Le Creuset Signature vs Classic – What is the difference?

o, this is a quick post to go over the Le Creuset Signature vs Classic Dutch oven ranges. Before I start, it is clear that this is not a massive change between the two in terms of functionality nor design. Subtlety is the word here…but there are a couple of important ‘upgrades’.

Summary of changes
Knob handle resistant to higher temperature
Changes to logo and rim lines on lid
Bigger handles with more finger room
Better lid fitment
Better quality enamel
Le Creuset Signature vs Classic: Read more in detail…
The Classic is the older version of the Le Creuset Dutch oven, with the Signature line the new range. They still sell the classic but you should know the difference between the two. The Classic range is cheaper of the two.

If you are looking to buy, I would suggest the Signature range for a couple of good reasons I will talk about.

Just on visual inspection, you may be able to notice a few subtle differences.

Knob handles
The first is the knob handles. You will notice that they are thicker on the Signature line and are easier to hold on to. The most important change here is the temperature they can go up to in the oven.

The new Signature handles can go up to 500F. The classic line had a maximum temperature of 375F. This means that you can cook at higher temperatures and cook things you would not be able to do in the classic range e.g. bake no knead bread.

Rim lines & logo
Staying with the lid, there are some subtle changes to the design of the rim lines. They are now much more prominent. They look slightly more modern but the most obvious change is the ‘Le Creuset’ logo, it is more detailed than it was on the Classic line. The logo stands out much more.

Handles
The next major difference is the handles. They are said to be 45% bigger according the Le Creuset.

I think they are when comparing the two together. They look much wider and the number of fingers I can slide into the handle is different…three fingers on the Classic, four fingers with a little wiggle room on the Signature range. This makes it much easier handle and move around.

Lid fitment
The next big difference is the lid fitment. The new Signature range has a more tight-fitting lid than the classic line.

They definitely feel more solid when you place them down, they don’t have that wiggle with the lid on.

Enamel
The final difference is on the inside. The Signature line has a higher quality enamel than the Classic.

It is more resistant to thermal shock and less likely to crack or chip. It is also more resistant to changes in color too.

This is important if you are worried about interior chipping as this is not normally covered by the warranty.

Verdict
So those are the differences, Le Creuset Signature vs Classic. Five pretty significant ones. It reflects the quality increase in Le Creuset and they are clearly apply new technology, especially with the enameling process.

Both versions are for sale but as you would expect, the Signature line is more expensive. For fans of Le Creuset, these will be welcome changes and they still offer you great value.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.dutchovenscookware.com

The original article can be found at http://www.dutchovenscookware.com/le-creuset-signature-vs-classic/

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