It seems to be a recent addition to the Le Creuset line. Any comments on quality, useabily (is that a word?) ...
The price at some stores seems pretty good.
It is now 2010 and I cannot find a review of Le Creuset Tri-Ply Stainless Steel pots and pans. My daughter just baught me a set for a very reasonable amount and I am not sure whether I want to keep it. I was considering All Clad, but I found the handles rather ackward and uncomfortable. Have you been happy with your set? I hope this gets to you. I need help.
Hi NewCook! I sell LeCreuset for a living and ran across your post. I encourage you to give our stainless a try. I think you will love it! We were rated against All-Clad last year along with several other brands and found to have fewer hotspots (a common issue in stainless), more features and a better price point than our competitors. You may not realize it but those are LeCreuset stainless frypans in your Avatar! Le Creuset also has a steller lifetime warranty on the stainless pieces and the non-stick coated pieces are carcegen free and have a 10 year warranty! ...unheard of in the cooking world! Our triple ply goes goes all the way up the sides to help conduct even heating in your pots. If you will notice, the outside is brushed for easier cleanup, the rim of each vessel is curved slighty outward to help you pour away from the edge, the lids on the casseroles and saucepans are made to fit on the handles to save space in your kitchen and they also have measurements inside the pots. I suggest that you start on medium heat or even lower if you use gas. With better quality cookware, starting temps are always lower. We have a fantastic customer support staff in our home office which can be found @ www.LeCreuset.com. If you have any questions, feel free to call on of our stores as well. We all love what we sell! Good Luck and Happy Cooking!
Hey Grant... I encourage you to get on line and do a little more research about LeCreuset. You seem a bit misinformed. We have stores nationwide which you can find at www.LeCreuset.com. if you would like to speak to someone personally for more information. I don't know where you are, but call us or even better, come see us! "Seconds" in LeCreuset means only cosmetic flaws. Each of our pots is handmade and finished and because of the handmade factor, there will be seconds from time to time. They are still better than a lot of "firsts" out there from our competitors. The cooking experience is the same! It's awesome! On seconds, you get the same lifetime warranty just like on the firsts and it's the same on closeouts. I suggest you do a little more research on the stainless and stockpots as well. Have you actually used them? Couldn't tell from your posts.For the record, ALL LeCreuset is real! We have our own factories, our own quality control people and design departments, etc. My Mom and sis use the stainless and love it! Keep it real and enjoy your cooking! Thanks!
I have used both the AA and LC and I have to say, I find LC 3-ply stainless steel a bit better in every respect compared to AA. It's also cheaper. I like the fact that it's much easier to pour food out of it (AA has no lip). LC feels better made and heavier. I find it to have no hot-spots at all. Before I bought mine I compared them at the Crate & Barrel store - if you look closer LC layers are slightly thicker than AA. Tu sum up it's a better product, and cheaper - so I would recommend it to everyone. I used to work as a professional chef and I cook daily. I love how easy LC saucepans are to clean (both the cast iron and steel). I would only buy All-Clad if it were at least 20% cheaper than the steel version of Le C.