I used a cake pan for a long time because I kept forgetting to buy a meat loaf pan. This pan is awesome because it's a two-in-one! You can remove the slot and use as a bread pan! I have IBS and having the grease at the bottom on the pan instead in the pit of my stomach is definitely a huge deal for me! Also clean-up, including washing it, was a breeze when I cooked meatloaf in it. It is dishwasher safe!