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Aldi cast iron range preorder from 16th instore 20th prices from £12.99 - £24.99 eg large tagine £19.99 more in OP @ Aldi
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Aldi cast iron range preorder from 16th instore 20th prices from £12.99 - £24.99 eg large tagine £19.99 more in OP @ Aldi

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Posted 14th Sep 2018
Just seen advertised as pre order from this Sunday (16th) and in store from next Thursday (20th)

Aldi's own cast iron range called Crofton is very similar to Le Creuset available in 3 colours - cream, grey and red. Can be used upto 200 degrees celcius and you can use on all hobs too even Aga's, Rayburn, Stanley's etc.

Prices start at £12.99 upto a maximum of £24.99 so huge saving on Le cruset prices. I have a few of the Sainsburys own cast iron range but paid about £30 in clearance for them.

Free delivery on orders over £20 or pay £2.95 otherwise.

Range includes - Cast Iron Casserole Dish £24.99, Cast Iron Shallow Casserole Dish £24.99, Cast Iron Roaster £19.99, Large Cast Iron Tagine £19.99, Cast Iron Frying Pan £14.99, Cast Iron Skillet £14.99 and Cast Iron Grill Tray £12.99

Large Tagine £19.99

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Shallow Casserole dish £24.99

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blah blah I want to make a comment so people know I have expensive taste blah blah
emribena4 h, 30 m ago

Have a go at the Daily Mail too then


Who needs an excuse to have a go at the Daily Mail?!
ro53ben16 m ago

With this style is more a case of the enamel ageing prematurely.It may get …With this style is more a case of the enamel ageing prematurely.It may get dull or start to crack. It may chip easily. It may stain. Cheap enamel is cheap.


How long do you think this will happen on these cheap Aldi ones? How about this for, the Le-whatever ones are ten times the price. Do you think it will last ten times longer than the Aldi ones?

People make their choice based on their needs and budget, if you need expensive cookware and you can afford them then fine nobody's judging that. But not everyone care how good the enamel really is when they are not gonna use them for "life-long".

Would you spend over a grand on a mobile phone or another agrand on a handbag? Maybe not? But there are people out there are happily to pay this without even thinking about the price tag. Meanwhile these people might don't want spend anything above £20 on cookware.

BTW there is a wide range of products sold by Le-whatever brand are made on factories all over the world including China. There's nothing wrong about made in China, there's simply zero possibility to avoid buying stuff made in China. You buy whatever you choose to trust within your own budget that's all.

Great heads up op, voted hot, not in need for them but these will be sold out quick!
Edited by: "yulu91" 14th Sep 2018
I think if you're managing to break cast iron cookware you're doing something wrong.
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The tagine is also cast iron?

Heat from me. Great range. Tempted!
The idea of Le Creuset (EU not UE) is not what it looks like - it's that it's made by Le Creuset and has the warranty and service levels they provide.

If you're buying cheap Chinese copies, you're doing it wrong.
I think if you're managing to break cast iron cookware you're doing something wrong.
EdmundBlackadder14/09/2018 15:33

I think if you're managing to break cast iron cookware you're doing …I think if you're managing to break cast iron cookware you're doing something wrong.


With this style is more a case of the enamel ageing prematurely.It may get dull or start to crack. It may chip easily. It may stain. Cheap enamel is cheap.
ro53ben16 m ago

With this style is more a case of the enamel ageing prematurely.It may get …With this style is more a case of the enamel ageing prematurely.It may get dull or start to crack. It may chip easily. It may stain. Cheap enamel is cheap.


How long do you think this will happen on these cheap Aldi ones? How about this for, the Le-whatever ones are ten times the price. Do you think it will last ten times longer than the Aldi ones?

People make their choice based on their needs and budget, if you need expensive cookware and you can afford them then fine nobody's judging that. But not everyone care how good the enamel really is when they are not gonna use them for "life-long".

Would you spend over a grand on a mobile phone or another agrand on a handbag? Maybe not? But there are people out there are happily to pay this without even thinking about the price tag. Meanwhile these people might don't want spend anything above £20 on cookware.

BTW there is a wide range of products sold by Le-whatever brand are made on factories all over the world including China. There's nothing wrong about made in China, there's simply zero possibility to avoid buying stuff made in China. You buy whatever you choose to trust within your own budget that's all.

Great heads up op, voted hot, not in need for them but these will be sold out quick!
Edited by: "yulu91" 14th Sep 2018
Got no objection to cheap cookware and agree there is a large market for it. Arguably the "mid range" is where people lose out as they spend more but don't get any better life out of it. On a lot of stuff you should either go top or bottom and skip the middle.

However, what annoys me is when the cheap manufacturers just copy other designs in order to steal custom. Be original, design something yourself. - don't just make a cheap copy so punters who can't even spell it can say "it's just like a Le Cruestet" - it's not. It's like wearing £10 Ray Banns.
Edited by: "ro53ben" 14th Sep 2018
I've actually just been reading that they did them in Aldi Australia earlier this year and they all came with a five year guarantee and the enamel is 3 layer coated as well - pretty good if these do as well and I don't see why not as same company / same items.
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We have the large le creuset stock pot that’s 21 years old (wedding present is how I know) and it’s in great condition and gets used plenty. Bought a Sainsbury’s copy of a shallow casserole about 4 years ago and have no complaints but the enamel has already chipped in a few places. Bear in mind it was only £13 (on sale from £45)
ro53ben14/09/2018 15:56

Got no objection to cheap cookware and agree there is a large market for …Got no objection to cheap cookware and agree there is a large market for it. Arguably the "mid range" is where people lose out as they spend more but don't get any better life out of it. On a lot of stuff you should either go top or bottom and skip the middle.However, what annoys me is when the cheap manufacturers just copy other designs in order to steal custom. Be original, design something yourself. - don't just make a cheap copy so punters who can't even spell it can say "it's just like a Le Cruestet" - it's not. It's like wearing £10 Ray Banns.



Bad example using ray bans really they’re no better quality than a lower range glass and the company that own them make about 80% of all glasses on the market, commanding a monopoly on the industry. They’re not that better quality than £10 glasses to command the price they do, and the cheap glasses are more than likely made by the same company that make the ray bans in the first place
blah blah I want to make a comment so people know I have expensive taste blah blah
Definitely voted HOT btw.
Only the base of the tagine is cast iron if they are the same as last year - I own one.
Edited by: "dvdvicar" 14th Sep 2018
u66454114/09/2018 16:25

We have the large le creuset stock pot that’s 21 years old (wedding p …We have the large le creuset stock pot that’s 21 years old (wedding present is how I know) and it’s in great condition and gets used plenty. Bought a Sainsbury’s copy of a shallow casserole about 4 years ago and have no complaints but the enamel has already chipped in a few places. Bear in mind it was only £13 (on sale from £45)


Be careful with chipped enamel, the underglaze is poisonous and if you're cooking an acidic dish (like if you use vinegar to deglaz) it may corrode into your food.
Anonymouse0114th Sep

Bad example using ray bans really they’re no better quality than a lower r …Bad example using ray bans really they’re no better quality than a lower range glass and the company that own them make about 80% of all glasses on the market, commanding a monopoly on the industry. They’re not that better quality than £10 glasses to command the price they do, and the cheap glasses are more than likely made by the same company that make the ray bans in the first place


You're right, it was a bad example - I don't rate that brand either myself, they just seen to be the copy brand du jour this year. Like MK Handbags are cloned everywhere, another bad example as the originals don't last very well either.
ro53ben14/09/2018 15:56

Got no objection to cheap cookware and agree there is a large market for …Got no objection to cheap cookware and agree there is a large market for it. Arguably the "mid range" is where people lose out as they spend more but don't get any better life out of it. On a lot of stuff you should either go top or bottom and skip the middle.However, what annoys me is when the cheap manufacturers just copy other designs in order to steal custom. Be original, design something yourself. - don't just make a cheap copy so punters who can't even spell it can say "it's just like a Le Cruestet" - it's not. It's like wearing £10 Ray Banns.


The Le- brand did not invent these type of cookware they just made good ones.

Also another point about made in China product, a quick Google I found out that case iron cookware were actually invented and largely used in ancient Asian countries including China.
yulu9111 m ago

The Le- brand did not invent these type of cookware they just made good …The Le- brand did not invent these type of cookware they just made good ones. Also another point about made in China product, a quick Google I found out that case iron cookware were actually invented and largely used in ancient Asian countries including China.


What part of these being advertised as Le Creuset lookalikes didn't you get?

Sure, cast iron enamel cookware is VERY popular in Asia, biggest outlet in the world, but it's not all built to last. They just make nonsense claims like the "3 layer" one above - as if it helps with longevity. You're actually more likely to chip a thicker coating, the trick is to make a single strong one.
And in years past (and still today in the case of some of my pans), they would not have been enamelled.
ro53ben14/09/2018 15:36

With this style is more a case of the enamel ageing prematurely.It may get …With this style is more a case of the enamel ageing prematurely.It may get dull or start to crack. It may chip easily. It may stain. Cheap enamel is cheap.


That's a fair shout, but is it worth the 5x or more cost? Presumably the costs of replacement - or even professional re-enamelling - more than offsets the LC premium?
I paid almost £200 for a LeCrueset one in JL as a treat when I got my new kitchen. It’s amazing but I don’t mind mixing it up with a few bits of this. Tbh 5 years for something you pay less than £25 for is good value. Obviously as everyone stated watch the enamel but I’ll grab a few bits if I can get them. Heat from me x
feltonsamantha27 m ago

I paid almost £200 for a LeCrueset one in JL as a treat when I got my new …I paid almost £200 for a LeCrueset one in JL as a treat when I got my new kitchen. It’s amazing but I don’t mind mixing it up with a few bits of this. Tbh 5 years for something you pay less than £25 for is good value. Obviously as everyone stated watch the enamel but I’ll grab a few bits if I can get them. Heat from me x


Well said, very sensible and smart way of spending money (unlike someone from previous comment obviously)
Max 200c cooking temperatures put me off.
We bought this from Aldi years ago. It is still fine.
Aldi cast iron, why to mention "Le Creuset lookalike" in the title...
pmaker14/09/2018 20:04

Aldi cast iron, why to mention "Le Creuset lookalike" in the title...


Because the style with the ridges and pastel colours is le creuset lookalike. Just like when they do the gins that are Hendricks lookalikes / dupes / tastealikes.
Have a go at the Daily Mail too then
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ro53ben5 h, 22 m ago

Be careful with chipped enamel, the underglaze is poisonous and if you're …Be careful with chipped enamel, the underglaze is poisonous and if you're cooking an acidic dish (like if you use vinegar to deglaz) it may corrode into your food.


It’s only chipped on the outside. Inside is fine
emribena4 h, 30 m ago

Have a go at the Daily Mail too then


Who needs an excuse to have a go at the Daily Mail?!
ro53ben16 h, 13 m ago

Be careful with chipped enamel, the underglaze is poisonous and if you're …Be careful with chipped enamel, the underglaze is poisonous and if you're cooking an acidic dish (like if you use vinegar to deglaz) it may corrode into your food.


It will only bring out the iron of the pot . Chinese use iron/ steel woks all the time .
Yes but we are referring to damaged enamel not the plain metal cookware.....
Sweetcorn1214/09/2018 18:36

Max 200c cooking temperatures put me off.


Not dishwasher safe either.
I purchased one approx a ago from Aldi and now ot is ready for the bin.
M.Zaman15/09/2018 10:59

I purchased one approx a ago from Aldi and now ot is ready for the bin.


Apparently they have a five year guarantee so either take to store or email them with a picture customer.service@aldi.co.uk or call 0800 042 0800 open until 8pm today or 4pm tomorrow. They are usually very good had an issue recently with something and they sorted it for me.
ro53ben15/09/2018 10:28

Not dishwasher safe either.


Says they are?
The enamelware is “durable 3 layer coating” and can be used on the stove top and in the oven.

All are available in assorted colours and are oven and dishwasher safe.
emribena15/09/2018 11:28

Says they are?The enamelware is “durable 3 layer coating” and can be used o …Says they are?The enamelware is “durable 3 layer coating” and can be used on the stove top and in the oven.All are available in assorted colours and are oven and dishwasher safe.


OK, good luck with that. I'm sure it will look just like new after a couple of uses :-D
emribena15/09/2018 11:28

Says they are?The enamelware is “durable 3 layer coating” and can be used o …Says they are?The enamelware is “durable 3 layer coating” and can be used on the stove top and in the oven.All are available in assorted colours and are oven and dishwasher safe.


I wouldn't put in a dishwasher, they weigh about a ton.
EdmundBlackadder17 h, 39 m ago

That's a fair shout, but is it worth the 5x or more cost? Presumably the …That's a fair shout, but is it worth the 5x or more cost? Presumably the costs of replacement - or even professional re-enamelling - more than offsets the LC premium?


I just don't live in a wasteful, disposable world. Manufacturing, assembly, packaging, transport etc all adds up in a world in which our oceans are filling up with plastic and pollution. Do I want cookware that lasts and lasts? Or one I have to replace all the time and send to landfill?
termite6 m ago

I wouldn't put in a dishwasher, they weigh about a ton.


Oh I wouldn't either, would take up nearly the whole of the top rack but just stating what it says if you ever did want to. I have to ask for help to get my Sainsburys one in and out the oven when its full
ro53ben12 m ago

OK, good luck with that. I'm sure it will look just like new after a …OK, good luck with that. I'm sure it will look just like new after a couple of uses :-D


Just stating what it says - you said its not suitable for dishwasher. How you choose to wash it is up to you obviously but if you so wish you can put it in the dishwasher although I wouldn't personally as it takes up too much room probably putting the dishwasher on just for a casserole dish and lid and as mentioned above they are very heavy too.
emribena15/09/2018 11:27

Apparently they have a five year guarantee so either take to store or …Apparently they have a five year guarantee so either take to store or email them with a picture customer.service@aldi.co.uk or call 0800 042 0800 open until 8pm today or 4pm tomorrow. They are usually very good had an issue recently with something and they sorted it for me.


I don't have the reveipt for it though. Will that matrer?
M.Zaman2 m ago

I don't have the reveipt for it though. Will that matrer?


No as it's Aldi's own brand make (Crofton) that you can't buy anywhere else - does it say Crofton on it? Should say on the lid metal handle bit and underneath if a pan
Typical aldi - looks like something decent but actually a pile of cheap garbage.
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