The 4 Best Dutch Ovens, According to Our Test Kitchen

For braising, slow-cooking, and rustic-bread baking, durable Dutch ovens are a solid investment. We tested lots of pots to find these four faves.
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Le Creuset 5 1/2-Quart Round Dutch Oven

The iconic Le Creuset 5 1/2-Quart Round Dutch Oven ($340) passed all our tests—with flying colors. Speaking of colors, there are often trendy new shades.

Budget Buy

Artisanal Kitchen Supply 5-Quart Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven

The crusty, lofty loaf we made in the Artisanal Kitchen Supply 5-Quart Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven ($70) convinced us that we’ll never knead another Dutch oven. This retro model is a steal!

Chef's Choice

Staub's 5 1/2-Quart Cast-Iron Round Cocotte

Staub’s 5 1/2-Quart Cast-Iron Round Cocotte ($325) was built to braise. A fitted lid with bumps on the bottom prevents evaporation and directs condensation onto the food to keep the meat moist. 

Fan Girl

Rachael Ray 3 1/2-Quart Cast-Iron Covered Casserole

If you love Rach’s pots and pans, add her Dutch oven to the mix! This Rachael Ray 3 1/2-Quart Cast-Iron Covered Casserole ($80) is the perfect size if you’re cooking for two.

Now, Get Cooking!

Short Ribs with Soy & Scallions

Once you've got your Dutch oven, here's dozens of recipes to use it with, from these lovely short ribs to black bean soup and coq au vin. Is there anything a Dutch oven can't do?