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Nov 28, 2009 01:47 PM

Le Creuset Dutch Oven @ Home Sense

If you are loooking for Le Creuset on sale, I just saw a Blue size 22 (American 3 1/2 quart) Le Creuset round Durch Oven at the Home Sense on Yonge Street north of Queen for $129. Then I went to the Bay and say the same size selling for $321. The label says Le Creuset Seconds/Irregular. The bottom has a few sratches but the lid & interior is fine.

There are also 2 larger pots available in Dijon Yellow.

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  1. There is a 6 qt. Kirkland with a dimpled lid for $50. With the indefinite return policy, you'd be hard put to do better with le Creuset. The fit and finish is just as good.

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    1. re: jayt90

      Assume the "Kirkland" is Chinese-made? If so, I've yet to find a brand that rivals the French-made stuff for fit-n-finish, sorry. I've had several knock-offs that chipped a bit too easily, which equals non-bargain for me. For decor, they're nice! Costco's apparently abandoned their seasonal LeCreuset/Staub set "deals." Sorry to see the downshift.

      1. re: Kagemusha

        I purchased a Batali 6 qt round, last year marked down to about $40., and have no problem with fit and finish. The lid has nipples for steam droplets. At that price I won't be concerned about chips which have ruined two Creusets, over a period of years. I don't know how to claim a life warranty on old Creuset items.
        I am keeping my receipt for the Batali.
        I looked at the Kirkland 6.5 qt. and I was impressed by fit and finish. The lid fits tightly and the instructions warn against a decelerating temp. seal.
        There is only red and green to choose from, however, at the $50 price level.

        I know we have had this discussion before. I can only suggest that buyers look at Creuset and the best of the the other products, and make their choice.

        1. re: jayt90

          I'll put down my tarbrush and say the Batali's were better, if only because of Costco's generous return policy. The best buy I've ever seen was an oddball line of French-made enameled cast-iron Lagostina cleared thru Sears a few years ago for $50-75 per piece. I loathe the Home Sense deals that rarely amount to no more than a sprinkling of stock that vanishes almost immediately--real sucker bait. Places like Cayne's sometimes have killer pricing on Le Creuset in oddball colours. Let us know how the Kirkland pots season-up?

          1. re: jayt90

            Go to the web page for Le Creuset Canada for the procedure to collect on your Life Time Warrenty:
            "This Lifetime Limited Warranty is made solely by LE CREUSET CANADA, INC., and no other person or entity. This Lifetime Limited Warranty is the only express warranty provided for the utensil. We want you to get the very best from your new Le Creuset® utensil."

            For help and advice, dial the following toll free helpline:
            or e-mail us at:


      2. Has anyone tried the Kitchenaid 3.5 Qt dutch oven on sale this weekend? It is only $30.

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        1. re: igk

          Is that CT? When is the sale over? I can always use another small dutch oven, for stews and bread. Amazing that we are not talking in the hundreds for the French product.

          1. re: jayt90

            I use the 3.5 qt kitchenaid dutch oven and I absolutely love it. It was $30 @ CT and given that, i seriously can't think of a reason to pay 5 times that and more for le Crueset, other than bragging rights. There's also a 5 qt version that sells for $50 now and again.

            1. re: Everythingtarian

              The sale ends today, but you can get a rain check as it'll prolly be sold out. Beautiful looking pot. Same deal with the Jamie Oliver t-fal pan (enamel-bottomed version though, not stainless steel), deeply discounted to around $30.


              1. re: Chester Eleganté

                i went this morning and they told me it was sold out in the GTA. no rainchecks were being given out because it is a special item. :(

                1. re: igk

                  i just went as well and was told the same about rain checks :(

                  1. re: tygrr_lily

                    My bad, they gave me a raincheck for the pot yesterday, maybe they shouldn't have.

                    Btw, the size 26 (5.5qt) Le Creuset seconds at Home Sense goes for $169.

                    1. re: Chester Eleganté

                      That really is an excellent price, regardless of how much cheaper similar models by other brands are. The 5qt kitchen aid version is $50, but when you look at how long they last with proper care, $50 vs $170 isnt that bad at all over, say, 20 years. I love HomeSense:)

                      1. re: Everythingtarian

                        Home Sense frequently advertises items it either doesn't carry chain-wide or stocks in ridiculously small quantities they're never upfront about. That's not my idea of a "love connection" with a retailer. Not sure about the ambiance of the DT stores but west end GTA units look like sloppy upscale dollar stores.

                        1. re: Kagemusha

                          Admittedly, my shopping experiences there are pretty whim-based. I wander in when in the area, make mental notes, and come back later if I need to. I wouldnt figure a mixed-bag kind of spot like Home Sense to be consistent with stock. "Sloppy upscale dollar store" actually hits the nail on the head IMO. It's kind of like Winners where you should probably just grab the deal on the spot, rather than hoping for a regular stocking of the item.

                          1. re: Everythingtarian

                            Home Sense is Winners' home furnishings store, so the comparison is not only apt, it's accurate. :)

                            1. re: TorontoJo

                              Speaking of Winners, they have the round medium sized Le Creusets. Have seen them at the College Park and Front Street locations. $169 . . . a couple of months ago, I got a roudn one one size down for around $130. I have a huge oval shaped Cuisinart that I like as well as the Le Creuset, btw. Even better for high heat cooking b/c the knob is heat proof . . . the Le Creuset knobs are only heat proof to a certain temp.

                          2. re: Kagemusha

                            Ya, you pretty much have to get lucky with stock that randomly comes in. But if it shows up at one of their stores, it may be at some of their others as well (I just saw those blue/yellow LC uptown).

                        2. re: Chester Eleganté

                          If the SKU (CTC Item number) is 99-xxxx then you might have problems redeeming your raincheck as rainchecks are not given out on code 99 (Special Purchase) items.

                            1. re: Chester Eleganté

                              Then company policy would normally be that rainchecks are available and honored, unless advertised as limited quantities

              2. re: igk

                I have the 5qt version and absolutely love it. Got it on sale at CT a year ago ($50ish) and use it very regularly...

                Sorry this was meant to be a reply re: Kitchenaid dutch ovens above...

              3. the healthy butcher offers really great prices on le creusets: the 6.2 L oval, enameled french oven with lid is 300 dollars, and if you buy more than one piece they give discounts of 5%, 7.5%, 10%, etc, increasing for every piece. And sometimes they discount even more than that.

                1. Thanks for the tip! I managed to get one of the 5 1/2 yellow ones for $110 after I cashed in a couple of home sense gift cards! Very excited to test it out this weekend. I never would have gone there if I hadn't seen your posting, so thanks!

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                  1. re: cinda

                    That's wonderful. I am glad it went to a good home. Let's us know how it works out for you please.