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Mini Muffin Tin

Published January 2019
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We also love the full-size version of this tin. Our full review of muffin tins with detailed brand comparisons is available here.

How we tested

Bite-size mini muffins and cupcakes are a great choice for buffet spreads, school lunches, birthday parties, and afternoon snacks. These teensy baked goods provide a perfect bite of something sweet, and it’s easy to make a lot of them at once. A mini muffin tin is essential for creating nicely domed, two-bite mini muffins or cupcakes. However, a mini tin's uses extend beyond muffins: Our recipes for Chocolate Financiers, Chocolate ’Mallow Cookie Cups, and Fudgy Peanut Butter Mousse Cups all call for a mini muffin tin.

In our review of full-size muffin tins, we gave top marks to the OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro 12-Cup Muffin Pan, which released baked goods perfectly and had a broad, oversize rim that was easy to grasp (a big plus when trying to maneuver a hot tin out of the oven). To see if our recommendation held true for a mini muffin tin, we tested the OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro 24 Cup Mini Muffin Pan and used it to bake Banana–Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins and Mini Muffin Tin Donut Holes.

Like the full-size version, the nonstick mini muffin tin released baked goods with ease. The tin's oversize 1.6-inch rim allowed us to securely grasp it in multiple places and move it effortlessly in and out of the oven. As with its bigger cousin, we found that the gold finish produced perfectly browned and evenly domed baked goods. In our previous reviews of golden-hued bakeware, we found that a gold finish absorbs and radiates heat more moderately than lighter or darker metal finishes, which can sometimes provide too little or too much browning.

If you’re in the market for a mini muffin tin, the OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro 24 Cup Mini Muffin Pan is an excellent choice.


Methodology

We tested the mini version of our top-rated muffin tin, using it to bake Banana–Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins and Mini Muffin Tin Donut Holes. We rated the shape of the baked goods as well as their browning. We also noted how easy the muffin tin was to handle and how easily the baked goods released from the tin. The price listed is what we paid online.  

RATING CRITERIA

Release: We coated the muffin tin lightly with vegetable oil spray before each test and rated how easily the baked goods released from the tin.

Browning: We evaluated the color of baked goods, looking for even browning both on the top and on the bottom.

Food Shape: We evaluated the shape of baked goods produced by the muffin tin, looking for muffins with crisp edges and consistent shapes.

Handling: Using our winning oven mitts, we moved the muffin tin into and out of the oven, rating it on how comfortable, easy, and secure it was to hold and maneuver.


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The Results

Winner
Recommended

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.

$248.64*
Recommended

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.

$141.90*

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.

$67.99*
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.

$49.93*
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.

$129.95*

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.

$99.95*

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.

$24.99*

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.

$35.88*