Costco is often heralded as the home of many a great deal, but consumers are wondering if their latest offering is worth it. Costco’s Le Creuset deal has sparked numerous headlines recently and we’re here to examine whether or not it’s worth the money and the toll it’s sure to take on your storage situation!

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Costco recently added a $4,499 157-piece Le Creuset “Ultimate Cookware” set to their website and the internet has reacted accordingly!

This set includes a multitude of Le Creuset’s stoneware items (all in red), stainless steel pots, plates, French press, utensils, and much more.

While an average cost per item of $28.65 may sound like a good deal, especially since Le Creuset’s Dutch ovens can run upwards of $400, we’re still left scratching our heads and wondering if this set truly is worth it.

In this episode we contemplate the amount of space these items require to store, their overall weight and practicality, the fact that color is limited to red, and more, to determine whether we feel this is a good deal or not.

Note: we did not receive any compensation from Costco and the opinions expressed in this podcast are solely our own.

What’s included in Costco’s Le Creuset Ultimate Cookware Set?

According to Costco’s website, the following items are included:

  • (1) 3.5 qt. Signature Round Dutch Oven with Lid | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 7.25 qt. Signature Round Dutch Oven with Lid | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 5 qt. Signature Oval Dutch Oven with Lid | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 5 qt. Signature Braiser with Lid | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 5.25 qt. Signature Rectangular Roaster | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 10.25” Signature Square Skillet Grill | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 1.75 qt. (9.5”) Signature Bread Oven with Lid | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 16 qt. Enamel on Steel Stockpot with Lid | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 12.5” Signature Stainless Steel Deep Fry Pan with Helper Handle | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 9 qt. Signature Stainless Steel Stockpot with Lid & Deep Colander Insert | Piece Count: 3
  • (1) 8” Signature Stainless Steel Fry Pan | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 10” Signature Stainless Steel Fry Pan | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 16.25” x 13.25” Stainless Steel Large Roasting Pan with Nonstick Rack Insert | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 2 qt. Toughened Nonstick Pro Saucepan with Glass Lid | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 4 qt. Toughened Nonstick Pro Saucepan with Glass Lid | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 4.25 qt. Toughened Nonstick Pro Saute Pan with Helper Handle and Glass Lid | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 11” Toughened Nonstick Pro Crepe Pan with Wooden Rateau | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 4 qt. (12” x 9”) Heritage Rectangular Casserole with Lid | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 2.5 qt. (9”) Heritage Square Casserole with Lid | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 1.7 qt. (11.25”) Heritage Oval Au Gratin Dish | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 3 qt. (9”) Heritage Square Dish | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 9” Pie Dish | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) Pie Bird | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 1.5 qt. (9” x 5” x 3”) Heritage Loaf Pan | Piece Count: 1
  • (4) 8 oz. Mini Cocotte with Lid | Piece Count: 4
  • (1) Mini Cocotte Cookbook | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 2.75 qt. (14.75” x 9” x 2.5”) Rectangular Dish with Platter Lid | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 8” Nonstick Metal Square Cake Pan | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 16.75” x 12” Nonstick Metal Large Sheet Pan | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 18” x 13.9” Nonstick Metal Cookie Sheet | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 2 qt. (11” x 7”) Nonstick Metal Loaf Pan | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 12 Cup Nonstick Metal Muffin Pan | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 12.75” x 9.5” Nonstick Metal Rectangular Baking Tray | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 8” Nonstick Metal Springform Pan | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 8” x 2.5” Pepper Mill | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 8” x 2.5” Salt Mill | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 1 qt. Utensil Crock | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 11 ⅛” x 1.75” Craft Series Small Silicone Spatula with Wooden Handle | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 11 ⅜” x 2.25” Craft Series Medium Silicone Spatula with Wooden Handle | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 11 ⅜” x 2 ⅛”Craft Series Silicone Spatula Spoon with Wooden Handle | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 10.5” x 2 ⅛” Craft Series Silicone Basting Brush with Wooden Handle | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 12” x 3.5” Revolution® Bi-Material Ladle | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 13.5” x 2.5” Revolution® Bi-Material Slotted Turner | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 13.5” x 2.5” Revolution® Bi-Material Slotted Spoon | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 13.5” x 2.5” Revolution® Bi-Material Saute Spoon | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 14” x 2.5”  Revolution® Bi-Material Pasta Spoon | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 12.5” x 2.5” Revolution® Wood Solid Spoon | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 12.5” x 2.5” Revolution® Wood Slotted Spoon | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 12.5” x 2.5” Revolution® Wood Scraping Spoon | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons – Set of 5 (⅛ tsp, ¼ tsp, ½ tsp, 1 tsp and 1 tbsp.) | Piece Count: 5
  • (1) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups – Set of 4 (¼ cup, ⅓ cup, ½ cup and 1 cup) | Piece Count: 4
  • (1) 8” Silicone French Trivet | Piece Count: 1
  • (2) 14 oz – Set of 4 Mugs | Piece Count: 8
  • (2) 22 oz (6.25”) Set of 4 Soup Bowls | Piece Count: 8
  • (2) 10.5” Set of 4 Dinner Plates | Piece Count: 8
  • (2) 8.5” Set of 4 Salad Plates | Piece Count: 8
  • (2) 8.5” Set of 4 Pasta Bowls | Piece Count: 8
  • (1) 16 oz. Heritage Gravy Boat | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 10 oz each Signature Oil & Vinegar Set | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 6” Signature Spoon Rest | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 16.25” Serving Platter | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 1.7 qt. Whistling Kettle | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 34 oz. French Press | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) Signature Cream (10 oz) & Sugar (8.4 oz) Set | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 5 Piece Wine Tools Gift Set (Compact Lever, Foil Cutter, Pump & 2 stoppers) | Piece Count: 5
  • (1) 9.3” x 6.1” Wine Cooler Sleeve | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 15.75” each Set of 3 Felt Cookware Protectors | Piece Count: 3
  • (1) 3.25” x 3.25” Nylon Brush | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 8” Magnetic Wooden Trivet – Acacia Wood with Black Silicone Rings | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 8.45 oz. Enameled Cast Iron Cookware Cleaner | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 12.25” Splatter Guard | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) Le Creuset Cookbook | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) Set of 4 Silicone Prep Bowls (¼ cup, ⅓ cup, ½ cup and 1 cup) | Piece Count: 4
  • (4) 7 oz. Stackable Ramekin | Piece Count: 4
  • (1) 2 qt. Batter Bowl | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 3.1 qt. Large Multi Bowl | Piece Count: 1
  • (1) 23 oz. (5.5” diameter) Canister with Wood Lid | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 1.5 qt. (5.5” diameter) Canister with Wood Lid | Piece Count: 2
  • (1) 2.5 qt. (5.5” diameter) Canister with Wood Lid | Piece Count: 2

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4 Comments

  1. Joan says:

    Fabulous recipes and affordable.

    1. Tara says:

      Thanks, Joan! Happy you’re enjoying the recipes!

  2. Vino Regina says:

    Jim and Tara…..loved the recent podcast as I am a Le Creuset aficionado. Growing up in the Stony Brook area in the 1970’s, many of my (Italian) friends’ parents and neighbors had at least one or two Le Creuset pots, usually flame color. The family I babysat for had an entire matching set and I loved using them to cook for their kids. To me, it was more a quality item than a “luxury” purchase (no such thing as influencers in the 70s). As a young adult, I furnished my homes with yard and estate sale purchases. From those sales throughout the years, I have acquired a huge set of vintage Le Creuset pots and pans. I have other brands of pots, but I use my LCs most often. I must confess that I did purchase a few new at the outlet in Riverhead. I love using them and I think my food is better when using my LC Dutch oven than it would be if using a cheap pan. However, I still use a stainless steel pot for tomato sauce and tomato based soups and nonstick skillet for frying eggs. I agree with Tara, the LC pots are very heavy when full and difficult to manipulate when cleaning. If I had to pay full price, I would probably just have a few Dutch ovens, the large skillet and the two cast iron roasting pans, all of which I use weekly or more often. $4500 for a set of pots is ridiculous, especially with almost everything in that bright red color. (Please buy Tara the tangine for Christmas).

    1. Tara says:

      Hi Regina, thanks for the comment! It’s great to hear your thoughts, especially since you have an extensive collection. In my opinion, the way you’ve curated your own collection through estate sales, etc. is so much more meaningful than ordering a giant pallet! I will give Jim your message about the tagine! 🙂