For braising, slow-cooking, and rustic-bread baking, durable Dutch ovens are a solid investment. We tested lots of pots to find these four faves.
STATUS SYMBOL The iconic Le Creuset 51∕2- Quart Round Dutch Oven passed all our tests—with flying colors. Speaking of colors, there are often trendy new shades. $ 340, lecreuset.com
FAN GIRL If you love Rach’s pots and pans, add her Dutch oven to the mix! Thisr achaelr ay3 1∕2- Quart Cast- Iron Covered Casserole is the perfect size if you’re cookingf ort wo. $80, qvc.com — DANIELLE BLUNDELL
CHEF’S CHOICE Staub’s5 1∕2- Quartc ast- Iron Round Cocotte was built to braise.af ittedl idw ithb umps on the bottom prevents evaporation and directs condensation onto the food to keep the meat moist. $ 325, williams-sonoma.com
BUDGET BUY The crusty, lofty loaf we made in the Artisanal Kitchen Supply 5- Quart Enameled Cast- Iron Dutch Oven convinced us that we’ll never knead another Dutch oven. This retro model is a steal! $70, bedbathandbeyond.com