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4.5

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Le Creuset pots - mine are still terrific after 25 years.

My Granny asked what I'd like for Christmas when I was in college, and I told her that I'd like a Le Creuset set that was on sale in one of her many catalogs....Read complete review

My Granny asked what I'd like for Christmas when I was in college, and I told her that I'd like a Le Creuset set that was on sale in one of her many catalogs. That was probably the most sensible thing I did at that age, but we won't talk about some of my other choices.

This is 25 years later, and my pots are still wonderful. They are great for cooking, and they look beautiful even with a lot of age on them.

The Le Creuset line is cast iron covered with enamel. The cast iron means even cooking. It absorbs the heat and holds it. It does take a little longer to heat up than other metals, but it's spot on. The enamel makes it easier to care for and clean the pots. Cast iron has to be seasoned if it's not coated. Enamel is pretty much stick proof, but it doesn't flake like other coatings.

It is possible to chip enamel. I have a couple of tiny little chips in the edge of my largest pot which I use the most. The blemishes are minor. I rub just a tiny bit of Crisco on there to prevent any rusting.

Le Creuset carries a whole range of different pots and pans plus baking dishes. I have the soup pot, steamer, small skillet and saute pan and lids. This was a set back in the early 1980s. It was much cheaper to buy a set rather than individual pieces.

One of the newest additions to the collection is a wok with a glass lid. It looks great, but I don't do much wok cooking. I do wish they'd come out with a frying pan with a glass lid. The frying pans currently have cast iron lids, and I like to look in the frying pan while things are cooking.

The colors change every year. Sometimes the old colors come back, but there's no guarantee. If you're real keen on a certain color, try to get all the pieces you want during that year. Mine are hunter green, and I love them. Right now, the closest I could get to that color would be a lime color or some blueish shades. Of course, I could go with a complimentary color like red. Hum. I guess that would be a Christmas look. Anyway, I'm keeping an eye out for hunter to come back and may pick up a few more pots and pans.

One of my friends at work knew I write a lot about food/cooking and asked me this week what I thought of Le Creuset. She said those had always been her dream pans. I told her that I'd definately go for it. Though the pieces are expensive, they last forever. The only pots/pans I've never had to replace are the old fashioned cast iron pans and the Le Creusets. When you're talking 25 or more years, then that's a solid investment.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Le Creuset Cookware - not a fan

My family is very quality conscious, so we did our research and bought a whole set of Le Creuset cookware. Few years later, and they are sitting in drawers, mostly unused. The...Read complete review

My family is very quality conscious, so we did our research and bought a whole set of Le Creuset cookware. Few years later, and they are sitting in drawers, mostly unused. The women in my family are petite, so lifting these heavy cast iron pots and pans is actually quite a challenge. The men can't really cook so the point is moot.

Besides the weight, we all really hate that the handle heats up. What is the point of a pan with a handle when you can't even touch it? It should really be insulated.

We probably take bad care of our cookware, but for us, food burns easily in these pots. The bottoms of all of them are very charred and you can barely see the original orange.

If you like low maintenance cookware, these are not for you. Each meal is a struggle. There is an extensive cleaning and care process that I simply can't be bothered with.

The bottom line - I cannot dispute the quality of this cookware, but I can dispute the practicality. I would recommend them only to friends who are serious about cooking. Think twice!

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Non-existent warranty, certainly not lifetime

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from San Diego CA

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  • Distributes Heat Evenly
  • Retains Heat

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  • Scratches Easily

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    Comments about Le Creuset Cookware:

    We have approximately 8 Le Creuset pieces, buy them often for friends and family as gifts, and recommend them. Well, that is until the cast iron handle broke off a small pan, and the worthless warranty was - not our fault. If you want a replacement pay us.
    I guess Le Creuset just lost loyal customers! It is a real shame because we like the cookware. But it is deceptive advertising to make warranty claims and not honor them.

     
    1.0

    Don't buy, no warranty at all

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    from Troy mi

    About Me Casual Cook

    Comments about Le Creuset Cookware:

    Cookware worked fine until it started Chios inside. Still in warranty, called and left the message, waited a few days and finally get a return number. Sent it and reported the delivery. Now, two months past, no response at all. They will never pick up your call, never return your email. Not worth of your time. Very disappointed.

     
    1.0

    Horrible quality, worse after sales service

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    from Miami

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      • Handle Gets Hot

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        Comments about Le Creuset Cookware:

        Never buy ANY products from Le Creuset and in particular this grill!!! I Used it only 3 times, regular use on electric stove, medium temperature, no scratch, and agyer only 3 uses the coating inside the grill chipped. I have contacted their customer service and they have the worst customer service EVER! They want you to ship the product at your own cost (and this grill is heavy!) to their return department and maybe, if someone is in the mood to replace it, they will otherwise they won't even return it to you and "offer" you to buy a new one at a discounted price! This is unacceptable and the worst warranty service I ever heard of! Don't buy this grill, you are better off with the Ikea grill for 30$!

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        1.0

        i would not buy this produce again….

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        from canada

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            • Simple Meals

            Comments about Le Creuset Cookware:

            Warranty sucks……..they advertise that the stockpots are resistant to wear and damage..I used it 5 times before the enamel began to flake off… they would not answer my calls or emails…. forget about the Warranty… buy stainless steel instead of LeCreuset cookware..

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            1.0

            Poor service on warranty claim

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            from Atlanta, GA

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            • Retains Heat

            Cons

            • Finish didn't last

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              Comments about Le Creuset Cookware:

              We have had a full set of Le Creuset cookware for 15+ years and have only once before had to make a claim against their lifetime warranty for an issue with the enamel finish. In that era of their cookware, the lids to the saucepans were actually little skillets, very useful beyond just being a cover. This time, when we sent back in a small saucepan that began to rust, they told me that they couldn't replace the pan without the lid. The lid is useful and does not have any issues but, of course, this is now their "policy". Way to make the customer happy and impose some absurd "policy" that subtracts even more value from ownership of your product. Bad enough that I have to return something that's supposed to last a lifetime, now there's an additional inconvenience.

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              1.0

              Not honoring warranty

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              from USA

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              Comments about Le Creuset Cookware:

              We like the general product line but were disappointed with a set of sauce pans with an interior non stick finish that broke down over several years. Despite their claims of a lifetime warranty they are unwilling to replace what is clearly defective finish.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Worth the money

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              from Marietta, GA

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              Comments about Le Creuset Cookware:

              I bought a Le Creuset dutch oven a couple of years ago and it is probably one of my favorite cookeware / bakeware items and one of the most expensive as well. It is pretty pricey, but if you love to cook and you like to have pretty things in your kitchen (like I do), it's worth the investment. If you take good care of it and don't damage the enamel (overheating will do it!), it will last you a lifetime. One of the downsides is its weight. It's heavy enough when it's empty, so it might be difficult to use if you have joint problems, for example.

              I love that it comes in many colors and I can match it to the other gadgets and items in my kitchen.

              You can use it for many foods. Some of my favorites are: pot roast, beef bourguignon, goulash, sauerkraut and smoked meat, Eastern European cabbage rolls, mulled wine, homemade preserve, homemade bread and many others. I call it my "travel around the world pot" because I have cooked recipes from many countries in it. I have more Creuset items on my wish list and as soon as I purchase them, I have a feeling the other pots and pans will have to retire. They are not only good quality, but they almost make cooking more fun and they are even nice to place on the table when you have guests.

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              5.0

              Love their dutch oven.

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              from San Diego, CA

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              Comments about Le Creuset Cookware:

              The Le Creuset dutch oven is amazing. Although it is expensive, it is in my opinion a worthwhile investment if you like to cook. It makes great stews that cooks evenly and doesn't stick. The heat distribution is great and you can cook your stews evenly and slowly. It is a bit heavy as expected so keep that in mind if you have trouble lifting heavy objects. I use it about once a week and it has already lasted many years, yet still looks and works just as well as the first day I bought it. It is easy to clean like I said earlier because the food doesn't really stick to it. The design is great and the colors that they offer are beautiful. They really stand out in the kitchen and is pleasing to the eye. It is extremely durable cookware that I would recommend. If you are unsure about the price, there are other brands that offer similar results, but the quality of Le Creuset is better. If you like cooking, it will be well worth it to purchase a high quality dutch oven from a reliable brand. It is one of my favorites to use.

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              5.0

              Amazing quality

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              from Davis, CA

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              Comments about Le Creuset Cookware:

              I purchased this brand because of its reputation. Also, due to a health issue, my husband must restrict his iron intake. Believe it or not, cooking with cast iron--which I love to do--can leech iron into your food. The coating on this cookware seals the iron in and doesn't allow it to interact with the food.

              Doesn't Stick
              Nothing sticks on this cookware! One of my favorite dishes to cook is risotto. Rice typically sticks on most pots. Not on these. I just run cold water in the pot and wipe it clean before I wash it.

              Heat Distribution
              These pots and pans cook very evenly. I don't find any hot spots no matter how I use them--on top of the stove or in the oven.

              Ease of Handling
              The only issue is the weight of the pots. They tend to be very heavy, which makes it a bit difficult to wash. However, that is also the reason these pots cook so well. I wouldn't want it any other way.

              Ease of Cleaning
              They are so easy to clean as nothing sticks.

              Design
              These pans are beautiful! I love the red ones.

              Durability
              Most of my pans/pots lasted nearly 20 years. These are tough!

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              5.0

              Extremely durable!

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              from Westchester, IL

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              Comments about Le Creuset Cookware:

              I purchase the Le Creuset Forged Hard-Anodized 8-Inch Nonstick Shallow Fry Pan over 2 years ago and it's still my go to skillet for quick meals. I use this pan to cook lean beef, egg whites, and turkey bacon at least 3 times a week. This pan heats up evenly and it's truly a nonstick skillet. My egg whites are always easy to flip and stay perfectly in tact during the entire cooking process. The only major downside to this pan is that it doesn't have much depth. The lack of depth and the nonstick coating can make for an interesting cooking experience. I have on several occasions spilled extra virgin oil out of the pan when I was swishing it around during preparation. I also have lost a couple of eggs during the flipping process due too its nonstick coating and depth. The best thing about this Le Creuset Frying Pan is that it's extremely durable. This pan looks and performs just as well as the first time I used it after several years.

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