This casserole is the cheapest in it's category catered by amazon. It is well built, with fine finishing touches and does the job perfect. It is no cheap immitation, the cast iron construction is sound, the handles are large enough to manouvre the casserole while having a good safe grip and the six litre capacity means you can cook a meal for six people. I was amazed at how airtight the lid fits on the base as when you are cooking you can see no steam escape. Cooking with cast iron is a great new experience for us and certainly one we want to pass on to others.