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Jan 9, 2009 07:30 AM

Staub French Oven @ Amazon

5qt french oven for $147. Is it a deal?? Should I go for it? How does it compare to Le Creuset? Thanks!!

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  1. 5qt Staub s are usually over $200, looks like a good deal.... Staub v LC, both are great products. Depending on what and how you cook will influence your thoughts.

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    1. re: baldwinwood

      Yeah - not to bad a deal at all. For what it's worth I find Staub to be a better product compared to LC.

    2. Check eBay for used ones, l use both LC and Staub almost interchangebly, but actually prefer LC for the enamel.

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      1. QVC has a Staub 5Q French Oven for $66:

        I would double check which version of Staub you would be getting at Amazon's price, as you might be expecting X but getting Y.

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        1. re: Caralien

          If you're comparing the QVC to the item, you're tight, they are different and there are some things to watch when buying something you might not be familiar with, but if you follow the link I entered above then you are getting the typical Staub, not the cheaper version sold via QVC.

          1. re: HaagenDazs

            Thanks for everyone's replies! I bought the Staub from Amazon! I am so excited and can't wait to use it =) I really want to see for myself how Staub compares to Le Creuset (I have a 3 qt LC at home). What kind of Staub is that on QVC? Why is there such a big price difference? Is the QVC one an imitation? But it is also made in France....

            1. re: itstangy

              I hate to say this but I would cancel and hold off and keep watching the prices. They had a blue 5 qt. one a few months back for $65.87. I've seen them for under $120 too in that size or even just a bit over $100 for their top line. Their Premium line was as little as $60 for that size.

              Staub just came off a sale there and the prices are high now. Keep watching and you will get a much better price!

              1. re: blondelle

                $60 is a little too cheap to believe. It might have been a Amazon Lightning Deal in which case those are (as of now) impossible to predict. Are you sure it was a regular Staub 5 quart for $60?

                1. re: HaagenDazs

                  Yes, it was a regular Staub but their Premium line is a different casting and they were all VERY low for a time at Amazon. I'm definitely sure. It wasn't their high end line but another of their lines also French made and black inside. It didn't have the raised circles or the La Cocotte or Staub embossed on the lid. Go to Amazon and do a search for Premium Staub and you will see the other line. The $65.87 WAS for the highest end line. A mistake on their part but several people were able to order it including myself. First quality and a gorgeous Azure blue. I just sold it as I'm staying with LC.

              2. re: itstangy

                If you compare the lids between Amazon & QVC, the Amazon one is the traditional style with a raised edge which could be filled with ice for braising.

                I'm sure they both work well, but the differences may be similar to the differences between Henckels at Target and Henckels from WS.

                1. re: Caralien

                  I sent that QVC Pot to my MIL for Christmas. It was the Special Value one day and was under $60. It's a good quality pot. Same weight and thickness as the $200 Staubs and is made in France like the more expensive versions.

                  It has a honeycomb pattern on the interior bottom which seems to be unique to the QVC offering. I dont' think I"d like that but MIL is thrilled with her pot so far and doesn't seem to mind. The handles are also a bit different. So far no chipping but it's only been a couple weeks. Don't anticipate any issues with it however.

          2. It's not a good enough price to "jump on" just for the hell of it but it's a good price if you were thinking about buying one sooner rather than later anyway...

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            1. re: MikeG

              I don't know - I think it's a pretty good price. I think they are typically about $200 aren't they?

              1. re: HaagenDazs

                This is not your typical Staub product:
                1) it does not have a black interior.
                2) It is way way too light in weight.

                Do you really think this is a good buy if you are expecting a Staub product?

                1. re: Smachnoho

                  I see that the Staub official web page does not mention a "Basix" line:


                  Is the Staub Basix line connected with Rachel Ray really a subsidiary of Staub?
                  Is it a knockoff?
                  I see from some of the reviews people are not happy with handles falling off the Basix line and also chips.

                  1. re: Smachnoho

                    AFAIK the Basix line is an exclusive of QVC

            2. I got my pot, the handle on the lid is missing a screw so I have to send it back. Amazon said they'll ship another one out to me but I am now having my doubts. I've read somewhere online about Staub and lead. Is this true? I will have an infant and little children that will eat the food that will be cooked with this pot and I am afraid of lead poisioning. Any insights will be much appreciated...maybe I should stick with my LC after all?

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              1. re: itstangy

                No need to send the pot back. Just go down to your local friendly hardware store and find a screw that's the right size. It'll take all of 15 seconds to screw the knob in.

                The lead myth comes from a California law stating that companies must attach a warning to products that contain very small amounts of certain chemicals. I think the culprit with Staub is cadmium, but someone please correct me if I'm wrong. The California law applies to very small chemical concentrations that most scientists seem to think are safe. Also, the offending chemicals would be in the colored dyes used on the outside of the pots. Your food is not being cooked on the outside of the pot.

                1. re: pothead

                  Sur La Table had the prop #65 warning on their tables selling Staub. They said the problem with lead was the brass handles on the matte black, and some lead in the blue glaze. They said the others were fine but Amazon has the warning on most of the pots. Whatever it is it's outside the pot, not on the cooking surface. Le Creusets pots contain cadmium in the red, orange and yellow ones. The info is on their website. They say they use a special glaze formula though that contains the cadmium. I wouldn't use any of the older pots though in those colors although people have used them for 30+ years and they and their pots are still around.