Staub vs. Le Creuset ? Which one to choose?

Staub and LeCreuset are both famous manufacturers of Dutch ovens. What is exactly the difference between them?  Read here.

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The weight: Le Creuset Dutch oven is lighter than Staub and therefore easier to maneuver. Le Creuset has a slightly thinner construction which makes it lighter to lift. A great portion of the Staub’s weight lies in the lid, so I suggest taking the cover off before moving the pot.

staub dutch oven basilThe interior: even though both Le Creuset and Staub Dutch oven are made using enamel cast iron there is a difference in the interior. Staub has a black matte enamel while Le Creuset has a smooth light-colored enamel interior. Some don’t like the black interior because they find it difficult to see the food cooking in the pot. This may be true but I think it’s just a matter of habit.

The Staub interior is  much sturdier and cleans up easier than Le Creuset. The Le Creuset interior looks amazing when it’s new but after a while the finish becomes pitted and impossible to clean. So, if you get a Le Creuset Dutch oven you’ll have to make peace with the stained and dingy look. On the Staub interior you won’t notice any stains (because it’s black). The Staub’s cooking surface is slightly rough so it develops a nonstick patina over time because the cooking oil fill the pores of the enamel. This doesn’t happen with Le Creuset because of the smooth and glossy interior.

staub dutch oven grenadineThe lid: The Staub French oven  has a heavier and better fitting lid. The lid fits snugly and retains more moisture than Le Creuset. Moreover, the Staub’s lid has  special dimples underneath  (selfbasting spikes) that help retain the moisture in the pot. So, I find it ideal for stovetop braising. It’s a little bit more difficult to clean than the Le Creuset  though. Le Creuset has some models with the spikes but  most of their models have a smooth lid.

The knob: Le Creuset has a phenolic knob that is oven-safe to 350-400 degrees,  but you can buy a stainless steel replacement knob that stays cool on stovetops and is oven safe at any temperature (it costs around $10). Staub has brass or nickel knobs that are heat resistant up to 500ºF. In this regard Le Creuset gives two options, so you can combine the two knobs depending if you use the stovetop or the oven. The Staub lid handle has a better design that makes it easier to hold.

le creuset dutch oven cherryThe exterior: Le Creuset has brighter colors and a contemporary design. Ideal for kitchens with a a modern decor.  Staub has a high-gloss enamel finish,  gorgeous neutral colors and an elegant top handle. Staub is definitely more stylish and formal looking, therefore ideal for special occasions.  It’s really a matter of taste.

The prices: Staub and Le Creuset are not cheap. They are both at the high end of the price range for Dutch ovens. Comparing the two, Staub still seems cheaper for a few dollars, even though they don’t make Dutch ovens that are exactly same in size .

Read here a review for Le Creuset  or for Staub.

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13 Responses to Staub vs. Le Creuset ? Which one to choose?

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  4. Marty says:

    Thank you for the info on Staub vs. Le Creuset. I purchased Staub not really knowing anything about cookware. I actually went into the store for Le Creuset, for some reason I was under the impression Le Creuset was “better.” However, once comparing them, I liked the feel of the Staub products better so I followed my “gut.” I have never been sorry and now I know why.

  5. Bettinsoli says:

    Not to mention that Staub has the right blue colour for me ;) That´s why I chose Staub.

  6. bapsi says:

    I agree! Staub has the nicest colors. My favorite are Grenadine and Basil :)

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  8. Thanks for posting! This concise neutral comparison helped me to make my choice. It was much more helpful then reading through threads of varying points and counter-points. Although, the threads just confirmed what you posted here based on the experience of users who have both.

    You mention that the Le Creuset’s “knob that is oven-safe to 350-400 degrees”, however looking at the product info on Le Creuset indicates that the knobs are heat resistant up to 500 degrees F.

    And the winner is. . .
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  10. Tamela says:

    Thank you for this article! I really appreciated the point by point comparison. It helped me decide to buy a Staub dutch oven.

  11. marta says:

    Great blog post. I really enjoyed the information you posted here. Very useful…I prefer Staub as well!

  12. Pearl says:

    I have purchased several Le Cruset pots, pans and a Dutch oven. I came across a Straub dutch oven during the holiday at TJ Maxx and was definitely impressed by the superior quality(in my opinion). I loved the heavier feel , the color and glossy finish. Definitely classy! I wanted to purchase that dutch oven, but since I already had one of a similar size, I could not justify it. I know for sure that I will find a Straub kitchen product that I will love to add to my cookware collection. I appreciate cooking with quality products.

  13. Adelina says:

    Great post!!
    I recently bought a Staub Dutch oven at TJ Maxx for about $80 cheaper comparing to a few online source. It’s going to be the only pot that I’m willing to spend a great deal of money on ! I chose Staub over LC 2 reasons mentioned here: the lid can be in the oven temperature up to 500F, and the black interior that won’t change color over time. This may sound crazy but I mainly wanted to get this because I’ll be baking bread in it! I’m a vegan but I’m sure I’ll be able to cook other meals using this!

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