Dutch ovens are some of the hardest working equipment in the test kitchen; in fact, we call for them so often in our recipes that we stock dozens of them. But most home kitchens only have room for one. In that case, which size should you buy? Cook’s Illustrated deputy editor Becky Hays and editor in chief Dan Souza are here to weigh in. (And if you’re not on the Dutch oven train yet, here’s why you should own one.)
The Best Dutch Ovens
Expensive (But Worth It) Le Creuset 7¼ Quart Round Dutch Oven
This perfect, pricey pot bested the competition again. It was substantial enough to hold and distribute heat evenly without being unbearably heavy.
Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Enameled Cast Iron Covered Casserole
With an exceptionally broad cooking surface and low, straight sides, this 7-quart pot had the same advantageous shape as the Le Creuset and was heavier, but not prohibitively so.
Which Dutch oven do you have at home? Let us know in the comments! And to learn more about all things Dutch ovens, check out these articles: