Lodge has been crafting what it calls “heirloom-quality” cast iron cookware in the small town of South Pittsburg, Tenn. for nearly 125 years, making it the oldest and longest-running U.S. cast iron manufacturer. The company’s most basic skillet, the Classic, is exactly what its name suggests — simple and timeless — and it’s very reasonably priced at $20.95 for the 10.25-inch version. (We actually found it on sale on Amazon recently for a mere $13.87, so be on the lookout for deals — they’re not uncommon.) Whether you’re a total cast iron newbie or a (pre)seasoned pro, you can’t beat the utility and value a Lodge skillet offers.
Redditor LHalperSantos writes in an r/castiron thread:
“Lodge are the best bang for your buck. Hands down. They’re perfect for taking with you and beating up on the trail or fit perfect in a professional chefs kitchen.”
The only thing that might deter someone from buying a skillet from Lodge is its warranty, or rather lack thereof. “There is not a written warranty for Lodge Cast Iron Cookware,” a page on its website reads, “however, we do stand behind every product manufactured.” Customers are encouraged to contact Lodge’s support team if they encounter problems with their cookware.
Even if you don’t wind up buying a Lodge skillet, be sure to bookmark that aforementioned website: It’s packed with tons of tasty-looking recipes and helpful tips on how to care for your cast iron skillet and make sure it lasts for decades.