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The Best Cast Iron and Non-Stick Skillets Reviewed

Updated on February 18, 2013

Finding the best took a lot of tests

I've been trying to cook eggs on different pans and on different occasions, but I've never been able to cook them quite the way my grandmother cooks them. Her scrambled eggs were always satisfying. The taste would always be fresh, yummy, and not burned, like mine.

My scrambled eggs look like murdered eggs, and if you could just see the pan I used - it was so messy and some parts of the scrambled eggs that were stuck had burned on, making it hard for me to wash it afterwards so I still had to soak it in water for ages before I could wash it.

Then I remembered Grandma used to use one of those big heavy iron skillets whenever she cooked. Those skillets sure were heavy but they are the best thing for the job.

So, I tried some skillets - the ones termed as the “best-sellers” on Amazon. I bought some eggs, onions and other things to fry, and hey presto! No more murdered eggs.  These are the best of the ones I tried.

Lodge Mfg. L14SK3 Skillet With Assist Handle
Lodge Mfg. L14SK3 Skillet With Assist Handle

Lodge Mfg. L14SK3 Skillet With Assist Handle

This Lodge Mfg. L14SK3 Skillet with Assist Handle has so much to offer even to beginners. First, it’s already seasoned so the skillet is non-stick. You can use it to cook immediately.

This is a very versatile skillet - It can be used in an oven and on a stove, you can even take it camping, and use it on open fires. It’s thick and it’s durable, and certainly as good as my Grandma's.

The wonderful taste you get from using cast iron is the second best thing about this skillet - after the fact that my scrambled eggs look the way they should. I will say - it is a bit on the heavy side, and although it has a handle to assist - watch out of you try and pick it up one-handed.

Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 10- and 12-Inch Omelet Pans, Set of 2
Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 10- and 12-Inch Omelet Pans, Set of 2

Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 10- and 12-Inch Omelet Pans, Set of 2

The Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 10- and 12-Inch Omelet Pans come in pairs so this is already a great deal. They heat quickly and evenly, are great for frying chicken and omelets as well. It needs little or even no oil to sauté or fry most foods, so those who are conscious of their health and feel teh need to reduce fats - these are wonderful.

Aside from that it is also easy to clean and with its unique design who would not like to hang and brag those beautiful pair for friends to see? The handle is also great, it doesn’t heat up. You can definitely hold it while cooking.

Highly recommended from a reputable maker, these are an excellent alternative to cast iron.

Lodge Logic L8SK3 10-1/4-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet
Lodge Logic L8SK3 10-1/4-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet

Lodge Logic L8SK3 10-1/4-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet

One of the great offers of Lodge Logic is this L8SK3 10-1/4-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet, which is a little smaller and lighter than the first one. This skillet makes awesome steaks and it really cooks nice and evenly.

The cast iron composition of the pan makes it durable and functional for a long time.This one is also pre-seasoned so you can use it straight away. As long as you keep it well seasoned, and are careful to wash it without ever using soap, it will last a lifetime.

These are amazing value for money at $13 from Amazon. Insanely cheap in fact.

Calphalon C1210P Commercial Nonstick 10-Inch International Griddle/Crepe Pan
Calphalon C1210P Commercial Nonstick 10-Inch International Griddle/Crepe Pan

Calphalon C1210P Commercial Nonstick 10-Inch International Griddle/Crepe Pan

Another product by Calphalon is the C1210P Commercial Nonstick 10-Inch International Griddle/Crepe Pan. This pan is very affordable, good for the budget-conscious. It also has an eye-catching design and although it’s slightly heavy, the nicely designed handle makes it easier to grab a hold of it.

The thickness of the pan is due to the fact that it’s built in three layers -  but whats really good about it is that you could use it for the longest time without it losing its sense of style. Now, the pan takes some time to warm up due to the non-stick surface but as soon as it heats up then its performance is fantastic.  Perfect for crepes and any other pancakes for that matter. The low sides make it really easy to slide food off and onto the plate. Great deal at $30

Lodge Logic 5-Quart Double Dutch Oven and Casserole with Skillet Cover
Lodge Logic 5-Quart Double Dutch Oven and Casserole with Skillet Cover

Lodge Logic 5-Quart Double Dutch Oven and Casserole with Skillet Cover

This 5-Quart Double Dutch Oven and Casserole with Skillet Cover, another marvelous creation from Lodge Logic is for people who love to maximize the utilization of their things, in this case their kitchen ware.

At first glance, you would assume that this item is too heavy to use and that it would not be easy to use on a daily basis, but never judge an item for its looks because this casserole has a lot to offer.

The lid makes a great skillet and can be used for pan frying and the base can be used for cooking all sorts of foods. You can use it in the oven to roast meats or cook casseroles with the lid on. This is an extremely versatile piece of equipment. And it is Lodge - so it will last a lifetime - or longer.

I always keep one of these on hand now and if you only had one pan in your kitchen - this would be it. Well worth the money.

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    tmbridgeland 

    8 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

    We use a Lodge skillet like the one pictured. It is great and much better than the expensive stainless skillet we also have, which almost never gets used. We also us a cast-iron dutch oven similar to the one pictured here, but a different brand. Love it too.

    A good quality iron skillet or dutch oven is flat on the bottom so you can use it on modern stove-tops.

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