Best Cast Iron Dutch Oven
This Dutch oven is safe in your oven up to 500ºF. Choice of colors for the durable, porcelain enamel exterior with a cream interior.
It’s darned heavy, and a few users report an issue with peeling enamel.
Okay, okay, this isn’t a skillet. But, we have a reason for including this Lodge Dutch oven on this list. If you have a small kitchen or budget a Dutch oven may be more versatile than a skillet. You can use both for making eggs or sautéing onions, but you can’t use your skillet to make a pot of soup. And, this is clearly the best of the best at a terrific price.
Shape, size, and weight? This round Dutch oven is 14x7x12 inches and holds 6 quarts of food. It’s quite hefty at 14.8 pounds. Newborn babies weigh significantly less, but you shouldn’t be tossing either.
Enameled or pre-seasoned? It’s enameled cookware, so it doesn’t need pre-seasoning, but you will likely be cooking liquids inside this pot. You don’t need to worry about a lot of oil on the flat surface of this Dutch oven.
Suitable for all cooking surfaces? You can use this in the oven (up to 500ºF) and on a variety of stovetops. That includes electric, gas, ceramic, and induction stoves. But, you should not attempt to use it in the microwave, outdoor grills, and campfires.
What about pour corners and handles? There are two side bud handles, but no pour corners. That’s a tough ask for Dutch ovens. It does have, however, a lid.
Range options? Wow, there are a lot of color options including red, orange, green, blue, purple, white, and grey. That means you can safely choose this Dutch oven in any kitchen. And, let’s face it, Lodge has a lot of other cookware you want too.
Will it break the bank? The list price of this Dutch oven is $115. You will pay less, but it totally depends on the color you choose. Expect to pay between $60 and $80 for most colors, most of the time.