The Smithey Ironware Cast Iron Skillet is part of the Cookware
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Cookware
models like the Cast Iron Skillet are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Pan size: Pan size, in inches, per manufacturer.
Baking: We made cornbread in the frypan which gives an indication of how well the frypan can bake. We looked at moistness and how evenly golden brown the cornbread was on both the top and the bottom.
Browning: How evenly the fry pan can brown foods. Those scoring Excellent browned food evenly; those scoring Poor did not brown foods evenly.