Best Stock Pots

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Quick and simple stock pot recommendations: a good thick bottom, large in volume, handles & a lid. Thick bottom is the most important, allowing a more even heat for easier heat control (so you don't overboil).

For the best stock pots, you don’t need anything expensive or fancy, and a good one will often have a lifetime guarantee. Stainless steel is generally considered the best material over higher end materials. The reason you don’t need or want something like copper or tri-ply is because thermal mass or evenness of heat distribution are not relevant when heating large liters of liquid over several hours, which are important for searing or sautéing.

In general, a stock pot is pretty simple, but some features might matter more than others. A stock pot that comes with a strainer basket and a steamer basket with a fine mesh, type chinoise is great too, for pasta, etc.

In terms of size, the 16 gets the most use aside from a pressure cooker in making stock. For home use, stockpots come in a range of sizes, usually from 8 to 20 quarts. For most home kitchen tasks, we think a 16-quart stockpot is an ideal size.

Comfortable, sure handles on a stockpot are important, especially when a full 12-quart pot can weigh about 23 pounds—losing your grip on one when it’s full of boiling liquid is a potentially catastrophic kitchen accident. A good stockpot should have handles that are easy to grab both barehanded and while wearing chunky oven mitts (or with kitchen towels), and you should feel in control of the pot when walking around and while pouring out the contents.

Best products

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OUMBÄRLIG

Thick base with one layer of aluminum between two layers of stainless steel. Gives an even and energy-efficient heat, which reduces the risk of food burning and sticking.Suitable for all types of cooktops, including induction cooktops.

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Abby Sinosa

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Cooks Standard Quart Classic Stainless Steel Stockpot with Lid

The Cooks Standard 12-Quart Classic Stainless Steel Stockpot with Lid is made with polished 18/10 stainless steel with an aluminum disc layered in the bottom. The aluminum disc layered bottom provides even heat distribution and prevents hot spots. Stainless steel lid keeps in heat and moisture. Stainless steel riveted handles offer durability. Large size for multipurpose function: canning, jarring, and stewing. Induction compatible. Works on gas, electric, glass, ceramic, halogen, etc. Oven safe to 500F.

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Abby Sinosa

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Cuisinart 77-412 Chef's Classic Stainless 4-Piece 12-Quart Pasta/Steamer Set

This family-size 12 Quart Pasta/Steamer Set makes cooking and draining pasta easy. With handy measurement markings and an induction-ready base, dinner has never been easier. Includes a Flavor-Lock® lid for healthier, steam cooking.

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Abby Sinosa

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Tramontina 80120/001DS Gourmet Stainless Steel Covered Stock Pot, 16-Quart

Tramontina's gourmet stainless steel 16 Qt stock pot provides exceptional performance combined with the impeccable beauty, durability and quality of stainless steel. Its base is impact-bonded with three layers, consisting of of an inner layer of 18/10 stainless steel, an aluminum core for conductivity and even heat distribution, and magnetic stainless steel outer layer which making it perfect for induction-ready cooktops. The Tramontina gourmet stainless steel 16 Qt stock pot rovides great all-in-one functionality for your cooking needs as stock pots are integral for making large batches of stew, soups, vegetables and seafood. The quality material of this stock pot ensures that it will last for a lifetime. Featuring an 18/10 stainless steel lid it also comes with riveted, precision cast stainless steel handles to give you that solid reliability you want when handling large amounts of food.

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Abby Sinosa

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ALL-CLAD 16-Qt Stockpot

An essential for every kitchen and available in a variety of sizes, the stockpot features high sides that slow the evaporation of liquids, providing the ideal design for creating a variety of stocks. The wide bottom of the pot allows for sauteing of ingredients before the addition of liquids for delicious soups and stews. Stockpots are also well-suited for canning, blanching, and preparing food in large quantities.

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Abby Sinosa

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Cook N Home 12 Stainless Steel Saucepot with Lid Quart Stockpot

The Cook N Home 12 Quart Stainless Steel Stockpot Saucepot with Lid, Induction Compatible is made of mirror polished 18-10 stainless steel for durability, appearance, easy cleaning. Aluminum disc layer in bottom for even/quick heat distribution and prevents hot spots. Tempered glass lid with steam vent to view food while cooking. Riveted handles are comfortable and stay cool for carrying. Reinforced rim for long heating and pouring. Large size for multipurpose function and can be used for canning and jarring. Induction compatible. Works on gas, electric, glass, ceramic, halogen, etc. Oven safe to 350F.

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Abby Sinosa

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