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Mar 20, 2011 08:20 AM

Staub Elite?

I was in TJ Maxx/Homegoods yesterday and saw a yellow 5 qt. dutch oven for $40 in the Staub Elite line. There was only one, so I bought it, figuring if I didn't then it probably wouldn't be left if I decided later that I wanted it. I'm still dithering. I have a 5 qt. Martha Stewart which has been fine for the couple of months I've owned it, but it's VERY heavy, heavier than my 7 qt. LC. My thinking was perhaps to keep the Staub and give the Martha Stewart to a strong young male relative. The Staub is thinner walled, similar to a LC, making it much lighter, although oddly the lid is actually heavier than the pot. The enamel is on the thin side, with a layer of gray iron peeking through at the bottom edge, and a couple of tiny pinholes elsewhere. On the other hand the lid fits much better than on my LC and it's got a neat feature where the handle on the lid fits into the pot handle so you can park the lid while stirring the contents. It is evidently a budget line of Staub, still made in France, that was sold by QVC--their description is still on line, although it's no longer in stock. Reviews gave it 4 stars out of 5, although there are enough negative reviews to give me pause.

At this point I'm likely to return it, but am wondering if there's any other wisdom out there about it.

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