A large, beautiful addition to any dining table or kitchen island, this Cuisinart Chef 7-quart Dutch oven earns our best for entertaining. point. For transporting the pot, its handles are quite small, so it can be difficult to fit a thick mitt into the handle holes, but it’s easy to grip handles when using kitchen towels. With enough room for three or four large chicken thighs, this pot sears the meat well, and the thighs released easily in our testing, even though a little stuck to the center of the pot. The rice was cooked well and reached the perfect texture. The only downside was the rice around the edges of the pot turned a little brown. In our durability testing, the interior started to show signs of damage after repeated impact, but it mostly held and did “not significantly impair or lead to chipping.” This Dutch oven took a while to heat the oil and bring the liquids to a boil, which isn’t entirely surprising given its thick base and large diameter.