dish

DIAMETER
14''
TEXTURE
Solid
MATERIAL
Heavy-weight aluminized steel, Non-stick coating
COMPATIBILITY WITH COOK TOPS
Oven, Pizza oven
CONVENIENCE
High Sides, Wire rod rim, Dishwasher-safe

What is a Pizza Pan

Nowadays, many of us associate pizza with American and Italian culture. In the course of time, different recipes emerged and have been modified. Thanks to American chefs' experiments, now we can try various pizzas with different toppings which aren't that similar anymore to traditional Italian ones. In most cases, pizzas differ in a roasting degree and dough thickness. To prepare your favorite pizza at home, you obviously need an appropriate pizza pan. There are so many types of pizza pans and to simplify your choice, we have reviewed the best models for you. Hopefully, you'll pick the one, using which your pizzas will always come out special and delicious!

If you are going to cook pizza at your own restaurant/cafe, you should consider pizza ovens. They are definitely suitable for a large number of pizzas. It's not out of place to buy pizza cutters for beautiful and easy cutting.

What Features to Compare

Type and Diameter

Before choosing a pizza pan size, firstly, measure the size of your oven and the number of servings you're more likely going to cook. For a couple of people 12'' is enough, but as for large gatherings, even 18'' might seem little. There are such types of pizza pans as follows:

  • Regular (Coupe) pan for pizza is ideal for preparing thin crispy crust pizza. It has a small curved rod rim. It can also be used as a kitchen tray to dish up different meals.
  • CAR Pan is a regular pan. A sharp top edge is its distinctive feature. For some customers cooking in this pan may seem more convenient since it allows for cutting off the excess dough.
  • Deep dish pans have higher sides than the regular one, which suits ideally for cooking deep dish pizza with a soft doughy crust. It can also be used for other pastry, including bread.
  • Pizza screen and disk are provided with a perforated texture which helps baking pizzas faster without making them soggy. It's an ideal choice for those who prefer thin crisp crust pizza.
  • Pizza stone is a thick pan, which requires preheating before use. Such kind of pizza pan allows you to cook both crisp and soft crust pizza. The ones without glazing absorb excess liquid.
  • Cast iron pan produces stone-like crisp edges which a lot of people like. It retains the heat for a longer period of time, while its fast-heating design works much better than stone pans.

Texture and Materials

These trays and pans are made of durable cast iron, aluminium, and ceramics which can be used for home and commercial needs. Coatings and seasonings allow extending a service life of your pan. You can get soft crust pizza with Solid Pizza Pan, as it slows down baking. Pizza Pan with Nibs provides your pizza with golden crisp crust and pizza can be baked a bit faster. Thanks to the peculiar design, in perforated and super perforated pizza pans, as well as screens, hot air comes directly under the pizza what ensures crispier crust pizza. Such pans prevent your pizza from getting soggy before it's served to the table. The thicker it is, the longer it's going to take you to prepare a pizza. Soft chewy pizza admirers will absolutely appreciate thick pizza pans. It is recommended to preheat the pans made of stone, ceramics, and cast iron. Non-stick cooking surface eases release and allows using less oil. As for the color, light silvery pans reflect the heat what slows down baking, whereas dark colors absorb the heat and speed up baking.

Convenience and Use

Side loop handles improve your grip during usage and transportation. Dishwasher-safe construction is another praiseworthy quality. At the same time, many pizza pans can be easily cleaned with hot water and soap. It's an incontestable advantage for those who are fond of traveling. As for pizza stones, they are fireproof, temperature drop resistant and they don't crack in the hot oven if preheated. Moreover, they can be used for grills as well. An option to use it on the variety of cook tops is an excellent feature! Some pizza pans can be used for serving pizza to the table. As for rims, thin rim allows more room for pizza, and wide rim prevents from warping or losing its shape at high temperature.

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Home-Complete 14 Inch

Type and Diameter

Do you adore Sicilian Pizza? This cast iron pan was manufactured for you to cook such pizza in your kitchen! Usually, it's cooked from a large amount of dough and topped with sauce and cheese. This pan is quite roomy and has a small rod rim. 14'' diameter allows cooking a pizza for 3-4 servings. Treat your family to delicious pizza! Use your imagination while cooking and you may invent some new recipes!

Review of Home-Complete 14 Inch Iron Pizza Pan

Texture and Materials

This Cast Iron Pizza Pan, pre-seasoned with vegetable oil, allows immediate use and prolongs its service life. Getting crisp crust might be difficult with this pan, due to the thick solid design. The more you heat the pan, the crispier crust you get. After all, the dough won't absorb the sauce and your pizza won't be soft and chewy. Throughout the experiment, we discovered a very important feature; due to its heavy duty design, the pan retains the heat much longer than the others.

Home-Complete 14 Inch Iron Pizza Pan in the use

Convenience and Use

Due to the loop handles, the Home-Complete is quite easy to take out of the oven. Before buying this one, make sure its size is appropriate for your oven. To clean it, you need only some soap and hot water, as hand washing is recommended. Another outstanding thing about this pan is its compatibility with many cooking surfaces. You can grill, bake and fry with this amazing Home-Complete pizza pan.

Detailed review of Home-Complete 14 Inch Iron Pizza Pan

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Home-Complete 14 Inch
Home-Complete 14 Inch
 

Eastman 90414

Type and Diameter

Now you are able to prepare unique pizzas at home with the BBQ Grill Pizza Pan! It is equipped with a special stand. Owing to its sharp rim, it's easy to cut off the excess dough. It's definitely a perfect pan for preparing Neapolitan and New York pizzas. This pan ensures thin golden crisp crust pizza with a smoky flavor. Its size is enough for a couple of people. Pizza CAR Pan can be perfectly used for both refrigerated and frozen pizza.
Review of Eastman 90414 Outdoors Pizza Pan

Texture and Materials

This unusual metal kitchen tool is extremely durable and it will definitely last for many years. A super perforated texture of the pan allows more heat on the crust directly. In addition, its unique design reduces the time required for cooking. So, you wouldn't need to spend as much time waiting and will be able to cook more pizza for your friends or family. Be sure, they will adore your crispy crust pizza with bubbly cheese!

Eastman 90414 Outdoors Pizza Pan in the use

Convenience and Use

The BBQ Grill Pizza Pan consists of a Super Perforated Pan and a Heat Shield. This outdoors Grill can be transformed into a convection oven. This Pizza Pan is an excellent choice for outdoor us. If you add some wood chips, your pizza will have a distinctive smoky flavor which can't be possibly achieved while cooking on a stovetop. With that said, this pizza pan can also be used on a stovetop surface, so actually, it's up to you to decide where you'd like to cook. We are absolutely satisfied with the pan handles which ease its transportation a lot.
Detailed review of Eastman 90414 Outdoors Pizza Pan

Eastman 90414
Eastman 90414
 

New Star 50851

Type and Diameter

The New Star Foodservice aluminum coupe style pizza tray is the preferred choice by chefs who value quality kitchenware. This kind of Pizza Pan is suitable for both cooking and serving. At the same time, this pan is ideal for baking traditional Italian pizza with a distinctive crispy crust. Different sizes of trays for pizza are available. Thus, you can pick an appropriate one for your needs. We would recommend a 20''-diameter tray for those customers who often have large gatherings of friends while 8'' or 10''-diameter pans will be ideal for small pizza parties.

Review of New Star 50851 Pizza Pan

Texture and Materials

It is rather fair to call Heavy Duty Aluminium extremely durable, as it will be in a working condition for a long term. This Aluminium Coupe Pizza Tray ensures pizza with a thin crispy crust and evenly melted cheese. The thin solid design has proved its quality during numerous experiments. It's also one of the main reasons why it heats up so quick and why most chefs prefer it to many others. But the best thing about New Star Foodservice Pizza Tray is its attractive price, affordable for most average users!
New Star 50851 Pizza Pan in the use

Convenience and Use

First of all, due to its attractive design, this appliance can be used not only for cooking but also for dishing up other meals on a table. A unique Closed bead design prevents pizza warping. The tray is appropriate for use on any cooking surface which makes it a universal option at a good price! Just like most other kitchenware for baking pizza, this one is easy to clean and maintain. You only need to use some soap and rinse it in hot water. Or you could load it in your dishwasher machine and start another batch. 

Detailed review of New Star 50851 Pizza Pan

New Star 50851
New Star 50851
 

Heritage 15"

Type and Diameter

The next on our shortlist is the Heritage Pizza Pan which is made of ceramics. It will unambiguously help you prepare a traditional pizza. Also, it retains the heat and ensures evenly baked pizza. It's ideal for New York Pizza with a thin crispy crust. Due to its 15'' diameter, you are able to prepare pizza with a large amount of food on top. This Heritage Professional Ceramic Pizza Dish is enough for 4-5 servings. All these features will definitely make the given Ceramic Pizza Pan one of your favorite kitchenware.
Review of Heritage 15" Ceramic Pizza Stone

Texture and Materials

The unique solid texture is appropriate for preparing a soft crispy crust pizza. Its thickness allows dough to absorb some sauce what, in turn, makes a pizza gluey and soft. At the same time, if you preheat the pan, your pizza will be much crispier. Comparing this pan with other products available on the modern market, we've noticed that it heats up considerably faster than most of them, even those of a larger size, so, if this is important to you, keep this in mind. The coating of the pan (like in most others) is non-stick, which means, you won't need to use a lot of oil and you will be able to clean it just with water. The non-stick glazed coating also determines your convenience of use, allowing you to take your pizza out by slightly tipping the tray over and without using tongs. 

Heritage 15" Ceramic Pizza Stone in the use

Convenience and Use

This Ceramic Pizza Pan has proved its convenience. It is fireproof and temperature drop resistant. Extremely durable ceramics don't crack in the oven. A pizza cutter that comes in the set will help you cut your pizza neatly. Another significant advantage is compatibility with different cooking surfaces. Moreover, an option to use the Pizza Stone both in the oven and on the grill is a significant addition!
Detailed review of Heritage 15" Ceramic Pizza Stone

Heritage 15
Heritage 15"
 

Chicago Metallic Professional

Type and Diameter

This innovative Chicago Metallic deep pizza dish allows cooking delicious pizza with a thick soft crust. Its 14'' diameter is enough for 3-4 servings. Moreover, it can also be used for baking bread and pies due to the height of the rim of 1.5''. We don't doubt you'll find this tool an appropriate item in your kitchen arsenal, allowing you to hold real pizza parties and enliven family gatherings. With the pan as good as thin one, your pizzas will always come out perfectly baked. 

Review of Chicago Metallic Professional Pizza Pan

Texture and Materials

After testing this Chicago Metallic pizza dish, chefs affirm that it is ideal for extremely delicious pizza with a thick soft crust. Thanks to the solid bottom, your pizza crust will never get soggy. Another pleasant advantage is a non-stick coating which allows using less oil. Heavy-weight aluminized steel design guarantees durability and long-term use of the device. We dare not doubt, this Metallic Pizza Pan will absolutely satisfy your needs!

Chicago Metallic Professional Pizza Pan in the use

Convenience and Use

The given pizza deep pan is very convenient. Owing to the high rod rim, this dish is suitable for cooking different kinds of pastry! In addition, it is not difficult to get it out of the oven. The good news is that this Pizza Pan can be used not only in a special pizza oven but in any conventional oven that you've got at home. It's also dishwasher-safe what eases greatly its maintenance. For a long-term use, hand-cleaning is recommended which doesn't require much effort.

Detailed review of Chicago Metallic Professional Pizza Pan

Chicago Metallic Professional
Chicago Metallic Professional
 

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Comparison of Pizza Pans, Trays and Stones

FAQ:

Q: How to use a pizza pan? 

A: Although many believe that it's better to pre-heat the oven, before placing a pizza pan in it, we suggest you start with a cold oven to prevent shattering. If you have an electric oven with only a bottom element, put your pizza on a lower rack position (about 2/3 of the total time) to get the bottom crispy and then move it higher to end up with the well-baked top. It's advisable to bake pizza at 425 F for about 20-minutes, sometimes a little longer.

Q: Do I need to oil a pizza tray before use?

A: Usually, no seasoning is required, since dough recipes already include some amount of oil. Yet, since the proportions of ingredients may vary from one recipe to another, we'd recommend you to oil the tray just a little bit before baking. If the sticking still occurs, use canola-based seasoning next time. 

Q: What else can I cook on a pizza baking stone?

A: Besides pizza, you can use it for many other delicious meals. You can roast a whole chicken with a perfectly crispy skin, cook roots and vegetables, bake crusty bread and cookies, or simply use it for warming up your food. The options are literally numerous.

Q: What care does a pizza pan require?

A: Just wash it in hot water with a mild liquid detergent. After the washing, dry it with a clean towel or a sponge. Keep away from using abrasive solutions or oven cleaners, and don't leave it soak in water for too long. 

Q: Are pizza pans dishwasher safe?

No! Most dishwasher detergents contain caustic ingredients which might reduce pan's performance over time. 

Q: What should I do if the food starts to stick to the pan?

A: If it does happen, simply soak it in hot water (but not for too long) with mild detergent. Also, baking soda and water on a sponge will help remove stubborn stains. You can use a spatula or a non-abrasive nylon scrubber to take off stuck food, but don't remove oils as they can actually help season your pan, making it slicker. Do not use a metal scouring pad as it can damage the coating. 

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