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Le Creuset or All Clad?

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I want to buy my husband a really special gift this year. He hinted that he would like a Le Creuset 6.75 qt oval french oven, but I was thinking an All Clad 3 qt. saucier may be a better gift. He loves all aspects of cooking especially searing and braising. We don't have any All Clad yet (due to price), but we do have a 7 qt round Le Crueset Dutch oven. I feel like the oval oven may be a bit redundant since we already have the round one.

With that in mind, what gift do you think would be better?

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  1. I have 4 All Clad pans and never use them. However, I have 5 Le Creuset pans and all 5 are used all week.

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    1. re: redsox24

      Thanks, Red Sox fan! My husband and I are moving back to Boston next month (from 2 years in CA). Can't wait to see a Sox game in the spring :)

      1. re: redsox24

        Ditto...I have All Clad & LC...use the LC constantly, almost never reach for the AC...My Paderno also sees frequent use...

      2. To me, the answer is in your post. Your husband likes to sear and braise and wants another piece of LC. Buy him what he wants. How can you go wrong? Besides, the oval pots can accommodate certain shapes better than the round (whole birds, long shanks).

        1. If you're going to get him a saucier, get him a heavy copper one, not an All-clad one.

          He may be wanting the oval oven because of fit. The round one may not fit well with other pans in the oven, and the oval one, because it's longer in one dimension, might accomodate elongated cuts of meat better.

          1. Since you're heading to the Boston area, I'll share my delight in discovering the Williams Sonoma outlet in Wrentham, MA for fantastic deals on All Clad. After finding my first two AC on craigslist, I was hooked, but on a tight budget. I gleefully bought an All Clad at the WS outlet at 30% off an already low price for the Veterans' Day Sale -- although I wouldn't let myself go near there for the 40% off cookware sale on Black Friday. I'm thrilled with my new AC pan (they're calling it a risotto pan, I think ,the James Beard special edition) and I did splurge and get the bigger LC oval dutch oven in one day. :)

            1. I too prefer oval french ovens, but seeing as you already have a 7q round but no All Clad, the oval seems a little redundant. I have a mix of All Clad LTD, Staub and LC and definitely use my AC the most--braising and no-knead bread being the obvious exceptions.

              I use the 3q saucier more than any pan in my kitchen other than a fry pan. You can do small braises in it, reheat pasta, make rice, sauces and so on. It can even do an acceptable job for a stir fry. Great pan.

              1. I agree that the le creuset might be a bit redundant, though I have a round one and an oval one and use them both frequently. A saute pan might give him a little more versatility, but also look at Paderno, Sitram and Demeyere.

                1. Get him what he wants. Go for the oval french oven.

                  That said, I own 4 pieces of Le Creuset and 5 pieces of All-Clad, and I use them all regularly.

                  They're different toys for different jobs. Apples and oranges, really.

                  1. Get the Oval Ducth Oven...regardless of the AC vs LC, a "braiser" wants to braise more things..golly, I'd get him one if I knew there would be more braised goodies on the horizon.
                    As per the other CH-ers...the shape can make a world of difference and with a round and an oval, he can finish two items in the oven at the same time cuz they'll fit better..I am sure he's got a good saucier...it's winter...time to braise meat! yummy!

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                    1. re: tatertotsrock

                      Got a "preferred customer" card from Le Creuset offering 30% off all outlet store purchases over $100 through 12/9, including seconds. I stopped into the local outlet and they're offering 20% off everything if you don't have the card. I'd get him the pot that he wants - and such a bargain if you're near an outlet!

                      1. re: janeh

                        Oh My GOODNESS!
                        I need to find an outlet here in LA,CA!
                        I need an Oval DO too!
                        Thanks for the "heads up" on the Outlet!

                    2. Many thanks to everyone for your advice! I bought him the 6.75 oval l.c through the outlet in Gilroy, CA for an amazing price, about $153! It's as easy as calling and saying that you heard they're having a 30% off sale, and that shipping is free.

                      1. I can't imagine not using All Clad pots and pans every day.

                        I use both my AC and my LC literally many times every week.

                        I'd say buy him what he is hinting for.