Best Springform Pans 2017: Top 5+ Recommended and Reviews

My husband’s birthday was getting close, and I wanted to make some cheesecake for my boys. Just something sweet and light. But instead, I found my springform pan bent.

You could imagine my disappointment when I saw it all crooked. It must have happened at some point while I was not paying attention and moving things around.

But it also left me with a big problem in only having two weeks until the big day.

I always made cakes for every birthday or any other celebration we had in the family. Just like my mom did with my siblings and me. I never bought one in my life.

It made me wonder why I needed a springform pan when my mother didn’t.

What makes the Springform Pan so unique?

Then I remembered how my mom used to make cakes.

She would bake it in a regular pan (e.g., lasagna pan), then came the turning and cutting, making sure it doesn't crack or tear after it is done. The filling also had to be done carefully, so everything stays in place. You had to be skillful and not just for the regular cakes, but cheesecakes as well.

As for me, after using the springform pan for so long, I could not picture myself doing it any other way. So, I am impressed at how she managed to do it without one.

What makes the springform pan so practical is its design and the way it works.

Standard size is 8-9-inch round. You have two parts in a springform pan, a base and a ring with a buckle. Tightening the buckle will place the ring snugly onto the base, and it becomes your typical everyday pan that should be waterproof. You can prepare the batter for baking and even use it for after, when you add the filling, so the shape is preserved.

The impressive part comes when you finish everything, and then you just unbuckle the ring and carefully remove it. What you are left with are a perfect form and a perfect cake. Put some whipped cream on top and you are done.

So, Will the Springform Pan replace your regular pan?

To say it bluntly, no it won’t. And I learned that the hard way with my first springform pan.

It is a very useful utensil to have in your kitchen, but the more you use it, the looser the latch and the ring will get. And I used mine for making all kinds of meals, lasagna, meatloaf, pies, cheesecakes, etc. After a while, it stopped being waterproof and eventually I found myself with a mess in my oven that took forever to clean properly.

I did use the leaky springform pan to bake a deep-dish pizza for a while because the density of the dough is different so no leaking, but even then, I had to put aluminum foil at the base just in case. Eventually, I had to replace the pan.

I have learned my lesson with the second one. So even though you might be tempted to use it more often, I advise you not to if you want your springform pan to last longer. After all, lasagna pan have been around so long for a reason.

What to look for in a Springform Pan?

Both of my round springform pans were steel ones, and they were just what I needed. They lasted quite a while as well. But you can also find anodized aluminum and glass ones. The steel ones are more widely spread and most often used, though. They are usually coated with a non-stick material and have a waterproof coating as well, but I always use baking paper, just to be safe.

For Valentine's Day, my eldest wanted to make something cute and sweet for his girlfriend to surprise her and he picked a torte. He already found and bought a heart-shaped springform pan (for a reasonable price I might add), got all the ingredients he needed and it was up to me to just show him how to make it.

He told me he had a hard time choosing a pan because nowadays you have various shapes (tulip shaped, square one, heart, oval and star-shaped, etc.) and sizes (from 6-inch to 14-inch ones) on the market. It seems that he just picked the one he needed and liked. And yeah, it was pretty strange that he got interested into this. T turns out he likes stuff made in this pan a lot.

I had to check online if the pan he got had the safe kind of coating because with more information out now, not every surface is toxic free. Most of them, in high heat, release fumes from the coating that can cause some serious illness if used for a long time, so that is something to inform yourselves about before purchasing any kitchen utensil, not just the springform pan.

He was lucky he got the safe one, and his girlfriend loved the cake by the way.

Maintenance

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What I find myself saying quite often is always to wash the delicate kitchen utilities by hand if you want them to last longer. So, even though you can wash some of these pans in a dishwasher, because of the various coatings they have, just a little detergent and warm water will do the trick in cleaning.

If you damage the coating, the food will start to get stuck in that place or in the worst case the coating will start to peel off. There is no saving for your springform pan then.

Also, what helps with cleaning is using baking paper. Even if the springform pan is the non-stick kind, it saves time and keeps the final form of the cake intact.

And, of course, pay attention to where and how you store your springform pan. Even though they are made of steel, they are also quite gentle. Or one day you will take it out like I did and find yourself in need of a new one.

Best Springform Pan Reviews 2017

With the birthday coming, I needed to find a replacement as soon as possible, and it had to be the best springform pan I could find, which wasn't a small thing concerning how big the market has become. I’ve concentrated on the things that make a good springform pan.

So, I rolled up my sleeves and here is what I tested so far:

1. Hiware 7 Inch Non-stick Springform Pan – Small & Functional, Perfect for Your Instant Pot

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This is a bit smaller, 7-inch wide 2-inch tall stainless steel springform pan. It is coated with a non-stick and non-toxic material, which is a great feature. However, it is a coating though, and it seems it is easy to damage it in this pan. If you use metal utensils or something that make it happen, it will start to peel off. The pan can tolerate heat up to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) with no problem.

Its size fits perfectly for most instant pots, and you can even order a glass lid if you need it. What you have to be careful while closed cooking is that the heat pressure might move the ring from its base in the springform pan. In that case, it will leak. I made a pie like that, and it did leak a little. So, watch out for the pressure.

The buckle is a seamless open, and so far, it didn’t get stuck. However, it seems that even though the pan itself is of stainless steel, the buckle is not, so you might want to take extra care with it to prevent it from rusting. That means, no washing it in a dishwasher. The base pan has a little ridge of a sort that makes it a bit difficult to slide the food off of it, but it’s not something that can’t be sorted with baking paper.

Things I liked

Things I didn’t like

  • Small
  • Coating can peel off
  • Buckle is not stainless steel
  • Not dishwasher safe
  • It can leak

2. KitchenAid Classic Nonstick 9" Springform Pan – A Classic Beauty for Good Cooking

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This springform pan is a classic 9-inch wide and 3-inch thick made of stainless steel. It has a non-toxic and non-stick coating that will make food preparing safe and ring separation very easy. Just be careful when handling it because the coating can peel off if it gets damaged. That means no cutting while food is still in the pan.

The price is also quite affordable for the size it has, and it supports temperature up to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for baking.

The base and the ring fit very nicely together when clipped and even though there was a little leak when I did the water test, there was no leaking when I made a lasagna. I did use the foil just in case, but no stains in it. After cooling it, the buckle opened with ease, and the taste was just perfect.

The buckle is also stainless steel seamless open, so it was easy to wash. It does say that it is dishwasher-safe; however, I do not advise washing your pan there.

Things I liked

  • Affordable
  • Right size
  • Made of stainless steel
  • Buckle is stainless steel as well
  • Non-stick and non-toxic coating
  • Buckle doesn’t get stuck
  • Dishwasher safe

Things I didn’t like

  • Coating can peel off
  • It can leak

3. Nordic Ware Leakproof Springform Pan – A Durable Viking for Your Kitchen

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On the first touch, this springform pan seemed to be a solid stainless steel one coated with a non-stick non-toxic coating. A bit more expensive for a single pan, but it can support temperatures up to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) so you can use it in a regular oven.

The dimensions, however, appeared little off for a 9-inch pan so I measured it myself and I was right. It's 8.5 inches wide, and 2.5 inches thick, and dimensions are crucial when preparing food by following a recipe. It’s an odd mistake in a way, but it could happen. So if you ever doubt the size, better measure it before using.

The buckle is a seamless-open, well-made unit. However, it is not made of stainless steel from what I noticed, so you need to be careful with washing and drying. It is not dishwasher safe – simple warm water and detergent are enough to wash it properly.

When assembled together, however, the pan leaked when I did the water test so I would not do the water-bath cooking in this one before securing it with foil. If the batter is a bit thicker, it probably won't leak, but I did not trust the water not coming in from the outside.

Things I liked

  • Solid utensil
  • Non-stick and non-toxic coating
  • Made of stainless steel
  • Buckle doesn’t get stuck
  • Easy to clean
  • 10-year guarantee

Things I didn’t like

  • The size is not as written
  • It can leak
  • Costs more
  • Buckle is not stainless steel
  • Not dishwasher safe

4. Wilton 3 Piece Springform Set – 3 Sizes for Many Various Tastes

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This is a very affordable springform set containing three different sized pans. It has an 8-inch, 9-inch and 10-inch wide one and each 3-inch thick. They are all solid and made of stainless steel with the non-stick and non-toxic coating.

I did notice however, that even greased, the batter gets stuck on the pan a bit more so the non-stick coating is not working as it should. I only had to put baking paper next time I used it, and it was alright. I used them in a regular oven, and they did great with the temperature of 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

The base and ring clicked as it should in all three pans and only the biggest one leaked when I did the water test. The buckle seems sturdy enough, and it's holding the base correctly, but it feels like it's not made of stainless steel. The ring seems a bit stiff when you unclip to take the cake out, and it might need to open a bit more, so it's easier to get the food out, but it is not a big problem.

It also says that it is dishwasher safe. However, I would not risk it by washing it like that even with the 10-year warranty.

Things I liked

  • Solid firm set
  • Non-stick and non-toxic coating
  • Made of stainless steel
  • Buckle doesn’t get stuck
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Has 10-year warranty

Things I didn’t like

  • Food gets stuck on the pan
  • It can leak
  • Buckle is not stainless steel
  • The ring is stiff

5. Wilberry Springform Pan Set of 3 – Great-Looking, Colored Set

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What you notice first about this 3-piece set are the colors. Bight green, orange, and purple are cheerful, they look great, and they didn't peel. There are three different sizes, the 7-inch one, 9-inch one and 10-inch one 3 inches thick.

The 9-inch one is heart shaped, so it's great to have it for celebrating big events. They are all coated with the non-stick and non-toxic material. I would still use the baking paper just in case, but the food didn’t stick even without. They support the temperature up to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

The buckle is a quick-release kind, and when tightened it fits as it should with the base. It did jam a bit on the smallest one, but it seems like it was a one-time thing. I did the water test and even though there were a few drops in the heart-shaped one, making a cheesecake turned out great. I can even use them in a pressure cooker.

I would not advise washing them in the dishwasher because of the color and the coatings. Just warm water and detergent are enough to keep them all nice and clean. In case you are not satisfied with these pans, there is a 30-day money back guarantee.

Things I liked

  • Solid firm set
  • Affordable
  • Non-stick and non-toxic coating
  • Made of stainless steel
  • Fun colors
  • Has a heart shape pan
  • Buckle is quick-release type
  • Set has 30-day money back guarantee

Things I didn’t like

  • Buckle can jam
  • It does leak
  • Not dishwasher safe

I Made the Perfect Cheesecake for my Hubby

It wasn’t easy to pick only one as the best springform pan considering they each did their job well.

For my needs, I chose the KitchenAid Classic Nonstick 9" Springform Pan as my winner and made the perfect cheesecake in a water bath for my hubby’s birthday. I only needed the round springform pan having a heart-shaped one my son got recently and this one had all the right features.

If you are choosing one for the first time, then the Wilberry Springform Pan Set of 3 is what you need. It’s colorful, very affordable for a 3-piece set, and it has the right sizes and a bonus heart-shaped one which will most surely come in handy for a special event.

Barbara Whitney
 

For the last 20 years, I’ve been cooking, preparing, researching, and gathering recipes, tools, and knowledge about food and the way we prepare it. Raising two lively boys and spoiling one great husband later, it’s safe to say that I’ve optimized my kitchen to deliver the best possible meal, no matter the occasion.

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