I can’t possibly explain how much I love the fall season. Everything from sweaters and boots to food and tea has got me giddy and excited more than I can say. If you’re any bit like me, then you understand the thrill I get from the multitude of colors and tasted that the fall season has to offer. Let’s talk a bit about how you can bring part of these different colors and flavors to your kitchen and campsite.
If you’re into cooking, then you’re probably familiar by now with the wonderful Dutch oven – a versatile slow cooker that’s great for soups, stews and baked goods. The fact that it’s made out of thick walls of iron cast (or other materials that are great for conducting heat, like aluminum or ceramic) will make sure that your food will cook uniformly.
We’ve compiled a list of the best Dutch ovens on the market, based on price, user reviews and product features so that you’re well-informed before deciding on what product you’ll be picking up for yourself.
Lodge L8DOL3 Cast Iron Dutch Oven
and ready to use
Friendly price range
Fits on top of stove or inside an oven
Camp Chef Deluxe 10IN Dutch Oven
Durable and easy to maintain
Small and easy to transport
Fits 5 quarts in the cooking pot and 1.8 quarts in the lid
The doubles as a serving plate and is also fitted with three small legs
Seasoned cast iron
Check the temperature of the food without removing the lid
Priced quite moderately
Texsport Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Capacity of 4 quarts
Tight fitting lid
Wire handle allows you to carry the oven
needs some coating on
Good mid-range product
Not a high-end Dutch oven
Cabela’s Outfitter Series™ Cast-Iron Tri-Leg Dutch Oven
High-capacity and overall good build quality
Different size options, starting at 10 inches, holding up to 6 quarts, up to an impressive 16 inches and 12 quarts capacity
Pre-seasoned and ready to use
Thermometer slot that’s fitted on the lid
Fairly priced for the features and quality
Very positive customer feedback
Let’s dive into the list!
Let’s start the list by talking about the Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven, a pre-seasoned piece of cookware that’s managed to become a best seller due to its quality build and very friendly price range.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Aren’t all Dutch Ovens the same?”. To put it plainly, no. The fact that it’s made out of one material essentially means that the machinery and materials used in engineering a good Cast Iron Dutch Oven are very, very important, and this company has stood the test of time, proving that they’re industry leaders in quality and customer satisfaction.
I won’t lie, this is a very appealing product. The fact that’s it’s a best-selling product is backed up by the company’s 100+ years of experience in the cookware industry, bringing guaranteed quality and reliability to your future product.
Lodge is the first company to apply pre-seasoning to its cast-iron products, which gives them that non-stick quality that’s achieved normally through several uses, giving you the best experience out of the box. The L8DOL3 Cast Iron Dutch Oven is a medium-sized product that can easily fit on top of your stove or in your oven, giving you plenty of room for cooking that tasty Ragu or pork shoulder.
Considering this product’s great construction quality, friendly size and a sweet price tag, it makes up for a very good investment for your kitchen and cooking needs.
“Oh, great, another Lodge product!” You’re right to think that! As previously mentioned, Lodge is considered to be an industry leader, and you’re bound to be running into their name when you’re shopping for cookware. Let’s talk about how this product is different than what we’ve previously covered.
The Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Deep Camp Dutch Oven is, as the name implies, a camping product. Fitted with 3 “legs”, a generous size and a handle, this cooking ware will bring flavor and taste anywhere you go.
Coming in three different sizes (5, 8 and 10 quarts) that directly impact its price, this camping piece of cookware will surely be a perfect fit for whatever you have in mind. Pre-seasoned and ready to use, the Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Deep Camp Dutch Oven has managed to get an outstanding feedback from almost all of its users, an impressive feat for any product, ensuring that you’re getting the best of the best.
Although expected, this piece of camping gear costs more than the regular Dutch Oven, with different prices for its 5 qt option and 10 qt option. However, this is what you need to invest for a premium cooking experience outside of your kitchen.
We’re going to continue our list with another camping product. The Camp Chef Deluxe 10IN Dutch Oven is another great choice for you wild spirits out there, at an even friendlier price than the previously-featured Lodge product. This little oven has some added features that will make your outdoor cooking experience easier and more enjoyable.
Durable and easy to maintain, this seasoned cast iron product is small and easy to transport, which is a very important aspect to keep in mind when traveling. Although compact, this still fits 5 quarts in the cooking pot and 1.8 quarts in the lid (yes, the lid), which doubles as a serving plate and is also fitted with three small legs, for that extra stability.
The deep dish lid will also give your food more airflow and can double as a skillet, so you can even use it as a smaller dish for cooking eggs, mushrooms and other goodies that you’ll be serving next to your cozy campfire. You can even check the temperature of the food without removing the lid!
Now, here’s the best part – this little oven is priced quite moderately, compared to other alternatives like Lodge Dutch Oven, while still being more portable and offering several features.
The Texsport Cast Iron Dutch Oven is a good product for your cooking needs, however, it does not get included in the high-end range of Dutch Ovens.
The Texsport Cast Iron Dutch Oven comes with several features that allow you to make delicious food, with convenience. It is made from cast iron and has a 4 qt capacity, which is sufficient for ample food making during camping. There is a tight fitting lid for keeping the cooked food safe from dirt and moisture, while a wire handle allows you to carry the oven to the table after you are done cooking in it. Without any pre-seasoning, you’ll have to use this Dutch oven before taking it on your trips, which is a downer. I mean, you probably don’t have the room to use it in your oven, because of its legs, lid and handles. If you take it out with you without wearing it out a bit, then food will stick to it and it will be a nightmare to clean! If you have a fireplace or a yard and some spare time on your hands, you can totally get some coating on it before putting it to the real test and you can save a bit of money by doing so.
Overall, it is a good mid-range product, with a growing list of satisfied customers.
The Cabela’s Outfitter Cast-Iron Dutch oven has made this list because of its high-capacity and overall build quality.
Surely enough, this is a good choice for people who are traveling in bigger groups. You can buy it in different size options, starting at 10 inches, holding up to 6 quarts, up to an impressive 16 inches and 12 quarts capacity.
Pre-seasoned and good-to-go, the Cabela’s Outfitter Tri-Leg Dutch Oven can be used in various ways during your trips, ensuring an even heat distribution to your food over fire and charcoal while still being easy to clean and store.
This is another product that gives you the option to check the internal temperature of the oven through a thermometer slot that’s fitted on the lid, which is a nice feature to have, especially for food that needs more attention.
Price-wise, it’s fair. Due to the varying sizes, the exact price depends on the version you are opting to buy. It’s also important to mention that customer feedback for this product has been very positive, ensuring that you get what you buy, with no fuss involved!
For the last product in this list, we have another Lodge cooking ware. This one has the honor of having the Scouts of America logo embossed on the lid, a nice touch for people who want to support the scouts.
Great for camping, this 6 quart pre-seasoned Lodge L12CO3BS Dutch Oven is a nice choice, coming with all the basic features you require while cooking. There is the lid, which can invert to be used as a griddle, while the wire handle allows you to carry the oven to the fire spot and back easily. The oven comes with three legs for convenience while cooking and using during camping. Aesthetics wise, it has a beautiful design and the embossed emblem really adds a bit of style to it, making this Dutch oven stand apart from other alternatives in it category.
While the oven does not have any spectacular features, it is a great choice for people who support scouts or are a member of scouting groups themselves.
After reviewing each product, you’ve probably noticed that there are some premium options and some ordinary ones. I have reviewed these products based on their features, overall quality, price and customer satisfaction.
Personally, I think the best picks, depending on what you need, are the Lodge L8DOL3 Cast Iron Dutch Oven, which is great for using in-doors on your personal stove or in your oven, and the Camp Chef Deluxe 10IN Dutch Oven for when you’re going camping because of its very friendly price and nice added features that are bound to make your cooking experience easier and more enjoyable.
To get the most out of your Dutch Oven, I would strongly advise you to get some accessories for it to help you cook efficiently and conveniently. Have a look at some of the best Dutch Oven gadgets on your website by clicking here.
I hope that this will help you in taking a well-informed decision, making sure that you get the best product on the market that’s bound to satisfy all of your cooking needs.