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Aug 28, 2011 10:10 AM

Staub cocotte sizes - discrepancies

There seem to be discrepancies in the size of the Staub round dutch ovens.

According to Staub's website, WS, and Amazon the cocottes are all different sizes!

Amazon sells a 5 qt and a 6.25 qt.
Williams Sonoma sells a 5.5 qt and a 7 qt.

The Staub's website says they make certain colors in 5 qt and 6.25 qt, whereas they make others in 5.5, 6.25 and 7 qt. There's no mention of this difference on either Amazon or WS's websites.

Ugh! I want something closer to 6 qts than to 5, but I don't want as large as 7. Can anyone shed some light on this?

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  1. Shape of the pot could make a difference. Some of them are oval and the others are round.

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          1. re: fame da lupo

            Here it is in a 5 qt. That's what you want, right?

            This one's marked 5 qt. and 5 1/2 qt, depending where you look. I'll bet the two are the same, and the difference, if there is one, may have something to do with translating from the metric system.

            There's also a 6 1/4 qt. size:

            I'm not familiar personally with Staub. I use Le Creuset. But these seem to be your options in Round Basil French Ovens by Staub.

            1. re: Jay F

              I originally misread the Staub website. According to the Staub website, they have a 4.6L (4.8 qt) and a 5.85L (6.18 qt) - regardless of color. This explains Amazon/Metrokitchen's listings of 5 and 6.25 qt cocottes.

              Not sure why WS is using incorrect measurements. Not only are the "5.5 qt" cocottes not 5.5 qt, they aren't even 5 qt!

              1. re: fame da lupo

                Williams Sanoma, may have special sizes to go along with their special (exclusive) colors. I don't have any insider information on this, but I wouldn't be surprised. The best way to check the size is the size on the lid and cocotte. 26 is a 5 qt, 28 is a 6.25 qt. Not sure if the WS sizes are the same or not.

                1. re: mikie

                  The Williams-Sonoma exclusives are indeed different sizes than the Staubs you'll find elsewhere.

                  1. re: pothead

                    The Staub cocottes aren't listed as exclusives.

                    1. re: fame da lupo


                      Just about everything on the page is listed as "exclusive", not sure what exactly is exclusive if anything, but that's how it's listed.

                      blondelle probably has the best advice below.

    1. The site lists all the sizes and numbers. I think the problem is in translating liters to quarts. Some stores round the sizes off and some don't. I would go by Staub's own listing. Find the size you want there and then look for the corresponding number they give on the piece when you shop.

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      1. re: blondelle

        That's good advice, blondelle. I posed the same size question a few months back and ultimately used the Saub website when the pot I was looking at was listed at various places as being both a 4.5 and 5 qt. I matched the stock number to their product specs to get the correct size. It was listed there as being 4.25 L/4.5 QT.

      2. You might be interested in the 6.5 quart round cocotte that Chef's Resource sells:

        I suspect it is really the same size as the 6.25 quart that other retailers have. I can't imagine that Staub would make a special size for Chef's Resource that's only .25 quart off from one of their regular sizes. They've been running this "promotion" for about a year now, but it's not a bad deal, considering that WS sells the smaller 5.5 quart cocotte for the same price.

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        1. re: cheesemaestro

          Nice find. I had a WS store credit to burn.