Dutch Ovens are weighty, thick pots usually made out of cast iron. They come with tightly fitted lids, they have been in use for over a thousand years, and they have various varieties. This article is about comparing Staub vs Le Creuset, which are both French versions of the Dutch ovens. You may ask what’s the difference between a Dutch Oven and a French Oven. Actually French oven is a type of Dutch oven. The French Oven also known as the French ‘cocotte’ (meaning pot), they are enamel coated version of the Dutch Oven, they are popular for their capability to evenly distribute heat, longevity, and ability to absorb and retain heat. Staub dutch ovens and Le Creuset dutch ovens are variants of the French Oven, other types exist but these two are the popularly preferred brands. The Staub and Le Creuset are known for their quality and performance, they both offer lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. Most of the Staub and Le Creuset cast iron are hard-coat enamel in contrast to other cookware which are mostly porcelain, this explains the distinct price difference between these brands and others. Most other brands have moved to other parts of the world but Staub and Le Creuset are still made in France, Which indicates an higher cost of production. Both are similar in a lot of ways making it difficult for buyers to make their pick between the two cookware.
Although we are comparing Staub vs Le Creuset, Staub and Le Creuset still have similar methods of production. The process of producing these two french ovens are categorized into 9. They include:
- Shaking Out
- Blast Cleaning
- Shot Blasting
The raw materials are first melted to ensure fusion, then sand mould is poured into it (only sand can endure such a high temperature), then a shape is formed, the sand is then separated from the product by shaking out. Then the ‘La Cocotte’ is born, Blast cleaning is then done to treat and remove unwanted particles like dusts and sand, from the surface. Fettling process is then started to remove any rough edges, Shot Blasting is next, this is done by directing high speed stream of steel particles at it. This is followed by color enameling, in this process the cookware is coated with two or three layers of enamel both inside and out. Baking, which is the last process is done at about 800 degree Celsius. Then the cookware is ready for packaging.
Before comparing Staub vs Le Creuset, i’ll talk about these two brands independently.
It’s founded by Francis Staub in the Alsace region of France in 1974. The grandson of a cookware merchant, Francis Staub designed his first enameled cast iron pot with the latest technology, giving it a modern look. In 2008 the company was acquired by Zwilling J.A Henckels Group, a company that is one of the world’s largest kitchen knife manufacturers. Staub became one of the prestige cookware brands. Staub cast iron cookware uses multiple high quality enamel coatings. The interior of all Staub pots are enameled with a matte black finish, making it rust proof and preventing food substances from sticking to the surface, making it easy to clean. It’s also Cadmium Free / Lead Free / PFOA Free / PTFE Free.
Le Creuset, French for “melting pot” was founded in 1925 in France in a town known as Fresnoy-le-Grand, the company was placed at a strategic location, at the crossroad of transport route of iron, coal, and sand, all cast iron cookware by Le Creuset is manufactured in this location. Like the Staub it has enamel coatings too but of the Satin type. Most Le Creuset enameled product has a sand beige lining, this makes it easier for chef to check cooking progress. What set the Le Creuset apart from the other french ovens are their 3 enamel layer finish instead of the usual two adopted by the others. Apart from the cookware, Le Creuset has other products such as ceramics ,kettles, pans, enamel cleaner and stainless steel.
STAUB VS LE CREUSET : THE COMPARISON
As similar as both Staub and Le Creuset Cookware might be, some distinctions are still quite noticeable. Below are the main differences between the Staub vs Le Creuset cookware.
| ||STAUB|| LE CREUSET
|Design||Staub dutch ovens have linear and angular design, giving it a much more modern look.||Le Creuset use softer lines and curves, which gives it a more traditional look.
|Lid||Staub has heavier lids, they help retain moisture, they also possess basting spikes(little bumps on the lid under-surface), this capture the moisture from the condensation of cooking food and help in redistributing the moisture uniformly on the food.||Le Creuset lids are heavy also retaining moisture but a little less heavier than the ones of Staub, and they are gently upwards. They usually do not have basting spikes and are smooth on the underside.
|Extrior and Interior Color||Staub has a glossy multi-coating of enamel on the exterior surface giving it a distinct look. The interior has a matte black enamel finish, this color can make it conceal stains from cooking also makes it easier to clean.||Possess vibrant exterior colors, their signature flame exterior color is the most sought after, other colors are white, cream, indigo and lots more. The interior is smoother and it has a light color coating, which is prone to scratch after a long time.
|Interior Enamel Coating||The interior consist of a matte enamel which is usually duller and will at least require a bit of oil to make it very non stick. Over time the cookware develops a patina from absorption of oil by it pores and becomes very non stick.||The interior consist of a satin enamel which is glossy and very non stick.
|Knob||The Nickel/Brass knob of the Staub is resistant to heat up-to 500 degree Fahrenheit.||Le Creuset has a Phenolic knob that is up-to 400 degree Fahrenheit resistant to heat, which might not be very suitable for oven cooking. A replacement knob can be gotten for oven cooking. Le Creuset offers two different knob types for stove top cooking and oven cooking respectively.
|Pricing||Price is similar to that of Le Creuset, but a bit cheaper||High end of price range for Dutch Ovens
Having considered the distinctive Staub vs Le Creuset differences, that “which one should I buy” question might probably come to mind. Since they are similar in quality, buyers choice depends on preference in design, color scheme, size, and the specific use of the cookware.