Can't Afford a Le Creuset Dutch Oven? Amazon Sells Its Own for Less Than $50
If you're a serious home cook who doesn't own a Le Creuset, you've probably been coveting one. The enameled Dutch oven is stylish, practical, and it comes with a lifetime warranty. It also comes with a minimum $100+ price tag (even on sale), which means it's nothing more than a wish list item for many amateur chefs. But there's good news for shoppers willing to sacrifice the Le Creuset name for a cheaper version of the product: As Quartzy reports, Amazon now sells its own version of the kitchenware starting at just $41.
There aren't many noticeable differences between the cast-iron Dutch oven from Amazon Basics and an authentic Le Creuset. Both come with loop side handles, a secure lid, and a glossy enamel glaze. Like the Le Creuset, Amazon's Dutch oven can be used to braise meats, bake breads, and cook stews, and is safe for storing and marinating food and cooking it in the oven (up to 400°F) or on the stovetop.
The choices you get from Amazon are more limited than what you get from the classic French brand. The Amazon Dutch oven is currently available in two sizes—4.3-quart ($41) and 6-quart ($46)—compared to Le Creuset, which has a wider range of shapes and sizes. And while Le Creuset's Dutch ovens come in at least 20 colors, plus limited-edition patterns, Amazon is only producing its pots in blue, red, green, and white for now. (Amazon also makes a 3.3-quart casserole skillet for $52.)
There's also the matter of quality: The Amazon product's thinner enamel coating likely won't last as long as Le Creuset's without chipping. But if you're looking for something that works within your budget, the Dutch oven from Amazon Basics is a smart alternative.
You can find the Dutch ovens on Amazon Basics starting at $41.
A version of this article first ran in 2018. It has been updated to reflect current prices.