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lovinmyhubby Feb 23, 2012 05:15 PM

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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    Jane917 Aug 9, 2012 09:17 AM

    I noticed yesterday that Macy's has some good prices (and good colors) on Martha Stewart cast iron dutch ovens. Has anyone had experience with them? I have Le Crueset and Staub, but could stand to use a cheaper one.

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      cutipie721 Aug 9, 2012 10:36 AM

      "Macy's has some good prices (and good colors) on Martha Stewart cast iron dutch ovens."

      One year later, they're back? I hope they're doing something right this time.
      http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/pr...

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      blondelle Aug 5, 2012 05:08 PM

      I had a 6 qt. color Lodge in red and after only a few uses just making soup it had small chips all over it. It was never banged or knocked and I had no idea how they happened. The enamel was smoother than other low priced brands and well applied but it didn't hold up at all!

      1. Hank Hanover Aug 5, 2012 04:45 PM

        I wanted everybody to know that Walmart has a 6.5 quart Tramontina enameled dutch oven on sale for $35. I guess it is normally $49.xx.

        http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tramontina-...

        Anyway, I think it is a great deal and I wanted everybody to know about it.

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          Chemicalkinetics Aug 5, 2012 04:53 PM

          Good point. I also want to iterate that there are three brands of enameled cast iron cookware which are considered to be good quality and inexpensive. They are: Lodge Color, Chefmate, and Tramontina.

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          lovinmyhubby Feb 24, 2012 12:02 PM

          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
            Sid Post Feb 24, 2012 12:46 PM

            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.

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              Chemicalkinetics Aug 5, 2012 04:51 PM

              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.

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              JustyBear Feb 24, 2012 11:37 AM

              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. Chemicalkinetics Feb 24, 2012 10:06 AM

                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.

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                  mikie Feb 24, 2012 05:58 AM

                  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. Tripeler Feb 23, 2012 09:10 PM

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

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