Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker, 3.2 Qt

Last updated date: March 27, 2020

DWYM Score
8.9


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Overall Take

The Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker, 3 Qt is the best value of our cast iron cookware recommendations as it gives you the option of using a shallow frying pan or a deeper skillet to suit the needs of your meal. The deeper 3-quart pot has the potential to make larger volumes of food, such as gravy, or it can hold homemade biscuits as they bake in the oven. The shallow pan will make frying and browning things a breeze. In our analysis of 107 expert reviews, the Lodge Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker, 3.2 Qt placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 27, 2020:
Checkout The Best Cast Iron Cookware for a detailed review of all the top cast iron cookware.

Expert Summarized Score
8.6
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
3,284 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This Lodge cooking set is designed with thick and heavyset walls. Although adding to the overall weight, this feature has several advantages. The thick walls are excellent for retaining heat. What this means is that you’ll require less heat to cook your meals. It also means that your meals will remain warm longer. The thick walls also help to keep food from scorching if it’s being cooked on a high heat source such as open fire.
- Cookware Diary
December 28, 2017 | Full review
You’ll not only get a skillet for frying chicken, cooking steaks, or heating up your veggies and side dishes, you’ll also get a 3-quart Dutch oven for making your biggest and tastiest meals.
- Top Rate Ten
The sturdy handle comes with a reliable hole so that you can hang both the Dutch oven and the skillet when you’re not using them.
- Jen Reviews
You can use the shallow pan as a lid for the other, or you can keep them separate for simultaneous cooking.
- Wiki EZ Vid
The company designed it for use on induction cooktops, stoves, grill and ovens alike. This cookware will outlast so many others in your kitchen. In fact, it has even been described to be brutally tough.
- Z7 Premium
This set does not have any chemical or synthetic coating and hence is safe for healthy cooking.
- BestemsGuide
You don’t have to pay a good amount to take this combo cooker and pot since it comes at a very affordable price.
- Kitchen Appliance Pro
​This US-made product has excellent heat retention and cooks food evenly. It’s pre-seasoned so that you can use it immediately after purchase.
- Rolling Fox
What experts didn't like
Not dishwasher safe.
- Cookware Diary
December 28, 2017 | Full review
The surface is rougher than pieces that have been machine-finished.
- Top Rate Ten
Prone to uneven heating
- Wiki EZ Vid
According to some users, it takes a little more time to reach the hot temperature.
- Kitchen Appliance Pro
Rough surface can cause food to stick.
- Rolling Fox

From The Manufacturer

Sear, fry, bake, sauté or stir fry your meal indoors or at the campsite with the super-convenient Combo Cooker from Lodge®. This pre-seasoned piece features a cast iron construction that ensures food cooks slowly and evenly; it can be used as a large skillet or Dutch oven, and the lid doubles as a shallow skillet and griddle.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, 10.25-inch
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 17
2. Simple Chef Cast Iron Skillet 3-Piece Set
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 10
3. AmazonBasics Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron 5-Piece Set
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 2
4. Lodge Cast Iron Dual Handle Pan, 12-inch
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 2
5. Lodge Pro-Logic Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 4 Qt
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 5
6. Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron 5 Piece Bundle
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 5 Qt
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 23
8. Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker, 3.2 Qt
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
9. Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, 12-inch
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 18
10. Bruntmor Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven
Overall Score: 5.8
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Cast Iron Cookware

When you find yourself needing a new pot or pan to step up your cooking game, the cookware options in your favorite store will offer quite a number of potential solutions. There are white ceramic pans or thin pans that heat up instantly and claim to dissipate your heat perfectly for your needs. But keep browsing this pan selection and you’ll end up staring at a section of heavy-duty black pots and pans that you swear you’ve seen at your grandparent’s house before. Cast iron cookware is one of the most loved and longest-standing nonstick cooking options that exist. There are numerous reasons why they are regarded so highly, so we will break down some of the key points for you and help guide you towards the best style for your needs.

“There’s a good reason that these pans have been around so long — they work beautifully,” says our resident culinary expert Julie Chernoff, member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, dining editor of Better magazine and food journalist. “They are heavy enough to heat evenly and retain heat, they’re reasonably priced, and they are virtually indestructible.”

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The construction of cast iron cookware is very sturdy as it is made as one solid piece of the metal and generally has no other material bolted onto it. Pick one up, and you’ll notice it’s heavier than most other pans due to this thick iron makeup. The thickness of the iron captures the heat coming from the flame or stovetop and slowly passes it on o the other side where the food is. If you were to place your 10.25 inch Lodge Cast Iron Skillet on the stove, crank the heat up to high and place a couple of eggs into the pan, the pan would slowly heat up and start firming the egg whites — but without burning them, as would likely happen in a thinner pan. That’s because the cast iron makeup is much more efficient with using and retaining heat.

If that 10.25 inch Lodge skillet is too shallow for the big pot of chili you might be making for an autumn tailgate, try using something with more depth, like the 5 quart Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven. This comes with a lid that helps keep the heat and steam in while the food simmers so all the flavors get to know each other in the pot.

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But what about scorching and having food get stuck to the pan? As mentioned above, cast iron really is a non-stick cooking surface — once it is seasoned.

“Look for pre-seasoned pans as a timesaver, because the seasoning process can take a while,” Chernoff says.

All Lodge brand cast iron cookware comes with a coating of 100% vegetable oil on them. This oil is referred to as “seasoning” for cast iron. The oil creates a barrier between your food and the iron and creates a non-stick atmosphere while you’re cooking. The seasoning is a crucial part of getting the best results out of your cast iron cookware.

Cast iron cookware will last for many generations and often gets passed down as a rite of passage to the new cooks in the family. The stories that surround this cookware throughout its lifetime are surely some of the biggest selling points on using cast iron, and it’s something you’ll have to experience for yourself to fully understand. But you still have a big decision to make when you see that there are multiple sizes and shapes of cast iron cookware.

One category is a skillet that is used mainly as a frying pan. It has a deep enough profile to hold a healthy portion of vegetables, rice, pasta or meats that you want to sautee while still being shallow enough to let you get the spatula in for a clean flip on your over-easy eggs. It boasts a multifunctional size and shape that becomes a daily workhorse in most kitchens.

If you’re working on large stews or even roasting whole chickens, the Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven 5 Qt holds the largest volume of anything in their lineup. When filled up with delicious ingredients, it can be the perfect size for feeding large families or meal prepping on Sunday to make the week a little easier for those of us on the go.

As you’re shopping for cast iron cookware, definitely consider the handles.

“Cast iron is heavy, so the handles are especially important, especially in the larger skillets,” Chernoff explains. “One long handle will be unwieldy. Having the ‘helper handle’ opposite the long handle allows the weight to be evenly distributed when carried.”

Cast iron cookware is not dishwasher-safe, so if that is important to you, you’ll want to consider other options. Also, these pots and pans should not air dry, as they may rust. Do not use metal scouring pads on them; once they are cleaned, they should be dried and oiled immediately. Although you must be careful of these elements, cast iron is great for home cooks.

“These pans really are incredibly versatile, from pancakes to deep frying and everything in between, and can easily go from stovetop to oven, as they are safe at almost any temperature,” Chernoff points out. “And unlike non-stick cookware, you can use metal utensils on the surface, as they will not damage it.”

Simply take care of your cast iron cookware, and it’ll perform for you!

DYWM Fun Fact

Cast iron dates back all the way to the 5th century BC when it was used by the ancient Chinese to make pots for cooking. They were able to figure out that the iron-carbon alloy was quite easy to make when melting copper and using iron ore as a flux. Interestingly enough, we still see it used today just as it was originally used all those years ago!

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Cookware isn’t all that cast iron is used for though. You’ll find cast iron plumbing in a lot of old houses or in canons built for war during the 15th century. Cast iron is brittle though, so you won’t find much of it used for applications like sharp weaponry or high tension environments. The impressive compressive strength and natural resistance to rusting allow it to be a very handy and easily produced material for cookware uses.

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The Cast Iron Cookware Buying Guide

  • Clean your cast iron cookware with warm water and a fairly rough sponge or brush. There’s no need to use soap when cleaning your pots and pans, and it’s recommended that you do not.
  • After you clean all the residue from your cast iron cookware, dry it off and drizzle a little bit of vegetable oil into it before storing it. For convenience, use a paper towel to wipe the vegetable oil all over the surface of the pot or pan to form a light and even coat.
  • You now have a properly cleaned and seasoned cast iron pan. Keep up with these two simple tasks each time you use the cookware and you’ll be able to use this non-stick cookware for life.
  • Cast iron cookware can be used on more than cooktops. Campfires around the country are a place where delicious meals can be made and eaten under the open sky. Cast iron cookware can be placed directly into an open fire, set on a cooking-rack above the heat and even hung from a tripod so it dangles over the flame. Either way, the heat of the direct flames is tempered down by the thickness of the iron. It allows the camp chef to make meals equally as good as they would in their home.
  • Ovens and cast iron also work beautifully together. Make a homemade pizza, and bake it in your cast iron skillet for a deep-dish style pan pizza. Fill your cast iron dutch oven with a good recipe, where anything from pasta dishes to whole chickens can be oven roasted.
  • Lastly, you might find yourself in love with how beautiful this cast iron cookware can be. Share that beauty with your guests by hanging them up in your kitchen for all to see. This can add a rustic farmhouse feel while still being a functional part of your kitchen.