The Best Dutch Oven

The Best Dutch Oven

Our pick

Lodge 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Lodge 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

The best Dutch oven

This inexpensive Dutch oven aced every test, and its design rivals that of pricier models.

Buying Options

$63* from Amazon
$70 from Home Depot
$70 from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $65.

Although most Dutch ovens cook similarly well, the Lodge 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven is easier to use than many others we tested. You can comfortably grip the large handles even with mitts or towels, and the slightly curved base keeps food from getting trapped in the corners, unlike more angular ovens we tested. The Lodge, with its shorter sides and wider base, also allows steam to escape more easily than deeper-walled pots, giving you a better sear on meat and helping to concentrate flavors during cooking.

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Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5½-Quart Round French Oven

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5½-Quart Round French Oven

Made to last

Some cooks may want to invest in this exceptionally durable, high-quality pot. It doesn’t cook much better than the Lodge, and it costs far more, but Le Creuset’s oven is the kind of piece people pass down to their kids.

Buying Options

$360* from Amazon
$360 from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $345.

Le Creuset’s Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5½-Quart Round French Oven is the gold standard for Dutch ovens. It has a durable coating, is the ideal size for most recipes, and has the roomiest handles of all the Dutch ovens we tested. It’s also lighter than other ovens we tested, and the handle on the lid is a cinch to grab with a towel or pot holder. Over years of testing, we’ve heard fewer complaints about the enamel chipping on Le Creuset ovens compared with others. The high price will be a worthy investment for cooks who want an heirloom piece—for everyone else, the Lodge cooks just as well.

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Our pick

Lodge 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Lodge 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

The best Dutch oven

This inexpensive Dutch oven aced every test, and its design rivals that of pricier models.

Buying Options

$63* from Amazon
$70 from Home Depot
$70 from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $65.

Upgrade pick

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5½-Quart Round French Oven

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5½-Quart Round French Oven

Made to last

Some cooks may want to invest in this exceptionally durable, high-quality pot. It doesn’t cook much better than the Lodge, and it costs far more, but Le Creuset’s oven is the kind of piece people pass down to their kids.

Buying Options

$360* from Amazon
$360 from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $345.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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