There’s nothing better to fill a rumbling stomach than a hearty pie! But for the best results, you need a great pie pan. And there are a lot of them out there to choose from.
Fortunately, we’re here to guide you through ten of the bets pie pans on the market! Check out their good – and not-so-good – points to narrow down your search. And if you need a little extra help, our buying guide will help you decide what to look for.
So let’s go and find the perfect pan!
1. Fox Run 9 Inch Removable Bottom Non-Stick Pie Pan
This pan from Fox Run is great for large shallow pies, flans and quiches.
It’s made of heavy gauge carbon steel, so it won’t warp in the oven. And it will heat up quickly and evenly. It’s not, though, quite as heavyweight as some pans on the market.
The surface is covered in a non-stick coating to make dishing up your pie easy. It’s guaranteed to last for five years with proper care.
When it comes to cleaning, the pan will cope with being put in the dishwasher, but it’s not recommended. Dishwasher detergent is strong stuff, and it will react with the coating and cause it to degrade.
Hand wash it in mild soap and warm water, and you’ll be repaid by a longer lasting pan. And the non-stick coating means that it won’t take long to do.
The base is 9 inches in diameter at the base, and it’s an inch deep. There’s a fluted edge for an attractive finish to pies and flans. And perhaps best of all, the base drops out so you can remove your creation without damage.
One thing to watch out for is that leaking can be an issue. If you’re using a filling with high liquid content, put it on top of a baking tray before cooking. This seems to be the trade-off for the convenience of the removable bottom.
- Perfect size for shallow pies, quiches and flans
- Removable base to make serving easy
- Fluted edge for an attractive finish to your bakes
- Liable to leaking with high-liquid fillings
- Slightly thinner than some carbon steel pans
2. HOMOW Nonstick 10 Inch Heavy Duty Pie Pan With Removable Bottom
If you’re looking for a pan to make a shallower pie, this one from HOMOW could be a good choice. It’s 12 inches in diameter and just an inch deep. It will work particularly well for quiches and flans.
The pan is made of carbon steel, so it’s strong and a pleasing weight. It will distribute heat evenly, so your pie will be baked to the same degree throughout. And it’s tough enough to withstand high temperatures in the oven.
It’s coated in no fewer than three layers of a non-stick substance called Xylan. This doesn’t contain any PFOA, a plastic substance that’s been shown to degrade in high temperatures. That means you’ll be able to put your pie into the oven without worrying about chemicals leaching into your food.
This pan also comes with a base that can be completely removed. This will make plating up your pie as easy as – er – pie! Give the non-stick coating an extra boost with a layer of shortening and it will be even simpler.
One issue to be aware of with that removable bottom, though, is that it can leak. If you’re using a recipe with high liquid content, it might not be the best choice.
And while it’s marketed as being able to withstand being put into the dishwasher, we wouldn’t recommend doing that often. The strong chemicals in dishwasher detergents are liable to damage the non-stick coating.
- Carbon steel construction is good and sturdy
- Even heat distribution
- Removable base makes serving easy
- Has been known to leak
- Avoid regular cleaning in the dishwasher if you want the non-stick coating to last
3. OXO 9 Inch Good Grips Glass Pie Plate with Lid
If you like to see what’s going on with your pie, this lidded plate from OXO could be for you. The plate is made of borosilicate glass, so you’ll be able to take a good look at what’s cooking.
It’s 9 inches in diameter and just under 2 inches deep. There’s a rim all the way around to make it easier to handle, particularly when removing it from the oven. But we’d prefer it to be more generous. It can still be hard to get a grip, especially if you’re wearing oven mitts.
The lid is plastic, so it should be used to keep your pie warm, rather than to cover it as it bakes. If you’re planning to take your pie, tart or quiche on a picnic, it’s a great feature. The lid doesn’t contain any BPA, so you won’t need to worry about that leaching into your food.
One thing to note, though, is that it’s very tight-fitting. That’s great for safely transporting food, but removing it again can be a challenge. You’ll really need to dig in your fingernails!
As well as being oven-proof, both dish and lid can go into the freezer, microwave or dishwasher. And the glass is nice and easy to clean by hand if you prefer.
- Glass plate allows you to see the sides as well as the top of the pie as you cook
- Comes with lid to help transport food – great for picnics
- Freezer, microwave and dishwasher friendly
- The lip around the rim could be wider for a more secure grip
- Once firmly in place, the lid can be a challenge to remove
4. Farberware 10 Inch Ceramic Pie Dish
This pretty pie dish from Farberware Baker’s Advantage looks good enough to grace any dining table. It’s made of ceramic, glazed on the outside in a charming teal blue. The inside is a contrasting shade of cream.
It measures 10 inches in diameter, including its attractive fluted edge. The inside is about 8½ inches in diameter. It’s got plenty of depth, making this a great choice for deep-filled pies.
It’s made of stoneware, which distributes heat evenly throughout your pie. And the ceramic interior means there’s no plastics. But note that you will need to grease the lining properly before use. And you may still find some parts of your crust need a little persuasion to be released.
Note that, while this will cope with being put into a freezer or the oven, it won’t handle sudden temperature changes. If you want a pie dish that can move from one to the other, there are better choices out there.
The good news is that this can be put into a dishwasher and will come up like a dream. That’s great for any cooks who don’t enjoy washing up by hand.
- Perfect dimensions for deep-dish pies
- Plastic-free stoneware construction distributes heat safely and evenly
- Safe to go into the dishwasher
- Liable to crack if exposed to sudden temperature changes
- Make sure you grease properly before use, or you may find pastry sticks to the sides
5. USA Pan 9 Inch Bakeware Aluminized Steel Pie Pan
This pie pan from USA Pan isn’t the prettiest on our list, but it’s still got plenty to recommend it.
It’s 9 inches in diameter and 1½ inches deep – perfect dimensions for most standard pie recipes.
It’s made of aluminized steel, so you’ll get excellent heat distribution and an evenly baked pie crust. The base has a corrugated texture, designed to help the air circulate freely inside. It also makes removing your pie a little easier.
It’s got a non-stick coating called Americoat. There’s no PFOA used in its manufacture, and no BPA or PTFE either. So you won’t need to worry about any of those chemicals finding their way into your food.
Just make sure that you wash it by hand using warm water and mild soap. The stronger chemicals used in dishwasher detergent can damage the non-stick surface.
This is a pan that has some environmental credentials, being made with 65% recycled steel. And it’s very easy on your pocket too – it’s one of the least expensive dishes on our list. As long as you don’t want to serve your pie at the table for a swanky occasion, this is a great buy.
- Excellent heat distribution for an evenly baked crust
- Non-stick coating avoids your pie sticking to the pan
- 9-inch diameter and 1½-inch depth is perfect for most standard pie recipes
- Not the most attractive pan to serve from at the table
- Don’t put in the dishwasher or you’ll damage the non-stick surface
6. Pyrex 9 Inch Glass Pie Plate
If you’re in the market for a robust pie pan, consider this one from glass cookware giants Pyrex.
At just under 1¼ inches deep, it’s a little shallower than the USA Pan version. Nevertheless, its 9-inch diameter makes it a suitable size for most standard pie recipes.
It’s made of glass, so you’ll be able to see both sides of your pie as it bakes. And it’s smart enough to be taken to the table for serving.
The glass here is tough. It can be put straight into a preheated oven without fear of it shattering. It’s also strong enough to go into a freezer, refrigerator or microwave.
One thing to note if you’re used to older Pyrex pans, is that the newer glass has been reformulated. It’s now better able to withstand being dropped. The trade-off is that it’s not as resilient to large temperature changes.
Don’t expect to be able to take this from the fridge and put it straight into the oven. And it’s not suitable for being placed under the broiler. Older Pyrex pans might have coped, but this one will shatter.
But if you don’t like washing up, it’s a brilliant choice. It will go into the dishwasher as many times as you like without damage.
Note that this one doesn’t come with a lid. If you want one to prevent splashing, Pyrex makes a compatible version that can be purchased separately.
There are no fluted edges or handles with this one, so take care removing it from the oven. On the plus side, that does mean that pie shields will fit very neatly on top.
- Allows you to see the sides of your pie as it bakes
- Smart enough for serving up at the table
- Dishwasher friendly – and will come out sparkling
- Not as resilient to large temperature changes as the old Pyrex pans
- Take care removing from the oven – there’s no lip or handles
7. Emile 9 Inch Henry Modern Classics Pie Dish
French manufacturer Emile Henry’s classic pie dish is a great option for oven-to-table use. The glossy clay ceramic pan comes in a choice of yellow, red, green or white. And whichever one you choose, it will carry the EH monogram embossed on the side.
It’s a very robust dish. It will cope with oven temperatures up to 520 degrees Fahrenheit. Even better, it can go there straight from the fridge or freezer. And it can be placed under the broiler too.
The clay used in the ceramic is burgundy clay, which is particularly good at heating up evenly. It also retains heat for longer, helping your pie to stay warm once it’s out of the oven.
The glaze is very resilient too. It won’t scratch or craze, and you won’t have to worry about any plastic-based coating peeling off.
And with such a tough pan it’s perhaps not a surprise that the dishwasher holds no fear. Pop it in when you’ve finished with it, and it will come out sparkling. Alternatively, it’s easy to clean by hand with warm soapy water.
So is there anything about this pan that’s less than perfect?
Well, not much. The bottom edge is unglazed. Don’t place it on top of a glass surface without protection or it may scratch it.
And this is a bit more expensive than some of the other dishes on our list. Make the investment, though, and you’ll be getting excellent quality and a 10-year guarantee against manufacturing defects.
- Attractive range of colors for oven-to-table use
- Easy to clean by hand or in the dishwasher
- Robust enough to go from freezer to oven
- The unglazed bottom is a little rough – don’t place it on top of delicate surfaces without protection
- More expensive than some – but it will last for years
8. G & S Metal Products Company 9 Inch OvenStuff Nonstick Pie Pan
With this offering from G & S Metal Products Company, you’ll get not one pie pan, but two. Both are 9 inches in diameter. More accurately, the measurement at the rim is just over 9½ inches to the lip, and 8½ inches inside. The diameter at the base is 7 1/8 inches.
It’s a little deeper than flan pans, at 1½ inches. Overall, you’ll find most standard recipes for 9-inch pans work well.
These are very cost effective – you’ll pay less for the set of two than for some individual pans on our list. The steel construction isn’t the most attractive for serving up at the dining table, but it is strong. Despite the low price point, it’s a good thick gauge. And you’ll get even heat distribution.
The non-stick coating in this case is called DuraGlide. It’s very effective at enabling your pie to slide smoothly from the pan. But it will degrade if placed in the dishwasher. Preserve it for longer by hand washing with warm soapy water and a sponge or soft brush.
- Excellent value – almost two for the price of one
- Thick gauge steel construction is strong and distributes heat evenly
- Effective non-stick coating
- Not the most attractive if you wish to serve your pie straight from the pan
- The non-stick coating needs care for long life – don’t use a dishwasher or metal utensils
9. Le Creuset 9 Inch Heritage Stoneware Pie Pan
Known for their heavyweight cast iron cookware, Le Creuset also does an excellent line in stoneware. This pie pan from their Heritage line is a great example.
It’s available in a choice of six different colors, with the classic graduated Le Creuset finish. There’s a wide rim at the top to make it easy to handle, even when you’re wearing oven mitts. And the top rim is fluted too, providing an attractive edge to your pie.
These pans are expensive, but you’ll be getting some outstanding thermal properties for your money.
They’re oven-proof up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and they’ll cope with the cold down to minus 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
They can withstand dramatic temperature changes too. You can transfer them from the freezer straight into a cold oven and let them heat up gradually. And place them in a microwave or under the broiler without fear.
They’re safe to put into the dishwasher too. And because the ceramic is very dense, it won’t absorb moisture – either from your pie filling or when being washed. That means you won’t have to worry about it cracking or crazing.
Both the interior and exterior are scratch-resistant. And the enameled surface is easy to clean and resists food sticking to it.
There really isn’t anything not to like about this pan, apart from the price. There’s no denying that it’s expensive – but it’s an investment that will last for years.
- Will cope with heat, cold and temperature changes without damage
- Scratch-resistant, hard-wearing and dishwasher friendly
- Choice of distinctive Le Creuset colors to impress your dinner guests
- If only these weren’t so expensive, they might be perfect
10. Wilton 9 by 1.5 Inch Nonstick Deep Pie Pan
Wilton’s 9-inch diameter and 1½-inch deep pan offer unbeatable value. And the economical price point isn’t all it has to recommend it.
The dimensions are perfect for a standard pie recipe. And they’re permanently embossed inside the pan, so you won’t have to get out your tape measure if you forget. Just note that the 1½-inch depth will be too shallow for deep-filled pies.
The metal pan is a nice gauge and has excellent heat distribution. If you’re looking for a pan to guarantee a crisp bottom crust, this is well worth considering.
The non-stick coating is similarly effective. Pies will slide out without requiring any encouragement. Just make sure you steer clear of metal utensils to keep it working well. And wash it by hand in warm soapy water rather than putting it in the dishwasher.
The sides extend into two platforms that make it easy to handle the pan. That’s particularly useful when it comes to removing it from the oven.
This isn’t a pan for taking to the table. But with such a good non-stick coating, that hardly seems to matter. Slide your pie onto your favorite plate, and it will look every bit as good.
- Good, standard dimensions – and they’re embossed on the pan for easy reference
- Excellent heat distribution for crisp pastry pie bases
- Effective non-stick coating
- Not suitable for deep-dish pies
- Not the most attractive for serving from at the table
What to Look for When Buying a Pie Pan?
With such great pans to choose from, you might still be feeling confused. Don’t worry! Our buying guide will help you prioritize the features to look for.
What kind of pie?
Start by considering what kind of pie you’d like to bake. That will determine the size and shape of your chosen pie dish.
For large, shallow pies, tarts or flans, look for dishes with a depth of around an inch. There are some great options out there, including some with removable bases. (Though note that these can sometimes leak if used for pies with high liquid content fillings.)
If you’re looking for a deep-dish apple pie, you’ll want one that’s at least 2 inches deep. And for a standard pie, choose one that’s around the 1½-inch mark.
Don’t forget the diameter as well. Most standard pie dishes are 9 inches. But note that for those with sloping sides, this can be something of an average. In other words, they may be smaller at the base, and wider at the top.
Different materials have different properties to recommend them.
Toughened glass is great if you want to be able to see the sides of your pie as it cooks. But for pies with pastry on the bottom, it’s less good at giving a crusty base.
Metal pans are good at distributing heat evenly. Look for thick walls that won’t warp. But note that many have non-stick bases which will be damaged by the dishwasher or metal utensils. And they’re not the most attractive for serving up at the table.
Ceramic pans offer both excellent heat distribution and an attractive oven-to-table aesthetic. They can be expensive – but it’s worth paying for quality high-fired ceramic pan that won’t crack or craze.
Whatever you choose, check the specifications for maximum temperatures. And if you’d like to freeze your pies in the pan, check that they can cope with low temperatures too.
What about maintenance?
Some pie pans can be put into the dishwasher, while others will need to be washed by hand.
Non-stick coatings are generally vulnerable to damage from the strong chemicals in dishwasher detergent. But because food sticks less readily to them in the first place, you may not find handwashing hard work.
Glass or ceramic pans can usually be put into the dishwasher without damage. If you’re allergic to washing up, they’re a good option.
Time for pie!
That brings us to the end of our list of the ten best pie pans we’ve found. With so many great options to choose from, we hope there’s one that will meet your needs!
Our favorite is the 9 inch pie pan from Fox Run. We love its sturdy steel construction, and the removable base is perfect for quiches and flans.
But if you’d like a deeper pie – and you have pockets to match – you can’t beat Le Creuset. Make the investment, and you’ll be getting a top quality pan that can last a lifetime.
Whichever one you choose, we hope your next pie gets ten out of ten!