• Great Jones Hot Dish

  • Pyrex Easy Grab 3-Quart Glass Baking Dish with Red Lid

  • How We Tested

  • What to Know About Buying a Casserole Dish

  • Other Casserole Dishes We Tested

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Our Favorite Casserole Dishes of 2021

  1. Best Overall

    Great Jones Hot Dish

    Pros

    • Attractive design

    • Handles provide a very good grip

    • Available in several colors

    • Dishwasher safe

    Cons

    • Not broiler safe

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  2. Best Value

    Pyrex Easy Grab 3-Quart Glass Baking Dish with Red Lid

    Pros

    • Good size for baked goods

    • Handles provide a good grip

    • Dishwasher safe

    • Includes storage lid

    Cons

    • Utilitarian looking

    • Can only go in a preheated oven

    • Not broiler safe

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Best Overall - Great Jones
Credit: Great Jones / Chantell Lauren Photography

The Great Jones Hot Dish was our top pick for the best casserole dish.

Best Overall
Great Jones Hot Dish

You can’t beat the Great Jones Hot Dish for contemporary style! However, it’s also exceptionally convenient to use. It can hold almost 5 quarts so it can be loaded up with enough scalloped potatoes for a dinner party. As you can loop your hands around the handles when you’re wearing oven mitts, you get a very secure grasp even when it’s filled to capacity.

The Hot Dish can be used in the oven to a temperature of 450°F and is dishwasher safe. The design comes in shades dubbed marinara, broccoli, blueberry, and mustard. You won’t find this dish in a big retail store, or on Amazon, though. It’s only sold on the Great Jones website.

Pros

  • Attractive design

  • Handles provide a very good grip

  • Available in several colors

  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Not broiler safe

Best Value
Credit: Pyrex

The Pyrex 3-Quart Glass Baking Dish performs well at a great price, making it our Best Value pick.

Best Value
Pyrex Easy Grab 3-Quart Glass Baking Dish with Red Lid

If you’re looking for an inexpensive open baker, you can’t go wrong with the Pyrex Easy Grab 3-quart Glass Baking Dish. It holds less than the Great Jones but at exactly 13 x 9 x 2-inches it’s a great choice for baked goods like brownies or lemon squares. The Pyrex is also plenty big enough for standard cobbler, lasagna, and most other casserole recipes, too.

This dish is made of tempered soda-lime glass and like all glass, is subject to breakage and some reports of shattering in the oven (it’s not resistant to thermal shock ). That’s why the manufacturer’s instructions should be followed carefully. While using Pyrex, always preheat the oven and don’t use it under the broiler. If you freeze a lasagna, make sure to defrost it before baking.

You can wrap your hands around the handles for an exceptionally good grasp even when you’re using bulky pot-holders. The dish comes with a plastic storage lid that’s handy for keeping a casserole tightly covered in the fridge or freezer, or transporting to a potluck.

Pros

  • Good size for baked goods

  • Handles provide a good grip

  • Dishwasher safe

  • Includes storage lid

Cons

  • Utilitarian looking

  • Can only go in a preheated oven

  • Not broiler safe

How We Tested

The Tester

Hi, I'm Sharon Franke and for a person who loves to cook, I have a dream job as a kitchen equipment tester. In over 30 years on the job, I’ve put everything from wire whisks to smart refrigerators through their paces. I use my experience as a former professional chef as well as an avid home cook in considering both how well tools perform and how easy they are to use. There’s nothing I like to check out more than items like casserole dishes that are indispensable for everyday and special occasion cooking.

The Tests

I tested nine oven-safe casserole dishes. In each, I baked a peach cobbler and a lasagna loaded with meat sauce and ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. As I worked, I noted how easy it was to arrange the ingredients in each baker, how comfortable it was to handle the dish, how well the recipes baked up, and how easy it was to serve them from the casserole. Of course, I also considered if each dish was easy to clean and how convenient it was to store. And lastly, because these casserole dishes are intended to be brought to the table, I gave points for good looks.

What to Know About Buying a Casserole Dish

Casserole Dish
Credit: Great Jones / Adam Friedlander

We found the best casserole dishes are made from ceramic, like the Great Jones Hot Dish.

In our tests, all the dishes produced acceptable baked cobblers and lasagnas in a reasonable amount of time. The differences between them were primarily in their size, how comfortable they were to put in and take out of the oven, and their appearances. As casserole dishes are heavy, and even more so once loaded with hot food, it’s also important to find a dish that has a good grip while using pot-holders or oven mitts.

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The best casserole dish is made from ceramic or glass. Metal bakeware or enameled cast iron didn't make our cut for several reasons. First, metal dishes cook your food less evenly because they retain heat and get much hotter, especially on the bottoms and sides. This is especially problematic if you’re making something custardy like a bread pudding.

Second, if a metal pan is made of aluminum, as many are, ingredients like the tomatoes in your chicken cacciatore or the eggs in your favorite breakfast casserole can interact with the metal, giving your food a gray cast and metallic tang.

Furthermore, metal pans are more utilitarian looking and less appropriate for serving. We recommend you save metal pans for baked goods like blondies if you want crispy, chewy corner pieces, and for recipes you don’t plan to serve from the pan.

Although all of the dishes we tested were in the 13-by-9-inch category, their actual measurements, including depth, varied quite a bit. The specifications affect how much food each one can hold. A larger pan is great when you’re cooking a double batch of baked ziti for a party but when you’re making just a few chicken breasts in a creamy sauce for a family dinner, you’re better off using a smaller dish where the pieces won’t get lost, and the sauce won’t evaporate during baking.

And if you’re preparing a recipe for apple crumb squares or brownies that calls for a 13- by-9-by-2-inch pan, those exact measurements are necessary to ensure the baked goods are the right texture and in the specified baking time.

While shopping, pay attention to a dish’s measurements and consider what you’re planning to use it for. Also, dishes with plastic lids are especially helpful if you anticipate leftovers or plan to take it to a potluck or holiday party.

Other Casserole Dishes We Tested

Le Creuset Heritage Rectangular Dish

We loved the Le Creuset Traditional Heritage Rectangular Dish's styling and versatility enough that it became one of our top picks during testing.

This 4-quart dish is deep enough to accommodate close to 5 quarts of food. The Traditional Heritage Rectangular Dish is broiler-safe, so you can get a melty layer of cheese on top of an eggplant parmesan recipe, without fear of damaging it. That it's available in 11 different shades, including several neutrals tones, red, lots of blues, and the brand’s signature flame, is the icing on the cake.

However, it's not perfect: during testing, we found that its large, textured handles are angled in such a way that it makes it possible to hold the Traditional Heritage Rectangular Dish relatively securely. Unfortunately, the handles are too small to all loop your fingers through them, for added support.

Pros

  • Handles provide a good grip

  • Oven safe to 500°F

  • Available in 11 colors

  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Pricey

Staub 9.5-Inch Rectangular Oven Dish

Staub Rectangular Oven Dish is the only dish we tested that can be run under the broiler on a high setting, making it a great choice if you love to get the top of your mac and cheese extra brown and crunchy or caramelize sugar on top of an overnight French toast casserole. While you can’t fit your fingers into the holes in the handles, you can still get a very firm grip.

The volume of this dish is 4 ½ quarts, more than enough for a holiday-size sweet potato casserole. To satisfy different tastes and color schemes, the Staub comes in red, turquoise, black, ivory, and white.

Pros

  • Handles provide a good grip

  • Broiler safe

  • Available in several colors

  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Manufacturer's name appears on the handles

Mrs. Anderson's Baking Lasagna Pan

Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Lasagna Pan is smaller in dimensions and capacity than the other ceramic dishes we tested. While it easily accommodated our lasagna recipe with three layers of noodles, you won’t be able to pack in any extra layers. Because of its smaller size, it’s lighter in weight, which, combined with very easy to grasp handles, makes this dish exceptionally easy to maneuver in and out of the oven.

This dish can take temperatures up to 500°F so if the blueberries in your cobbler are bubbling before the top is well browned, you can run the dish under the broiler to finish it off.

Under the Mrs. Anderson’s name, it only comes with a red exterior with a white interior, but it is also sold as the HIC Kitchen Lasagna Pan (available at Amazon) which is white inside and out.

Pros

  • Handles provide a very good grip

  • Oven safe to 500°F

  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Small capacity

OXO Good Grips Glass Baking Dish with Lid

If you’re looking for a baking dish that you can also use for shortbread and pecan bars, consider the OXO Glass Baking Dish with Lid. It measures 13-by-9-by-2 ¼-inches. The OXO has plenty of room for a peach cobbler and lasagna, but isn’t deep enough for stuffed peppers or a Tex-Mex casserole with a cornbread topping.

This dish is made of borosilicate glass which is less likely to shatter than tempered soda lime glass. However, there are still occasional reports of it breaking in the oven. Be sure to follow OXO's recommendations, which include preheating your oven and not using it above 450°F or placing it in the oven directly from the freezer.

The glass handles are ample enough to give a good grip even with a bulky pot-holder. The casserole dish also has a plastic storage lid to use for storing made-ahead or leftover casseroles or carrying baked goods to a party.

Pros

  • Good size for baked goods

  • Dishwasher safe

  • Includes storage lid

Cons

  • Utilitarian looking

  • Can only go in a preheated oven

  • Not broiler safe

Rachael Ray Copenhagen Cozy Baker

Rachael Ray Copenhagen Cozy is attractive, practical, and reasonably priced. At 9-by-13 inches, it’s big enough to hold more than 5 quarts, which is perfect for a deep-dish chicken pot pie or a moussaka with a thick layer of creamy sauce on top.

Even while wearing oven mitts, you can wrap your hands around the handles so when it’s fully loaded, you get a good grasp. If you want to melt extra cheese on your enchiladas at the end of cooking, you can run the Rachael Ray under the broiler on the lowest setting.

We only have a few quibbles with this casserole. From end to end, it’s longer than most baking dishes so will take up more space in a cabinet. And it’s only available in a trendy shade of gray called sea salt.

Pros

  • Handles provide a good grip

  • Oven safe to 500°F

  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Only available in gray

Emile Henry Modern Classics Rectangular Baker - Large Rectangle

If you want to use up a whole box of lasagna in one batch, the Emile Henry Modern Classics Rectangular Baker is your best bet. With a capacity of 20 cups, it’s among the deepest casserole dishes that we tested. However, because the handles are small and angle upwards, they’re hard to grasp securely. And when it’s fully loaded, the Emile is heavy, so you need to be very careful when you’re transferring it to and from the oven.

This is a very good-looking casserole dish and comes in bright primary colors as well as all white. As it can safely go under the broiler on the low setting, it can be used to slow cook a chicken recipe and then after it’s meltingly tender, brown and crisp it on top.

Pros

  • Available in attractive colors

  • Very large capacity

  • Oven safe to 500°F

  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Handles don't provide a good grip

Open Kitchen by Williams Sonoma Baker - 9''x13''

With its clean design and moderate price, this baker will appeal to just about anyone. However, it has a serious flaw: It has no handles, so even though it’s lighter than other casserole dishes, it feels heavier. You have to be extra careful, especially when you’re taking a hot and bubbling dish like an apple crisp from the oven to the table.

It has a volume of more than 4 quarts which gives you plenty of room to layer in lasagna noodles or pile in sliced peaches.

Pros

  • Attractive

  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • No handles make it difficult to grasp

Meet the tester

Sharon Franke

Sharon Franke

Contributor

Sharon has been testing kitchen equipment for the past 30 years. Before becoming a cooking tools maven, she worked as a professional chef in New York City restaurants for seven years.

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