Mario Batali vs Chefs Choice vs Le Creuset

jono123April 2, 2006

hi,

I was in Target's today and boy, does their Chefs Choice enameled cast iron pot look like a Le Creuset.

The Mario Batali pot also looks of simlar quality to the Le Creuset.

Anyone actually compare any of these?

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MariposaTraicionera

How do they compare in price and quality?

    Bookmark   April 3, 2006 at 12:00PM
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ann_t

Jono, I have a couple of Le Creuset pieces which I really like and have had for years. But I recently bought a Mario Batali's roaster and Dutch Oven. I did a little research on line before buying Batali's. It got good reviews and here in Canada, it was half the price. I also liked the colours. I've used both the Dutch Oven and the roaster a couple of times in the last week and am happy with them. Even after roasting on high heat (500°F) the roaster cleaned up beautifully. The fact that the Batali is oven safe to 500°F and the Le Creuset to only 450°f was another deciding factor. The little Kitchenwares store in Victoria that I bought them in said that they have been selling like hotcakes and they are on their third shipment since Christmas. And they haven't had any complaints or returns.

Ann

    Bookmark   April 3, 2006 at 3:01PM
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compumom

I want some! I looked on the website and supposedly they sell to Crate and Barrel. I'll call and see. Do they weigh as much as Le Creuset?

    Bookmark   April 5, 2006 at 1:41PM
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jono123

Thanks Ann.

Compumom, I have seen them at Sur La Table if you have one of these nearby. I have not seen them at my local Crate and Barrel.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2006 at 3:27AM
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ann_t

You're welcome Jono. Ellen, I think that they are heavier than the Le Creuset. I weighed the roasting pan on my kitchen scale and it weighed in at 11 pounds 12 oz. and the Dutch Oven was too heavy for my kitchen scale.

Ann

    Bookmark   April 7, 2006 at 8:50PM
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Carol Schmertzler Siegel

Ellen, Bloomingdales carries the Mario Batali as well.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2006 at 10:44PM
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Carol Schmertzler Siegel

I took Ann's recommendation and just bought the Mario Batali pan. I love it, I really needed a new pan and I picked it up this morning. I like that it is very deep, deeper than the Le Creuset which is what I had been wanting all along. Thanks, Ann! Great price, too! It's in the oven now!

Carol

    Bookmark   April 12, 2006 at 4:07PM
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michaelanne_erlewine_gmail_com

Actually, in looking at the Mario Batali product collection catalog, Batali claims to be "1/2 the weight of traditional cast iron cookware".

    Bookmark   June 23, 2011 at 3:13PM
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