You might be a fan of glass or metal bakeware, but silicone is rising in popularity, and it's worth considering for anyone who likes pans that are easy-to-store and dishwasher-safe. And pretty much any baking pan you can think of—from muffin tins to bundt pans and everything in between—now comes in a silicone version.
Why use silicone over metal or glass? The material definitely has its benefits. For one, you don’t need to grease the pans before you put them in the oven. They also won’t stain... or rust and are super easy to clean. Silicone can also be put in the refrigerator or freezer, so there’s no need to take what you’ve baked out of the pan and put it in another dish for storage. Plus, they’re also very lightweight which makes it convenient if you’re transporting baked goods to a potluck or dinner party.
Of course, as with any kind of product, there are some downsides too. Some people say that you may have to adjust the temperature or baking time when using silicone pans. Others say silicone pans are flimsy, and that’s one of the reasons it gets a bad rap. But it’s definitely worth giving silicone bakeware a shot as many cooks enjoy using it.
Below, see some of the best silicone baking pans on the market today.
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This set of silicone bakeware has everything you need for baking your favorite desserts, breads and more. Besides oven use, this can also be used in the microwave, refrigerator and freezer. For easy cleaning, it’s dishwasher safe, too.
You can use these for frozen desserts, for freezing portions of leftovers, and for baking savory foods, too.
The set includes 12 cupcake molds (3 each in red, blue, yellow and green), a 16" cookie sheet, a 10-inch pie pan, a 9" round cake pan, a 12-cup... muffin pan, a 9 1/2" Bundt pan and a 9" bread pan.
Because the bakeware is so flexible, it’s best used on top of a standard metal baking sheet or similar pan for stability. The cookware is heat safe from -40 to 450 degrees.
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If you’re going to invest in one silicone baking pan, make it a bundt pan, since cakes are notoriously difficult to remove from metal bundt pans. This 9-inch diameter bundt pan features FDA approved premium quality silicone that is flexible but also retains its original shape, making it perfect for cakes, gelatin molds, and even ice rings. It’s also available in an assortment of fun colors including tangerine orange, lemon yellow, blueberry blue, lime green, deep cherry red, plum aubergine,... bright fuchsia, and chocolate brown.
The majority of customers who have purchased it would recommend it to others. One said it works so much better than an expensive metal pan they had been using before. Many also say cleanup is a breeze since nothing sticks to it. Some critical reviewers have said you do need to watch the timing closely and perhaps adjust that or the temperature as you’re testing it out since some recipes have come out uncooked in the middle when using this pan. But most agreed that it works great and they’d use it again.
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Whether you’re baking a cake, cornbread, or even cheesecake, this is a great pan to use for your favorite recipes. It features a higher tested European-grade silicone that is strong, flexible, and durable, all of which help in creating an evenly baked dish and a clean look when you pop it out. This naturally nonstick pan is also BPA-free and safe to use in the microwave and dishwasher.
A popular product for silicone bakeware, this pan is well regarded by many users who have purchased it. Users... love the fact that it’s flexible and easy to get baked goods out. It’s also great when it comes to cooking. One customer wrote that they used to burn things all the time, but after using this pan, nothing has burned. A few critical reviewers have said that their cakes still stick and others have complained of lopsided baked goods. But overall, the majority of people would recommend it to others.
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This 9- by 9-inch baking pan is perfect for making brownies, square cakes, and cheesecakes. It’s sturdy, yet flexible, so your baked goods will come out perfectly shaped without a lot of hassle. It’s also BPA-free and the company claims it can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, although some customers warn in the reviews to keep it under 400 degrees Fahrenheit to be on the safe side.
Most have been happy with their purchase, citing the easy cleanup and nonstick surface. Some... critical reviews have mentioned issues with the flimsiness of the pan so for a better outcome, put it on a baking sheet, which will make it easier to remove from the oven.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Love making muffins or cupcakes? Consider this pan which can make up to 12 in a single batch. It’s made of 100 percent BPA-free, premium silicone. The company claims it doesn’t produce smells or tastes that some lower quality silicone bakeware might. The company also guarantees perfectly baked treats and easy cleanup every time. Each cup can hold up to 12 ½ ounces, and it’s size is on par with other 12-cup muffin tins.
An overwhelming number of customers have given this product five stars. One... person said this was their first silicone pan and although they were skeptical, this product changed their mind. Most agree that the baked goods pop easily out of the pan and that the food comes out perfectly every time. One customer suggested putting the pan on a baking sheet when you put it in the oven to protect it, and that this step will make it easier to put it in and take it out of the oven. A few customers have noticed a silicone taste and smell, but the majority said they were very pleased with the product.
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Silpats were among the first silicone baking mats on the market, and they still make a high quality product, now at a much more affordable price. You can use this mat in place of parchment paper for baking, and it’s nonstick without butter or oil. You can even use it for making candy, since taffy and peanut brittle won’t stick to the mat and it can withstand the heat of melted sugar.
The mat is made from a fiberglass mesh covered with food-grade silicone, so it’s BPA free, and can withstand... temperature from -40 degrees F to 500 degrees F. It is freezer, microwave, and oven safe. The fiberglass provides even heat distribution for even browning, but sharp objects shouldn’t be used on the mat, to avoid exposing the fiberglass. If the mat is accidentally cut, it should be discarded.
This mat is 11 5/8" x 16 1/2", so it fits perfectly into a 13" x 18” half-sheet pan. There are other sizes available to fit other pans.
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Have plans to bake your own bread? This pan is a great product to use. The silicone is sturdy and durable, plus BPA-free. And thanks to its flexibility, taking the finished product out of the pan when you’re done baking it is a breeze. Besides bread, it’s also great for baking meatloaf, pound cake, and even coffee cake.
Customers who have purchased it are mostly happy with it, an overwhelming majority of them giving it five stars. Most say it bakes bread well, holds its shape, and is easy to... clean. One even said it’s an ideal companion for bakers. In terms of critical reviews, some customers have found that it doesn’t do well in high temperatures, so if you have to bake something over 400 degrees Fahrenheit, this might not be the right pan for you.
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