The Best 13x9 Baking Dishes & Pans

Published on 11/14/2023 · 8 min readFrom glass to metal, ceramic to non-stick, find out which 13x9 baking dish suits your needs, ensuring perfect results in the kitchen every time.
Di Doherty, Kitchen Expert
By Kitchen Expert Di Doherty

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A 9 inch by 13 inch pan is called for in a lot of recipes, meaning that it's a staple in most kitchens. It’s the standard size for most lasagna recipes, and bakers use them to make sheet cakes and brownies. It’s also a great size for smaller roasts or chickens. All of this means that you’re going to want a durable and versatile 9x13 inch baking dish that suits what you make the most often.

I’ve been a baker since I was old enough to work the mixer and oven by myself. Brownies have always been one of my favorite desserts, and a 9x13 pan is perfect for a large batch. I also love to make cakes, and sheet cake style cakes are a lot less fuss than layer cakes, making them my go-to. Having the right tool for the job can make a huge difference in terms of the quality of your results. That’s why I do my best to make sure that everyone I know gets the right bakeware for their needs.

What to Consider When Buying a 9x13 Pan

There are several different options in terms of materials, handle design, and lids when it comes to 9x13 pans. The best choice for you will depend on whether you are more interested in roasting or making baked goods, how regularly you plan to use it, and if you plan to use it under the broiler or on the stove.

What Should a 9x13 Baking Dish Be Made of?

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9x13 pans can be made out of several different materials. Each has its own pros and cons, meaning that the best material for your perfect pan depends on your baking priorities.

Stainless steel

Stainless steel is an excellent choice in terms of durability, versatility, and heat conductivity. If you plan to use your pan to make roasts, gravies, and roast vegetables, then stainless steel is also broiler-safe and stovetop-safe.

Aluminum

A pan made of aluminum is highly heat conductive and rust-resistant. Aluminum is also broiler-safe and stovetop-safe, making it good for roasts and gravies as well. Additionally, it’s lightweight and an excellent choice for bakers.

Ceramic

Porcelain or stoneware are the most common materials used for casserole dishes, and it’s not hard to see why. Both are long-lasting, dishwasher-safe, freezer-safe, and attractive. However, ceramic can’t be used with a broiler or on the stovetop.

Glass

Like ceramic, glass can’t be used under a broiler or on the stovetop. However, it’s perfectly safe in a preheated oven or in the freezer. It is also durable and dishwasher-safe. Glass is another favorite material for casseroles, roasted veggies, and lasagna, although it’s not the best for baked goods.

Cast iron

Cast iron is one of the best materials for even heat distribution. Baked goods come out of it with a wonderfully browned crust, and it works well for casseroles, lasagna, and roasts as well. It’s also safe to use on the stovetop. However, it’s hand-wash only and is quite heavy.

Nonstick

Whether you want your pan to be nonstick will depend on what you use it for and how important an easy cleanup is to you. Most nonstick coatings can’t go in the dishwasher, and may not be safe on the stovetop—it’ll depend on the type of coating used. However, they do make it easier to cleanly remove baked goods, as well as clean up after roasting vegetables.

Features to Look For in a 9x13 Pan

A lot of recipes call for a 9x13 pan, which means that almost every bakeware manufacturer makes them. However, there are some features that can stand out and make the baking dish a better deal.

Large handles

A rectangular dish like a 9x13 is most likely to be used in the oven. That means you want it to have prominent handles so that you can get a good hold of it, even when wearing oven mitts.

Lid

While not a necessity, a lid is convenient. Even a plastic lid will make it easier to keep baked goods fresh for longer or store a casserole in the refrigerator. An oven-safe lid can make it so that the pan functions better as a casserole dish, or can be used to prevent overbrowning or burning on the top.

Design

How well the pan performs is what’s most important, but what it looks like matters too. Many 13x9 pans are quite plain, but there are others that are attractive, coated, or have an ornate handle.

Weight

Remember that it isn’t just the pan that you’ll be hauling around. If you start off with a heavy pan, and then add an entire casserole or roast, you can end up with a pan that’s unwieldy.

Ease of cleaning

Nonstick pans and cast iron pans are generally hand-wash only, meaning that they require more care. Aluminum also should be washed by hand, as the agents in most detergents discolor it. That means that glass and ceramic are best in terms of cleanup, though stainless steel isn’t bad.

Depth

The average 9x13 pan holds about 3 qts, and they’re generally about two inches deep. If it’s a deeper pan, or a larger casserole dish, then it’ll hold a lot more. While oftentimes that is a good thing, a downside is that smaller recipes won’t come out as well, and it will be harder to get baked goods out of it.

My Top 6 Picks for 9x13 Baking Dishes and Pans

1. Circulon Nonstick Bakeware Cake Pan with Lid, 9in by 13in

Circulon makes a high-quality stainless steel cake pan with a nonstick coating. The company’s bakeware set received recommendations for its overall quality and reasonable price. This pan uses the same technology, with raised circles on the bottom of the pan for easy release. The pan is only safe up to 450℉, meaning that it’s not good for the broiler. It also has a plastic lid for storage purposes, but unfortunately it can’t be used in the oven.

2. Anolon Advanced Bakeware Nonstick Cake Pan with Lid and Silicone Grips, 9in by 13in

Avolon’s nonstick pan is made of heavy gauge steel, meaning it will resist warping or bending. The nonstick coating makes cleanup easy, and the manufacturer even says it’s dishwasher-safe, although I generally recommend against putting your pans in the dishwasher. It has silicone handles to ensure a sure grip, even with oven mitts. However, the lid is plastic, meaning that it can’t be used in the oven. The pan itself is safe up to 450℉, meaning that it shouldn’t be used under a broiler either.

3. Lodge 9in by 13in Cast Iron Casserole

Lodge is known for its affordable and reliable cast irons, made in the USA. This pan is no exception—it is made of high-quality cast iron, and seasoned with vegetable oil. The pan comes pre-seasoned, meaning that you can start baking with it right away. Cast iron is excellent for heat retention and distribution, and can be used to make cakes, brownies, casseroles, roasts, and lasagna. However, the manufacturer recommends against using it on the stovetop, and it doesn’t come with a lid.

4. Hestan Provisions 9in by 13in OvenBond Rectangular Baker

Hestan makes a beautiful clad stainless steel baking pan. It has an aluminum core, ensuring a more even heat distribution, and is made of polished stainless steel. Its handles are wide, making it easy to lift out of the oven, and it is broiler safe up to 600℉. However, its shiny surface is not ideal for cakes or blondies, as the outside won’t brown up as nicely. It’s also the most expensive option on this list, coming in at over $100.

5. Oxo 3qt Glass Baking Dish with Lid

Oxo’s glass baking dish is a practical choice for a 9x13 pan. It’s made out of borosilicate glass, which means that it can go from the freezer directly into a preheated oven without shattering. Glass is dishwasher-safe, scratch-resistant (meaning you can use metal utensils), and tough. It’s excellent for lasagna, roasted vegetables, or casseroles. However, glass isn’t the best choice for making cakes or brownies, due to the fact that it heats up slowly and loses heat slowly, meaning that you’ll likely end up with an undercooked center and an overcooked outside.

6. Nordic Ware Naturals Classic Metal Covered Baking Pan

Nordic Ware’s metal baking pan is made entirely from aluminum, including the lid. That means that the entire pan is oven-safe. It’s made in the United States, is light, durable, and has excellent heat distribution. The lid can even be used as a makeshift cookie sheet or roasting pan. However, the fact that it’s shiny means that baked goods won’t get as much of a browned edge. Aluminum is also prone to scratches, and while they’re just cosmetic, it means that it’s better not to use metal utensils. It’s also not best for highly acidic foods, as it can discolor or even pit the aluminum.

Finding the Right 13x9 Baking Dish or Pan for You

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It can be overwhelming to try to find the right dishware for your needs, especially with the variety of options and your personal preferences. As a 9x13 pan is something that you’ll use a lot over its lifetime, don’t be afraid to take your time. If you feel you need more information, recommendations, or advice, reach out to one of our Kitchen Experts for free, personalized advice! Any of our Experts would be more than happy to help you find the dishware that’s just right for you.

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