Do you have an enameled Lodge dutch oven? Do you use it a lot? How has it held up? Can it compare to Le Creuset?
I've been wanting a Le Creuset dutch oven forever, but wasn't sure I could justify the cost, and was planning to get a Lodge one instead. However, tonight I stopped by TJ Maxx to see if they had any, and discovered to my shock that they had some Le Creuset ovens for $160, in the size I wanted (5.5 qts). I figured I couldn't pass up such a good deal, and bought one.
But now I'm wondering if $160 is still too much, given that Lodge gets such good reviews
, and I can buy one for more like $50. And I have the TJ Maxx receipt, so I could return it tomorrow.
BUT! Most of the Lodge reviews I've seen (like the Cooks Illustrated one above) are with a new dutch oven. And I know one of the main selling points with Le Creuset is how well they hold up over the long term. Also, I bought a $50 dutch oven from Target a few years ago and it had started to chip within a year. I'd prefer to not keep buying $50 dutch ovens every few years.
So: have you had an enameled Lodge dutch oven for more than a few years? Do you use it a lot? How has it held up?