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There is nothing better than the smell of a fresh, golden-crusted pizza coming out of the oven. But in order to have the best pizza, you need the right tools. One of the must-have tools is a pizza pan or pizza stone.

Pizza Pans vs. Pizza Stones

Pizza Pan vs. Pizza Stone: What’s the Difference?

One of the key features of either a pizza pan or pizza stone is its shape—usually pizza-shaped in a circle.

If you have a pizza pan, you will build your pizza directly in the pan before you place it in the oven. Pizza pans are popular because of how easy they are to use, and you can purchase different depth pizza pans for either a deep dish or a standard pizza.

When it comes to pizza stones, you need to heat up the stone before you place the pizza onto it. One of the primary features of a stone is that it will begin cooking the pizza immediately, which results in a crispier crust.

How to Care for Your Pizza Pan or Pizza Stone

By far the pizza pan is easier to care for and clean. As most pizza pans are made of metals like aluminum, steel, or cast iron, the majority are dishwasher safe. And if you accidentally drop a pizza pan, it won’t break like a pizza stone is likely to do.

When it comes to pizza stones, you need to wait a little while to be sure they are cooled down enough to clean. First, you’ll want to wet the surface of your pizza stone, then use a stone brush or scrub to clean it. Wipe away food particles with water or a damp rag before you allow the pizza stone to air dry.

Pizza Pan Variations

Pizza Pan Variations: Coupe Style Pizza Pan and Perforated Pizza Pans

There are several variations of pizza pans that have specific features depending on the type of pizza and the use.

The first is a coupe style pizza pan.

This pizza pan is typically used to transport a pizza from the oven straight to the table. It’s perfect for grabbing a slice right at your table as the slightly lifted edges hold the pizza in place just the right amount. Coupe style pizza pans have a longer bake time that results in a soft and doughy crust.

The other is a perforated pizza pan.

TThis pizza pan has holes throughout the pan that allow moisture to escape while the pizza rests and promotes airflow for an even bake and crispy crust. There is a variety of hole sizes and quantities to get the exact airflow that you require.

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Which One is Best for You? Pizza Pan or Pizza Stone

There is much debate about which one is best: a pizza pan or a pizza stone. It is typically agreed upon that a pizza stone is a more traditional route. However, if you have limited space or need to make a large quantity of pizza in a short amount of time, a pizza pan will allow you to make the pizza directly in the pan and go from oven to table in no time at all!

Regardless of which one you decide is right for you, check out our favorites:

Pizza Stones

1. American Metalcraft Rectangular Ceramic Baking Stone - 15″L x 12″W

Key features: Natural nonstick surface, safe for temperatures up to 500°F, superior heat distribution

Description: This rectangular stone is great for not only pizzas but also a variety of baked goods. The ceramic material makes sure you will get superior heat distribution and achieve the perfect crispy crust.

2. American Metalcraft Round Ceramic Baking Stone - 13″Dia

Key features: Round shape perfectly accommodates pizza without wasting oven space, retains heat and bakes evenly

Description: This round ceramic baking stone is perfect to medium to personal size pizzas. The natural nonstick surface makes clean up a breeze as well as conducts heat with excellence.

3. Honey-Can-Do 14-Inch Round Non-Cracking Pizza Stone

Key features: Non-Cracking, composed of lead-free clays, ridges on the bottom make it easier to pick up and set down

Description: The specially engineered Heat Core eliminates soggy centers. This pizza stone evenly distributes heat and produces the perfect pizza for your every need!

4. American Metalcraft Rectangular Terra Cotta Pizza Stone - 16″L x 14″W x 7/8″H

Key features: Terra cotta material absorbs moisture, guaranteed to perform for a lifetime, fired at temperatures over 2000°F

Description: This rectangular pizza stone not only bakes pizzas efficiently each time, but the terracotta absorbs excess moisture. This pizza stone was designed to last a lifetime.

Coupe Style Pizza Pan

1. Hubert Round Aluminum Wide Rim Pizza Pan - 18″Dia

Key features: 18″ Dia easily accommodates large pies, Slick baking surface allows food to slide right off for easy clean up, Aluminum construction for quick and even heating, Wide rim helps form the perfect crust

Description: Are you looking for a pizza pan that is good quality and will last long? At Hubert, we have the solution for you. Introducing the Hubert Round Aluminum Wide Rim Pizza Pan. To provide quick and even heating for your pizzas, this pizza pan is constructed from 18-gauge aluminum and the wide rims ensure a desired crisp and light crust every time you take them out after cooking.

2. Hubert Round Aluminum Wide Rim Pizza Pan - 20″Dia

Key features: Aluminum construction for quick and even heating, Wide rim helps form desired crust, Slick cooking surface allows ease of cleaning

Description: This pizza pan is constructed from 18-gauge aluminum and provides quick and even heating for every pizza. The wide rims ensure a desired crisp and light crust when you take the pizzas out of the oven. Customers will not be disappointed with your pizzas if you use this product. Every pizza you make will be mouth-watering. With its 20″ diameter in size, this pan is large enough for you to bake delicious homemade pies.

3. Bundy Chicago Metallic BAKALON® Aluminum Deep Dish Pizza Pan - 12″Dia x 1 1/2″D

Key features: Deep dish rim provides for easy stacking, Aluminum oxide surface can resist any kitchen's abuse, Anodized surface is ideal for baking

Description: This deep-dish pizza pan has an integrated surface of aluminum oxide. The surface is tough enough to resist the abuse of a commercial kitchen and produce a perfect bake every time. This deep-dish pizza pan is 12 x 1 1/2 (Dia x D). The surface is an integrated aluminum oxide as well as hard-coat anodized.

Perforated Pizza Pan

1. American Metalcraft Aluminum Basic Perforated Tapered Pizza Pan - 10″Dia

Key features: Tapered rim for easy removal, Extra-durable 14-gauge aluminum easily supports product, Perforations allow air to flow for even baking

2. American Metalcraft Hard Anodized Aluminum Perforated Tapered Pizza Pan - 12″Dia

Key features: Tapered rim for easy removal, Extra-durable 14-gauge aluminum easily supports product, Perforations allow air to flow for even baking

Description: The top edges of this 18″ pizza pan is left unfinished, so sheeted dough can be placed over the edge, then cut off with a rolling pin or pie roller.

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