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Lightweight Dutch Ovens

Our favorite Dutch ovens are reliable and versatile—but heavy. Could we find a great lightweight stand-in?

What We Learned

The best cast-iron Dutch ovens do it all, but they’re too heavy for some cooks. We tested lighter-weight options to find an alternative that was just as versatile and dependable. None had the excellent heat retention of a cast-iron Dutch oven (which is essential for baking bread), but some lightweight models shined in other ways. They heated evenly, which is essential for a great se...