6 Cast-Iron Cookware Sets That Will Last You A Lifetime

This could be the last cookware set you ever have to buy.

December 19, 2017
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le creuset cast iron set
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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.

lodge cast iron set
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Lodge 5-Piece Cast Iron Bundle

This U.S.-made set is a great place to start if you’re new to cooking with cast iron. You’ll get all the basics you need for everyday cooking: 8-inch and 10.25-inch skillets, round griddle, and a dutch oven with lid. Lodge uses only vegetable oil to season their cast iron, so you don’t have to worry about any suspect chemicals leaching into your food. 

Buy it: $106, jet.com

Related: The Cool Reason Your Doctor Wants You To Cook With A Cast-Iron Skillet

le creuset cast iron set
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Le Creuset 5-Piece Enameled Cast-Iron Cookware Set

Like most everything from Le Creuset, these beautiful enameled pans are pure quality—you (and your descendants) will be using these for years to come. The colorful enamel (you can choose from just about any shade of the rainbow) is incredibly durable and chip-resistant, and the smooth interior of the skillets and pots does not require seasoning. Here you get a 9-inch skillet, dutch oven, and sauce pan, so you’ll have a great go-to trio for all your daily cooking. (Lids always count as separate pieces in cookware sets.) All Le Creuset cast-iron pieces are made in France.

Buy it: $525, jet.com

Related: How To Clean A Cast-Iron Pan According To Its Level Of Disgustingness  

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straub cast iron set
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Staub 12-Piece Cast-Iron Cookware Set

Looking to upgrade your cookware collection? Look no further than this set to completely replace all of your worn-out pots and pans. In this cast iron set you get two round crocks with lids, an oval dutch oven with lid, gratin dish, 10-inch skillet, grill pan, tea kettle with lid, and trivet. It’s a big investment, but these French-made pans are bound to outlive you—so choose a color you really love. Interior enamel is stick-resistant, and will become more-so with use.

Buy it: $1,300, williams-sonoma.com

la cuisine cast iron set
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La Cuisine 6-Piece Enameled Cast-Iron Cookware Set

An enameled set to rival Le Creuset with a lower price point, the Irish-designed La Cuisine will make you excited to cook dinner. Unlike the Le Creuset, the matte black interior of these pans will require a bit of seasoning to achieve a smoother, stick-resistant surface. This set includes an oval dutch oven, covered saute pan, 10-inch skillet, and trivet. Choose from a rainbow of colors.

Buy it: $278, jet.com

Here’s our favorite method for washing a cast-iron pan:

simple chef cast iron set
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Simple Chef Set Of 3 Cast-Iron Skillets

These skillets will quickly become your go-to choices for everything from scrambling eggs to searing a steak. The range of sizes—large (10-inch), medium (8-inch), and small (6-inch)—guarantees you’ll always have the perfect skillet on hand for whatever you’re cooking up. You can’t go wrong with the price, either. These skillets are pre-seasoned, but you may want to add additional seasoning yourself.

Buy it: $35, amazon.com

Related: 18 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Cast-Iron Pans

 
 
bruntmor cast iron set
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Bruntmor 7-Piece Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Cooking Set

This classic black cast iron set transitions easily between the kitchen and the campsite. You get a dutch oven, 12-inch skillet, griddle, trivet, and dutch oven lid lifter to use when you’re cooking over a fire. The wooden storage box for easy transport is a nice addition to the set.

Buy it: $125, amazon.com

Related: 5 Simple Meals You Can Make In A Cast-Iron Skillet