Reviews for Cuisinart Chef's Classic Enameled Cast Iron 7-Quart Round Covered Casserole, Cardinal Red
People say Cuisinart is really similar to Le Creuset.
I bought this Dutch oven after reading America’s Test Kitchen reviews and couldn’t be happier. They reviewed several Dutch ovens with number one being the very expensive Le Creuset at over $300.00 and Cuisinart being number two. They were spot on. It’s heavy but I like the heat distribution and size. It’s just me and my spouse and we have plenty of leftovers for a second or sometimes third meal or lunch. I bought this after the holidays and have already made four recipes with all of them turning out fantastic. This is really easy to clean as well.
So, I am new to cooking in a Dutch oven, but I am trying to get into it more (though I do cook with cast iron skillets all the time). I looked at various ones on the internet and settled for this one. This Dutch oven is nice and heavy duty (cast iron always is). The finish is good and attractive. I have used it once so far and it was easy to cook in and to clean afterwards. I really like it, especially for the price. I looked at Le Creuset because it is considered the "top of the line", but I could not justify spending what they were asking when I can basically get a similar product at a much lower price. Since I just started using it, I will post an update if I see any issues in the future, but I don't foresee that since it looks like a solid product right out of the box. Anyways, wish me luck in my future cooking with my Dutch oven!
Worth it for price
Using it a bit, the enamel obviously can't take basic use like a Le Creuset, but for like a third the price, it holds up better than the Lodge at least. I've only used it like 3 times, but it's starting to develop scratching along the bottom from whisking. I've used LC in the past and it can hold up to a metal whisk, so that's a ding here, but it doesn't chip or flake off the way cheaper brands do. If you want perfect performance, it seems like you'll have to spend the $300 or so, but I have less issues abusing this and buying the nice one in the future for things that I won't be aggressively deglazing in.
Excellent Value Compared to Le Creuset
I was a tried and true fan of Le Creuset products, but after reading a review about this line of Cuisinart enameled pots, I thought I'd try one out. I was astounded by the excellent quality for the price compared to the Le Creuset products I'm used to. Clean up after several uses is still easy and all the browned bits from cooking easily come off the porcelain and it still looks brand new. Glad I tried this out. I will be adding more sizes to my collection soon.
Excellent Dutch Oven!
I chose the Cuisinart based on the reviews from the folks at America's Test Kitchen. I am not at all disappointed! The lighter colored interior makes it easy to monitor how well the food is browning, the enameled cast iron provides a great amount of heat distribution, and the colors they've made available mean it's not an eyesore when it's out. One drawback to consider is the weight of this thing. I think it's around 15 pounds, possibly more. Now - you won't get much lighter than that unless you spend much more on the Le Creuset. So, unless those couple of pounds will make or break it, go with this one. It really is a pleasure to cook in.
Once more into the breach...
Had Le Creuset and Staub 5 quart pots, both of which lost their coatings eventually so I saw a review on Cook's Country that gave Cuisinart as high a review for a fraction of the money so I thought I would try it. It is the plainest looking thing but the color is pretty. I use this pot constantly so I need the best quality cast iron but honestly if you want one to last for ever just get a cast iron dutch oven. I have one that is on it's 4th generation. I keep this one on my stove top so I like to have something prettier but I find that coatings don't last forever.
Very satisfied with price and quality
I bought this as an economical alternative to a Le Creuset dutch oven. I have cooked all ,sorts of meals in it, and so far, I am extremely pleased. I got the 7 qt model which is quite heavy (not a bad thing in a dutch oven, just something to consider if you are not terribly strong). I use wooden or silicone utensils because of the ceramic coating. I'm sure Le Creuset makes a quality product, though I can't imagine what difference b/w this product and a LC would justify the price difference. I would be careful washing it simply b/c the weight makes it easy to drop and therefore chip the ceramic. Not a fault, just a fact of life.
Great value for an excellent Dutch oven
Bought on the recommendation of America’s Test Kitchen best for value if you didn’t want to invest in Le Creuset’s Dutch oven. Performed well on Thanksgiving to roast a turkey breast. Perfect size for a 5-7 pound breast. Clean up was easy. It is a very heavy pot and I had to have my husband put it in and remove it from the oven.
Better than the expensive French band!!
Can’t believe I’m saying this... but I like this pot better than my Le creuset!. I need something small than my 7qt. Le. This fit the bill. It actually cooks a little bit better than heat is more evenly distributed and I can cook it on med low and it boils water. Really impressed
Best value you can find
I've been using this for about 2 months now and it is so versatile! Aside from the $400 Le Creuset, this is the best dutch oven you can get. When you compare the price to others, I guarantee the extra money will get you a product that will last longer than the those.