I bet if you wrote them they would replace it... Another vote for Staub...their line is very, very good. No issue with the knob, and the pot and the lid usually get cleaned in the dishwasher as well. Welcome to the eG Forums, a service of the eGullet Society for Culinary Arts & Letters. Whereas, privately-owned and larger Le Creuset has successfully continued their French country style, since 1925. My pot actually has a metal handle, I just took out a plastic washer in between handle and lid, that would have melted. While the price difference between the two is nominal, I've now collected over 30 Staub pieces, thereby saving considerable dough (around $1K), in buying mostly Staub's cookware. Heat resistant up to 200°C, it lets you lift the lid on your pots and casseroles safely and easily. I've found this to be true with both manufacturers for oven use, and less-so on the stove (even at lower temperatures). Had the alternative been available locally at the time, I would have bought Staub. Here in Orlando, there's a superb Le Creuset factory outlet store. And it was a bigger glass! I'm very familiar with both Le Creuset and Staub. Heat resistant up to 200°C, it lets you lift the lid on your pots and casseroles safely and easily. Both Staub and Le Creuset claim that their interior coatings are non-stick. Le Creuset must know that people hate those knobs. While the price difference between the two is nominal, I've now collected over 30 Staub pieces, thereby saving considerable dough (around $1K), in buying mostly Staub's cookware. The phenolic know is oven safe to 450 degrees. The smoothly curved interior and rounded base make it easy to combine ingredients as you stir and whisk. This includes retail, clearance, and special incentives. You can also get metal drawer handles to use as knob on your lid, might be a lot cheaper than their price? Select Size: Small. For overall cooking, yes. Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Round Dutch Oven, 5.5 qt., Cerise 45% larger handles that provide a sure grip, even with oven mitts. Terry Pratchett. Much of Le Creuset's products come standard with a Phenolic knob (oven safe up to 375 degrees), where Staub's nickel and brass knobs are oven safe up to 500 degrees... big difference when moving a French oven (cocotte) from stove to oven. Le Creuset is for people who like colors. As a NYC and Florida interior designer, I spent most of my working life drooling with lust and envy at my clients' $75K - $300K kitchens. Signature Saucepans from Le Creuset are a staple in any kitchen. These advertising-free forums are provided free of charge through donations from Society members. Even a whirling dervish. This was once discussed somewhere to replace cheap handles on cheaper pots (Target, which is what I have) so you can make the no knead bread w/o melting the handle off. But, as far as my regular, workhorse pieces of cookware in the very big sea of cookware pieces that I own and have owned since the 1970s, the ones that stand out are my Staubs (18-plus pieces), my gorgeous Vermicular cookware (Japanese- similar to Staub), and my wonderful and solid Serafino Zani-Karen model (Italian) stainless steel cookware that I've had since the early 1990s and thank goodness was introduced to us here in Los Angeles way back then. The silver ones are safe to 500 and are less than 25 dollars to switch yourself. You know, not to curse myself (turning around 3 times, spitting and shouting "beetlejuice beetlejuice beetlejuice"), but I've probably used my Le Creuset about 10 times for no-knead bread, and at least another 20 or 30 times for oven braises. For maintenance, no. It might be possible to pick up a vintage lid with this type of handle for your modern pot. Staub is for people who like to cook. With the ceramics shelved, I needed to embrace a couple of different workhorses, and the Staub has won out. At 50, I finally got the courage to learn how to cook, and the initial experience has been both daunting and rewarding. Powered by Invision Community. Cerise is a classic Le Creuset color featuring a gradient of deep reds that coordinate beautifully with a full array of cookware. But then, for the bread, which is the only real high-temp application the thing gets, I always wrap the phenolic knob in at least 5 or 6 layers of aluminum foil. And you can just pick it up at a hardware store, no need to pay for and wait for shipping. Aesthetically, I prefer Staub's more sleeker urbane style than Le Creuset's "artsy-country" look. That said, if the knob cracks, you can write to them and they'll send another one: 1.877.CREUSET (273.8738) x6. The lid features a black phenolic knob. Excuse me? I had been moving to Emile Henry Flame, when I found myself with induction. However, most sales associates and friends/neighbors recommended Staub over Le Creuset, because of Staub's self-basting spikes under the lid (in most of their products), lustrous finish quality ("majolique" coloring and glazing process), standard higher-temperature knobs, and slightly less price-point than Le Creuset. Le Creuset stainless-steel replacement handle. No waiting for an auction to end. I think if I ever get another piece of Le Creuset cookware I'm going to add a stainless handle right away. "A cloud o' dust! Anyone may read the forums, but to post you must create a free account. Thus, I think of Le Creuset as the "Mercedes-Benz" and Staub the "BMW" of cast-iron cookware, albeit we're talking French cuisine as opposed to German technology. That, gentlemen, is the whirlingest dervish of them all." Obviously Le Creuset knows how to make the integral loop handles because here is one on a terrine. By Use them for both cooking and reheating small portions. Free Shipping - $99 Minimum $18.00 - $24.00 ... and is safe at any oven temperature. I also consulted with experienced cooks of various degrees, who worked at places like Williams-Sonoma, Bloomingdale’s and Sur La Table, as well as friends and neighbors. Offer available at www.lecreuset.com and in Le Creuset Signature Stores while supplies last; not available in Le Creuset outlet stores.