Cast Iron
★★★★

Pros: An affordable purchase, cast iron disperses an even heat every time and adds a highly desired flavor to both savory and sweet dishes. “Cast-iron pans have great heat retention,” explained Chef Terry White, owner of Sage Restaurant. “Plus they last forever. I have a few that my grandmother owned.”
Cons: The heaviest option of popular cookware styles, cast iron requires special cleaning care to keep the pan seasoned but sanitary. “You never wash it,” stated Chef John Minas, executive chef at The Edison. According to Minas, a once-a-week scrubbing over high heat with kosher salt and a nylon brush should do the trick. “You want to keep it seasoned.”
Price Range: $