Dunelm has released stylish new casserole dishes to rival the iconic Our Place pans

At just £42, who could resist?

Dunelm cast aluminium casserole dish on kitchen worktop
(Image credit: Dunelm)

Just when we thought we couldn’t love Dunelm anymore, the retailer has gone and released new, sleek casserole dishes. And we’re suckers for bright and bold pans at Ideal Home, so it should come as no surprise to learn that we’re obsessed. 

From the best saucepan sets to the best pans for induction hobs, we’re constantly keeping our eyes peeled for practical pans that will help us cook up a storm in the kitchen. And while Dunelm has no shortage of practical cookware, their latest drop offers form, function AND style. 

Yep, these new Dunelm dishes are so pretty that they even rival the best cast iron pans from the likes of Le Cruset and Our Place. But in true Dunelm form, they’re a fraction of the price - and dare we say even prettier? 

Dunelm cast aluminium casserole dish on kitchen worktop

(Image credit: Dunelm)

At the moment, you can only buy these dishes in green or grey, but Dunelm seems to be riding the cast aluminium colour train right now - so we have a feeling that these won’t be the only options to come from this collection. After all, they’re competing with the big leagues. 

Cast Aluminium Shallow 28cm Casserole Dish | £42 at Dunelm

Cast Aluminium Shallow 28cm Casserole Dish | £42 at Dunelm

Offering 4.4L of cooking space, this casserole dish has a stainless steel base, a dual layer of non-stick, scratch-resistant coating, and a sleek and modern design. It’s oven-safe up to 200°C, suitable for all hob types (yes, even induction hobs) and dishwasher-safe. It also comes in a few different sizes, including a cheaper 20cm Casserole Dish for £35, a 24cm Casserole Dish for £45, and a 28cm Casserole Dish for £55

Aesthetically, the new Dunelm cookware is a dead-ringer for the bestselling Our Place Pan and the much-loved Le Creuset dishes, making them an affordable option for those who don’t have £100s to spend on cookware (one day, right?).

However, there is a big difference between them in terms of construction. Although the designer brands are made from cast iron, the Dunelm casserole dishes are made from cast aluminium. And while cast iron is generally considered to be superior to cast aluminium in terms of its heat retention and strength, that’s not to say that cast aluminium doesn’t have its benefits. 

blue kitchen with island and stools

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In fact, cast aluminium is actually much lighter than cast iron and doesn’t require seasoning, which makes it easier to clean and easier to use. 

Of course, this difference also lends itself well to a cheaper price point. So, if you’re willing to bypass the fact that it’s not traditional cast iron, this Dunelm offering could be the prettiest new addition to your kitchen. 

But if you’re wondering if there are any other beautiful pots, pans, and dishes like this Dunelm casserole dish out there, wonder no more. Here are some of the prettiest pans on the market right now. 

The prettiest pans - our top picks

Don’t mind us while we buy one of each...

Lauren Bradbury

Lauren Bradbury is a freelance writer and major homes enthusiast. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Chichester in 2016, before dipping her toe into the world of content writing. After years of agency work, writing everything from real-life stories to holiday round-ups, she decided to take the plunge and become a full-time freelancer in the online magazine world. Since then, she has become a regular contributor for Real Homes and Ideal Home, and become even more obsessed with everything interior and garden related. As a result, she’s in the process of transforming her old Victorian terraced house into an eclectic and modern home that hits visitors with personality as soon as they walk through the door.