I took a closer look at the little ripples, and after rubbing away some white dust residue, it became apparent that they were more like 3 little nicks sitting side by side. There are other ones in other areas, including the lid and the outside enameling, but they aren't as deep as the 3 that I'm concerned about. I've also read that the nicks are normal, and as such wasn't concerned about the other ones, but these 3 are a bit deep for my liking and I'm concerned that they may penetrate to the cast iron. I'm also concerned because they are on the bottom of the interior of my pot and would thus definitely come into contact with whatever I cooked.
The rim on my pot is pretty much or less perfect. I've read about the problems that people had on that big sale on amazon, and remember hearing somewhere about how Staub at one point wouldn't honor the warranty for the pots that were sold in that sale, stating that they were a discounted batch and not subject to the warranty. They later reversed their position and said that the prior statement was a mistake, but it makes me wonder if the pots that were sold in that batch were seconds.
Staub also changed hands a couple years ago and some people say that the quality and workmanship has gone down since then, which was another concern when I decided to order my Staub. I hope it isn't the case, though from reviews on amazon about products cracking in half, and enamel chipping, it sounds like that might be a concern. Fortunately, amazon has a great return policy and I figured that I had nothing to lose in ordering it.
After exhaustive research I've finally bought my first piece of enameled cast iron - a 6.5 qt. round Staub, to replace my smaller 5 qt. Lodge.
I was excited to start cooking with it when it arrived, but upon inspecting the interior of the finish, I noticed a few small inconsistencies in the finish of the enamel. They aren't very large, they look like small ripples, smaller than the size of a fingernail.
I'm wondering if this is typical of enamel finishes and I was wrong in expecting the finish to be completely even and smooth. I've been holding off on using it and trying to decide if this is normal, or if there really is a problem and I if I should exchange it for a non-flawed one.
Could anyone tell me if my new Staub is flawed or not flawed? Paying this much for one piece of cookware, I want to make sure that what I have is perfect in terms of function. The look of the inconsistency is less of an issue to me.