Prime Day Is the Perfect Chance to Snag This Editor-Favorite Dutch Oven for Way Less

updated Jul 12, 2022
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When you hear the words “Dutch oven,” do you automatically see dollar signs? With the two biggest names in the business — Le Creuset and Staub — costing upwards of $285 for even just a small, four-quart option, we totally get it. That’s a lot of money to spend on a single piece of cookware!

While you may be tempted to skip it entirely and spend that money on, say, groceries, we do really insist on the fact that every kitchen needs a Dutch oven. And that’s why we’re writing this post. Because you don’t HAVE to spend a small fortune on a Dutch oven. In fact, you can spend around $35 and get a legitimately good, reliable, workhorse of a Dutch oven.

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Our bargain pick? This Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven from AmazonBasics, one of the retail giant’s no-frills private-label brands, which happens to be on sale for $32.23 (normally $52.94) for Prime Day.

First, let’s talk about its looks. At a glance, it’s actually hard to tell Amazon’s version apart from those colorful Le Creuset pots you see all over Instagram. Available in four different colors (white is currently on sale), the budget pots have a very similar ombre effect, ripples on the lid, silver knobs, and a glossy white interior. It’s only when you take a closer look that you’ll notice the Amazon logo on the knob.

And now, onto what matters the most: how it performs in and on the stove. That answer? Wonderfully. With nearly 300 reviews, the pot scores 4.6 stars out of five. Says one reviewer: “For the price, I think this is an exceptional value! It is heavy enough to heat evenly, but is manageable. The enamel color is beautiful, and it clean(s) up easily. I’m quite happy that I bought this Dutch oven instead of paying a lot more for a brand name.”

“Excellent value … I have Le Creuset and Staub pieces … this is so close it’s hard to think about buying a much more expensive options simply for making stock, braising, etc. Looks very nice, too,” says another.

But don’t rely solely on the word of strangers! Your friends here at Kitchn have gotten to play with one of these Dutch ovens and have been quite impressed. They brown food well, develop a nice fond, and hold a decent amount of moisture inside (key when it comes to keeping meats juicy and tender).

For what it’s worth, we also like Lodge’s budget-friendly Dutch oven, which costs $70. And we would have suggested Aldi’s $30 Dutch oven, but it’s a special find and not available all the time.

Buy: AmazonBasics Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, $32 .23 (normally $52.94)

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