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Jan 21, 2014 09:44 AM

Staub $120, Fontignac $112

So with a friends and family discount at William Sonoma I can get a 6Qt Staub round coquette for $120:
Or at BBB with coupon get a Fontignac round 6.5Qt for $112:

I prefer to have a dutch oven that is not made in China and also prefer to stay away from the LeCruset prices so I'm pretty much limited to these two brands, which is fine by me...
I do prefer to have a light colored interior to see the searing of food which the Staub doesn't have...but not sure the Fontignac comes in the light colored interior for that price.

Also - is the 6/6.5qt size big enough to roast a whole 4lb chicken?
The Staub has a 12.5" diameter but can't seem to track down the diameter of the Fontignac....the Staub is 17lbs so I'm not sure at that weight if I'd want to go for an even bigger oven :(
I think the Fontignac is lighter but can't seem to find that info either.

Anyone care to make comments...which would you choose?

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  1. My 5.5 qt Staub has become the go to DO for just about everything. Yes, you can definitely roast a whole 4 lb chicken in it.. I don't, but many others have said they do.

    I have much more love for my Staub than my LC, cannot comment on Fontignac, don't own it.

    1. Hi, 71:

      You have an $8 price differential and probably a zero difference in functionality, so get the one you like. I don't think there is a poor choice here.

      Personally, I would pick the Staub for its luxe look and the doufeu-style lid. But if the cream-colored interior is important to you, get the Fontignac.

      Staub has cachet and status. Fontignac more mystery.


      1. i love those staub pots.. but make sure you can lift it once it's filled with food: they weigh even more than le creuset (never tried to heft a fontignac)

        1. Haha, "fontignac has more mystery..." I like that...

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          1. re: 71ailmar

            It's certainly the road less traveled. Guests will wonder what you know that they don't...

          2. For that price, I'd go with the Staub. Fontignac is also made in France, yes, but Staub has been tried and tested by many more people. A .5 increase in quarts usually translates to about a 2cm increase in diameter. I don't know what that is in inches.

            6qts/12.5" should be more than enough for a chicken. My 5.5qt can fit a nice chicken.

            If the Fontignac is lighter, that means it is thinner, and therefore will not retain heat as well.