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I love how elegant and timeless Le Creuset pots look, but as someone who doesn’t really consider cooking as a passion, it’s hard for me to justify spending the cash (it costs a whopping $400) on one. Although I don’t consider cooking to be a hobby, I still like to have nice things in my house so I can try recipes that catch my eye when the time comes. That’s why I’ve been scouring the market for a Le Creuset duplicate so I can make hearty soups, mac and cheese, and more when cravings strike.
One thing I look for when investing in any kitchen item is what color combinations they come in. I know, this is probably the last thing on most chefs’ minds, but for me, I have a recurring theme of mint green/sky blue pieces decorating my home. Something about the color puts me at ease, and when I found this hoax on Amazon that not only had 12 different colors available but also had over 26,000 five-star reviews, I knew it was worth checking out.
The Dutch oven comes in three different sizes, depending on your needs. You can pick it up in the 4.3-quart size, the 6-quart size, or the 7.3-quart size. Prices range from $44 to $68 depending on the size, so even if you go for the largest, you’d be saving over $300 by opting for this Le Creuset alternative.
“I have Le Creuset and Staub pieces,” one buyer wrote. “This is so close that it’s hard to think of buying much more expensive options just to make broth, stew, etc. It also looks great.”
Amazon Basics Enameled Cast Iron Covered Dutch Oven, Blue
This cast iron dutch oven comes with the lid and can be heated in the oven up to 400 degrees, making it perfect for slow cooking. The 4.3-quart version would be perfect for side dishes instead of roasting an entire meal in it. Choose the larger sizes if you are trying to make a roast or a large portion of soup. A customer who bought the 7.3-quart size said, “VERY BEAUTIFUL! It’s heavy and big enough to fit a whole chicken. I will definitely buy more in other sizes. I’m super happy with that.”
Amazon Basics Enameled Cast Iron Covered Dutch Oven, Navy
Each of the pots comes with a one-year Amazon warranty, so you can go to town using it and see for yourself how well it holds up. But we don’t, you will be dissatisfied. Another shopper wrote: “There is nothing I don’t like about these pots, they are sturdy and well made and really affordable.”
Amazon Basics Enameled Cast Iron Covered Dutch Oven, 4.3-Quart, Light Pink
What really seals the deal for me is the fact that many of the pot reviewers own brand name dutch ovens that are similar, so they could compare the two.
“I have several Le Creusets of different sizes. They are bigger or smaller than this. With 6 quarts it’s perfect for me,” wrote one reviewer. “I admit I was skeptical about buying from the warehouse, but the price was just too tempting! It is one of the best products I have bought. I give it a 10 out of 10.”
If you are looking for a duplicate that will hold up over time, this is the way to go.