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The Best Loaf Pan for Every Baker

From bakery-worthy bread to meatloaf, find the best loaf pan for your needs.

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Banana Bread LoafTei Sinthip/Shutterstock

For home cooks, a loaf pan is a versatile tool. It can bake one loaf of sourdough bread that’s the product of a weeks-long process, have tangy meatloaf on the table by 5 p.m. or make a quick bread for dessert. To find the best loaf pan for you, we rounded up all sorts of options!

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USA Pan 1145LF Bakeware Aluminized Steel 1 1/4 Pound Loaf Pan, Medium, Silvervia amazon.com

Chef-Quality Corners

USA Pan makes steel bakeware perfect for bakers that want commercial grade gear. The corners on this pan ($21) are 90-degree angles, which give the finished loaf a professional look. See all of our most-loved loaf pan recipes.

Why it made our list: It’s made in the U.S.

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Williams Sonoma Copper Goldtouch® Nonstick Mini Loaf Pans, Set of 4via williams-sonoma.com

Make ’em Mini


This set of four mini loaf pans ($29) is perfect for making easy-to-share treats. The 6×3-inch design is perfect for bake sales, sharing with a neighbor or enjoying on your own.

Why it made our list: These pans are dishwasher-safe, making cleanup a breeze!

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Nordic Ware 93148 Wildflower Loaf Pan, One Size, Coppervia amazon.com

Fancy Breads

This gorgeous Nordic Ware pan ($22) will leave an intricate design imprinted on the top and sides of your bread. It requires a little more patience, but it’s worth the effort for a loaf that will make an impression.

Why it made our list: Nordic Ware is one of the most trusted names in bakeware.

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Taste of Home 9 x 5 inch Non-Stick Metal Loaf Panvia amazon.com

Test Kitchen-Approved

Yep, we have our own line of cookware, which includes this 9×5 non-stick metal loaf pan ($14). The whole family will savor sweet slices of pound cake, savory meatloaf and satisfying quick breads.

Why it made our list: This pan was approved by the Taste of Home Test Kitchen.

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Anolon Advanced Nonstick Bakeware 2-Piece Loaf Pan Setvia kohls.com

Master Meatloaf


Finally—a pan that makes perfect meatloaf ($32). The fat will drip through a tray at the bottom so your meatloaf is light and delicious instead of gummy and fatty. Get started with our best meatloaf recipes!

Why it made our list: Making bread? You can use the pan without the insert, too.

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Silicone Bread and Loaf Pan Set of 2 Red, Nonstickvia amazon.com

Silicone for the Win

One silicone loaf pan is nice, but we highly suggest getting the two-pack ($26). That way you’ll always have a free pan when you feel like baking a loaf of homemade quick bread. The silicone allows the bread to pop out easily without leaving any crumbs behind.

Why it made our list: The pliable silicone makes these pans easy to store.

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Farberware® 9'' x 5'' Nonstick Aluminum Loaf Panvia kohls.com

Nice and Basic


Farberware’s bread pans ($11) may be plain, but they make a consistent, craveable bread every time. The secret is the heavy-gauge aluminum, which conducts heat evenly and doesn’t scorch.

Why it made our list: This pan is a bargain!

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Pyrex Easy Grab 1.5 Qt. Loaf Dish with Plastic Covervia wayfair.com

The Standard—With a Bonus


Glass loaf pan are highly coveted, and this classic dish from Pyrex ($17) comes with a rubber lid for easy transportation and storage. You’ll be bringing this pan to every potluck!

Why it made our list: Handles on this pan make it easy to take out of the oven, too.

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Kitchen Envyvia lecreuset.com

Kitchen Envy


The ultimate envy of every home baker is Le Creuset stoneware ($50). The bright colors really pop against the tan hues of most breads. Your inner food photographer will come out when you see this stylish pan come out of your oven!

Why it made our list: Like all Le Creuset products, this pan will last forever.

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Mandy Naglich
Mandy is a food and beverage writer with bylines at WNYC, Munchies, Mic and October. She's a Certified Cicerone and award-winning homebrewer living, writing and cooking in New York City.

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