Whether you’re baking a cookie cake, making a pizza or searing a steak, your trusty cast iron skillet will ensure drool-worthy results. What’s that? You don’t have one? Allow us to convince you to add one to your cookware collection, stat. Cast iron is not only incredibly durable and impervious to even a newbie cook’s abuse, but it also retains heat like a charm. It’s naturally nontoxic, oven-safe and the best option for cooking over high heat. Cast iron can brown, braise, bake and everything in between. And with a little seasoning (that’s the key to creating a nonstick coating over time—more on that in our FAQ’s at the bottom of this story) and proper care, quality cast iron will last forever.
The even better news? There are *tons* of cast iron cookware sets on the market, so you can equip your kitchen with skillets, Dutch ovens, saucepans and grill pans in one fell swoop. We pooled recs from our editors, customer reviews and Lisa McManus, executive editor of ATK Reviews at America’s Test Kitchen, for the best brands and collections to shop. Read on for six of the best cast iron cookware sets money can buy, including options from Lodge, Our Place, Made In and more.
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