Our Favorite Cast Iron Skillet Will Last a Lifetime — and It's Half-Off at Walmart

Get the chef-loved skillet for less than $20 right now.
By Aly Walansky
January 20, 2021
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Lodge 12-Inch Cast Iron Skillet with seared porkchops
Credit: Lodge

Cast iron skillets and pans are essential kitchen tools because their possibilities are endless — they can be used in the oven, on the stove, or the grill, and if well cared for, they will last for years. This makes them well worth any investment,

But some cast iron skillets are just better than others for all these tasks, there's no denying that. In fact, when it comes to everyday use, one stands above the others: the Lodge cast iron skillet.

And great news for people looking to add another skillet to their collection or buy a great gift, the Lodge 12-inch Cast Iron Skillet, which we rate as the "best overall" cast iron skillet, is on sale right now — and it's for the lowest price seen for it this year!

This cast iron skillet, which is often seen for as much as $50, is currently on sale at Walmart for just under $20 (normally $40) — and it comes with a clever assist handle, which just may be useful to help you carry hefty roasted chickens or large servings of roasted potatoes from the stove to the oven and then to the table.

Aside from that easy-grip handle, this pre-seasoned skillet is a favorite due to its ability to distribute and retain heat consistently. That means even cooking for everything in the pan, whether searing fish or making an epic skillet mac and cheese. Cast iron skillets and pans are a true kitchen essential, as much a necessary part of a kitchen as good knives.

The size, too, is ideal for someone who wants to add some versatility to their home kitchen but doesn't have a ton of room. A 12-inch skillet works for anything from a steak or burger to a morning meal of bacon and eggs.

And if you don't believe this price is stock-up-worthy, consider some of the others on our list: The Field Cast Iron Skillet is a fantastic lightweight option, but that will run around $75, Staub's 10-inch enamel-coated skillet, which is excellent if the idea of seasoning your skillet stresses you out, goes for around $170. They're both excellent pans and rightfully are beloved by so many. But $20 for a cast-iron that may last generations? You can't beat that.

Lodge 12" Cast Iron Skillet
Credit: Target

Buy it: $19.92 (originally $39.50); walmart.com