Stockpots Buying Guide

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Take stock in a pot that can be used for cooking a variety of foods: stock, soup, stew, pasta sauce, braised meats, and more. Because a stockpot is so versatile, it's important to purchase one that will hold up for many years of use. Skip over the pots made of thin, flimsy materials, and purchase one that is heavy-duty and high-quality.

Types of Stockpots

Types of Stockpots

Stockpot sizes typically range from 6 quarts to 12 quarts, but they are available in larger sizes for big-batch cooking. Because many foods cooked in a stockpot require long simmering, make sure to choose a material that will endure all heat levels. It's key to have the mixture at the bottom of the pot cook as evenly as the mixture at the top.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel gives the classic look of a chef's kitchen. Although a stainless-steel pot is good, this type is even better if it has an encapsulated base with an aluminum disk to provide even heat distribution without hot spots. Many times the layers continue up the sides, allowing the foods to cook evenly from top to bottom.

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Chantal
$100.00

ChantalMade from strong Japanese steel the construction and design of the Induction 21 Steel cookware line guarantees superior qua...lity. Each piece has copper melted into the steel which effortlessly conducts heat quickly and evenly. Titanium is also added for strength and durability to endure everyday cooking. To ensure healthy cooking the steel is nickel free to prevent allergic reactions to nickel.Oven stovetop and dishwasher safe Nickel free Made from japanese steel which includes copper titanium and chromium Perfect for magnetic induction cooktops Includes stockpot with glass lidCollection: Induction 21 Steel Color: Brushed Stainless Steel Exterior Base Diameter: 8-1 2" Height: 7 Material: Japanese Steel Opening Diameter: 9-1 4" Pattern: Solid Size: 8 Quart read more

ExcelSteel
$36.99

This 12-quart stockpot constructed in stainless steel for durability. The encapsulated base enhances faster and even heat distribu...tion without hot spots and the tempered vented glass lid allows you to monitor cooking. Number of pieces: Two (2) Surface:... read more

ExcelSteel
$32.99

This stockpot is constructed in stainless steel for durability. An encapsulated base enhances faster and even heat distribution wi...thout hot spots. A tempered vented glass lid allows you to monitor cooking and the mirror polished exterior has stay-cool... read more

Enamel-Coated Carbon Steel

These colorful pots are made of heavy-gauge carbon steel with a hard-baked enamel coating. This combination contributes to even heat distribution and results in good cooking. These pots tend to be heavy, but they do have sturdy molded handles.

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Le Creuset
$110.00 $94.97

Revered by both professional chefs and home cooks since its 1925 debut, Le Creuset's classic French cookware is prized for its uti...litarian good looks and unsurpassed heat retention. Carbon steel stock pot is clad in smooth, vitrified porcelain here in our exclusive red, rendering each piece impervious to acid, alkali, odors and stains. Designed to function on all heat sources, old and new-from gas and electric stoves, to ceramic and glass cooktops, to induction and halogen, solid fuel and open fire. The design limits evaporation while forcing liquids to bubble through all layers of ingredients, infusing the entire dish with flavor. Tight-fitting lid with heat-resistant, stay-cool knob and signature triple ring design locks in flavor and moisture, with a stainless steel rim to prevent chipping and cracking. Stay-cool knobs are heat-resistant; side handles are triple-welded side for a secure grip. Non-reactive cooking surface does not require seasoning. Intended for water-based read more

Rachael Ray
$79.99

Cook up chili for the entire tailgating crowd or chicken stock for the freezer in this enamel on steel 12-quart stockpot by Rachae...l Ray. The pot is made of durable carbon steel, with a colorful, easy-clean enamel coating. read more

Le Creuset
$142.99

Colorful and clever. Imagine boiling the catch of the day in this 8-qt. enameled steel stock pot. The unique mold heats foods even...ly and allows their natural flavors to surface. Tight-fitting lid seals in heat and keeps foods hotter longer. Heat-resistant knobs and handles. Limited lifetime warranty. read more

Le Creuset
$142.99

Colorful and clever. Imagine boiling the catch of the day in this 8-qt. enameled steel stock pot. The unique mold heats foods even...ly and allows their natural flavors to surface. Tight-fitting lid seals in heat and keeps foods hotter longer. Heat-resistant knobs and handles. Limited lifetime warranty. read more

Nonstick Anodized Aluminum

Coated with nonstick layers, these heavy-gauge hard-anodized aluminum pans are great conductors of heat. Not only will foods cook evenly, they will be less likely to stick. Newer nonstick surfaces are designed to last for years.

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Cooks Advantage
$39.99 $34.99

This 20 Quart Aluminum Stockpot is perfect for preparing soups, stews, pasta, and more! The durable aluminum body distributes heat... evenly and the premium non-stick surface provides superior food release. Features "Stay Cool" comfortable-grip handles.... read more

Chard
$62.85 $30.46

Manufacturer: Chard International Products Manufacturer Part Number: ASP-30 Brand Name: Chard Product Name: Cookware Packaged Quan...tity: 1 Product Type: Cookware Product Information Kitchenware Type: Stockpot Kitchenware Details: 1 x Stockpot - 30... read more

IMUSA
$27.95 $25.76

Aluminum Stock Pot w/ Soft Touch Handles - 12 Qt. 12Qt Aluminum Stock Pot with handles & Soft Touch on both the handle and the lid.... It also includes a recipe from one of our chefs. read more

Winco USA
$63.91

The super aluminum line of cookware from Winco is made with molded, deep drawn technology. With a mold, products are more even and... accurate in thickness and sizing is more consistent. Edges of pots are heavily reinforced, much thicker at the top. This prevents the tops of the pots from warping out of shape under high heat usage and prevents dents forming from various utensils being banged on the edges during cooking. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

A heavy-duty, high-quality stockpot will provide years of cooking enjoyment. Because these pots can be cumbersome to store, you will most likely want just one. So when selecting, decide on a size that will provide flexibility in your cooking needs while easily feeding your crew.

Size

The most common stockpot sizes range from 6 quarts to 12 quarts, but they come as large as 20 quarts before getting into commercial sizes. If you have room to store just one, choose an 8- to 12-quart size, and know that it’s best to err on the side of big rather than small -- especially if you have several mouths to feed.

Shape

A stockpot has a flat, round base and tall, straight sides. Because the tall sides allow room for bubbling and boiling, this pot is great for cooking pasta as well as stocks and soups.

Structure

Stockpots are ideal for cooking foods low and slow for several hours on the stove top, so the base of the pan needs to be heavy and a good conductor of heat. This is important so the heat is even across the bottom and transferred up the sides of the pot, cooking the food the same at the bottom as at the top.

Handles

Handles are typically positioned on opposite sides at the top of the pot. For safe handling, consider the durability of the handles and the space between the handles and pot for accommodating oven mitts or pot holders. Also make sure the handles are comfortable for lifting hot and heavy loads.

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Tramontina
$99.97 $80.47

The high-performance Tramontina 12-Qt Stock Pot will enhance your cooking experience and make a stylish and functional addition to... your kitchen. This essential cookware has a base that is impact-bonded with three layers that consists of a pure aluminum... read more

Cook Pro
$36.49 $34.10

The Cook Pro 8 Stock Pot Set is a durable set of three reliable stockpots. These lightweight pots are easy to work with. The depen...dable stainless steel handles are firmly riveted to the bases. The handles also are designed to stay cool so you stay... read more

Anolon
$200.00 $132.99

The hard-anodized construction ensures that this nonstick coated stockpot is sturdy and durable for excessive use. The lid facilit...ates cooking and keeps food warm. Capacity: 8 quart Anodized nonstick Microwave oven safe Lifetime warranty Imported. Dir... read more

Zwilling J.A. Henckels
$415.00 $329.99

Produced in Belgium, the Demeyere stock pot is constructed of five layers with a stainless-steel interior that won't react with fo...ods, three layers of fast-heating aluminum and a magnetic stainless-steel base that's compatible with induction burners.... read more

Le Creuset
$110.00 $94.97

Revered by both professional chefs and home cooks since its 1925 debut, Le Creuset's classic French cookware is prized for its uti...litarian good looks and unsurpassed heat retention. Carbon steel stock pot is clad in smooth, vitrified porcelain here in... read more

Tramontina
$59.95 $59.34

Cook your favorite dishes just the way you want with the Tramontina Style Non-Stick Stock Pot. It has a sleek and ultra-smooth cer...amic cooking surface that provides an innovative and simply healthy cooking experience. It also delivers effortless... read more

T-fal
$29.97 $28.40

Make cooking a much more enjoyable and fuss-free experience with the T-fal Basic 8-Quart Stock Pot. This product makes a stylish a...nd functional addition to your kitchen. The T-fal stock pot features a superior, easy-care, non-stick interior finish to... read more

Chard
$62.85 $30.46

Manufacturer: Chard International Products Manufacturer Part Number: ASP-30 Brand Name: Chard Product Name: Cookware Packaged Quan...tity: 1 Product Type: Cookware Product Information Kitchenware Type: Stockpot Kitchenware Details: 1 x Stockpot - 30... read more

T-fal
$78.09 $33.45

The T-fal Basic Easy Care 12-Quart Stock Pot offers a true combination of iconic style, quality craftsmanship and classic styling.... This sleek black pot with chrome-like accents would make a great addition to just about any kitchen. This T-fal stock pot... read more

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