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Staub French Oven @ Amazon

itstangy Jan 9, 2009 07:30 AM

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. baldwinwood RE: itstangy Jan 9, 2009 07:40 AM

    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
      HaagenDazs RE: baldwinwood Jan 9, 2009 07:54 AM

      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. Delucacheesemonger RE: itstangy Jan 9, 2009 08:16 AM

      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. re: Delucacheesemonger
        HaagenDazs RE: Delucacheesemonger Jan 9, 2009 09:06 AM

        FYI: Staub is enameled too.

      2. Caralien RE: itstangy Jan 9, 2009 08:25 AM

        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
          HaagenDazs RE: Caralien Jan 9, 2009 09:11 AM


          If you're comparing the QVC to the Amazon.com 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
            itstangy RE: HaagenDazs Jan 9, 2009 10:29 AM

            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
              blondelle RE: itstangy Jan 9, 2009 10:34 AM

              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
                HaagenDazs RE: blondelle Jan 9, 2009 12:03 PM

                $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
                  blondelle RE: HaagenDazs Jan 9, 2009 01:36 PM

                  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
                Caralien RE: itstangy Jan 9, 2009 12:40 PM

                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
                  ziggylu RE: Caralien Jan 9, 2009 01:06 PM

                  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.

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            MikeG RE: itstangy Jan 9, 2009 10:56 AM

            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
              HaagenDazs RE: MikeG Jan 9, 2009 11:58 AM

              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
                Smachnoho RE: HaagenDazs Jan 10, 2009 03:10 PM

                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
                  Smachnoho RE: Smachnoho Jan 10, 2009 03:48 PM

                  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
                    Jack_ RE: Smachnoho Jan 10, 2009 06:11 PM

                    AFAIK the Basix line is an exclusive of QVC

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              itstangy RE: itstangy Jan 12, 2009 02:24 PM

              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
                pothead RE: itstangy Jan 12, 2009 03:17 PM

                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
                  blondelle RE: pothead Jan 12, 2009 03:33 PM

                  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.

              2. c oliver RE: itstangy Jan 12, 2009 03:03 PM

                I got the 5 qt. La cocotte (?) at chefcatalog.com for $118 plus shipping before Christmas. But it's the one with the forged handles (is that what you call them? Where there's actually part of the pot) and the cute little rooster (or is it a hen) on top. With shipping it was $131 so, even with Amazon's free shipping, this was a better deal and appears to be a better pot. My instructions do say to season but only by wetting the inside of the pot with water, putting on low heat, once the moisture is gone, rubbing it with oil. I've used it twice so far and am pleased with it. I DO wish I had gotten oval instead of round and maybe a smidge larger. But it's a great piece of cookware.

                Edit: oops, I got free shipping. The additional money was for some napkins that I got also.

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