Le Creuset introduced its first cast iron cocotte in 1925 in Fresnoy le Grand, France. But it was in 1945 that the company became a major innovator, releasing their tried-and-true products in a range of colors. Suddenly, their kitchen staples weren't just high quality, but they were also fashionable additions to the home.
Since then, the company has released a range of products in an always-growing collection of colors — but for a price. Don't be fooled: these items are investments. The company'sstarts at $125 (lecreuset.com) and their signature square skillet grill starts at $180 (lecreuset.com). But the company offers a perk to make up for this that most people don't know about.
Le Creuset guarantees its cast iron products for life. Yes, you read that right. That means, if your beloved cookware chips or cracks, the company will replace it for free. Granted, there are a few caveats. If the company determines you've intentionally damaged your item so you could get a new color (their Millennial pink collection is just so soothing), you'll be out of luck and stuck with the broken pieces.
The warranty also covers normal household use and clearly states users should follow their care guidance to avoid damage, like not using a knife on surfaces. And light stains or scratches aren't going to get you a new one either. Another snafu: If you bought your item second-hand, you're not entitled to the warranty. You have to be the original owner, granted receiving it as a gift is totally acceptable.
So if you notice a crack or a chip in the enamel the next time you go to braise a chicken for dinner, just let the company know and they'll send you a brand-new item — no purchase necessary.
[h/t The Kitchn]