Originally Posted by denetteb
You asked about 8 vs 9 inch pans. I have both 8 and 9 inch pans (plus others). I have found that I turn to the 9 inch pans if I want to have a larger top surface to decorate or write something on. If I want to have taller sides to decorate the sides more I pick the 8 inch pans. As far as Wilton pans, they have a couple different series of pans so you may want to compare the differences next time you are at a shop that carries Wilton.
I almost bought a set of 2 Wilton pans because I had a 40% off coupon until I noticed that they were nested in the package. I've been looking around and Califon pans seem like good quality and are not that expensive. I really want a straight up and down pan with no fluting on the sides and the ones I see seem all to have a minute wider edge on top, they can't be nested, but I saw some in the stores that were wedged together into being nested. I want ones that won't fit into another one at all Or is it okay to have a little give on top because when baking I notice sometime the top separates inwards from the pan,.
I even looked at a checkerboard pan kit, but saw by the box size that they were nested too.
I think I'm gonna stick with 8" because it will be easier to just find a plate to put underneath at that size.