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14 Best Cast Iron Skillets of May 2019

Find the 14 best cast iron skillets, based on 27314 reviews

  1. 1.

    Lodge L10CF3 Iron Covered Deep Skillet

    $ 30.00 96 %885 reviews
  2. 2.

    Lodge L17SK3 17 Inch Skillet

    $ 49.20 96 %868 reviews
  3. 3.

    Lodge L8SK3 10.25″

    $ 14.90 95 %15723 reviews
  4. 4.

    Lodge L8DSK3 Deep Skillet

    $ 24.97 95 %384 reviews
  5. 5.

    Lodge L8SK3 10.25″ with Red Silicone Handle

    $ 22.97 92 %3549 reviews
  6. 6.

    Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron 3 Skillet Bundle

    $ 64.99 90 %1453 reviews
  7. 7.

    Cuisinel 12-Inch w/Handle Cover

    $ 24.95 90 %107 reviews
  8. 8.

    Cuisinart CI22-24CR Chef’s Classic

    $ 36.29 88 %1421 reviews
  9. 9.

    Le Creuset Signature 6-1/3-Inch

    $ 119.95 88 %108 reviews
  10. 10.

    AmazonBasics Pre-Seasoned 15-inch

    $ 28.43 86 %359 reviews
  11. 11.

    Utopia Kitchen 12.5″ with Silicone Handle

    $ 14.99 84 %712 reviews
  12. 12.

    T-fal E83407 Nonstick 12-Inch Skillet

    $ 23.99 82 %400 reviews
  13. 13.

    Westinghouse WFL100A Select Series 12 Inch

    $ 17.95 80 %274 reviews
  14. 14.

    Universal Housewares 3 Piece Skillet Set

    $ 38.02 80 %1071 reviews
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Lodge L10CF3 Iron Covered Deep SkilletLodge L17SK3 17 Inch SkilletLodge L8SK3 10.25″Lodge L8DSK3 Deep SkilletLodge L8SK3 10.25″ with Red Silicone Handle
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(885 reviews)
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(868 reviews)
(4.8)
(15723 reviews)
(4.8)
(384 reviews)
(4.6)
(3549 reviews)
Price$30.00$49.20 $14.90$24.97$22.97
Size12 in17 in10.25 in10.25 in10.25 in
Dishwasher-SafeNoNoNoNoNo
Electric Stovetop CompatibleYesYesYesYesYes
Gas Stovetop CompatibleYesYesYesYesYes
Induction Stovetop CompatibleYesYesYesYesYes
Cookware SurfaceCast IronCast IronCast IronCast IronCast Iron
Weight15.15 lbs14.16 lbs5.67 lbs7,5 lbs5.35 lbs
Made InUSAUSAUSAUSAUSA

Best skillet of them all?

Cast iron skillets have been around since the 19th. century, and there's a reason for that: It is highly valued for its heat retention properties, and it lasts a lifetime if treated right. It is easily manufactured as well, and in contrary to other types of skillets, it doesn't have a synthetic coating that will wear off after just a few years. During the 1960s, non-stick cookware was introduced and became popular for its ease of use. But till this day, most American households still use cast iron cookware. Some inherited it from their grandparents, and some prefer it simply because of its eminent features and properties.

Should you choose bare cast iron or enameled cast iron?

Cast iron skillets come in two main varieties: Bare cast iron or enameled cast iron. While both of them have benefits, they also work great in different ways. Bare cast iron is usually the preferred choice of most people, as they are cheaper and able to withstand higher temperatures during cooking and baking. It does require a bit more maintenance though, as it will rust if not treated properly. It has to be seasoned from time to time, and it must be cleaned manually. Enameled cast iron skillets, on the other hand, is an easy-to-use alternative that don’t rust and are dishwasher-proof as well. It goes without saying, that this is of course the more expensive choice, due to the enamel glazed surfaces. The enamel is also rather fragile, and chipping might occur if the skillet is either dropped, overheated or has cold water added to a hot surface.

Bare cast iron skillets - pros and cons

Pros:
  • Withstands high temperatures
  • Perfect for searing and baking
  • Lasts a lifetime if treated properly
  • Gets better over time
Cons:
  • NOT dishwasher-proof
  • Requires regular seasoning
  • Might rust if not seasoned properly

Enameled cast iron skillets - pros and cons

Pros:
  • Easy to use and easy to clean
  • Great for stews and slow cooking
  • Looks really neat
Cons:
  • Chipping might occur if dropped
  • Not suitable for higher temperatures
  • Might not last as long as bare cast iron

Why you should always keep your cast iron skillets well seasoned

It is common knowledge, that cast iron skillets will improve through regular usage. This is caused by a buildup of oils, which provide a natural nonstick coating of your skillet. If seasoned properly, the cast iron surface will change from matte black to shiny black, which is a sign of proper seasoning. Most cast iron skillets come with a rough surface, and meat might stick during searing. This is normal, and will eventually improve after seasoning the skillet from time to time. The seasoning also protects the skillet from rusting.

How to treat a new cast iron skillet

It is recommended to wash all new cookware in hot water with a strong detergent, to make sure all casting oils are removed from the surface. You can then coat it in a light layer of cooking oil of your choice (vegetable or canola oil work great for this). Let it drain for approximately 1 hour, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius). Bake the skillet for approximately 30 minutes. Smoke warning: Seasoning a cast iron skillet might cause the oil to smoke quite a bit, so it is highly recommended to keep the room well ventilated during this process, to avoid any smoke detectors to go off.

Some cast iron skillets come pre seasoned

Most manufacturers choose to pre season the cast iron skillets, which serves more purposes: It protects the skillets from rusting during transportation and storage, and it makes it easier for the consumer to start using the skillet. While these skillets can be used out of the box, there have been quite a few buyers mentioning that the pre seasoning is often insufficient, so it is recommended to season it properly before first use, even if the skillet comes pre seasoned. You don’t want to have your food stick to the skillet after first use, so better be safe than sorry.