Over the past three years, we’ve spent 41 hours researching casserole dishes and interviewing experts about dishes, including a ceramics engineer who has worked closely with nearly every major ceramics maker in the US. We learned that when it comes to choosing between porcelain or stoneware, the differences in oven use are pretty unnoticeable, and higher price doesn’t always indicate better quality. We considered 39 models before getting down to seven top-rated ones for testing. The results from those tests, as well as our experience using the HIC Porcelain Lasagna Pan over the past three years, confirmed what an amazing value this dish is. (This pan is sometimes called Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Oblong Rectangular Baking Dish Roasting Lasagna Pan on Amazon, but we’ve confirmed with HIC that it is the same pan. Amazon also often has a white version of the pan in stock.)
If you’re looking for a classic beauty that will be a little more impressive for a holiday feast, consider the Revol Belle Cuisine 3.8-quart Rectangular Roasting Dish. Slightly larger and with better handles than the HIC Mrs. Anderson’s dish, this smooth enameled porcelain dish was the easiest to carry. At its price it’s an investment, but one that you might pass on to your kids someday.
As a budget option, we like Arcuisine’s Luminarc Borosilicate Roaster. The slightly shallower borosilicate glass dish is not as pretty as its competitors (and we don’t love its small handles), but when it came time to bake and roast, it functioned on a par with our other testers. This is a great dish to use if you like to monitor a crust browning, since you can see through the glass. The Luminarc could serve double duty as a cake pan (if you don’t mind rounded orners). But because of thermal shock concerns with glass, we don’t recommend this to everyone.