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sloopy
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Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
Is there really that much difference between the two that warrant the price differences? Was given a le creuset as a wedding gift and love it. Was looking at getting a Lodge enamel dutch oven to give to a family member for Christmas, but the wife is worried that it might come off as a cheapo gift. Looking for further info on Lodge to make sure it would be a great gift.

I am not looking to gift le creuset FYI


tilco
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Member since Nov 2013
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
I had a lodge enamel pot a few years back. I was cooking chili in it and heard a gunshot go off in the kitchen. The coating on the bottom had popped off.


fightin tigers
Downtown Prairieville
Member since Mar 2008
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
There is a difference in quality.

IMHO, it doesn't warrant the astronomical cost.


t00f
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
Performance is almost identical but Lodge has a bit more of a quality issue.
LC also has a lifetime limited warranty.


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Rouge
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
I would get Staub if I were you


hungryone
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
LC does have that lifetime warranty, and factory seconds from the outlet stores are often available at really good prices. (While the factory stores don’t sell via website, you can call and they’ll tell you what’s on sale, etc and do phone orders, sometimes w/free shipping.)

On the LC vs Staub debate, I think it depends on how you plan to use the pot. LC has light interior—good for browning, so you can see exactly how dark the “fond” or crust building up on the bottom is becoming. With the Staub’s dark interior, it can be easy to take something too dark, or to have some burned spots if you aren’t diligent/closely observant. To me, it’s easier to tell when you’ve scrubbed the light interior pots really clean; the dark finish makes it easier to miss spots.

On the other hand, if you want a Dutch oven to use for baking crusty loaves of bread, the dark interior of the Staub is an asset—it promotes crust browning & radiates heat more quickly than the light interior LCs. (That said, I bake fine loaves in light-interior LCs.)


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GEAUXT
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
I use my lodge at leat twice per week and it has been perfect


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AbitaFan08
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Member since Apr 2008
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
I honestly don't have any experience with Lodge, but all of my dutch ovens and pans (that aren't All Clad) are Le Crueset.

They are worth every penny and will last a lifetime.

Where do you live? There are Le Crueset outlet stores so if you're anywhere near one, that could save you a few bucks.

Also, check out Staub if you're looking to save some money but get something of higher quality.


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Hoodoo Man
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
I had a lodge Dutch oven, and its finish wore off in two months, ruining my coq au vin or whatever it was.

I bought another, and it's been perfect for years.


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Dire Wolf
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Member since Sep 2008
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
I was gifted a knock off enamel two years ago. Love it

Want to say it’s a pottery barn
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Athis
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Member since Aug 2016
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
I got a 7 quart enameled dutch oven (Martha Stewart?) from Target for $45 (?). It has been great. I was in Foley and the LC store was moving and had a sale, I got a 7 quart dutch oven for $100.00. I gave it as a gift, I am still kicking myself because she turned out to be a bitch.


fightin tigers
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Member since Mar 2008
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
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I was gifted a knock off enamel two years ago. Love it



I think mine is Martha Stewart or something. Has lasted 10 or 12 years so far and is still in like new condition.

Figure at 10% the price I will need a lot of replacements. More than logically required by a manufacturer of that caliber.


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TH03
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
I use my LC like every day.
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sloopy
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Jawja
Member since Aug 2009
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
I use mine 2-3 times a week, but I'm in no position to gift a 7qt Le Creuset hints why I am looking for alternatives.


nerd guy
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Member since Dec 2008
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
Since i switched to induction i added more lodge pots and pans. The one LC griddle i have discolored the first time i used it and still looks pretty rough.


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LSUBoo
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
I have two Lodge dutch ovens and both have performed superbly for years. Definitely not a bad gift idea.

I haven't used a comparable La Creuset to accurately judge side by side, but I have no issues.


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Slim Chance
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
On this weekend's episode of Cooks Country they did an enamel dutch oven comparison. Their favorite is the LaCruset, or however you spell it, but they acknowledged at around $370 it's pretty damn expensive. So they tested a bunch at $125 or less and came up with a Cuisinart model that won the test at $122.


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FinleyStreet
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
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I got a 7 quart enameled dutch oven (Martha Stewart?) from Target for $45 (?).


I've had a Martha Stewart enameled dutch oven for probably 8+ years. Every bit as good as Le Creuset and a fraction of the cost, especially when it's on sale.


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fatboydave
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
Bought a knock off from Kohl's on Black Friday a couple years ago. Love that thing. Wouldn't pay LC prices for it.


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NimbleCat
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re: Le Crueset vs Lodge enamel dutch ovens
Sams has a great deal right now on two enameled pots.

We have le C. Lodge, and believe it or not H.E.B. makes a great enameled cast iron dutch oven, and 2 skillets. 10" and 14" if I remember without going to look.


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