Dutch Ovens Buying Guide

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A Dutch oven is a pot that is suitable for use on the stovetop as well as in the oven. It's a staple to have in your kitchen repertoire because it is great for cooking braises, soups, and other one-pot meals. Although there are many available sizes, a 4- to 6-quart size will handle many kitchen duties, the most rewarding being a slow-cooked meal.

Types of Dutch Ovens

Types of Dutch Ovens

Get ready for some heavy lifting, with or without hot food. Most Dutch ovens are made of heavy metals for retaining heat and even browning. So once your Dutch oven is filled with delicious foods, be prepared to hoist a heavy load. The most common type of Dutch ovens is porcelain enamel-coated cast iron. Others include straight cast iron, stainless steel, and copper. Dutch ovens are designed to have straight sides and tight-fitting lids.

Cast Iron

This original heavy-duty Dutch oven will last a lifetime. When new, this vessel requires "seasoning" with oil. But if used often, it will hold its seasoning. Acidic foods should not be cooked in cast iron as the metal causes a reaction.

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Camp Chef
$55.57 $49.99

The Camp Chef Corps of Discovery 9 1/3 Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven by Camp Chef is created to meet the highest quality standards. T...he seasoned finish makes this cast iron ready to use and easy to maintain. The fine porous surface also allows for better he read more

Lodge
$52.72 $38.96

Lodge Logic 5 Qt double Dutch oven and casserole with skillet cover. Sturdy integral, ovenproof loop handles for convenience. Tigh...tly controlled metal chemistry and exacting mold tolerances deliver consistent product for even heating and superior cooking performance. The High Dome lid offers greater capacity and also works double duty as a skillet. Electro statically coated with a proprietary vegetable oil, and cured at high temperatures to allow the oil to deeply penetrate the surface of the cast iron. 10.25 inches in diameter. Dutch oven depth 4 inches and lid depth 1-1/2 inchesThe item is sealed with a pre-seasoning oil which leads to a drop that can appear like rust which will burn off with 1-2 cookings. read more

$69.94

Classic Cast Iron Construction for even heating and best heat retention Dupont Platinum Non-Stick Coating exclusively for cast iro...n Metal-utensil safe and PFOA-free Porcelain Enamel Exterior Riveted, Cool Grip Stainless Handles Induction Ready... read more

Lodge
$47.99

Don't be confused by any imitation, Lodge Logic Dutch Ovens are the cast iron cookware that set the standards. Lodge's closely hel...d metallurgy and strict quality standards are what garnered this a "Best Buy" by Cook's Illustrated magazine. Like all... read more

Porcelain Enamel-Coated Cast Iron

For even cooking and browning, this Dutch oven is built to last, although inexpensive versions may chip or crack. Because this pot is coated, no seasoning is required and cleanup is a snap. This vessel distributes heat evenly, eliminating hot spots on the bottom and cold up the sides.

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Lodge Manufacturing
$96.75 $68.82

This red oven provides even heat distribution for best cooking results6 quart, 10 3/4-inch diameter, 4 1/2-inch depthWeight: 16 po...undsColored Dutch oven lids fit colored 11-inch skillets read more

Le Creuset
$514.99 $359.99

Bring on the roast! A functional oval shape is the perfect home for family-sized portions of your favorite chicken or beef dish. C...lassic French styling and a dynamic enameled cast iron construction moves this piece from oven to table with incredible... read more

Le Creuset
$514.99 $359.99

Bring on the roast! A functional oval shape is the perfect home for family-sized portions of your favorite chicken or beef dish. C...lassic French styling and a dynamic enameled cast iron construction moves this piece from oven to table with incredible... read more

Le Creuset
$571.99 $399.99

The more the merrier! Entertain and delight guests with the tender and succulent dishes this French oven prepares. From full roast...s to whole fowl, this Signature piece masters slow cooking, evenly distributing and retaining heat and moving effortlessly... read more

Stainless Steel

A stainless-steel Dutch oven is durable and heats well. For superb heat conduction, some stainless-steel pots have a copper core encapsulated between the layers of steel.

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Circulon
$70.00 $39.99

Ideal for braising meats and preparing delicious one-pot meals, this hard-working Dutch oven combines the healthy benefits of nons...tick cooking with the classic style of stainless steel. An impact-bonded aluminum base provides even, quick heating and is suitable for all stovetops, including induction. The Dutch oven is ideal for starting lamb stew with Irish stout and fresh mint on the stovetop and finishing it in the oven. And it's perfect for preparing a savory beef brisket for a weekend dinner. A chic, contemporary polished stainless steel exterior provides stove-to-oven-to-table performance and is easy to clean. The interior features the unique TOTAL Food Release System that combines PFOA-free DuPont Autograph nonstick with raised circles to reduce abrasion even from metal utensils. This long-lasting nonstick cookware resists scratching, staining and chipping with exceptional food release. Stainless steel handles are solidly double riveted for strength and the shatter-resistant glass lid allows cooking to be monitored while sealing in heat and moisture. This Dutch Oven and all Circulon Genesis Stainless Steel Cookware pieces are dishwasher safe and oven safe to 500 Degree F. With this essential Circulon Genesis Stainless Steel Nonstick 5-Quart Covered Dutch Oven, healthy one-dish meals like savory stews or roasted meats and vegetables are easy to create. read more

Tramontina
$240.00 $239.95

Tramontina's Limited Editions - Barazzoni stainless steel cookware is made by Italy’s Gruppo Industriale Barazzoni with modern pro...duction technology and an unerring passion to create cookware of unparalleled beauty and performance. The 6 Quart Covered Dutch Oven, part of the Butterfly cookware line, was created by Italian designer Claudio Bellini, whose elegant and graceful design makes this cookware a pleasure to use and a delight to view. The three-layer, full-clad vessel construction ensures excellent functionality and cooking performance. All vessels feature an ergonomically designed stainless steel handle treated with an oxidation process to create a unique look and feel. The vessels are distinctive not only for their functionality, but also for their refined elegance. Barazzoni's impeccable craftsmanship and refined simplicity make cooking and serving food a true pleasure. read more

Aramco
$80.41

High Quality Stainless Steel Dutch Oven Cooking Pot 26QT -Enticing soups, rich sauces, mouthwatering seafood and perfect pasta are... all great reasons to need a Dutch oven. Versatile and necessary, this Dutch oven workhorse comes in handy for all your cooking needs and its size is perfect for entertaining . The Dutch oven is constructed of stainless steel and its lid helps to keep moisture in, preventing vitamins and the flavors of the foods from getting out. Visually, this professional looking cookware will go nicely many different kitchen styles. read more

Scanpan
$399.00

Create aromatic dishes with Scanpan's Ctp covered Dutch oven. An exclusive, beautifully polished mirror finish makes an elegant st...atement, while patented non-stick coating sears, browns and deglazes with ease. read more

Copper

Because of its superior heat conductivity and ease for controlling temperature, copper is a good choice. But copper reacts with acidic foods, so it is best if the pot is lined with stainless steel.

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Kila Chef
$199.95 $193.76

The ideal pan for those special meals. The highlight of our Dutch oven pan is the 1.5 mm copper exterior and the 3.5mm overall thi...ckness. The aluminum core is 1.5 mm, and the stainless steel cooking surface is 0.5mm. Home chefs that love conduction in their pan will cherish this everyday use item. This pan heats quickly on the stove but also cools fast to prevent burning. The stainless steel surface interior is easy to clean and is neutral to taste. This pan requires very little oil and encourages healthy cooking. read more

Tramontina
$49.99

Find Cookware, Open Stock and Sets at Target.com! Tramontina Style Ceramica Metallic Copper 5 Qt Covered Dutch Oven is a must-have... for slow-cooking meats or making soups, stews and chili. It is made of heavy-gauge aluminum, features a durable metallic copper porcelain enamel exterior and a smooth, Pfoa-, Ptfe-, lead- and cadmium-free ceramic interior coating, which offers simple healthy cooking and effortless cleaning. The heat and shatter-resistant glass lid allows you to monitor cooking progress, while the riveted, soft-grip, cast stainless steel handles ensure comfort and additional support when handling cookware. This pan is part of the Tramontina Style collection, which features the latest innovations and color trends in kitchenware items, providing the optimum in functionality and exceptional durability. This cookware is dishwasher-safe, oven-safe up to 350 F / 176 C, and compatible with gas, electric and ceramic glass cooktops. Made in Italy, proudly assembled and packaged in USA and offered under a Lifetime Warranty. Heavy-gauge aluminum construction for even heat distribution with a durable, easy-to-clean metallic copper porcelain enamel exterior Pfoa, Ptfe, lead and cadmium-free ceramic interior provides a healthy, eco-friendly, quick release cooking surface that is easy to clean Ergonomically designed soft-grip cast stainless steel handles are riveted for added strength and stability Tempered glass lid Compatible with gas, electric and ceramic glass cooktops Oven-safe up to 350 F / 176 C Dishwasher-safe Lifetime Warranty Made in Italy, proudly assembled and packaged in the USA read more

CeraPan
$27.48

Congratulations on your decision to purchase our high quality, easy to use and clean, ceramic coated cookware. with proper care, y...our new cookware should give you many years of use. Cerapan Metallic Pasta Pot Series 6QT Dutch oven is as natural as the coating itself. Metallic cooper exterior finish,StoneCoat2000 interior uses diamond infused technology for a superior, and stain resistant non-stick surface. It is non-toxic, and is both PTFE and PFOA free. Made out of 2.2mm Aluminum. Includes heat resistant handles. Suitable for electric, gas, halogen, and induction tops. Dishwasher Safe. with proper use and care your new cookware should give you many pleasant cooking experiences. Remember, healthy cooking starts in the pan. read more

Mauviel
$453.53 $450.08

Mauviel, a French family business established in 1830 and located in the Normandy town of Villedieu-les-Poeles, is the foremost ma...nufacturer of professional copper cookware in the world today. Highly regarded in the professional world, with over 170-year of experience, Mauviel offers several different lines of copper cookware to professional chefs and home cooks that appreciate the benefits of their high quality products. Professional cooks can attest that copper cookware is an essential part of every cookware collection as it is 2 by more conductive than aluminum and 10 by more conductive than stainless steel. This advantage makes copper the very best material for cooking, as it is unsurpassed in its ability to heat up evenly and rapidly and to cool down quickly, allowing for maximum control and great cooking results. The M'Heritage collection is a combination of two powerful and traditional materials, COPPER and Stainless Steel. This blend of materials energizes the pleasure of cooking. The COPPER allows for unsurpassed heat conductivity and control, and the STAINLESS STEEL interior is ideal for all daily cooking needs. 90% polished COPPER exterior with 10% 18/10 STAINLESS STEEL interior. Good corrosion resistance. Straight Edge. Stay Cool Cast Stainless Steel handles are fixed with sturdy stainless steel rivets . (Please note-New M'Heritage 150C2 Collection handles have a colored iron finish which are stay cool stainless steel) M'Heritage is resistant to high temperatures and scouring pads on the interior and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Made in France. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

When buying a Dutch oven, you'll be making a significant investment in the cookware item. Yet it's one of those items that could last nearly a lifetime, so once you recover from the sticker shock, you'll find it a wonderful investment for years of delicious meals, all from one pot.

Shapes

Dutch ovens come in round and oval shapes. The shape you choose is really a matter of preference.

Sizes

Dutch ovens range in size from 1-1/2 quarts to 9 quarts. For everyday, single-batch cooking, opt for a 4- to 6-quart pot. If you do a lot of big-batch cooking, it's wise to invest in a larger pot.

Nonstick

Some stainless-steel Dutch ovens have a nonstick-interior option. The cleanup is easy, but know that special care must be taken to avoid scratching and harming the interior.

Lid

The lid should be heavy and tight-fitting to seal in the moisture and yield tender, flavorful meals. The handle on the lid should be easy to grasp with a hot pad.

Handles

If you buy a Dutch oven made from a material other than cast iron, be sure it has two sturdy, solid handles for lifting the pot in and out of the oven. If the handles are flimsy or made of plastic, they could pose a safety hazard.

Colors

If you want an enamel-coated Dutch oven, this is the fun part: There are several colors to choose from. You can pick a color to match your kitchen, or go bold with a pop of new color.

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Lodge
$120.29 $51.65

Lodge 7-Quart Cast Iron Pro Dutch Oven: Dutch oven with loop handles and cast iron cover Seasoned with oil for a natural, easy-rel...ease finish that improves with use The right tool to sear, saute, bake, broil, braise, fry or grill Great for induction... read more

Lodge
$119.99 $67.23

The Lodge Enameled Cast Iron 4.6-Quart Blue Dutch Oven carries on Lodge's century-old tradition of excellence as we marry the bene...fits of cast iron with the beauty of porcelain enamel. The porcelain surface of this Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven... read more

Tramontina
$72.56 $49.99

The Enameled Cast-Iron 6.5 Qt Round Dutch Oven is part of Tramontina’s Gourmet collection of premium products engineered and manuf...actured with the finest design, materials and workmanship, outperforming similar products within the market and delivering... read more

Le Creuset
$460.00 $320.00

Kissed with a gold knob on its lid, this limited-edition, cherry red French oven goes straight from oven to table. Providing all t...he wonderful qualities of cast-iron cooking, the round lidded pot is clad in a smooth, glass-like enamel finish that's impervious to acid, alkali, odors and stains. Its non-reactive cooking surface does not require any seasoning and is compatible with all types of heat sources-even solid fuel and open fire. Le Creuset has been making classic French cookware since 1925 and is prized by both professional and home cooks.View all Le Creuset products • Cast iron with vitrified enamel finish • Ergonomic composite knob • For use with all cooktops • Dishwasher- and oven-safe with lid to 500 degrees • Made in France read more

Lodge
$92.99 $43.99

The Lodge 4-qt Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven is a great choice for the avid outdoors enthusiast. This portable camp stove is equipped ...with a flanged lid design that is made to resemble the original version created by Paul Revere. Its unique build allows... read more

Calphalon
$135.00 $79.95

Unique new shape in maximum-performance cookware from Calphalon. Extremely versatile, durable nonstick cookware is crafted of hard...-anodized, heavy-gauge aluminum with domed, tempered-glass lids.View all Calphalon products Calphalon and other Wedding... read more

Staub
$386.00 $199.99

Preferred by some of world's greatest chefs, French-made Staub cookware is renowned for its superior heat retention and oven-to-ta...ble good looks. Made of enameled cast iron, each piece cooks evenly and efficiently and has an attractive enamel coating... read more

Le Creuset
$460.00 $320.00

Kissed with a gold knob on its lid, this limited-edition, cherry red French oven goes straight from oven to table. Providing all t...he wonderful qualities of cast-iron cooking, the round lidded pot is clad in a smooth, glass-like enamel finish that's... read more

Zwilling J.A. Henckels
$165.00 $129.95

We've partnered with Zwilling J.A. Henckels, the standard-bearer for premium cutlery since 1731 and pioneer of stainless steel kni...ves, to bring you this Crate and Barrel exclusive new ceramic nonstick cookware. The breakthrough CeraForce nonstick... read more

Camp Chef
$54.99 $46.99

Prepare delicious and hearty meals with the Camp Chef Dutch Oven. It features a cast iron construction for durability. This 12" Du...tch oven holds up to 8-quart of content and is ideal for camping and outdoors cooking. read more

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