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Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel Dutch Oven

Last updated: October 30, 2019


We looked at the top Dutch Ovens and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Dutch Oven you should buy.

Product Details

In our analysis of 64 expert reviews, the Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel Dutch Oven placed 5th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Use this large Dutch oven to brown or sear meats, then add other ingredients to prepare savory stews and meat sauce. It’s oven safe, so allowing you the option to finish recipes in the oven. Bring stunning, contemporary design to your kitchen with Calphalon Contemporary Stainless cookware. Crafted from lustrous, brushed stainless steel, clean lines and curvaceous silhouettes, Contemporary Stainless epitomizes the soul of modern style with professional performance and dishwasher-safe convenience. Enjoy stunning design and premium performance in your kitchen with the Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel 8-quart Covered Dutch Oven. This Dutch oven is the stylish and functional choice for chefs with a taste for all things modern. Offering stovetop to oven versatility, this Dutch oven is perfect for browning and searing meats, then adding ingredients for stew to slow-cook in the oven to perfection. Sturdy stainless steel construction surrounds a full aluminum core, delivering excellent heat conductivity. The Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel 8-quart Covered Dutch Oven is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, oven and broiler safe, and backed by a full lifetime warranty. The generous 8-quart capacity of the Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel Covered Dutch Oven makes it ideal for preparing family meals such as chili, soups, and stews, and is large enough to hold a whole chicken. Sturdy loop handles allow the Dutch oven to easily move from the stovetop to the oven for pot roasts, casseroles, and baked pasta dishes. Combining the beauty of stainless steel with the superior performance of aluminum, this Calphalon Dutch oven is made with a full aluminum core between two layers of stainless steel for superb conductivity and even, consistent heating. Modernly styled with a brushed stainless exterior, stainless steel is the ideal cooking surface for browning, searing, and sautéing foods. The Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel 8-quart Covered Dutch Oven is dishwasher safe for quick and easy cleaning. You can use this Dutch oven in the oven and broiler. This Dutch oven is intended for gas, electric, halogen, ceramic, and induction stove tops.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

Made of a combination of aluminum for even heating and heavy-gauge stainless steel for long-lasting strength.
Heavy-gauge aluminum core, stainless steel outer. The Calphalon Stainless Steel Dutch Oven is constructed with a heavy-gauge aluminum core, which is an excellent heat conductor and distributes the heat evenly. Two layers of stainless steel are bonded over the aluminum, providing a non-porous, non-reactive surface that’s safe to use with all types of utensils. Several reviewers also comment on how easy it is to clean this Dutch oven.
The aluminum core incorporated between the two stainless steel layers of this Dutch oven offers unrivaled conductivity and uniform heating to adorable browning. The stainless steel Dutch oven also comes with a tempered-glass lid, which is clear enough to let you monitor the cooking progress.
People have reported that this casserole dish is wonderfully easy to clean and that it has enough of a capacity that people can serve their entire families. It should also manage to heat the dishes evenly enough to be satisfying.
The Calphalon Stainless Steel 8-Quart Dutch Oven has a more modern feel and it’s made of heavy gauge stainless steel but it’s more expensive than some of the others and a lot of reviewers didn’t feel like the lid poured very well.
If you’re looking for a big Dutch oven that features lightweight, less price and extremely durable proof, this 8-quart pot is everything you need.
The Calphalon Contemporary Dutch oven is 8 quarts and has a glass lid and riveted handles. The pot is oven safe and is constructed of stainless steel with an aluminum bottom core, making it safe for use with all utensils. It heats and cooks evenly.

What reviewers didn't like

Lip doesn't pour particularly well.
Not tall. One user concern is that this Dutch oven is not tall enough. But Dutch ovens, compared to stock pots, are typically shorter and wider.
It's not easy to pour out of the pot, and some users have reported the lid does not fit tightly.
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