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Best Dutch Ovens

By Gladys Wangari

October 14, 2021


The Dutch oven is an indispensable piece of cookware in any kitchen—and for good reason. However, the lids on Dutch ovens are heavy and cumbersome, so they have to be removed when lifting the pot. Also, because of their narrow handles, it becomes a challenge to rotate the pot while cooking. Dutch ovens can provide low, slow cooking for a wide variety of foods. This is especially true with meat and vegetables, which become incredibly tender in a Dutch oven. Dutch ovens are also optimal for baking artisan-style breads.

If you’re looking for a new Dutch oven, this guide will help you figure out which one is best for you.

  1. Lodge 6-quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

This Dutch oven has a cream-colored interior that helps you with visibility, but its primary function is for cooking food. Due to its sturdy design, the pot is suitable for an oven with a temperature of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The pot can also be used on any cooktop—gas, electric or induction—as well as over a campfire.

The piece of mind that your food is tightly sealed during cooking. It works in the oven, in the microwave, on the stove top, and in the refrigerator. The side having two layers of enamel also means you can cook with it, marinate in it, store food, or keep leftovers in it.

What we like;

  • Affordable
  • Easy to use and care for
  • Retain heat well

What we don’t like:

  • heavy
  • round bottom translates to smaller cooking surface

2. Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron 51/2-Quart Round Dutch Oven

  The Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5.5 -Quart Round French Oven with Cover is a versatile Dutch oven that can be used for any occasion. It has a classic design with a broad range of colors, enamel coating to prevent discoloration and rust, and is easy to use and maintain. If you want to use the oven at 500 degrees or higher than 500, you’re probably going to need a replacement part.

The Le Creuset is a versatile pot. When cooking a whole chicken, the curved sides guarantee even browning. In french braising, the thick base distributes heat evenly, keeping meats tender and juicy as they braise. It’s worked as a pasta pot for our testers, but you can also use it as a steamer for vegetables or as a chafing dish for a fondue party. The possibilities are endless.

Le Creuset pots have a cast-iron interior. The exterior is of enameled cast iron which protects the cast iron from damage from acid foods and cleans easily. It has a long life and is easy to clean after use.

What we like:

  • Retains and distributes heat well
  • Inimitable design adds flair to your kitchen
  • Versatile

what we don’t like:

  • Steep price point
  • Resin knob is only oven-safe up to 500 degrees

3. Lodge 5-Quart Pre-seasoned Cast Iron Dutch Oven

This cast-iron Dutch oven comes pre-seasoned, so you can use it on the stovetop on day one. That’s not the best part. The lid of this Dutch oven transforms into a skillet with two side handles, so you get two cooking surfaces in one.

Our new double-sided Dutch oven makes it easy to get your comfort food fix on the table—and with style. The two-in-one pot has a skillet-like bottom that lets you cook two dishes at once, so you can get twice as much deliciousness on the table in no time.

There are many ways you can use cast-iron cookware. It’s great for ovens, barbecues, and campfires. While cooking at very high temperatures (cleaning the oven), the seasoning may wear off, but it won’t.

What We Like:

  • Great for stove, oven, and grill
  • Pre-seasoned for immediate use
  • Lid doubles as a frying pan

What We Don’t Like:

  • Must be hand washed
  • Requires some care
  • Handles get hot during cooking

4. Tramontina enameled cast iron 6.5-quart round Dutch oven

For a single piece of cookware, this Dutch oven offers many of the same features at a much lower price point. The large size is great for big families or large roasts or poultry, and the cookware is has a durable enamel coating.

While the knob is made of metal, this cookware is only rated to 450 degrees, so you won’t be able to use it for some of the no-knead bread recipes that require higher temperatures.

The Dutch oven is one of the most affordable pieces in their specialized Cookware line. While it is still a heavy, high-quality cookware, the seasoned surface does a great job at ensuring even heat distribution. The pot can easily cook tomato-based dishes and browning beef that you want to use for homemade stew. After using it, the seasoned surface that might have been affected by oil from your hands or dishwashing soap can be restored to its normal look with little effort.

What We Like:

  • Affordable
  • Heats evenly
  • Lifetime warranty

What We Don’t Like:

  • Only oven safe up to 450 degrees
  • Very heavy

5. Camp Chef Classic Pre-seasoned Dutch Oven

This cast-iron Dutch oven provides a fun and easy cooking experience. The helper handle and tight-fitting lid not only make it dishwasher safe, but also help to prevent moisture from escaping.

The Dutch oven is pre-seasoned, so it will still work even if you use it right after you get it. However, it will work even better with additional seasoning and use.

This holds 6 quarts, which is perfect for solo camping trips or cooking for small groups. It’s a truly versatile piece of cookware—you can also flip the lid over to use it as a skillet or griddle. While this is oven-safe, it might be awkward to use because of the legs. It might work on a gas cooktop, depending on your stove grates, but it is not recommended for an electric or induction cooktop.

What We Like:

  • Feet helps elevate it over hot coals
  • Lid doubles as a griddle
  • Cooks evenly

What We Don’t Like:

  • Might be awkward to use in an oven

6. Emile henry round Dutch oven

Cast iron Dutch ovens are the most common, but ceramic Dutch ovens have several features that other Dutch ovens don’t have.

One of the biggest advantages of this cast iron Dutch oven is that despite being lighter than other similar cast iron Dutch ovens, it’s still very durable. When cooking is done, it’s even dishwasher safe.

What We Like:

  • Lighter than cast iron
  • Microwave safe, freezer and oven safe
  • Oven safe to 700 degrees

What We Don’t Like:

  • Durable, but still breakable
  • Expensive
  • Not induction compatible

Material

We offer a large selection of Dutch ovens from top brands like Le Creuset, Staub, and Lodge. Some are made of cast iron while others are made of aluminum and stainless steel. No matter what you prefer, we have it all and everything’s ready to take home and use immediately after purchase.

Gladys Wangari

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