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The Best Cast-Iron Skillets

Artisan brands of American-made cast-iron cookware challenge the old guard.

By Updated Sept. 1, 2022

What You Need To Know

We tested 12-inch preseasoned cast-iron skillets, including artisan pans made by small American companies. While we were able to cook successfully in every skillet, our favorite pans shared certain traits: They were among the heaviest, at around 8 pounds, with sides measuring more than 2 inches tall. The Smithey Ironware No. 12 Cast Iron Skillet is made by a small company in South C...