You probably already know that there are lots of reasons to love cooking in cast iron. It’s healthy, free of toxic coatings, nearly nonstick if seasoned, and holds and distributes heat well. Plus, while you can expect to replace your ceramic nonstick pans every five years or so, quality cast iron will outlive you if cared for properly. (Never, ever put it in the dishwasher. Here’s more on how to season and care for a cast iron skillet.) Oh, and did we mention that you can use cast iron on any heat source, including induction and glass?
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We love shopping for vintage cast iron pans because they’re beautifully made and will cook just as perfectly as they did 100 years ago, but we have to confess we really like new ones, too—especially the colorful enamel ones! While quality cast-iron cookware can seem a bit pricey at first, it’s definitely worth the investment—after all, these just might be the last pans you ever have to buy. Below, a range of cast-iron cookware sets that we love.