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Yes its expensive
Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2020
Le Creuset is expensive. Is it over priced? Maybe, but it has a finish that cleans up better than of my other ceramic coated cast iron. The hours I don't spend soaking and scrubbing is worth something, as is the lifetime I expect to get out of this roaster.
I chose to make the leap into some Le Creuset products, and targeted 3 pots/pans: A large dutch oven (9 Quart - which I purchased directly from their outlet store), a large Braiser (5 quart - which I purchased here) and a roaster (this one)... okay I then bought the 7 quart roaster from a clearance rack at a store because I couldn't pass up the price, but 3 was my intention.
I have not noticed any hot spot issues in any of the above products. They all seem to heat evenly. Wonderful quality for stove top to oven and back again. Did I mention clean up. After each long slow roast, I look at the caked on fond and think "I don't want to clean it - this time it won't be easy, but it always is. A little hot water and soap in the pan for a few minutes while I do other dishes and it basically wipes out clean. I have a lodge dutch oven, which I also love, but it doesn't clean up as easily and the discoloring of the ceramic definitely looks like its been used often.
I guess my rational (which could be faulty but its how I sleep) - isn't a cooking implement that lasts a lifetime worth the cost of 4 meals (at the cost of roasts today) you make in it?