After falling out of favor, the cast iron skillet is back and bigger than ever, considered an indispensable piece of cookware for every kitchen (and on every wedding registry). Cast iron skillets are made of—you guessed it—cast iron, an affordable, durable ferrous metal containing carbon, silico, and traces of other elements.
Cast iron cookware has heat retention properties even the thickest and most expensive stainless steel cookware can't rival. The heat emission of cast iron cooking is also top of its class, effortlessly penetrating into popular cast iron recipes like thick steaks, whole chickens and cornbread. And even the best cast iron skillet brands are relatively cheap and built to last forever, often being handed down from generation to generation. So what's the best cast iron skillet to buy or add to your registry? We've handpicked a few of the most popular and durable skillets you can buy right now.
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Best All-Around Cast Iron Skillet
The best cast iron skillet will have the finest craftsmanship, superior cooking quality and good value. Since cast iron must be seasoned with oil prior to use, we gave bonus points to the models that arrived pre-seasoned by hand. For the most part, we found the 12-inch class to be the best size cast iron skillet for optimal performance-to-size ratio.