Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
A cast iron frying pan, whatever one may say, is the most reliable and durable, especially with proper care and careful handling – despite its heaviness, the alloy (yes, cast iron is a metal alloy) is fragile and when dropped on a hard floor, the dishes are likely to crack or completely will fly apart into several fragments. Despite this fact, cast iron pans are still trending and in high demand, especially in professional kitchens.
Frying pans can be of three types: universal, deep wok and with a raised bottom for grilling; most are suitable for use on all types of stoves and in the oven, but not always for dishwashers, suitability is determined by the quality of the cast iron itself and the coating used, often enamel. A team of experts studied the range of modern cookware manufacturers and their products and made a rating, which included the 16 best cast iron pans.
- Rating of the best cast iron pans
- The best universal cast iron pans
- LE CREUSET 28 cm with wooden handle
- Rondell Noble Red RDI-706 28 cm
- GiPFEL BADELL 2254 28 cm
- BergHOFF Ron 3900041 26 cm
- Lodge P10S3 25 cm
- Biol 0328 28 cm
- The best WOK cast iron pans
- Chasseur Wok 37 cm
- Lodge P14W3 36 cm
- Fissman 4079 35 cm
- Regent Ferro 93-FE-7-30 30 cm
- GiPFEL DILETTO 2147 24 cm
- The best cast iron grill pans
- KitchenAid KCI10GPOB 25×25 cm
- Grill pan LE CREUSET 26 cm
- Regent Ferro 93-FE-6-27 27 x 27 cm
- Lodge L8SGP3 26 х 26 cm
Rating of the best cast iron pans
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|The best universal cast iron pans||1||LE CREUSET 28 cm with wooden handle||RUB 14,950|
|2||Rondell Noble Red RDI-706 28 cm||RUB 3,680|
|3||GiPFEL BADELL 2254 28 cm||RUB 3,857|
|4||BergHOFF Ron 3900041 26 cm||RUB 5,090|
|5||Lodge P10S3 25 cm||RUB 2 480|
|6||Biol 0328 28 cm||RUB 1,278|
|The best WOK cast iron pans||1||Chasseur Wok 37 cm||RUB 10,790|
|2||Lodge P14W3 36 cm||RUB 8 970|
|3||Fissman 4079 35 cm||RUB 5,575|
|4||Regent Ferro 93-FE-7-30 30 cm||RUB 2 076|
|5||GiPFEL DILETTO 2147 24 cm||RUB 1,813|
|The best cast iron grill pans||1||KitchenAid KCI10GPOB 25×25 cm||RUB 12,290|
|2||Grill pan LE CREUSET 26 cm||12 150 rub.|
|3||Regent Ferro 93-FE-6-27 27 x 27 cm||RUB 2,155|
|4||Lodge L8SGP3 26 х 26 cm||RUB 3,300|
The best universal cast iron pans
Universal cast iron pans are suitable for frying and stewing all kinds of food and cooking dishes from different cuisines.
LE CREUSET 28 cm with wooden handle
The undisputed leader in the rating is the LE CREUSET round cast-iron frying pan with a wooden handle, suitable for cooking fried, stewed or stewed dishes, but for the latter, you must additionally purchase a lid, it is not included in the kit. Thick cast-iron walls are covered with dense black enamel inside, and colored outside. The non-removable wooden handle excludes the use of LE CREUSET in the oven and dishwasher, but the pan is suitable for cooking on all stoves. It is very convenient to use: in addition to the main handle, a second monolithic small one is attached to the sides for gripping from both sides, but using a tack. The total weight of the pan is 3 kg.
The average price of LE CREUSET 28 cm with a wooden handle is 12,000 rubles. Expensive, but the investment will provide the hostess with a really high-quality cast-iron pan for years to come.
- Bright outer coating for every taste;
- Aesthetic wood handle with hanging hole;
- Additional handle for easy grip;
- Food does not stick to the inner coating even without special
- non-stick layer.
- No cover included;
- Cannot be washed in a dishwasher at high temperatures;
- High price.
Rondell Noble Red RDI-706 28 cm
Experts awarded silver in the rating to the round universal frying pan Rondell Noble Red RDI-706 with a large diameter of 28 cm.It differs from the leader LE CREUSET only in the material of manufacture of the handle – at Rondell it is also non-removable, but steel, so dishes can also be cooked on hobs, including induction , and in the oven. The rest is a decent cast-iron pan with black enamel inside and colored red outside, food and fat do not stick to it, the product is easy to care for, but it cannot be washed in the dishwasher because of the enamel.
The second handle at the cast-iron frying pan is small cast-iron on the edge of the side, it is slightly curved – it is more convenient to take it so that it does not slip off, but the oven mitts will be needed for both handles.
The average price of Rondell Noble Red RDI-706 28 cm is 5,000 rubles.
- Convenient handles on both sides of the pan;
- Enamelled coating outside and inside;
- Suitable for all types of hobs and ovens;
- Optimal price.
- No cover;
- Not dishwasher safe.
GiPFEL BADELL 2254 28 cm
The cast iron frying pan GiPFEL BADELL 2254 with a diameter of 28 cm and a side height of 4.5 cm received the third place in the rating for the relative weakness of the white enamel coating to high temperatures – some owners had a problem of cracking and sticking of products as a result. Unstable and colored coating on the outside – after a while, chips appear. However, the pan can be used in the oven – the dishes are baked evenly. Non-removable bundles are not an obstacle to the oven – one is made of steel, the other is a small cast of cast iron, they are not afraid of high temperatures, but for safety you will need potholders.
It is undesirable to wash the GiPFEL BADELL frying pan in the dishwasher, but you can carefully use abrasive products by hand – with moderate exposure, they are not afraid of enamel.
The average price of GiPFEL BADELL 2254 28 cm – 3 800 rubles.
- Classic design;
- Bright coverage;
- Baking of dishes is possible;
- Moderate use of abrasives is possible;
- Enamel inside and outside;
- For all types of plates.
- The inner coating is non-stick;
- No dishwasher;
- Potholders are required.
BergHOFF Ron 3900041 26 cm
The BergHOFF Ron frying pan has a slightly smaller diameter than its predecessors – only 26 cm, but the wooden handle is removable, and there is also a spout for draining the sauce. These factors make the use of the pan convenient, only the absence of a lid spoils the impression a little. BergHOFF Ron can be put in the oven – the dishes do not have any fragile coatings, only a smooth cast iron surface with oil impregnation, which must be heated gradually to prevent sticking. Due to the relatively small diameter, the pan is convenient to store, but it cannot be hung up – there is no hole in the handle.
Reviews for this frying pan are only positive, so we can safely recommend it for purchase.
The average price of BergHOFF Ron 3900041 26 cm is 5,000 rubles.
- Convenient care, but no dishwasher;
- Removable wood handle and second cast on the side;
- Sauce spout;
- Compatible with all stoves and ovens.
- Lack of a cover;
- Food burns.
Lodge P10S3 25 cm
The fifth in the rating is a small frying pan with a diameter of 25 cm Lodge P10S3, made of cast iron without special coatings. It has a recessed shape with 6 cm high rounded edges that distribute heat evenly during cooking. The frying pan has 2 cast iron handles: one is long, the other is small, people can be cooked safely in the oven, and on gas, induction and electric ceramic stoves. Of the features – the presence of a spout for draining the sauce.
In addition to the obvious drawbacks in the form of heavy weight and special care, there are no complaints about the Lodge P10S3 frying pan. Its price is quite affordable – 3,200 rubles.
- Affordable price;
- Convenient molded handles with hanging option for storage;
- High sides;
- For all slabs;
- Can be washed in the dishwasher.
- Large mass;
- Dishes burn without proper care of the inner lining.
Biol 0328 28 cm
The rating of universal cast-iron pans is closed by a product of the domestic brand Biol, series 0328. A 28 cm diameter frying pan with a removable wooden handle and a second cast grip is large and deep enough (6.6 cm), it can be used in a kitchen with any type of stove, is not afraid of ovens and unpretentious in care, like the rest of the cast-iron pans, which must be carefully washed and periodically calcined, oiled with oil.
Biol weighs 28 cm, all 2.36 kg – a lot, but relative to analogues in the same diameter it is quite worthy. We recommend buying a frying pan only from trusted sellers – cases of coating of cast iron with rust during use have been identified, which is simply unacceptable for a quality product.
The average price of Biol 0328 28 cm 1400 rubles is the most affordable in the category.
- Affordable price;
- Comfortable handles, the main wooden one is removable;
- Recessed shape with sides rounded down;
- For all types of plates;
- Dishes will not burn with proper care.
- Cases of cast iron rusting have been identified.
The best WOK cast iron pans
In China and the countries of the East, the national cuisine is mainly fried and stewed food in a sauce, cooked over a fire. Wok-type pans are used as dishes – in-depth with thickened walls, mainly cast iron. They create a uniform heat flow inside the volume and contribute to the rapid preparation of products while preserving natural benefits. In the next category of our ranking, there are cast iron wok pans.
Chasseur Wok 37 cm
The best and largest frying pan is the Chasseur Wok with a diameter of 37 cm and a height of 5 cm. It has a classic shape with sloping walls and large comfortable monolithic handles, if necessary, the wok can be sent to the oven. Inside and outside, cast iron is covered with black heat-resistant enamel, resistant to chips and scratches. Noted: Food does not stick to the walls and bottom. The frying pan comes with a lid, but without a steam outlet, so you have to leave a small gap to stabilize the pressure when cooking with sauces.
Cast iron frying pan Chasseur Wok 37 cm is suitable for all types of stoves, dishwashers. Its price is about 10,700 rubles.
- Extra large frying pan;
- Dense enamel, resistant to chips and scratches;
- Suitable for induction, gas and electric cookers;
- Glass cover included;
- Non-removable handles, can be sent to the oven.
- High price;
- It is inconvenient to store because of the large diameter;
- No steam outlet in the lid.
Lodge P14W3 36 cm
Wok Lodge P14W3 is slightly smaller than the leader – its diameter is only 36 m, but the height is 12 cm and the capacity is all 6 liters. The frying pan is made of cast iron without enamel coating, but the inner surfaces are treated with oil, which provides a good non-stick effect. The dishes serve for many years and do not lose their properties, aesthetics and quickly pays off because of this. By and large, after each cooking, the frying pan gets better: the protective coating of the inner walls and bottom is renewed, the uniform black color of the frying pan remains.
Lodge P14W3 wok handles are cast iron, but for the convenience of using the dishes, you will need an oven mitt. But it is allowed to use in the oven and on all types of stoves. There is no cover included.
The average price of the Lodge P14W3 36 cm is 10 800 rubles.
- Large and very deep frying pan;
- Food does not burn with proper care;
- Cast handles;
- Compatible with different stoves and oven;
- Durability and preservation of aesthetic appearance.
- There is no cover;
- High price.
Fissman 4079 35 cm
Fissman wok pan 4079 series 35 cm deep (12 cm) and spacious (5 liters). Timely roasting with oil creates a natural and safest non-stick coating; there is no special coating of cast iron near the pan. Fissman 4079 can be used on a gas burner, on an induction and electric hob, as well as on a fire – the owners of the frying pan appreciated it even in field conditions and were satisfied – they took the wok with them instead of the pot, only it weighs 6.53 kg, and this not very easy to carry. Cleaning the dishes is simple: nothing sticks to the surface, so just wash it with a sponge or send it to the dishwasher.
The lid in the kit is sealed, it has a hole for steam release, but the handle is plastic, you cannot send it to the oven with a frying pan, without it you can. The upwardly curved cast handles made of the same cast iron are comfortable to grip.
The average price of a Fissman 4079 35 cm is relatively affordable – about 5800 rubles.
- Universal application with any heat source;
- Natural non-stick properties;
- Cast handles;
- Lid with steam hole.
- Large weight;
- The dimensions make storage difficult.
Regent Ferro 93-FE-7-30 30 cm
The fourth place in the rating went to the relatively small Regent Ferro 93-FE-7-30 frying pan. The wok, only 8.5 cm deep and 30 cm in diameter, weighs only 3.785 kg – very convenient for female hands, especially since there is one small molded handle and a removable main wooden handle for gripping the pan. The Regent Ferro 93-FE-7-30 wok is made of high-quality cast iron without a special coating, it acquires non-stick properties after calcining with fat or oil and improves after each cooking process.
The manufacturer has already tempered the pan, so even after the first use, the hostess will not experience any troubles in the form of stuck food, care is accordingly easy and manual washing will be quite enough. When cooking, you can use metal spatulas, forks and spoons – they do not threaten uncoated and durable cast iron.
There is no lid attached to the cast-iron pan, and the removable handle, as users note, is not the easiest one. But the price compensates for these shortcomings – about 1,800 rubles.
- Shallow wok with natural non-stick coating;
- The ability to use metal spoons and shovels when cooking;
- Affordable price.
- Shallow depth, the pan is suitable mainly for frying;
- Not the most convenient removable handle.
GiPFEL DILETTO 2147 24 cm
The closed and compact wok with a cast iron lid GiPFEL DILETTO 2147 with a diameter of 24 cm took the sixth place in the ranking. Actually, the lid and the size determined the place of the dishes in the rating: 24 is the smallest diameter in the category, the height is 8 cm. The lid in the set is sealed, but absolutely opaque, which makes it difficult to observe the cooking process. On the other hand, a closed skillet can be sent to the oven – this way food will cook much faster while retaining its useful properties.
The frying pan has 2 small molded handles, no coating, but the manufacturer has calcined the dishes to form a natural non-stick protection. Wok GiPFEL DILETTO 2147 24 cm is suitable for all types of stoves, but the manufacturer does not recommend using a dishwasher for cleaning. The average price is 1800 rubles.
- A voluminous wok with rounded sides;
- Affordable price;
- Natural improvement of non-stick oil coating at high temperature;
- Sealed cover;
- Comfortable molded handles.
- Opaque cover;
- Smallest volume in the category.
The best cast iron grill pans
Grill pans differ from conventional pans with ribbed bottom. Professionals note: it is cast iron cookware that allows you to cook a steak or vegetables in the best way compared to modern steel or aluminum pans, because cast iron distributes heat more efficiently than others, achieves maximum heating and maintains the temperature for a long time. Our ranking includes classic square pans.
KitchenAid KCI10GPOB 25×25 cm
Without a doubt, the best grill pan is the KitchenAid KCI10GPOB. Firstly, it has a convenient square shape with a side of 25 cm, and secondly, the enamel coating is very durable, does not rub off from metal blades and makes it easier to maintain the surface. The dishes have a relatively thin bottom and walls – only 3 mm each, but this does not affect the quality of heating, the heat is distributed evenly over the entire area, the roasting will be the same both in the corners and in the middle of the surface. Added weight is a heavy cast iron lid and cast handles – one primary and one secondary. The total weight of the KitchenAid KCI10GPOB is 5 kg – a lot, but for a good steak frying pan, that's it.
Like other cast iron pans, KitchenAid is suitable for use on all types of hobs, even induction, and can be oven-baked if needed.
The average price of a frying pan for a grill is 15,000 rubles.
- Uniform heating over the entire area of the square;
- Cast handles on the pan and lid;
- For all cookers and dishwashers;
- High quality enamelled finish.
- High price;
- Great weight.
Grill pan LE CREUSET 26 cm
Cast iron square speed LE CREUSET with a side of 26 cm is covered with black enamel on the inside, and colored outside (black, red, blue, orange, yellow or white). The peculiarity of the coating is strength and non-stick properties, the meat does not stick to the bottom and wire rack when frying, and the separated sauce can be easily drained through special spouts on both sides. The handles of the speed are cast, on the one hand – long, on the other – small. They are not afraid of heating, the dishes can be placed in the oven, but you will have to use an oven mitt to move them. The lid is not included, which reduces the overall weight of the pan.
The LE CREUSET grill has no complaints, the pan is made soundly, and most importantly – with the use of dense enamel, which does not chip and does not lose its properties over time. You can buy dishes for 8,500 rubles.
- Dense enamel coating inside and outside;
- Comfortable handles;
- Relatively light weight;
- Compatible with all stoves and ovens.
- High price;
- Lack of a lid (a relative disadvantage for a grill).
Regent Ferro 93-FE-6-27 27 x 27 cm
In third place in the ranking was the Regent Ferro 93-FE-6-27 grill pan with a square side of 27 cm, which is slightly larger than its predecessors. Its difference is the presence of a removable wooden handle, the second is small cast. Cast iron is not covered with anything, only oiled in production, which contributes to the preservation of the appearance of the dishes throughout the entire service life, only careful care is required – careful washing and periodic oiling at high temperatures.
The height of the pan is only 3 cm, it is intended exclusively for frying, therefore there is no lid in the kit, although it is also allowed to put it in the oven. The sauce spouts allow you to drain juices from meat and vegetables.
Of the shortcomings, we note only the not quite tight fit of the removable handle – it has a little backlash. Uncritical, but unacceptable for perfectionists.
The price of Regent Ferro 93-FE-6-27 27 x 27 cm – 2600 rubles.
- Pure uncoated cast iron with natural non-stick properties;
- Removable, stay-cool wood handle;
- There are nozzles for draining;
- Optimal price;
- Uniform heating.
- Special care required;
- Handle play.
Lodge L8SGP3 26 х 26 cm
The Lodge L8SGP3 cast iron frying pan closes the rating, the side of which is 26 cm and the height is 6 cm, suitable for frying meat and vegetables, including with broth and sauce, but there are no spouts for draining, as well as lids. Cast iron coating is also not provided, so the grill should be looked after: calcined and saturate the surface with oil. Cast handles (one main and the second small) provide a comfortable grip, but they themselves heat up, and it is impossible to touch them without a tack.
The advantage of Lodge L8SGP3 is the absence of enamel; scratches on cast iron are not scary. The frying pan is durable and unpretentious in handling, it is recommended by all housewives in whose kitchens it is.
The average price of the Lodge L8SGP3 is 26 x 26 cm 4,200 rubles. E is the cheapest option for the given qualities, but still affordable.
- Natural non-stick properties of dense cast iron surface;
- You can use metal shovels and forks – scratches are not scary;
- Optimal price;
- Comfortable molded handles.
- No spouts to drain the sauce;
- The handles are heating up, you need an oven mitt.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.