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'My Goldilocks pot': Amazon's top-selling Dutch oven is on sale (and it's not Le Creuset)

If you've ever stepped foot in the home of a pro chef, you'll find a Le Creuset. The cast-iron Dutch ovens have a cult following for a reason: They're durable, masters at infusing flavors and among the most stylish cookware you can own. They're also ridiculously expensive, and even if you spot one on sale, you're still going to have to cough up hundreds of dollars. The good news? Amazon shoppers are convinced they found the closest thing to the cookware — The Crock-Pot Artisan Round Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven — and it can be had for as little as $48.

Step aside, Le Creuset — this affordable Dutch oven has 7,000+ perfect five-star ratings and counting.
$48 at Amazon

This nonstick cast-iron beauty can accommodate up to five quarts of stews, soups and roasts, and it's available in a variety of decadent shades, though the least expensive is the Teal Ombre hue. Since it's coated in enamel, it's super easy to clean and will never rust. Like all cast iron cookware, it can be used on your stovetop or in your oven (up to 500 degrees). Oversized handles make it easy to pick up, and a self-basting lid helps marry the flavors inside.

Amazon's top-selling Dutch oven has no shortage of fans — in fact, it amassed over 7,000 five-star ratings. Most, of course, compare the cookware to Le Creuset:

"I am a big Le Creuset cookware fan and was considering paying the almost $300 for their Dutch oven," one shopper reported. "But I got this to see how often I would even use a Dutch oven before spending all that money on the name brand." So, she went with this Crock-Pot, and here's her report: "The color is way prettier than any of the other colors out there and for this price, YOU CANNOT BEAT THIS DEAL. I would recommend this pot 20 times out of 10 if you are considering a Dutch oven. TRY THIS OUT YOU WILL NOT REGRET THIS PURCHASE!!!" We think she likes it.

blue dutch oven
From roasts to stews and even cakes, a Dutch oven is the ultimate kitchen sidekick. (Photo: Amazon)

While it's great for those on a budget, it's certainly not designed to cut any corners: It's heavy, durable and works just as well as the more expensive brands.

One shopper, who called it her "Goldilocks pot," wrote: "I cannot imagine a better Dutch oven, even Le Creuset. Because it’s heavy, I store it in my oven, making it easier for me (senior) to put on my stovetop. Cleaning is simple, as nothing really sticks. I’ve made soups, stews, homemade pasta and brisket and notice very little evaporation. I plan to bake bread in it soon. It’s become my go-to pot."

Congratulations: You have just found the perfect pot. As one shopper succinctly shared: "If you like it heavy, fancy and have found the one."

Teal too intense for ya? How bout this cool Aqua variation for just five bucks more?
$53 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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