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Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart Round French (Dutch) Ov

Pros: Available in nine colors, the Le Creuset enameled cast-iron Dutch oven is the Cadillac of its type. It is heavy, with a lid that is oven-safe up to 500 degrees. The interior enameling is durable and chip-resistant. It heats like cast iron, but the enamele

Cons: This is a big-ticket kitchen item. However, the price is somewhat offset by the fact that buyers may keep this pot for decades without damage or wear. It is a heavy pot, though, which may be an issue for some users.

Summary: The Le Creuset Dutch oven is the best of its kind on the market. Durable, attractive and nearly indestructible, it justifies its price by giving years of service.
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Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel 8-Quart Dut...

Pros: The Calphalon Contemporary Dutch oven is 8 quarts and has a glass lid and riveted handles. The pot is oven safe and is constructed of stainless steel with an aluminum bottom core, making it safe for use with all utensils. It heats and cooks evenly.

Cons: It's not easy to pour out of the pot, and some users have reported the lid does not fit tightly.

Summary: Durable and reliable, this Dutch oven is an investment at the retail price, but should last for many years.
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Lodge Color EC6D43 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, ...

Pros: Like most Lodge products, the EC6D43 Dutch oven is cast iron. It is porcelain enamel on the inside (eliminates the need for seasoning) and comes in seven colors. The lid is also enameled cast iron and the pot can go from stove top to oven with ease.

Cons: Some users have reported the inner enamel coating has chipped, and in some cases, the pot has arrived damaged or with chipped enamel.

Summary: A large, heavy, cast iron pot, but users should be wary of the enamel chipping issues.
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Simply Calphalon Nonstick 7-qt. Dutch Oven & Cover

Pros: The Simply Calphalon 7-quart Dutch oven is composed of hard anodized aluminum and has a double nonstick coating. It is oven safe to 400 degrees and has riveted handles and a glass lid. The handles are silicone and stay cooler to the touch.

Cons: Users have reported the nonstick coating may peel and the outside paint may also peel with only light use. Some users have reported it does not cook evenly.

Summary: This extra large pot has had some durability and quality issues, but many users are very happy with it.
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Cuisinart 445-22 Contour Stainless 5-Quart Dutch O...

Pros: The Cuisinart 445-22 Contour Dutch oven has an aluminum core bottom, for even heating, riveted handles and a glass lid. It is broiler and oven safe, and is also dishwasher safe. Its stainless steel interior will appeal to those who do not want a Teflon co

Cons: Food sticking may be a problem if the pot is too hot. The handles get very warm and some users have reported the bottom getting rust spots after light use.

Summary: A good choice for buyers who do not want Teflon coatings. It can go from stovetop to oven easily and is moderately priced.