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Small Rimmed Baking Sheet (Quarter-Sheet Pan)

Published January 2019
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We also love the full-size version of this product. You can read our full review of rimmed baking sheets with detailed brand comparisons here. We also have a review of the small cooling rack that fits this quarter-sheet pan perfectly.

How we tested

Rimmed baking sheets, also known as half-sheet pans, are the MVPs of our test kitchen. We stock about 950 half-sheet pans and call for them in more than 1,500 of our recipes. We use them for roasting, baking, and toasting and for resting meats and cooling fried foods. We even use them as makeshift baking stones, pizza peels, and grilled cheese presses.

Half-sheet pans, which have a cooking surface of 16½ by 11½ inches, are the standard size in most home kitchens, but many of our test cooks have an affinity for smaller quarter-sheet pans. The size of these pans, which have a cooking surface of 8⅛ by 11½ inches (about the size of a sheet of letter copy paper), makes them ideal for small tasks such as baking a few cookies or scones, draining fried shallots, making a half batch of granola, roasting one or two fish fillets, and toasting nuts or seeds. A smaller pan means less to clean, and quarter-size pans fit easily in small sinks or dishwashers.

In our review of rimmed baking sheets, the Nordic Ware Baker’s Half Sheet received our highest recommendation for its sturdy, warp-resistant design. Could we also recommend its quarter-size version? To find out, we tested the Nordic Ware Naturals Quarter Sheet and used it to bake and broil bone-in chicken breasts, roast cauliflower, and make a half batch of focaccia.

We loved the sturdiness of this pan. Its straight sides made it easy to grip and slide into and out of the oven, and its 1¼-inch rim kept food corralled when tossing the cauliflower and flipping the chicken. Like the half-sheet version, the quarter-sheet pan is made of aluminum with an encapsulated steel rim; a feature Nordic Ware says helps prevent warping. (Though some warping is inevitable as the pan is subjected to temperature changes, we did not notice any warping during testing.) The chicken, cauliflower, and focaccia all cooked within the times called for in our recipes and all emerged from the oven evenly browned and pleasantly crispy.

If you frequently cook only one or two portions of food or want to avoid hauling out a large baking sheet for small tasks such as toasting nuts or roasting chicken for two, we highly recommend the Nordic Ware Naturals Quarter Sheet. Its compact size and light weight make this quarter-size model easy to clean and easy to store, especially in smaller kitchens.


We tested the quarter-size version of our top-rated rimmed baking sheet, using it to broil chicken thighs, roast cauliflower, and bake focaccia. We rated how evenly cooked and browned the three foods were and also noted how easy the sheet was to handle. The price listed is what we paid online.


Baking: We baked focaccia and evaluated if the bread was evenly and appropriately browned on the bottom and sides within the times stated in the recipe.

Broiling and Roasting: We broiled chicken thighs and roasted cauliflower, observing how evenly both foods cooked and browned.

Warping: We observed whether the sheet could withstand the high heat generated during broiling and endure rapid temperature changes without warping.

Handling: We evaluated how easy the sheet was to maneuver into and out of the oven.

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The Results


Design Trifecta 360 Knife Block

Admittedly expensive, this handsome block certainly seemed to live up to its billing as “the last knife block you ever have to buy.” The heaviest model in our testing, this block was ultrastable, and its durable bamboo exterior was a breeze to clean. Well-placed medium-strength magnets made it easy to attach all our knives, and a rotating base gave us quick access to them. One tiny quibble: The blade of our 12-inch slicing knife stuck out a little.


Schmidt Brothers Downtown Block

This roomy block completely sheathed our entire winning knife set using just one of its two sides—and quite securely, thanks to long, medium-strength magnet bars. Heavy, with a grippy base, this block was very stable. An acrylic guard made this model extra-safe but also made it a little trickier to insert knives and to clean; the wood block itself showed some minor cosmetic scratching during use.


Schmidt Brothers Midtown Block

This smaller version of the Downtown Block secured all our knives nicely, though the blade of the slicing knife stuck out a bit. With a base lined with grippy material, this block was very stable. An acrylic guard afforded extra protection against contact with blades but made it a little harder to insert knives and to clean; the wood itself got a little scratched during use.

Recommended with Reservations

Swissmar Bamboo Magnetic Knife Block

This small, scratch-resistant model had a stable, rubber-lined base and could hold all our knives, though the blade of the 12-inch slicing knife stuck out a bit. But inch-long gaps between its small magnets made coverage uneven and forced us to find the magnetic hot spots in order to secure the knives. Its acrylic guard made it safer to use but harder to insert knives and to clean.

Not Recommended

Messermeister Walnut Magnet Block

This handsome block was done in by its shape—a tippy, top-heavy quarter-circle that wasn’t tall or broad enough to keep the blades of three knives from poking out. It lacked a nonslip base, and its extra-strong magnets made it unnerving to attach or remove our heavy cleaver. Finally, it got a bit scratched after extensive use.


Epicurean Standing Knife Rack 12"

This magnetic block sheathed all our knives completely, though with a bit of crowding. But it was hard to insert each knife without hitting the block’s decorative slats on way down, and because the block was light and narrow, it wobbled when bumped. Worse, we couldn’t take it apart, so splatters that hit the interior were there to stay. Additionally, the outside stained easily, and when we wiped it down, the unit smelled like wet dog.


Kapoosh Rondelle Knife Block

This model stabilized knives with a mass of stiff, spaghetti-like bristles that shed and nicked easily after extensive use, covering our knives with plastic debris. While all our knives fit securely, several of the blades stuck out, making this unit feel less safe overall. Finally, though the bristles could be removed and cleaned in the dishwasher, their nooks and crannies made this block hard to wash by hand.


Kuhn Rikon Vision Knife Block, Clear

This plastic block required us to aim each knife into the folds of an accordion-pleated insert that was removable for easy cleaning but got nicked easily with repeated use. Because we could only insert the knives vertically, longer knife blades stuck out; a cleaver was too wide to fit. The lightest model in our lineup, this block was dangerously top-heavy when loaded with knives.