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Casserole dish and Dutch oven reviews

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Last updated: 01 May 2023


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Casserole dishes or Dutch ovens are mostly constructed of enamelled cast iron which provides excellent heat distribution and heat retention. They're ideal for cooking meals that require braising or searing and then slow cooking, where you want flavour to develop over an extended period of time. 

We've conducted a range of cooking tests on popular casserole pots and Dutch ovens to find out which ones:

  • perform the best when making brown rice, bolognaise sauce and oven baked bread
  • are easy to use, handle and clean.
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Our interactive comparison tool helps you easily compare models and our Recommended list will show you at a glance which models come out on top.

Looking for a slow cooker instead? Check out our slow cooker reviews.

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      We assess performance by cooking brown rice, bolognaise sauce and oven baked bread. The results for these three tests are weighted equally to get the performance score.

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      We assess the durability of the lid and pot edge by lifting the lid on and off 25 times and then hitting the side of the bowl 50 times with a metal spoon. We also check how comfortable the handle is to hold, the size of the knob and how close it sits to the lid, if it and the side handles are easy to grip with an oven mitt, and whether the threading of the knob becomes loose. In addition to this we assess how easy the pot is to clean.

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      • Performance score
      • Brown rice score
      • Bolognaise score
      • Oven baked bread score
      • Chilli beef score
      • Ease of use score
      • Boil time (min:sec)
      • Seasoning instructions before first use
      • Good points
      • Bad points
      • Price
      • Surface temperature of lid knob (°C)
      • Surface temperature of side handle (°C)
      • Weight (kg)
      • Weight without lid (kg)
      • Dishwasher safe
      • Oven safe (up to °C)
      • Stated volume (L)
      • Measured useable volume (L)
      • Base thickness (mm)
      • Measured external diameter of base (cm)
      • Steam vent
      • Bowl material
      • Body material
      • Lid handle material
      • Interior colour
      • Lip or spout
      • Warranty
      • Country of origin


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