We have always adored the Le Creuset pots, but with the heavy price tag it’s really more of an investment. Though they will probably outlast you, America’s Test Kitchen published a study on Dutch ovens. They tested the more expensive brands; All-Clad and Le Creuset against some of the less expensive options; Lodge and Mario Batali’s cookware. ATK recommended the more expensive brands (above $200) as well as Lodge and Mario’s brand ($50 range). With autumn fast approaching, start looking for sales in order to get ready for soup making Sundays.