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Staub Elite?

luvsummer | Mar 20, 2011 08:20 AM

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.

http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/vi...

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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