When food like cookies, roasted vegetables and meat stick to your sheet pan, it can ruin the dish you worked hard to create, plus make for extra clean-up. To avoid this kitchen nightmare, home cooks and professional chefs often line their pans with disposable parchment paper or aluminum foil. But throwing out these materials can feel wasteful, especially if you cook a lot.
That’s where silicone baking mats come in. They’re a reusable alternative for parchment paper and tin foil that serves the same purpose. The nonstick surface creates a barrier between the metal of your pan and your ingredients, helping food release easier once it’s cooked.
Silicone baking mats are a useful kitchen tool for cooking sweet and savory foods, as well as for rolling out pie dough, working with chocolate and freezing food you meal prep. If you’re thinking about buying one, we spoke to experts about what to look for while shopping, plus pros and cons to be aware of.
SKIP AHEAD The best silicone baking mats to shop
How we picked the best silicone baking mats
Most silicone baking mats are similar to one another, being that they’re all made from food-grade silicone and fiberglass. These materials give the mats their heat-resistant and nonstick properties. To further narrow down which mat is right for you, experts recommend considering the following factors:
- Size: Before buying a silicone baking mat, take note of what size sheet pans you own. Silicone baking mats are sized to perfectly fit quarter-, half- and full-sheet pans, as well as some round cake pans. You’ll want to match the size of your pan to the size of your silicone baking mat.
- Thickness: Make sure the silicone baking mat you purchase isn’t paper thin, says Elizabeth Barbone, a recipe developer and cookbook author with over two decades of culinary experience, who runs the sites Cook Fast, Eat Well and Gluten-Free Baking. Thin options tend to brown the bottoms of baked goods quickly since they don’t provide much insulation. Thicker mats, however, offer an adequate amount of insulation, allowing whatever is on top of them to bake evenly.
- Heat resistance: Most silicone baking mats are oven-safe up to between 450 and 550 degrees Fahrenheit, but visit a brand’s website or read the product’s packaging to double-check.
- Outlines and measurements: Some silicone baking mats come with outlines or measurements on them, showing you how far apart to space cookie dough or how large a 9-inch circle is if you’re rolling out a pie crust. These guides are particularly helpful for beginner bakers.
- Cleaning: Not all silicone baking mats are dishwasher-safe, so think about whether you’re willing to hand-wash the mats with warm water and dish soap every time you use them.
The best silicone baking mats to shop
With experts’ guidance in mind, we rounded up a handful of silicone baking mats to consider, all of which are oven-, freezer- and microwave-safe. They’re also all flexible, so you can roll or fold them when they’re not in use. We included products we’ve tried ourselves, expert picks and highly rated options.
Silpat’s silicone baking mat is the first one Zoë François, pastry chef and host of Zoë Bakes on the Magnolia Network, ever used — years later, she still considers it one of the best options on the market. The brand offers rectangular mats sized to fit quarter, half and 3/4 sheet pans, as well as round and octagonal options. Silpat also makes silicone baking mats with outlines, guiding you where to place macaron batter and cookie dough.
Oven-safe: Up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit | Dishwasher-safe: No
François also recommends MMmat’s silicone baking mats. They come in rectangular and round shapes, both of which are offered in multiple sizes. You can also purchase a mat for baking macarons or a pastry mat with measurements and templates printed on it.
Oven-safe: Up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit | Dishwasher-safe: Yes
These silicone baking mats are Amazon bestsellers — they have a 4.7-star average rating from 110,479 reviews on the retailer’s site. The mats are sold in a set of two and fit half sheet pans.
Oven-safe: Up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit | Dishwasher-safe: No
GIR makes some of my favorite kitchen tools and utensils, and its silicone baking mats are available in two sizes: one for half sheet pans and one for quarter sheet pans. You can also cut the mats to customize their size and shape if need be, according to the brand. They come in colors like Slate (gray blue), Mint and red, as well as patterns like Sprinkles. Since they’re so decorative, I use the baking mats as backdrops for photos when I’m snapping pictures of my cooking.
Oven-safe: Up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit | Dishwasher-safe: Yes
I have a drawer filled with OXO’s silicone baking mats in my kitchen, and I pull them out whenever I’m making sheet pan meals or decorating baked goods. The mats fit half sheet pans, and OXO also offers a larger silicone pastry mat with graphics printed on it to help you shape pie crust, strips of dough and more.
Oven-safe: Up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit | Dishwasher-safe: Yes
Great Jones’ silicone baking mats come in a set of two, and since they’re decorated with different colors and patterns, I was able to easily designate one for sweet foods and one for savory foods. The mats — which the brand sent me to try — are designed to fit the brand’s Holy Sheet, its half-size sheet pan, but you can use it with any sheet pan that’s a similar size.
Oven-safe: Up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit | Dishwasher-safe: Yes
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- Elizabeth Barbone is a recipe developer and cookbook author who runs the sites Cook Fast, Eat Well and Gluten-Free Baking. She has over two decades of culinary experience and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America.
- Zoë François is a pastry chef, baker and host of Zoë Bakes on the Magnolia Network. She trained at the Culinary Institute of America and also teaches culinary classes. François has authored numerous cookbooks, including “Zoe Bakes Cakes.”
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Zoe Malin is an associate updates editor at Select who writes about kitchen tools and appliances, including Dutch ovens, ice cream makers, cookware sets, air fryers and more. For this article, she interviewed two experts about how to shop for and use silicone baking mats and rounded up highly options, in addition to expert picks and Select staff recommendations.