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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 three of the highest rated donut pans on the market. They all work well with Squeaky Little Wheel Donut Mixes and we can honestly recommend all three, but each does have pros and cons. 

Also, because we get this question a lot at events, donut pans can also be used to make bagels, protein snacks, and even cookies.

 

 Wilton Donut Pan

The Wilton Doughnut Pan is the least expensive of the three pans reviewed. This pan produces a slightly smaller, thinner donut than the other two pans. 

It also has a shorter stem so the donut hole is less pronounced and in some test batches, missing entirely. This 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 a mini donut pan, producing one to two bite donuts. We have not tested their mini pan.

 

Wilton Doughnut Pan Details

Price: $6.79 - $11.99 at most retailers (2 for $13 on Amazon)

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 though a customer reported 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

Made in: China

Where to buy: Michaels Crafts, JoAnn Fabric and Craft, Amazon, Walmart, Wilton website

Pros: Easy to find, inexpensive, dishwasher safe, more compact and could probably fit in a larger toaster oven, 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.

 

Norpro Donut Pan

The Norpro Donut Pan is the pan we use everyday. This is a great mid-priced pan that produces the perfect size donut, has a tall stem to ensure that your donuts have a donut hole, cooks evenly, and bakes up perfectly browned donuts.

This pan is larger than some on the market and would likely not fit in a standard toaster oven but it isn't as large as the USA Pan Doughnut Pan.

Norpro also makes a mini donut pan that would fit in most toaster ovens and produces perfectly sized one or two bite donuts. We have tested that pan and have had success with it though the wells are small and harder to fill if you are trying to avoid using a bag to pipe the donuts. Spray oil is a must for the mini pan as well.

Norpro Donut Pan Details

Price: $13.69 - $15.79 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: China

Where to buy: Amazon, Walmart

Pros: Produces a full size donut, with a donut hole, bakes up perfectly, cleans up easily, recipes included on packaging, can fit two pans on oven rack at once (if making multiple donut batches).

Cons: Donuts occasionally stick if donut well isn't oiled well enough.

 

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. Though it is a non stick pan, we would not risk not using oil so you would 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: Large 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).