Donut Pan Review
If you're in the market for a donut pan, you've come to the right page. Below you will find a review for two of the highest rated donut pans on the market. Both work well with Squeaky Little Wheel Donut Mix and we can honestly recommend both, but each does have pros and cons.
Wilton Donut Pan
The Wilton Doughnut Pan is probably the most readily available and affordable pan on the market.
This pan produces a slightly smaller, thinner donut. It also has a short stem so the donut hole is less pronounced and in some test batches, missing entirely. This issue can be easily remedied after they bake with a small circular object such an icing tip or, if they're just for you or family, a clean finger poked through the warm donut to enlarge the hole. You could also add less batter to each well and produce more donuts, albeit smaller ones.
Wilton also makes two different mini donut pans, one that produces three bite donuts and one that produces a one to two bite donut. The larger of the two mini pans does not use the word mini on the packaging, and instead is described as having 12 cavities. The super mini pan is referred to as "mini" on the front of the packaging, is 7" x 10.5" and would fit in just about any toaster oven but be warned, it does produce a tiny donut. This is the pan we use for the mini donuts on our donut cupcakes.
Wilton Doughnut Pan Details
Price: $9.50 - $11.99 at most retailers (2-pack on Amazon sells for $13.50)
Dimensions: 12.68 x 8.15 x 1.1 in
Quantity of donuts with Squeaky Little Wheel Mix: We made 6 vanilla donuts in this pan with one box of donut mix but the wells were very full. I have heard from a customer that she got 10 donuts out of this pan with one box of the chocolate mix so the quantity varies depending on how full you fill the wells.
Care: Dishwasher safe (though it will last longer if you hand wash)
Made in: China
Where to buy: Michaels Crafts, JoAnn Fabric and Craft, Walmart, Amazon
Pros: Easy to find, inexpensive, dishwasher safe, cleans up easily, recipes included on packaging, can fit two pans on oven rack at once (if making multiple donut batches).
Cons: Short stem in the donut well can leave donut without a hole, produces a slightly smaller donut.
USA Pan Donut Pan
The USA Pan Donut Pan is the Cadillac of donut pans. It's substantial in both weight and size. It's made of of thick aluminized steel (65% of it from recycled steel!) and features an eco-friendly nonstick silicone coating that contains no PTFEs or PFOAs. This pan is made in the USA.
Donuts baked in this pan bake up to a nice standard size with the donut hole intact. They are perfectly fluffy, evenly browned on the bottom, and fall right out of the pan with no sticking or coaxing. This truly is the perfect pan.
This is also a pricey pan, comparatively. This pan retails for $23.99 to $25.99, depending on the store. This is a pan for a serious baker, someone that values high quality/long lasting products, and someone with ample cupboard space (it's as big as the cooling rack below it).
One thing to note on this pan. The instructions explicitly state that spray oil is not recommended. Per the USA Pan website, they do not recommend cooking sprays as they may stain the pan over time. If you are not bothered by the browning that can occur over time, you can use spray oil, otherwise you will want to grease the wells the old fashioned way.
USA Pan Donut Details
Price: $23.99 - $25.99 at most retailers
Dimensions: 15.75 x 11.25 x 1.25 in
Quantity of Donuts with Squeaky Little Wheel Mix: 6
Care: Hand wash only
Made in: USA
Where to buy: Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Sur La Table
Pros: Produces a full size donut, with a donut hole, bakes up perfectly, truly non stick, cleans up easily, made in the USA.
Cons: Bulky size, twice the price of most other pans, spray oil discouraged, no recipes included on packaging, could only fit one pan on oven rack at a time (if baking multiple batches at once).