Dutch oven devotees praise Le Creuset's signature cast-iron product for its superior cooking abilities and gorgeous design, but the cult item comes at a price. Despite occasional flash sales, it retails for about $380 on Crate and Barrel.
If you've been tempted to try a Dutch oven but can't justify the price, Amazon reviewers have found a near-identical rival: the Lodge Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven. The best part? It retails for roughly $50, depending on size—a mere fraction of the price of an original Le Creuset product.
According to Elle Decor, the resemblance is uncanny. Lodge's Dutch oven comes in 11 different colors and six sizes. It's made of the same chip-resistant porcelain-enamel finish, and according to over 6000 Amazon reviews, it cooks just as well as the original.
"There is absolutely NO difference in the performance of this pan," one reviewer wrote. "In fact, it comes with the metal knob (I had to buy one for my Le Creuset). It's fantastic! Super heavy, white interior, no chips, no flaws in the enamel, and the lid fits perfectly. The sides of the pot slope slightly toward the bottom (unlike the other two pots, which have straight sides) which I find I prefer. The red of this pot very closely matches the red of my Le Creuset pot." Consider us sold.