If you’re a serious home cook who doesn’t own Le Creuset, you’ve probably got one. The enameled Dutch stove is stylish, practical and comes with a lifetime guarantee. It also comes with a minimum price of $ 100 + (even on sale), which means that for many home cooks, it’s nothing more than a wish list. But there is good news for buyers who are willing to sacrifice the Le Creuset name for a cheaper version of the product: As Quartzy reports, Amazon is now selling its own version of the kitchenware from just $ 44.
There are not many notable differences between Amazon Basics’ cast iron Dutch stove and an authentic Le Creuset. Both are equipped with side loop handles, a secure lid and a glossy enamel glaze. Like Le Creuset, Amazon̵
The choices on Amazon are more limited than those of the classic French brand. The Dutch Amazon oven is currently available in two sizes – 4.3 liters ($ 44) and 6 liters ($ 49) – compared to Le Creuset, which offers a wider range of shapes and sizes. And while the Dutch ovens from Le Creuset are available in at least 20 colors and in limited patterns, Amazon currently only produces its pots in blue, red, green and white. (Amazon also makes a 3.3-liter casserole pan for $ 54.)
There is also the question of quality: the thinner enamel coating of the Amazon product is unlikely to last as long as that of Le Creuset without splintering. However, if you’re looking for something that fits your budget, Amazon Basics’ Dutch oven is a smart alternative.
You can find the Dutch stoves at Amazon Basics from $ 44.
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A version of this article was first published in 2018. It has been updated to reflect current prices.