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Sheet pans are the ultimate kitchen workhorses. You can throw some food on them, toss them in the oven, and have dinner on the table in under an hour, while you spend time with the kids or enjoy a glass of wine.

A good one should last through years of everyday use. Good sheet pans can survive in extreme temps (think roasting chicken or freezing chocolate bark), release baked-on food from their surface with ease (especially if given a regular clean), and hold their shape after multiple uses.

Though they're not expensive, it's worth investing in a good one—the thinner ones will easily warp or stain, and if the lid isn't sufficiently high, you'll often deal with juices from the vegetables or oils from the meat spilling over the sides.

We suggest getting one or two 18- x 13-inch heavy-duty aluminum pans with at least 1-inch sides. These are called rimmed baking sheets or jelly-roll pans. The high sides not only contain foods but they're easier to grip. Here are three brands of sheet pan we recommend:

Nordic Ware Naturals for Sur La Table Half-Sheet Pan


This 18- x 13-inch option is made from heavy-duty aluminum for consistent, even cooking and features reinforced rims to make sure it never warps or rusts. The only downside? It’s hand wash only.

$20, Sur La Table or get it on Amazon

Williams Sonoma Goldtouch® Three-Quarter Sheet Pan

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A three-quarter sheet pan is perfect for when a half sheet pan is too small, but a full sheet pan doesn’t fit in your oven.

We love this version from Williams-Sonoma because and the nonstick finish means no more burnt-on cookies or veggies stuck to your sheet pan. Bonus? It’s dishwasher safe. Though it’s a bit pricey at almost $40, it’s a workhorse kitchen investment that’ll pay for itself tenfold in usage.

OXO Good Grips® Pro Nonstick Jelly Roll Pan

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The textured surface on this 18x13 pick allows even cooking, while the nonstick surface allows for easy release. Our editors love this jelly roll pan because it’s dishwasher safe and has a lifetime warranty (just in case you use it to death). 

$25, Bed Bath & Beyond, or get it on Amazon