Between glass, stoneware and metal pie pans, experts say glass tends to do the best job of cooking the crust without over- or underbrowning. The classic Pyrex pie plate wins one eight-pan roundup, where it's praised for its design and overall no-nonsense functionality. It's also freezer-, dishwasher- and microwave-safe. On the downside, glass bakeware -- including Pyrex -- is sensitive to temperature extremes, so you shouldn't move it directly from the freezer to a hot oven. And this plain-Jane pie pan doesn't make for an artful presentation. If you want a pie dish that can go from oven to table or look nice at a potluck, reviewers recommend the Emile Henry Pie Dish (*Est. $45), though it's a lot more expensive.
The Pyrex pie plate is one of eight pans tested at Cook's Illustrated, where editors bake pies and quiches, plus bake pie shells and try a cookie-crumb crust to see which pie pans do the best job. The Pyrex pie dish also gets a recommendation from Good Housekeeping and the food editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. We didn't find as many online user reviews for the Pyrex pie pan as we did for other products, possibly because the Pyrex dish is often available as part of a cookware set.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors of Cook's Illustrated test eight pie pans of various materials, including glass, ceramic and metal. Testers bake apple pies and quiches, plus pre-bake pie crusts, evaluating how well each pan browns without over- or underbaking. Pie pans are either "recommended," "recommended with reservations" or "not recommended." The Pyrex pie pan is one of the eight tested pie plates.
Review: Pie Plates, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, April 2009
2. Good Housekeeping
After testing 17 pie plates using a recipe for apple-berry pie, the editors praise the Pyrex pie pan for producing a perfect crust. They also point out that the pan's handles make it easy to maneuver in, out and around the oven.
Review: Pie Plates, Sharon Franke
3. San Francisco Chronicle
Although this isn't a formal review, San Francisco Chronicle food editor Thy Tran talks pie. Along with a chart demonstrating the best way to roll out a pie crust, Tran notes that a classic Pyrex pie pan is the family favorite for its durability, shape and browning performance.
Review: Pie: What's the Best Pan to Use -- and How Do I Make a Great Crust?, Thy Tran, Nov. 10, 2004
Amazon.com is a good source of user product reviews, although bakeware in general tends to get far fewer reviews than other categories. Nevertheless, most of the 10 users posting to Amazon.com about the Pyrex 9" Pie Plate praise its performance, calling it "easy to clean," "sturdy," "best quality" and "totally affordable." One user says it's a great dish for warming up leftovers in the oven or microwave. Another owner reports, however, that the plate "exploded" when used in the oven at a 425-degree setting.
Review: World Kitchen-Pyrex/Corelle 6001003 Pyrex Clear Ovenware 9" Glass Pie Plate, Contributors to Amazon.com