I purchased this as a replacement for a 5 1/2 quart pan that was recently ruined when it was being used for steaming...with no water. Oh well, luckily I got a great deal on the Circulon 5-1/2-Quart Dutch Oven and so far I'm very pleased with it's quality.
I've used it for numerous things: boiling water for pasta, simmering a large pot of marinara sauce, a pork roast in the oven and even a cheese sauce. It seems to maintain even heat, without any hot spots. I also like the clear lid so that I can see how things are progressing without removing the lid and losing heat. The only complaint I have and the reason for not giving it 5 stars is that the metal handles on both the sides and lid do get hot. I would expect that when using it in the oven, but even when using it on the stove they are too hot to touch without a hot pad.
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Simmer up a spicy black bean soup or a gourmet risotto in this Circulon 5-1/2-quart covered Dutch oven crafted in durable hard-anodized aluminum with a fully-encapsulated stainless-steel base for premium heat convection and thorough insulation. The hi-low wave technology distributes even heat, while nonstick coating on the Dutch oven's exterior and interior ensures hassle-free cooking and cleaning. The chef transports the Dutch oven by two cast stainless-steel loop handles, riveted securely to its sides. Another loop handle sits atop the lid. Unlike other hard-anodized cookware, the unique nonstick exterior renders the Dutch oven dishwasher- safe. For baking applications, the Dutch oven fares well in ovens up to 500 degrees F. A limited lifetime warranty covers this item. The Dutch oven measures 12 by 11-2/3 by 6-1/10 inches and weighs 4 pounds upon shipping.--Jessica Reuling