Love cast iron but hate the weight? Like the heavy stuff that earned a 2012 Editors’ Choice Gold Award, this skillet provides a great sear on meat or crust on French toast, and it distributes heat evenly, no matter what’s on the menu. Made of carbon steel—similar to cast iron in durability and conductivity, but thinner and about half the weight—it heats and cools fast, making it ideal for on-the-go mornings.
The wide, shallow shape is also perfect for cooking fresh-caught trout, a simple sauté of vegetables, or a mountain of Spanish rice. Bonus: You’ll use this pan just as much at home, making it a worthwhile investment. $90; 6 lbs. 10 oz.; lodgemfg.com