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Le Creuset - worth it?

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escape Mon 25-Mar-13 12:03:52

Just wondering if there are any die hard fans or is it a case of style over substance before I invest?

HeroineChick Mon 25-Mar-13 12:13:21

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MildredH Mon 25-Mar-13 12:15:57

We love ours.. Cooks beautifully and washes easily. However, sainsbo's have copies on offer this week which a friend of mine has and says they are fab too so I'd say unless you're caught up on having the brand, shop around for a good quality copy made of same material.

SwedishEdith Mon 25-Mar-13 12:21:13

I have Creuset - 35+ years old, still going strong, Chasseur - 10+ years old, still great and the Sains copy- 1 week old,still great grin .Just could not bring myself to spend £100+ more just for the name

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 25-Mar-13 12:22:56


I love mine, and I've got one which was my grandma's which I still use weekly.

bakingaddict Mon 25-Mar-13 12:25:15

I have a Le Creuset griddle's so bloody heavy I very rarely get it out of the cupboard. Put me off buying anything else although they have these cute little Le Creuset casserole pots in John Lewis at the mo

ouryve Mon 25-Mar-13 12:27:03

They're great - but only if you're sure you can lift the pans when they're full. They're a bit blinking heavy.

MildredH Mon 25-Mar-13 12:29:32

If you decide to invest in the real deal make sure you shop around. We got ours from outlet at Bicester Village but I've since noticed that John Lewis and Debenhams often have 20-25% off them for a week..

littlermissstan Mon 25-Mar-13 12:31:27

My mum still uses the set she got for her wedding almost 40 years ago every day. The big pans are very heavy when full, but brilliant in terms of heating evenly and last so long that I'm adding a couple to my wedding list too!

Beamur Mon 25-Mar-13 12:34:18

We've got a couple and they are such good quality and last well.

FrazzleRock Mon 25-Mar-13 12:48:21

Don't use the ovenware. It cracks!
It's no wonder they've got shitloads of the stuff in TK Maxx all the time.

Pans are lovely though

escape Mon 25-Mar-13 13:02:27

Frazzle - interesting, have seen those there!
Thanks for input guys

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 25-Mar-13 13:02:51

Frazzle really? I've got several things and they are all fine after many many uses - how bizarre!

nilbyname Mon 25-Mar-13 13:05:26

I have LeCrue pots and pans and they are fantastic. I imagine that they will last my lifetime and I will pass them on to my children.

AndBingoWasHisNameOh Mon 25-Mar-13 13:05:35

We have them but only buy them when on offer in a store or at the outlet where you can normally get 40-50% off. Not sure I'd buy at full price.

CointreauVersial Mon 25-Mar-13 13:07:44

They work on induction hobs, which is a bonus, but the saucepans are too blinking heavy for me (especially with the amount of grub I have to cook for my hungry lot).

Mondrian Mon 25-Mar-13 13:11:03

We have a set of 8 that have served us well over past 10 years, love the pans as they can be used on the hob or in the oven and also great when deglazing is required. Even if on a budget i would definitely recommend a couple of deep pans/casserole as they add to the kitchen decor and are very versatile. Not a great fan of the frying pan unless you must deglaze at some stage so not very versatile.

olgaga Mon 25-Mar-13 13:11:08

I have a couple of Le Creuset - a huge casserole (which is indeed very heavy when full), a Marmitout, and a griddle for steak (hardly use it now steak is so expensive!). They are brilliant for slow cooking, either on the hob or in the oven. It's nice to be able to brown meat in the dish.

I did get a Sains knock-off (lovely purple one) but the bottom would stick, and it also raised in the centre slightly after a bit of use. I send it off to the charity shop.

However I can recommend the Homebase knock-offs, I've got one of those, a mid-size oval, and it's as good as Le Creuset.

IslaValargeone Mon 25-Mar-13 13:11:18

I don't like mine, I don't find they clean well and they are ridiculously heavy.

GandalfsHat Mon 25-Mar-13 13:11:48

Totally worth it.

olgaga Mon 25-Mar-13 13:13:29

Isla soak them well and use a plastic scourer, dry them then oil the inside before you put them away. They do get a bit discoloured with use but that's ok!

IslaValargeone Mon 25-Mar-13 13:19:34

Thanks olgaga I've never done the oiling thing, that being said I'm ready to dump my set.
One or two of mine are rusting and the handle broke off my frying pan.
I shall be buying something that I can lift without fear of pulled muscles.

FrazzleRock Mon 25-Mar-13 13:25:09

Yup. I heard an almighty bang from the oven and it was my lovely Le Creuset oven dish which had broken in two sad

I'm sure I've heard of this happening to other people

busygirl Mon 25-Mar-13 13:28:02

i keep thinking about buying one,but they usually say"not to use on direct heat",so can't goon the cooker?thats what outs me off.i have a ceramic hob cooker.they r nice,but not if i can only use them in the oven

LadyIsabellaWrotham Mon 25-Mar-13 13:28:07

They are fantastic, but the Sainsburys ones are probably 90% as good for 25% of the price - v tempted to get some this week.

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