Can't Afford a Le Creuset? Amazon Is Selling Its Own Version of the Dutch Oven for $40
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, 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 is selling its own version of the kitchenware starting at just $40.
There aren't many noticeable differences between the cast iron dutch oven from AmazonBasics 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 only available in three sizes (4.5-quart, 6-quart, and 7.5-quart), 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 and red for now.
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 purchase your own today for $40 to $60.