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buying an enamel cast iron dutch oven

Ok so I am looking into buying a cast Iron dutch oven but my husband and I are tight on money. I found one at Walmart: Lodge Color Enamel 6-Qt. Cast Iron Dutch Oven, Which has a ton of good reviews and is $49.99 and a nice brown color that I like and I found one at Target: Oster Cast Iron 5 Qt Casserole Dish, which has no reviews but is $27.98 and is an ok color purple that I could live with. I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions for me or if anyone knew anything about the Oster Cast Iron.. I couldn't find any reviews on it anywhere. Thank you!

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  1. I think you would have better luck moving this over to the Cookware board, which handles subjects like this.

    1. Of the non French made enameled cast iron, your best bet is the Lodge Color, hands down. The problem with much of the lower cost enameled cast iron is that the enamel chips very easily, of the lower cost pieces Lodge Color is reportedly the least likely to chip of the bunch. That isn't to say the piece you buy will or not, it's just playing the odds. Everyone that posts here has an exception to just about any generalized statement, but if you play the odds in general you are better off.

      1. Lodge Color, Tramontina and ChefMate makes some good reputable enameled Dutch Oven. I won't get Oster just because of the lack of information at this point.

        1. Hello!

          I have a Le Creuset, which I love dearly and baby like no other, but I got it at a steep discount (40% off... about $180).

          However, it was still very expensive, and I probably bought it for brand name more than anything (even though the quality is fantastic).

          Here is a review I found online: http://www.thehungrymouse.com/2011/06...

          It seems to think that lodge is just as good as their le creuset. I don't know about longevity, but I'm sure if you take care of it, dont blast it with super high heat when it's empty, etc. it will serve you well.

          I don't know about Oster, but it might be worth getting something that has documented success in the kitchen.

          Good luck! Let us know what you decide and how it works out!

          1. Thank you so much for the replies to my question! I just ordered the lodge Dutch oven. All of your responses were very helpful! If I could afford the le creuset I totally would buy it.. But as a newlywed I can't get myself to spend that much. Thanks again :)

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            1. re: lovinmyhubby

              You made a good low risk choice. Depending on what you cook, raw cast iron is an opton too though only about $15 cheaper. Lodge has a long standing name and reputation behind it so, that's where I would normally go. Though, Tramontina looks pretty good too and would get a second look.

              I was fortunate recently at Williams and Sonoma when I saw a STAUB OVAL 7 1/2 QT Dutch Oven on sale for $150 in my color!!!! I can't say it is three times better then the Lodge you got but, it does have some nice features and for a "splurge" that will last several lifetimes I know I will get my money's worth out of it.

              1. re: lovinmyhubby

                I have used the Lodge Color enameled cast iron Dutch Oven. They are good. Now, Lodge actually has two lines of enameled cast iron cookware: the Color and the "L".

                http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-Series-Du...

                The L series is the elite series and the cookware are very beautiful. Unfortunately, I found quality control of the L series is actually not as good as the Color series.