The Best Cast Iron Skillets to Add to Your Wedding Registry

Looking for the best cast iron skillet for your newlywed kitchen? We reviewed seven of the best options out there (you're welcome).
by The Knot
  1. Lodge, Le Creuset and Calphalon best cast iron skillet

    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.

    In this Article:

    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.

  2. Finex Cast Iron Skillet

    FINEX No. 12 best cast iron skillet

    This might just be the world’s best cast iron skillet—period. It's expensive, but built to last a lifetime, even with daily use. It’s made of the highest quality cast iron with the attractive plated look of a quality antique cast iron skillet. This one arrives properly pre-seasoned by hand, so it’s ready to use right out of the box with a finely polished, non-stick cooking surface. We found very little to complain about here, except perhaps the octagonal shape, which ever-so-slightly reduces the overall cooking surface. Other than that, we're not convinced there's a more perfect or classy kitchen wedding gift out there.

    FINEX 12-inch cast iron skillet  with lid, $275,

  3. Utopia Kitchen Cast Iron Skillet

    ​Utopia Kitchen best cast iron skillet

    As soon as you open the box, you'll recognize right away the Utopia Kitchen cast iron skillet is well-built and means business. The cooking surface is among the largest in its class, and its superior fine grain develops a non-stick patina over time. The build quality is unbeatable at this price. Despite our great experience with Utopia’s cast iron skillet, there have been some reports of premature rusting (just something to consider).

    Utopia Kitchen 12.5-inch cast iron skillet, $22,

  4. Lodge Round Cast Iron Skillet

    Lodge cast iron skillet

    Lodge cast iron is the best brand of cast iron skillet in terms of mass appeal and popularity. You can’t go wrong with the iconic Lodge cast iron skillet, with nearly 3,000 rave reviews on Amazon touting its versatility (it can be used in the oven, on the stovetop or over a campfire), durability and easy clean-up. The company boasts this skillet is "unparalleled in heat retention and even heating," and we agree—we weren’t able to find many drawbacks on this skillet.

    Lodge 12-inch cast ion skillet, $30,

  5. Best Vintage Cast Iron Skillet

    Vintage cast iron skillets can be pricey, and with the array of excellent products available from large retailers, we honestly couldn’t find many compelling reasons to choose vintage. That said, the best vintage cast iron skillets like the Griswold can be found on resale sites like eBay and Etsy. The Griswold #10 shows up regularly on these sites—definitely a testament to its durability. Cooking using a vintage classic like the Griswold, with its plated cast iron and big, bold logo is an acquired taste, and can bring a feeling of pride and joy if you have a deep appreciation for quality, vintage items.

  6. Best Enameled Cast Iron Skillet

    An enamel coating is intended to prevent rust from forming on bare cast iron surfaces. An enameled cast iron cooking surface is more suitable for cooking acidic foods and is generally easier to clean and maintain than its cast iron counterparts. There are some beautiful enameled cast iron skillets to choose from, with many manufacturers like Lodge and Le Creuset entering the market. Some of the drawbacks of enameled cast iron are higher cost, less durability, blocked iron transfer and possible paint chipping at super-high temps.

  7. Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet

    Le Creuset Signature 10.25-inch cast iron skillet

    This is a spectacularly built enameled cast iron skillet by the prestigious French cookware manufacturer Le Creuset. The cooking surface is finished in black enamel while the exterior comes in nine attractive color options. Not only is the multi-coated Le Creuset enamel finish crack- and stain-resistant, it was specially designed for steady, even heating that rivals bare cast iron. With its lifetime warranty, everyone seems to agree: Le Creuset makes the best enameled cast iron skillet.

    Le Creuset enameled signature 10.25-inch cast iron skillet, $170,

  8. Zelancio Enamel Cast Iron Skillet

    ​Zelancio 10-inch enamel cast iron skillet

    Zelancio is a high-quality cookware company offering affordable, luxury brand kitchen accessories and appliances. This beautifully finished skillet is built to last with thick, heavy cast iron and topped with three coats of enamel, evident in its hefty weight of nearly sevens pounds. It comes in three particularly cheery finishes: orange, red and teal, and is heat-safe up to 500 degrees. This best-in-class enameled cast iron skillet adds utility and sophistication to any kitchen. Aside from some complaints about food residue after cooking (which can be resolved by simmering baking soda in a bit of water), we highly recommended the Zelancio skillet.

    Zelancio 10-inch enamel cast iron skillet, $40,

  9. Best Cast Iron Skillet for Steak

    The best cast iron skillet for cooking steak should have a ribbed cooking surface. First of all, it gives the steak professional grill marks when seared. And if you prefer, you can drain the grease that collects in the grooves. Better yet, as the steak is cooking, pour the collected grease out a few times before it becomes stuck. Save the oil and grease for when the steak is done, then pour it over the steak and serve together for Peter Luger Steakhouse–style steaks.

  10. Calphalon Square Cast Iron Grill

    Calphalon 10-inch cast iron square grill

    Calphalon's 10-inch ribbed grill is the best cast iron skillet for steak and comes with a lifetime warranty to prove it. The surprisingly non-stick, coarse-grained cooking surface results in authentic grill marks (you know, for that necessary steak dinner Insta). The only drawback we found was that the sloped sides actually make the bottom of the skillet smaller than the 10-inch specification.

    Calphalon 10-inch cast iron square grill, $33,

  11. Lodge Square Cast Iron Grill

    Lodge 10.5-inch cast iron square gril

    The Lodge brand makes another appearance on our list as one of the best cast iron skillets for steak. This generously sized and heavily constructed 10.5-inch cast iron square grill has two handles for added convenience. Like most cast iron skillets, it can be used on a variety of cooking surfaces, including campfires. The build quality is unbeatable at a price of $19.

    Lodge 10.5-inch cast iron square grill, $19, 

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