Both of Le Creuset and Staub is well known for their high quality cookware. Some people may idolized one over the other. Both of them have many consumers outside their homeland in France, because their products are being loved by many people. Both of them also have lifelong warranty and repair program. The one cookware both of them produced and being debate for which one is better is their dutch oven. In this article we will explain about the differences between Le Creuset Dutch Oven and Staub.
Le Creuset Dutch Oven
Le Creuset Dutch Oven is a practically a thick-walled cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid which produced by Le Creuset company. Le Creuset means “the cauldron” in French. Le Creuset was insisting on calling their product French ovens, but many people call them Dutch ovens, simply because the dutch are famous for making high quality, thick-walled, cast metal pots back then in the 1600s, so the term of dutch oven stuck and continues regardless of who actually made the pot. It still continues until now and probably forever. Le Creuset itself is a French based company, which operation is manufacturing its well-known colorfully-enameled cast-iron cookware known as “French Ovens”, “cocottes or coquelles” and “sauce pans” or “casseroles” in French. Le Creuset also produce other types of cookware such as fondue-sets and tagines.
Le Creuset was founded in France by a Belgian casting specialist named Armand Desaegher and an Belgian enameling specialist named Octave Aubecq back then in 1925. Le Creuset signature color is orange and it also their first piece of production, this is was inspired by intense orange hue of molten cast iron inside a crucible. During the World War II Le Creuset began to continue focusing in making and improving cast iron. In 1957 Le Creuset bought its competitor company named Les Hauts Fourneaux de Cousances, and started to producing items such as grill model and fondue set. Le Creuset dutch oven can be used to make home cooks and professional chefs alike. The Dutch oven by Le Creuset is known for its strength and durability, cast iron is the prime for slow cooking, braising and roasting because it can maintain an evenly and consistent heat. It also can be used in a stovetop as well as oven.
Staub is France based manufacturer which produce enameled cast iron cookware and bakeware. Their first dutch oven was designed by Francis staub back then in the 1974 in a dormant artillery factory. Their dutch oven are manufactured with cast iron covered with double glazed enamels. This coating will make the cookware rustproof, and easier to clean. By the 2007 half of Staub’s company sales revenue was come from abroad sales. The company then realized €44 million in total sales. In the April of 2008 they currently employ for about 430 people and also Francis Staub was the president of the company. The company also doing a joint venture in Japan and have a marketing branch in United States.
The difference between both of them is their design, it is obvious that Staubdutch oven have a linear and angular design, while Le Creuset is using a softer line and curves, Staub have a more modern and sleek appearance while le creuset have a more traditional and classic look. Both of them also have different interior enamel color used in their dutch ovens, Le Creuset use a light, gloss enamel while Staub is using black enamel similar with Le Creuset and Staub skillets and fry pans. Le Creuset bright inside offers a special cleaner to help maintain the colour and the shine of its lighter finish while the dark inside of Staubs dutch oven are said to hide stains more easily. Le Creuset gloss enamel also have a similar surface and texture to tradition un-enameled casting iron cookware which make it great for searing and braising, as well as giving it the ability to gain a natural look like a traditional cast iron. This interior in Le Creuset also non-reactive and non-stick, so it will not be a problem when you have to put oil and seasoning inside Le Creuset dutch oven.
|Le Creuset Dutch Oven||Staub|
|- It is pricier than staub||- The price is slightly cheaper than le creuset|
|- Lecreuset have bright interior||- Staub often used dark grey interior|
|- Lecreuset commonly comes with plastic handles||- Staub uses metal handles|
The last difference is the lid, Le Creuset lid is arc gently upwards, and have smooth finish while Staub’s lid is designed to sit closer to the rim of the dutch oven, with the surface of the lid sitting parallel to the base of the dutch oven. Le Creuset lid also have smooth under side of the lid while Staub lid are covered in small, evenly distributed bumps. These bumps are created to allow the food to self-baste while cooking. From the price side Le Creuset is more expensive compare to Stubs, Le Creuset 5 and half quart cost approximately $429.99 while Staubs 5 quart cost $324.99.