This is my most used Dutch Oven (except possibly for my little warming ovens.) I make lots of soups and sauces in it. If you can only buy one Dutch Oven you might want to consider the 7 quart oven as you can make a full batch of broth in it and you can use it for soups and sauces as you would this one. However, if you have the luxury and space for more than one Dutch Oven, you may want to consider getting this one and the 9 quart. However, if you have a slightly bigger family, you might want to consider the 5 quart Dutch Oven.