Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Last updated: April 18, 2019

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Product Details

In our analysis of 64 expert reviews, the Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven placed 9th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The enameled cast-iron 5.5 qt covered round Dutch oven is part of Tramontina’s Gourmet collection of premium products engineered and manufactured with the finest design, materials and workmanship, outperforming similar products within the market and delivering the best quality and value to the cooking professional and enthusiast alike. Prized by cooks for heat retention and even cooking, this enameled cast-iron 5.5 qt covered round Dutch oven will deliver heat slowly to tenderize meats, poultry and vegetables and comes in a vibrant, gradated porcelain enamel exterior finish offering an elegant kitchen to table serving option. The self-basting condensation ridges on lid uniformly collect and direct vapors onto food, so your vegetarian lasagna and pork tenderloins serve up incredibly moist and flavorful. The round Dutch oven also cooks fruit cobblers, cornbread and a buffet’s worth of baked favorites. Sturdy side handles make for secure lifting and transferring of the Tramontina enameled cast-iron Dutch oven to your table. The heavy-gauge cast-iron covered round Dutch oven cooking surface is coated with off-white, smooth and easy-to-clean PFOA- and PTFE-free porcelain enamel. Hand-wash only, compatible with all cooktops and oven-safe to 450 F. This product is assembled and packaged in USA and offered under a lifetime warranty.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Speed of heating was excellent. Browning performance was very good.
Its large diameter makes it a great size for browning a lot of meat at once.
It is highly durable and can withstand high heat in the oven. The lid itself has self-basting condensation ridges to collect and drip back moisture onto the food.
This is a budget choice for having a nice Dutch oven. It has durable construction and pretty wide base for the size. With quite tall sides, it makes less convenient to sear chunks or large batches, while braises and stews are flawlessly successful.

What reviewers didn't like

Inside bottom of pot looks scratched and abraded. Ease of cleaning was fair. Sauce simmer was poor.
We found that it had some trouble heating evenly on electric ranges.
Relative to the other Dutch ovens, Tramontina’s is narrow and tall. It’s 10⅛ inches wide, while the similar-capacity Kirkland model is an inch wider. It’s a small but crucial difference, making the Tramontina less convenient for browning and offering less usable capacity for dealing with larger cuts of meat or larger quantities of ingredients.
Enamel chips – This is a common issue with enameled cast iron cookware including Tramontina. If you are not careful during cooking and washing-up, a slight bang would be enough to cause the enamel to chip. Some buyers have also complained of the interior chipping after a few months of use. However, chipping does not render your cookware useless as the video clip above explains. But bits of it might get into your food while cooking and this is where you have to be extra cautious.
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