There are two schools to all baking pans. There’s the “get ‘er done” school where cheap and basic will be good enough. Then there’s more of the “value” perspective that you buy something of quality that will last you for longer so you’re not back buying the equipment at increasingly higher prices every few years.
If you’re in the latter camp, then this is your springform pan. If you go the value route, then the Norpro is my best bet.
WHAT IT DOES
Springform pans allow you to shape a tart, quiche, cheesecake, etc. as a perfect round, then unlatch the form for easy removal without having to pry it out of the pan.
This pan is non-stick and the all-important latch-buckle is built so well that it earns a Lifetime warranty, which is rare in a medium-priced pan.
The dark coating is touted for a better cook, but since it’s the underlying metal that really allows for even heating, its the heavy-gauge steel with the 5-year warranty on the body that gets my nod of approval.
WHAT IT DOESN’T DO
It is dishwasher “safe,” unlike many, but dishwasher detergents break down the nonstick coating and, it being non-stick, do you really want to damage the pan to avoid 30 seconds of cleaning in warm soapy water with a sponge?
Surface on the bottom is flat, not textured. Textured helps a cheaper gauge metal pan cook more evenly on the bottom. On a heavy-gauge steel pan you get the same heat distribution, so this one’s about a wash.
- Non-stick coating makes for easy release of the mold and cleanup;
- Heavy gauge metal bakes more evenly;
- Big sturdy latch buckle
- 5-Year warranty, body; Lifetime warranty on springform buckle
- 20cm / 8″ in diameter x 7.6cm / 3″ deep
- Dishwasher-safe but hand-wash recommended
There are a lot of springform pans out there, and a lot of manufacturers, but Kaiser makes more high-end pans than this, and has translated the better “stuff” in them to this mid-line pan that balances price and features very well. The warranty ups its game for those things from a three-diamond to a four. It earns my Jazz Chef Choicestuff™ Four Diamond award.