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#1

Image of Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.8010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 4395 reviews
Owner satisfaction

10

Created with Raphaël 2.1.210.0010
Quality

9.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.9010
Size

9.4

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.4010
Value for money

9.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.6010

Pros

  • Comes fully seasoned that makes it ready to use
  • Can be used on all cooking surfaces
  • High quality material build ensures longevity

Cons

  • Immoderately priced
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#2

Image of Lodge 3 Quart Cast Iron...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.6010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 1065 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.9010
Quality

9.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.8010
Size

9.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.6010
Value for money

9.5

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.5010

Pros

  • Comes with easy-release finish for less sticking of food
  • Offers unparalleled in heat retention and even heating
  • Handle with a hole at the end offers convenient hanging storage

Cons

  • May rust
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#3

Image of Victoria Cast Iron Skillet...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.5010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 2082 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.8010
Quality

9.7

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.7010
Size

9.3

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.3010
Value for money

9.3

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.3010

Pros

  • High quality material build makes it durable
  • Strong handles on both side makes it easy to grip
  • Non-GMO flaxseed oil seasoned coating makes it safe for use

Cons

  • Does not come with a lid
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#4

Image of Legend Cast Iron Multi...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.3010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 109 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.7

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.7010
Quality

9.7

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.7010
Size

8.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.8010
Value for money

9.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.6010

Pros

  • High quality cast iron makes it durable
  • Non-slip handle offers sturdy grip while cooking
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Does not come with a lid
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#5

Image of Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.2010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 392 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.6010
Quality

9.5

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.5010
Size

8.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.9010
Value for money

9.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.0010

Pros

  • Has smooth finish that offers even heat distribution
  • Strong grip silicon handles ensure safe hold while cooking
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • High end pricing
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#6

Image of Uno Casa Cast Iron Skillet...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.1010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 281 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.4

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.4010
Quality

9.3

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.3010
Size

8.7

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.7010
Value for money

9.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.0010

Pros

  • Non stick coating makes it easy to clean
  • Has handle on both side that makes it easy to grip
  • Strong build makes it ideal for all heat source

Cons

  • Average quality handles
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#7

Image of "Cuisinart Chefs Classic...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.9010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 1741 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.3

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.3010
Quality

9.2

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.2010
Size

8.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.9010
Value for money

8.5

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.5010

Pros

  • Surface does not impact flavors or absorb odors
  • Wide handles provides a comfortable and secure grip
  • Oven safe offers convenient use

Cons

  • Difficult to clean
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#8

Image of Pre Seasoned Cast Iron...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.8010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 313 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.2

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.2010
Quality

9.1

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.1010
Size

8.7

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.7010
Value for money

8.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.8010

Pros

  • Has smooth finish that offers even heat distribution
  • Crafted with seasoned cast iron that makes it long lasting
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Does not come with a lid
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#9

Image of Bayou Classic 7439 Double...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.7010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 158 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.2

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.2010
Quality

9.1

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.1010
Size

8.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.8010
Value for money

9.1

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.1010

Pros

  • Comes pre-seasoned that offers easy cleaning and prevents rusting
  • High-quality build transfers and retains heat evenly
  • Features loop helper handles that offers comfortable handling

Cons

  • Small in size
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#10

Image of ABO Gear Cast Iron Skillet...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.5010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 59 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.0010
Quality

9.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.0010
Size

8.3

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.3010
Value for money

8.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.9010

Pros

  • Features Sturdy handle with hole for convenient hanging
  • Made of high-quality material that heats up quickly and evenly
  • Pre-seasoned with vegetable oil that prevents sticking of food

Cons

  • Rusts easily
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#11

Image of Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron 3...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.4010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 133 reviews
Owner satisfaction

8.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.9010
Quality

8.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.9010
Size

7.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.9010
Value for money

8.7

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.7010

Pros

  • Comes with easy-release finish for less sticking of food
  • Features unparalleled in heat retention and even heating
  • Ideal to sear, sauté, bake, broil, braise, fry and more

Cons

  • Inferior quality handle
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#12

Image of Ayesha Curry Enameled Cast...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.3010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 197 reviews
Owner satisfaction

8.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.8010
Quality

8.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.6010
Size

8.2

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.2010
Value for money

8.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.6010

Pros

  • Oven-safe to 500° F and suitable for all stovetops
  • Double side pour spouts allows simple transfer of cooking juices and sauces
  • Enameled design ensures even heating and easy cleanup

Cons

  • Heavy
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#13

Image of Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.2010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 41 reviews
Owner satisfaction

8.7

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.7010
Quality

8.2

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.2010
Size

8.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.0010
Value for money

7.3

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.3010

Pros

  • Even heats and retains heat for longer usage
  • Ideal to sear, sauté, bake, broil, braise, fry and more
  • Comes with easy-release finish for less sticking of food

Cons

  • Inferior quality handle
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#14

Image of Jim Beam HEA Set of 3 Pre...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.0010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 128 reviews
Owner satisfaction

8.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.6010
Quality

8.4

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.4010
Size

8.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.0010
Value for money

8.2

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.2010

Pros

  • Comes pre-seasoned with vegetable oil that allows the skillet to heat up evenly
  • 10-inch large design allows for ample cooking space of large meals
  • Features a sturdy handle with hole for convenient hanging

Cons

  • Rusting issues
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#15

Image of Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron 3...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.9010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 56 reviews
Owner satisfaction

8.5

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.5010
Quality

8.4

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.4010
Size

7.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.8010
Value for money

8.2

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.2010

Pros

  • Ideal to use for sear, sauté, bake, broil, braise, fry, or grill
  • Offers unparalleled in heat retention and even heating
  • Each handle with a hole at the end offers convenient hanging storage

Cons

  • Rough surface

Skillets Buying Guide

Skillets are the most essential utensil to any kitchen. They can perform several tasks like braising, making curries and even deep-frying. Although many people use a frying pan and a skillet interchangeably, skillets are slightly deeper than frying pans. They usually come with a lid, which is a must during braising and curry preparation. A skillet is also called sauté pan. Most of the skillets are lightweight, comfortable, and affordable, which makes them better than frying pans and an ideal buy for the kitchen. 

Skillets come in different materials and sizes, and there is a vast choice of styles to choose from. While individual preference has a significant impact on choosing skillets, there are numerous other significant factors to consider before deciding. This guide focuses on a few of those factors. This piece also focuses on some benefits of using skillets, so that you can make an informed purchase.

Benefits of Skillets

Versatile

Skillets can be utilized for sautéing, searing, frying, baking, braising, broiling, and roasting. They are ideal to experiment with major cooking techniques if you are a beginner. Although, it always important to season your skillet for a rich flavor.

Nonstick & Chemical-Free

Most of the skillets are non-stick. Their pre-seasoned or enamelled surface prevents the food from sticking. They are safe to use and do not contain harmful chemicals like DDT and PCBs. The non-toxic composition makes them an environment-friendly alternative.

Affordable

You can usually purchase good quality skillets at affordable costs. You can find at least a dozen popular brands that cost $15 to $20 for a high-quality skillet, and $10 to $15 for an average quality skillet.

Factors to Consider While Buying Skillets

Material

You can find skillets made of many different materials to conduct the heat quickly and efficiently. The materials include stainless steel, cast iron, copper, and aluminum. This is where you should identify your requirements. If you need a dishwasher-safe skillet, then go for steel. If you are concerned about durability, then go with a cast-iron skillet.

Balance and Weight

The skillet not only should balance well but should be heavy enough to retain the heat. This is important for uniform cooking. However, it shouldn't exceed 20 pounds, as it will be difficult to use and maintain them. So, while looking to buy, choose the ones below the said amount.  

Handles

Handles are made of different materials too. The most common materials are chrome, zinc, and nickel. Some expensive skillets have hard plastic or hard metal handles, while others come with soft plastic. So, make sure that handles are made of quality material. They should come with a sturdy build and attached to the skillet body with screws. As the entire weight of the skillet falls on the handle when lifting, a strong handle is essential.  

Induction Compatibility

Not all skillets are compatible with induction. Thus, it is important to check their compatibility before buying. Try going for models that allow you to use them on the stove as well as on the oven at any temperature.

Thickness

Most of the skillets are heavier because they help to retain heat in the pan. So, while buying, go for a conveniently heavy skillet that allows you to cook easily.

Conclusion

Skillets are basic utensils in most households. The best skillet can take your cooking experience to a whole new level. While there are several types of skillets available today, multiple sizes, weight, material, and other features make it difficult to choose a suitable one. But with the factors mentioned above, be able to choose an ideal skillet easily. Other factors like cooking style, warranty, market reviews, popularity, and the return policy also act as hits to buy the right skillet.

To know more about your buying options look through our featured section above. The products mentioned there are reviewed and recommended based on their quality, popularity, and durability.

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