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5 Best Springform Pans for Your Best Cheesecake Ever

And your best deep-dish pizza, quiches, and so much more.

May  3, 2022
Photo by Julia Gartland

For years, my springform pan sat untouched in my kitchen cabinet. I'd initially bought it to bake a cheesecake for my dad's birthday (they're his favorite), but the thought of a sunken dessert and scorching hot water bath was too intimidating, so I settled on buying one from a local bakery, which was, admittedly, just as good as homemade.

What I didn’t realize was that springform pans go beyond cheesecake and baked goods—you can make savory dishes like a deep-dish pizza or our Italian Easter pie. And when you’ve finished, you don’t need to worry about cleaning up because most springform pans have a nonstick coating that is totally dishwasher safe.

Easy to use and easier to clean? No matter which way you slice it, these springform pans are the best of the best.

1. Food52 Shop Pick: Nordic Ware Springform Pan

Our favorite springform pan is available directly in the Food52 shop (yes, we’re a little biased, but can you blame us?). It’s available in two different sizes—7 inches and 9 inches—so you can make mini and full-size cheesecakes and tortes.

2. Amazon’s Bestseller: Hiware 9 Inch Non-stick Cheesecake Pan Springform Pan

It’s hard to believe that this bestselling 9-inch springform pan rings in at under $15—and even harder to believe that it comes from a cookware brand that I had literally never heard of until today. But leave it to 22,000 shoppers to convince me that I need to immediately add this cake pan to my shopping cart. You’ll also receive 50 pre-portioned size sheets of parchment paper, which fit neatly in the bottom of the pan for guaranteed easy release.

3. Most Versatile: Ballarini Nonstick Two-in-One Springform Pan

Allow me to fangirl for a moment over this interchangeable springform pan. There’s the usual flat base for cheesecakes, tarts, and even deep-dish pizza, plus an additional tube base for bundt cakes. The cake pan is entirely made from steel and features a PFOA-free nonstick coating that ensures even heating and a smooth release. And yes, you can safely put it in the dishwasher.

4. Three-Piece Set: Wilton 3pc Springform Cake Pan Set

I like—no wait, I love—having options when it comes to my bakeware, which is why I love this three-piece set from Wilton. It includes a 8-inch, 9-inch, and 10-inch springform pan, each of which is totally nonstick, making for an easy release no matter how many cakes you bake.

5. Standout Springform: King Arthur Baking Company Springform Pan

Here’s the thing about most pieces of bakeware—they all blend together! They’re either champagne, light silver, or charcoal gray, and after a while, all the pieces look the same, making it hard to find exactly what you’re looking for in a deep cabinet. That’s exactly why I love this cherry red springform pan, which is exclusively sold at King Arthur Baking Company—you’ll never mistake it for another piece of bakeware again.

What is your go-to springform pan? Let us know in the comments!

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