I just want to say that it’s so nice to have these discussion threads again.
For a long time I really enjoyed such threads on the old Chowhound forum (R.I.P. Chowhound), until some of us started getting a bit vicious and too sarcastic on each other……
I’m trying to stay more neutral and positive in these threads, and a bit more open minded too.
Many of us now have many years of experience with cookware, mostly mid to high end, but also just very effective cheap restaurant grade cookware.
For instance if Padermo was DW safe and was just a tad more well designed, I could easily see myself owning several pots from them in my home kitchen.
A final advice - if the OP decides on ECI cookware, is to consider the rounded big wok like looking Le Creuset ECI pot, called the bouillabaisse pot.
It’s 32 cm wide at the top, has the dark inner enamel similar to Staub (contrary to others I have no problem seeing how brown the stuff is on a black enamel compared to the normal white enamel Le Creuset normally use) and it has the same volume as the Fissler OP 28 cm stewpot - 7.2 litre, sorry it’s only 7.0 litre.
Because of its similarity to a wok shape, It lacks a larger flat surface for when you need to brown meat, a thing the OP Terry specifically needs, but its wok like shape actually lets you brown meat pieces up against the sidewalls and for that reason I love it for larger meat stews like Coq au vin and Osso Buco (for Osso Buco my personal favourite however is my Fissler OP 28 cm 7.2 litre stewpot)
I like it so much, that I actually own two versions of this Le Creuset ECI pot, one in the old smaller handle design in red (cerise) and one in the new larger handle design in orange (flame).
My wife uses this pot for when she makes larger batches of Thai meatballs and larger batches of chicken feet, pork shoulder and prepare pork for larger batches of pad krapow.
I think it’s called the Le Creuset bouillabaisse pot, it’s the 32 cm 7.0 litre version I’m talking about.
It browns meat very effectively for an ECI type cooking vessel, in my opinion it browns meat better than the flatter surfaces regular ECI pots from Le Creuset - can’t tell you why, but it does in my experience.
You can see it here - I own the older red version and the newer orange version.