Consumer Reports tests cooktops to find one that cooks best and cleans easily
Have you seen these beautiful photos of one-course dinners on Instagram or Pinterest? Most of them use a hob. It’s a popular shortcut to preparing a meal for several people while using as few kitchenware as possible for easy cleanup. But for the best results, it all starts with a good one. Consumer Reports has just tested a number of plates to find out which cooks the best and cleans the most easily.
CR purchased and tested 19 pans in its lab, both coated and uncoated. They roasted chicken and vegetables on each pan, timing the speed of cooking. And a sticky mixture of pumpkin and cream cheese was cooked to see how easy the pans were to clean.
CR tested the durability of the pans by scouring the surfaces with steel wool to replicate wear over time. In general, uncoated pans cook a bit more evenly and are more durable, but they are more difficult to clean. And you can pay up to $ 150 for one. But the Nordic Ware Naturals Half Sheet Baker for $ 18 ($ 27 in Canada) is the best performing. It heats evenly and has passed CR durability test.
The testers found that coated pans heat and cook faster, and are much easier to clean. The Williams Sonoma Goldtouch Pro non-stick non-stick half sheet for $ 33 ($ 48 in Canada) heats up quickly and was the easiest to clean.
Best Buy from Consumer Reports is a coated pan from Walmart. The Mainstays Gold Non-Stick Aluminized Half Plate received high marks overall. And at just $ 8 (not available in Canada), you’ve got money left over to double dinner and invite friends over!
And here’s a tip for keeping your pots in shape. Coated sheets are steel underneath and may have a raw edge prone to rusting. Dry them completely in the oven while it is still hot.
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