Cookware: depending on what you’re making, you literally can’t cook without it—be it a Dutch oven, cast iron skillet, saucier, or carbon steel pan.
But cookware quality can vary wildly—some brown unevenly, have uncomfortable handles, are hard to clean, or stain, chip, or scratch with the slightest scrape. It’s why we’ve tested cookware for years, with the aim of finding stuff that’s are actually worth your cash and storage space.
But what’s even better than getting a truly great piece of cookware is buying it on sale. So, we combed through our reviews to find the best cookware that’s discounted right now.
Yosukata Carbon Steel Wok Pan
Normally $70, Now $60
Our favorite pre-seasoned wok is flat-bottomed (so it’ll work on any cooktop, including induction), heat responsive, and easy to season. We also like its helper handle. Be sure to clip the extra 5% off coupon before adding it to your cart.
Made In 12-inch Stainless Steel Skillet
Normally $109, Now $93
This skillet was our top pick and aced our cooking tests. Its 5-ply stainless steel and aluminum construction distributed heat evenly and was responsive to temperature changes. This skillet comes with a lifetime warranty, making it a smart purchase to pick up on sale. It’s also induction compatible for those that need it.
Great Jones Saucy
Normally $105, Now $75
As members of “Team Saucier” (over “Team Saucepan,” that is), we’re big fans of this model from Great Jones. It makes for smooth stirring, is heat responsive, and is gorgeous to boot.
Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet
Normally $34, Now $20
Our testing of 17 models proved you don’t have to spend a lot to get a great cast iron skillet. Case in point: our favorite model from Lodge, which is just $20 ($10 or 33% off) and performed exceptionally well and will last a lifetime. We recommend starting with the 10.25-inch model, though the 12-inch pan is worth having, too.
T-fal Professional Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan
Normally $50, Now $27
We don’t recommend nonstick cookware except for very specific things (eggs, crepes) and we especially don’t advocate for spending a ton of money on a nonstick pan. Because, the fact is, all nonstick has a limited lifespan. And right now, our favorite nonstick pan from T-fal is just $27.
Presto Electric Tilt-n-Fold Griddle
Normally $70, Now $59
For pancakes, eggs, and bacon an electric griddle that holds a consistent temperature and allows you to make a whole bunch of food at once can make weekend mornings easier. We like this model from Presto, which has foldable legs for more compact storage.
Lodge Reversible Cast Iron Stovetop Griddle
Normally $80, Now $50
If you want a griddle, but don’t want to store another electric appliance, we recommend a cast iron stovetop griddle. This 20-inch offering from Lodge is spacious, durable, and particularly great for burgers.
Le Creuset Signature Round Deep Dutch Oven, 5.25 Qt
This slightly smaller, deeper Dutch oven offering from Le Creuset is a great option if you don’t mind a bit less surface area on the bottom of the pot. Plus, multiple color options are on sale, so take your pick!
Made In 3-Quart Saucier
Normally $139, Now $111 at Made In
Because it was lightest model we tested, we found this saucier comfortable to hold one-handed, making it easy to stir and scrape around the corners. It also won top marks for heat conduction, easily cooking risotto and choux pastry without any hot spots.
Misen Enameled Cast Iron Braiser
Normally $160, Now $120 at Misen
With a tough enamel that refused to chip and an extra wide cooking surface, this braiser from Misen was one of our top picks. It could fit 14 meatballs without crowding the pan, making it perfect for feeding large groups. It’s currently on sale for 25% off with the code GOURDTIMES25.
Matfer Bourgeat Black Carbon Steel Fry Pan
Normally $87, Now $72
While we haven’t formally reviewed carbon steel skillets (yet), this pan from Matfer Bourgeat is a solid bet. Carbon steel is like a cousin to cast iron and we highly recommend adding a skillet to your cookware arsenal. Both the 11 7/8- and 12 5/8-inch pans are on sale, though we’d recommend going with the former.
Staub Enameled Cast Iron Grill Pan
Normally $190, Now $150 on Williams Sonoma
When we tested grill pans, this offering from Staub emerged as our favorite enameled cast iron option. It created beautiful grill marks and was easy to clean. And right now, the 10-inch version in the La Mer color is $40 off.
When should I look for cookware deals?
Major shopping holidays (Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Prime Day) will likely have some great cookware deals.
Are there Black Friday cast iron cookware deals?
Our favorite cast iron skillet, braiser, and stovetop griddle were on sale for Black Friday.