We tested eight top-selling models, including our old winner, priced from $13.95 to $49.95—two silicone and six metal options with, variously, glass, ceramic, and nonstick bases. 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. Finally, though the bristles could be removed and cleaned in the dishwasher, their nooks and crannies made this block hard to wash by hand. 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. Have you ever ruined a cheesecake? With a base lined with grippy material, this block was very stable. Best of all, it upped the ante with even more gorgeously golden crusts thanks to its lighter metallic finish. Despite a decade of searching, we’ve yet to find a completely leakproof springform; even our previous winning pan from Nordic Ware leaks a bit. Finally, though the bristles could be removed and cleaned in the dishwasher, their nooks and crannies made this block hard to wash by hand. While none of the pans were completely leakproof—every single pan leaked butter in the oven—three pans with wide, ridged bases trapped the butter with their outer edges. We saw this when we baked cheesecakes in a water bath that we dyed blue with food coloring—splotchy blue marks bloomed on the sides and bottom of every single cheesecake (though some were leakier and subsequently more blue than others). Sold in three sizes, the Hiware springform pan offers you plenty of choices. All rights reserved. At nearly $50.00, it’s a good investment if you use your springform frequently; for those who want a cheaper pan that works almost as well, the Nordic Ware 9" Leakproof Springform Pan is our Best Buy at just $16.22. Close. Additionally, the outside stained easily, and when we wiped it down, the unit smelled like wet dog. Your email address will not be published. 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. As with many things, not all pans are created (or built to be) equal and Cook’s Illustrated tested out a few springforms in a recent issue (July/Aug 2011) to see which performed the best. Worse, we couldn’t take it apart, so splatters that hit the interior were there to stay. Despite a decade of searching, we’ve yet to find a completely leakproof springform; even our previous winning pan from Nordic Ware leaks a bit. Best of all, it upped the ante with even more gorgeously golden crusts thanks to its lighter metallic finish. RAISED BASE: Makes cutting and removing slices easy. ... America's Test Kitchen Cook's Illustrated Cooking School Cook's Country ATK Shop ATK Kids. We preferred raised bases, which gave us a full view of the cake and more room to leverage our tools. By contrast, the five other pans dripped butter all over the oven floor.