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The Best Dutch Ovens on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve written about slow cookers, toasters and toaster ovens, cookware sets, frying pans and skillets, and even asked chefs about their favorite pots and pans, here we’re rounding up the best Dutch ovens you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best enamel Dutch ovens

Lodge 6 Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

“This is now my most favoritest piece of cookware to use of all time. The enameled surface makes it not only non-stick but a cinch to clean. Several other ‘non-stick’ pots and pans that I have (and am slowly donating to Goodwill as I replace them) are not nearly as non-stick and definitely not easy to clean as this Dutch Oven. Using it on the stove-top is easy, and moving it into the oven is even easier! It hasn’t become scorched or scratched on the underside like some of my other pots and pans. And I don’t mind having it sit on my stove-top for all to see!”

Cuisinart CI670-30BG 7 Qt Round Casserole Covered

“I was a tried and true fan of Le Creuset products, but after reading a review about this line of Cuisinart enameled pots, I thought I’d try one out. I was astounded by the excellent quality for the price compared to the Le Creuset products I’m used to. Clean up after several uses is still easy and all the browned bits from cooking easily come off the porcelain and it still looks brand new. Glad I tried this out. I will be adding more sizes to my collection soon.”

AmazonBasics Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven - 4.5-Quart

“I bought it, because I’ve always wanted an enamel Dutch oven, but could never justify spending the money on a Le Creuset. I wasn’t expecting very much out of this, considering how inexpensive it was, but it is decent! The enamel is thick and even, and I can tell this will last many years! Maybe not quite the heirloom quality of the expensive French brand, but very impressive for the price!”

Best heirloom-quality Dutch oven

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven

“These are so darned expensive, but they are so good that buying anything else is almost always a waste of good money. Over the years we have tried a few of these pots made by other manufacturers, but none of them could compare to Le Creuset for quality and longevity.”

Best self-basting Dutch oven

Staub Cast Iron 4-qt Round Cocotte

“Staub is the best. I look forward to cooking with this, it makes me happy and it looks pretty on the top of the stove. The heavy lid with raised basting spikes makes it the best braiser I have ever used. So far I’ve made a quick braised garlic and herb chicken thighs, yum, and the most delectable and savory 4 hour pot roast. Yum! I can’t wait to use it again this weekend. At the price I paid, this is a wonderful bargain, it would make a really great wedding gift for somebody you love.”

Best cast-iron Dutch oven

Lodge 7 Quart Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Dutch Oven

“This beautiful little cast-iron pot is perfect for making 7 inch artesian ‘no kneed loaves of bread.’ The bread is so crusty and bread so chewy. I have given these small loaves of artesian bread to neighbors (with the browned parchment paper on and it looks perfect). Using parchment paper I really never need to wash the cast iron Dutch oven. However, if I do need to wash it I wash with soap and water and immediately dry it. It’s perfect!”

Best Dutch oven with lid that is also a skillet

Lodge L8DD3 Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 5 Qts.

“I was a little intimidated by the fact that this Dutch oven is deeper — and I knew the upkeep requirement — but it’s so easy! Yesterday was my first time using the full Dutch with the top and my whole chicken came out awesome! I have used the lid-skillet several times and it’s great for side dishes like veggies or if you are making something for a few people. I went with raw cast iron so I wouldn’t have to deal with possible chipping of enamel in the future and I like the versatility of the double Dutch!”

Best stainless-steel Dutch oven

Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware, Dutch Oven, 5-quart

“Solid, sturdy on any stove (gas or electric). Does not topple. Glass lid is heavy and seals perfectly. Going on strong even after couple of years after buying. Perfect size for making sauteed vegetables for a family of four — not too big, not too small. The most useful feature is well rounded bottom edges — these are better than a 90-degree joint of sauce pans — makes stirring easy and uniform. After multiple uses, cooking surface becomes dull and looses its luster. Clean the pot, spray Kaboom bathroom foam and scrub after ten minutes — all luster is back again!”

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The Best Dutch Ovens on Amazon, According to Reviewers