6 colorful cast iron cookware pieces that are more affordable than Le Creuset

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Cast iron cookware is never cheap. That’s because it’s so durable, getting better with age. Think of it as an investment! But if you want colorful, enameled cast iron cookware (rather than just the plain iron stuff), the prices usually go up.

The most popular cast iron brand, Le Creuset, makes some of the best. However, not everyone can (or wants) to spend $400 on a Dutch oven — and that’s OK.

If you like the look and function of enameled cast iron, but want to find a more affordable option, there are some out there. Shop some of the best colorful cast iron cookware below — and get it for under $200.

1. Great Jones The Dutchess, $155

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Woman-owned cookware brand Great Jones sells a colorful cast iron Dutch oven called The Dutchess — and it’s one to envy. The 6 1/4-quart pot comes in seven colors, including a limited-edition taffy pink color.

2. Our Place Always Pan, $145

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The Always Pan can do it all — sauté, braise, fry — and it even comes with a steaming basket and spoon holder attached to the handle. Use the enameled cast iron on the stove or in the oven to make a meal. It’s naturally nonstick and comes in seven colors.

3. Martha Stewart Collection Cast Iron Grill Pan, $54.99 (Orig. $109.99)

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A cast iron grill pan has a few benefits: You can grill indoors and you avoid the potentially dangerous char from cooking over an open flame. Because it’s cast iron, you can sear a steak and finish it in the oven — all on the same grill pan.

4. Crock-Pot Artisan 5-Quart Cast Iron Braiser, $89.99

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You may know Crock-Pot for its electric slow cookers, but the brand also makes cast iron cookware. Use its braiser to make a stew, starting on the stovetop and finishing it in the oven. Its sturdy handles let you carry it from kitchen to table. Plus, it’s nonstick enameled cast iron is completely chip-resistant.

5. Bruntmor 2-In-1 Square Casserole Baking Pan With Griddle Lid, $83.95

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This Bruntmor cast iron casserole dish has a lid that can be used as a griddle, so you’re getting two cast iron dishes for the price of one. It’s a steal! Use this multi-baker to make a pasta bake in the oven and grilled meat on the stove.

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