To throw it out there I'm completely new to enameled cast iron, never owned one, no experience with them or brands, just want to be informed :) So today I went to my local Sur La Table with full intentions to walk out with the highly regarded Le Creuset Fennel Wide Oval French Oven, 3½ qt. for 129 bucks. I spent all last night reading forums and everyone seemed to agree that it would last a lifetime, was great, made in France great quality, etc etc.. While staring at them in the store and seeing the other brands, particularly the Sur La Table brand had a 8 qt oval French Oven for $109.00, it occurred to me that no one exactly stated "why" Le Creuset is the best. Is it the best cause its made in France compared to almost all the others including Lodge are made in China? And if thats the reason is French iron better then China iron? Is it because Le Creuset has been around the longest therefore other brands haven't had the time to gain years of ownership reviews? I'm just kinda confused on what exactly makes Le Creuset last decades longer then other brands. Does anyone have any experience with the Sur La Table brand or Lodge compared to Le Crueset that offer some insight? I love the idea of being able to pass this down to my daughter, and I'm a full believer of buy cheap buy twice, if Le Creuset is the clear winner Im not arguing and Ill be next in line to get one, if its Lodge ill be there too! If the Sur La Table brand is just as good then I'm all for saving money :) Here is 3 links to the 3 in debate, and ty for any help it is very much appreciated!! I'm all ears!