The 10 Best Popover Pans in 2018

Muffins are great, and so are Yorkshire puddings, but when you are craving for something crispy on the outside, yet airy and light on the inside, nothing can compete against a basket full of piping hot, oven-fresh popovers. For those of you who are wondering what popovers are, they are the American take on England Yorkshire pudding, and are rolls that are hollow on the inside, yet crunchy and butter-coated on the outside. Although many people try to make popovers in muffin trays, a dedicated popover pan is a must if you want to make the perfect popovers. Muffin trays and popover pans have significant differences between them, and a good popover pan is what makes your popover “pop”, giving it the elongated walls and the puffy structure at the top.

If you go out to the market, you will see that there are many different kinds of popover pans, and choosing the right popover pan can be as difficult as taking a pop quiz without any preparation. This is why we are here with the best popover pans that we have selected from the market, and their pros and cons so that you would not have to go out to buy one without full knowledge of the options that are available to you.

​Best Pick

Bellemain 6 Cup Nonstick Popover Pan

The best pick for this list is this popover pan from Bellamain that has earned this position by offering a generous depth and a durable build that is good for heat conduction, giving you excellent results in baking popovers.

​Budget Pick

Chicago Metallic Professional 6-Cup Popover Pan

Many of you might have not used popover pans before, and might be looking for low-cost popover pans that you can use as a trial. If you are one of them, you would be delighted to know the budget pick on our list, which is a professional grade popover pan from Chicago Metallic and provides you with non-stick, aluminized steel construction for a great baking experience.

Besides our best and budget picks, we have several other popover pans that are worth looking into, in order to have a wider variety of options for you to select your favorite one from. In the next section, we will look at the products including what we love and what we did not love so much about them.


1. ​Bellemain 6 Cup Nonstick Popover Pan

If you are doing everything right and your popovers are still not rising the way you want them to, then it would be high time you say goodbye to your old pan and look into this popover pan from Bellemain. This pan combines superior quality, performance, and user-friendliness in a way that is hard to come by.

The design of the pan would let any baker know that Bellamain understands the requirements for perfect popovers. The pan has six cups for making half a dozen popovers at a time, and the cups come with a generous depth of 2.25 inches which gives your popovers enough vertical space to rise high and become airy on the inside. 

The pan also has an impressively effective nonstick surface which makes it possible for you to add just enough butter to add a rich flavor to your popovers and saves you from greasing your baking pan with an unhealthy amount of oil. The popover pan is also made of a dark charcoal colored steel, which helps it to absorb heat faster, making it more efficient at baking your popovers.

​Pros

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    The pan has six wells so you can make six popovers at a time
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    The wells are separated and there is enough space for air to circulate around the wells, which promotes even baking and helps the popovers to rise
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    The depth of the wells is 2.25 inches which allow the popovers to rise
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    Since the pan is nonstick, you do not need to use excess butter
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    The pan can be washed in the dishwasher

​Cons

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    The pan has six wells so if you want to make more than six at a time, then it would not be the best option for you

2. Chicago Metallic Professional 6-Cup Popover Pan

If you like baking muffins, Yorkshire puddings, and popovers, this is a versatile pan from a renowned brand that you can use to fulfill your multiple tea time bakery wishes. The pan comes with six wells that are deep and appropriately spaced out, making it an excellent bakeware for making great popovers.

For your popovers to be airy and evenly baked, the pan uses aluminized steel in its construction. Removing a puffed up pop over from the popover pan can be tricky, but not with this pan, which has been treated with silicone to make it nonstick and hence making it also easy to clean. 

The durable build of the pan allows it to be washed in the dishwasher and to be used in the oven up to 450 degrees F.

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    The pan is the product of a renowned brand so the quality of the pan can be trusted
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    It is versatile and can be used to make bakery items other than popovers such as muffins and cornbread
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    The pan has been made with aluminized steel to ensure high heat conductivity and even heating
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    The pan has been coated with silicone to make it nonstick
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    It can be washed in the dishwasher

​Cons

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    It has only six wells instead of twelve

3. Nordic Ware Cast Aluminum Petite Popover Pan

Even the most avid popover fans would want some variation in their popovers once in a while. And also, it is easier to munch on them as a light, healthy snack when the size of your popovers are small.

Keeping that in mind, the Nordic Ware, a brand that all of us know to make quality bakeware, have come up with this pan which lets you make adorable, bite-sized popovers, that are not only great for some quality tea time on your own, but also for parties, where you have to make a large number of popovers for a crowd. 

This pan lets you make twelve popovers at a time, making it easier for you to make a dozen popovers in a short period of time. Since this pan has wells in a tray rather than a wire rack like many others, it has less chance of the batter dripping inside your oven, creating a mess.

We also love the fact that the pan has two handles at the sides so that you can safely move the pan into and out of the oven. Although the wells are on one pan, they have spaces underneath which maximizes the airflow around the wells to make the popovers swell and create soft, airy inside with a crispy outside.

​Pros

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    The pan allows you to make small bite-sized popovers
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    You can make twelve popovers at a time using this pan
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    The pan has handles so you can easily and safely move the pan around
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    It has been designed to maximize airflow around the wells which make the popovers to rise and have an airy inside
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    The pan is nonstick

​Cons

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    ​It cannot be washed in the dishwasher
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    ​If you want to make classic popovers then this might not be the best option for you

4. Wilton Giant Cupcake Pan

Good things are better when they are bigger, and with that idea in mind, Wilton offers you with this pan for making jumbo-sized muffins, cupcakes, and popovers. With a depth of 1.75 inches paired with a diameter of 4 inches, each of the six wells on this pan will help you to make your popovers swell up and rise high, making them extra airy and puffy.

The pan has been made with aluminized steel which promotes even heat distribution to anything that you are baking. Not only can you bake your favorite treats using this pan, but you can also use this as a mold in the freezer to make ice cream cakes and mousse.

​Pros

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    You can make giant popovers using this pan
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    The pan has versatile uses for both baking different treats in the oven and also as a mold for cold desserts
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     It has been made of aluminized steel which allows  the baking to be done evenly and resists rust and warping

​Cons

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    It cannot be washed in the dishwasher

5. Fox Run 4868 Muffin Pan

If you have a large family or like to bake some extra popovers for your neighbors, then you would love this pan from Fox Run that helps you to make twelve popovers at a time.

We know that the name of this product is muffin pan, and not a popover pan, but if you have been researching on popovers, then you would know that many people use muffin trays to bake popovers. 

And if you are one of the people who does not want to keep a single-purpose pan such as a popover pan, then this would help you to bake a wide variety of baked goodies such as muffins, popovers, Yorkshire puddings, cupcakes, etc. Apart from the higher baking capacity, this pan has an excellent durability, thanks to its lightweight yet sturdy stainless steel which resists rusting, warping, and scratching.

​Pros

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    You can bake twelve popovers at a time using this pan
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    The body of the pan is made of steel that is resistant to scratching, rusting, and warping
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    The pan can be used to bake different types of baked goodies
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    It can be washed in the dishwasher

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    The pan is not specifically designed to make popovers

6. Fox Run 4754 Linking Popover Pan

If you have looked at the previous product from Fox Run, which was a muffin pan that can also be used to make popovers, and thought “Hmm, this looks nice but I do want a dedicated linking popover pan.”, then you are looking at the perfect product.

Since this is a pan that has been designed specifically to make the perfect popovers, it will give you superior results in making popovers compared to a muffin pan. The pan has a linking design, which allows air to circulate around the wells and cause the dome of the popovers to puff up and rise high, creating a crispy, and golden brown outer layer.

​Pros

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    It has been made with lightweight carbon steel so it weighs only 1 pound, which is a lot lighter compared to other popover pans making it more portable
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    The carbon steel construction of the pan makes it very durable, and resistant to staining, scratching, bending, and rust
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    The pan lets you make six popovers at a time
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    The well of the pan have wide tapered mouths so it makes the popovers rise up and have an airy inside
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    The linked design of the pan allows air circulation around the wells which makes the popovers baked evenly

​Cons

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    You can make only six at a time so if you want to make more, then this would not be the best option for you

7. USA Pans 6-Well Popover Pan

USA Pans is a trusted bakeware company from Pittsburgh, and who else would know better about popover, which has originated in the United States? Another thing that we admire about this company is that it uses 65% recycled steel in making their bakeware, so if you are someone who cares about the environment then this is a great company to buy products from.

The popover pan made by USA Pans is a sturdy, professional grade popover pan which is perfect for home use as well as commercial heavy-duty purposes. The pan has been made with aluminized steel so it would make the pan heat up faster and more evenly, resulting in uniformly bakes popovers. 

Another thing that we love about the pan is that it has been coated with Americoat, which is a special food-grade silicone coating which makes it very easy to release the baked popovers from the pan smoothly, without damaging the crust. The good news is that Americoat does not contain harmful chemicals such as PTFE's and PFOA's so you can bake popovers in this pan that is completely safe for your family.

Another innovative feature of this pan is the corrugated design of its body, which increases the strength of the body and gives it effective protection against warping, which means the pan will not bend easily and would serve you for a very long time.

​Pros

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    It has been made with aluminized steel with a specific thickness to maximize even heating, air circulation, and efficient baking
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    The pan has a unique corrugated design on the body which increases the strength of the body and protects it against warping and dents
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    It has been coated with a special food-grade silicone coating called Americoat that provides a nonstick coating that is safe to your health
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    The border around the edges provides you with enough space to hold the pan safely unlike many others which do not have that space

​Cons

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    The pan is recommended to be used at temperatures below 400 degrees F
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    It cannot be washed in the dishwasher

8. Anolon Advanced Nonstick Bakeware 6-Cup Popover Pan

This popover pan from Anolon is a simple, linking style popover pan that helps you to make six popovers at a time. The special feature of this pan is that the design of the pan, which has open space on the frame allows heat and hot air to flow around each of the wells, giving you consistent results each time, with each popover.

The pan is safe to be used in temperatures of up to 450 degrees F, and so there is no risk in using it in a high heat oven, especially when a hot oven is one of the main requirements of a crispy, golden brown, puffy popover. The pan has been constructed using carbon steel, which is highly resistant to rust and corrosion and makes your pan last for a long time.

​Pros

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    The pan has an open frame design which allows air and heat to circulate around the popover wells
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    The pan has been made with carbon steel so it is highly resistant to rust and warping
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    It is safe to be used in a very hot oven which is crucial for making perfect popovers

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    It is not safe to be washed in the dishwasher

As you have seen above, popover pans can come in different designs and models, and it is not wise to make a decision before knowing everything you need to know about buying a popover pan that would be perfect for you. Hence we have put together the nitty-gritty details of how to choose your popover pan.

Things to consider before buying a popover pan 

Six or Twelve? 

Are you and your family a huge popover fan? Do you regularly bake popovers for a family gathering? These are some of the questions that would help you to decide whether you should go for a popover pan that lets you make six popovers at a time, or twelve.

A versatile muffin pan or a dedicated popover pan 

If you are looking for a pan in which you can bake not only popovers but also other types of baked items such as muffins, cupcakes, and puddings, then you might want to go for a muffin pan. But if you want do not want to compromise the perfection of your popovers, then it is best to invest in a dedicated popover pan. The difference of a popover pan from a usual muffin pan is that the wells on the pan where you put in the batter are deeper which gives the popovers more space for rising up and to become puffy. Also, the wells are separated with a linking design with an open frame so the air and heat can circulate around the wells to bake the popovers faster. These special features of a popover pan give them an upper hand at making popovers compared to muffin pans.

Dishwasher safe or not 

Popover pans involve the use of butter since it helps to give the popovers a rich flavor, but that butter can be the cause of a little trouble when you want to clean the popover pan. Most popover pans come with the recommendation for washing with hands, but if you want it to be done in a dishwasher, then make sure to go for the more rugged ones that can be safely washed in the dishwasher.

Conclusion 

Although it might seem tempting to go to a café to have your morning or afternoon popovers, wouldn’t it be great if you could make it at your home, customizing your popovers however you want, whether it be with your favorite sweet filling or with cheese and bacon? Once you go through our list of the best popover pans and bring the one that is the most suitable for you to your kitchen, you would be making popovers that are of the same quality as the ones that you enjoy at restaurants, or even better!
The 10 Best Popover Pans in 2018
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