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Is a warranty on stainless steel pots/pans important?

It looks like it's probably a customer return or display that's for sale. Even though it's not super expensive in store (a set of 2 pans for $50 when not on sale), I can probably pay half that by buying second hand.

I'm just starting out my collection but everything that I have bought so far is treated very carefully taken care of. I love having that brand new looking pan but I figure a customer return or an item that was on display won't be very damaged, and stainless steel can be polished up pretty well.

Jan 04, 2010
alirov in Cookware

Is a warranty on stainless steel pots/pans important?

I was wondering what everyone thought. When I buy non-stick things, I look for things that usually have a lifetime warranty (at least a limited lifetime warranty) although I'm not really sure if the warranty would cover much in the end. What about stainless steel? I see some pots/pans that I might want to get and they're much cheaper second hand (through ebay or craigslist). I'm fine with them being used or just being display models but this probably gives me no warranty since I don't have the original receipt. This stuff isn't super expensive but it's much nicer getting a good deal even if it's second hand for me. Would it be worth the extra cost to just buy it in store but to have that warranty?

Jan 03, 2010
alirov in Cookware

Help me choose a dutch oven

Hi Everyone,

So I am on an extreme budget so I'm not really looking at all of the pricey Dutch Ovens. So far I've purchased 2 Dutch Ovens (I'm only planning to keep one of them) and have my eye on a third. The two I have purchased:

- Berndes 5.75 Qt Enameled Cast Iron Casserole safe up to 450 Degrees. This one was purchased at Ross for $35 and I can't find any info on it anywhere.

- Staub Elite Enameled Cast Iron 5qt. French Oven safe up to 400 Degrees. Purchased from Homegoods for $40. I like the basting spikes it has (although have no clue if they really do anything) but have read bad reviews about cleaning the bottom of the inside which has "dimples"

I also see that Walmart has that Tramontina Dutch Oven right now (a 6.5 Qt for $35). This one is safe up to 350 degrees but can be more if the handle on the lid is replaced.

I probably like the looks of the Staub the most followed by the Berndes followed by the Tramontina. However, I know nothing of the Berndes and have read many many good reviews about the Tramontina. The Staub seems to be the only one with the basting spikes and is the only one made in France. I'm new to all of this and am pretty confused.

I'm single and won't be cooking for very large groups often. Would I benefit more from something smaller like the 5 Qt or would I not go wrong with buying something bigger like the 6.5 Qt. Any input anyone can give me would be very much appreciated. And as far as budget, I'm trying to stay under $50 for my first Dutch Oven purchase.

Dec 28, 2009
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Can anyone tell me the manufacturer of this dutch oven?

Thanks to both of you, you guys are right on! I've been searching on the internet but not really knowing what to search for exactly have not come up with anything. Has anyone had any experience with this DO here? I see a lot of reviews on that QVC link that Miss Priss posted but of course I would trust you guys more.

Dec 28, 2009
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Can anyone tell me the manufacturer of this dutch oven?

As a follow up, if no one has any idea, what French manufacturers are there that make Dutch ovens? I know of Le Chasseur and Le Creuset but I'm pretty sure this isn't one of those.

Dec 27, 2009
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Can anyone tell me the manufacturer of this dutch oven?

Hi,

I picked up a dutch oven from Homegoods and am wondering if anyone can tell me the manufacturer of it. It's a burgundy color with a silver metal handle. The only thing written on it is 5qt. and Made in France. This is written on both the bottom of the lid and the bottom of the dutch oven itself. I'm attaching two photos, one of the dutch oven itself and the other of the inside of the dutch oven and inside of the lid. The inside of the lid has a basting "design" and the bottom of the inside of the dutch oven is "ribbed" (I don't really know what to call it. It's a similar texture to a golf ball). I appreciate any input anyone has on this! Thanks!

Dec 27, 2009
alirov in Cookware

Berndes Dutch Oven

Hey Everyone,

I'm new here but it seems like there's a wealth of information around so I think I found a new favorite website. Anyway, I had a question. I recently picked up a dutch oven at a local Ross for $35.00. Comparing it to some around, it didn't seem to be any worse than comparable ones. I can't find any information about it so I was wondering if anyone had any info they could share. This is a Berndes 5.75 Qt Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven (or it's called a Cast Iron Casserole on the box. It came in a very nice orange color (called Orange Flame) but there was also another color (Kobalt Blue I think) if anyone is interested. It says it's oven safe to 450 Degrees. The Berndes website is down until Dec 21 so I can't do any research there. Has anyone had any experiences with this cookware? I'm attaching a photo of the DO itself and the box so you can see what it looks like.

Dec 18, 2009
alirov in Cookware