Read this if you're on the fence about dropping a few hundred dollars on a new piece of Le Creuset cookware.
It's one of the most iconic kitchenware brands for many home cooks, but a lot of people aren't aware that Le Creuset does so much more than make dutch ovens in pretty new colors. Whether you already own 10 pieces of Le Creuset's enameled cast-iron cookware, or are just now pondering the splurge, there's something you should know first (and it has to do with Le Creuset's very generous warranty policy.)
Normally, a single Le Creuset cast-iron Dutch oven can retail anywhere between $300 and $600, which may deter some shoppers from investing (I mean, it's like a car payment, right?!). But Le Creuset makes a limited lifetime guarantee on all of its cast iron products, meaning if the heavy pot somehow breaks during normal use in the kitchen, the brand will send you a replacement free of charge.
And even if you don't buy a piece of cast-iron bakeware, Le Creuset has a slew of warranty policies that cover you for at least five years—and, in some cases, a whole decade. Cast iron, stainless steel, and nonstick products are covered by Le Creuset's lifetime policy, whereas stoneware, stockpots, and metal bakeware are usually covered for at least five years.
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Plus, most of Le Creuset's more affordable accessories, from pepper mills to silicone spatulas, are covered by a limited 10-year warranty.
The company says that owners aren't allowed to intentionally damage their cast-iron purchases for new colors or another size, so don't get any crazy ideas. But as long as you're using the product normally, you should be covered.
There's one small caveat, though: Le Creuset won't replace your product if you're not the original owner. Meaning if you purchase the item secondhand or receive it as a hand-me-down, you won't be able to make a claim—but this doesn't apply to gifts, as long as you keep the receipt. Happy shopping!