Best Stock Pot Reviews 2018: Top 5+ Recommended
If you’re looking for the best stockpots for your kitchen, just leave it to me! In this article, I tell you all you need to know about most recommended best stockpots out there!
“The foundation of all cuisine,” as they are known in France, stock pots have been around for decades. But it’s not just the lives of professional kitchen personnel that have been made easier by these sizable utensils.
Ordinary housewives all around the world love them and can’t imagine preparing broth or stock without them!
If you are looking for one of these useful traditional pots – and trust me, everyone’s household should own one – then make sure to stay with me as I show you some of the best stock pots out there!
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How to Choose the Best Stock Pot
Since there are so many stock pots on the market today, I prepared some tips to help guide you through the process of picking the right one. These are the most important features that you will need to pay attention to. Let’s get started!
1. The Materials
- When you’re looking for the right stock pot, the materials it’s made out of are the first thing you should notice. The first thing you should check is if any of the materials are toxic, but these days that’s mostly not the case.
- The other reason why this is important is that pots made of different materials have vastly different properties.
- Stainless steel is the most common and the most reliable. It doesn’t change the taste of the food; it’s decently durable and heat-conductive. Ceramic pots are better at heat conduction, but they are also more fragile. Anodized aluminum is also a great heat conductor, and food doesn’t stick to it, but it bends and dents easily. There’s more out there, and you should consider the material and its properties before anything else.
- The capacity of a pot is what determines how much food and which dishes you can make in it. If you need to feed a lot of people, a 16 or 20-quart pot will be ideal. If you’re only cooking for two or three, then a 6 or 8-quart pot will probably do.
- Larger capacity also means a larger pot. If you need a pot that can hold a lot of food, make sure it can fit on your stove – it’s pointless to buy it if it can’t. You’re certainly not going to buy a new stove just for one pot?
- Take note that larger pots are also significantly more difficult to clean. The largest of them won’t fit in any standard dishwashing machine that you might have in your home, so you’ll have to wash them by hand. That can be a massive hassle, let me tell you that – doubly so if it’s not made of non-stick materials.
- The shape of a stock pot is essential to its function. You will use tall stock pots for different things than wider and shorter ones. If a pot has a wide and flat base, it will conduct heat better, and it will be easier to clean if it has flat sides. Sides curved near the top will ensure that the pot won’t warp due to heat.
- In wider pots, there will be more evaporation than in higher ones. Depending on what you’re trying to make, this can be a good or a bad thing, so pick accordingly. Spaghetti and most other pasta should be made in wider pots, for example.
- The shape of the handles is also crucial. Riveted handles are less likely to come loose and ergonomic handles are important for easier handling.
4. Safety and Durability
If your kitchen equipment is unsafe you’re at risk of injury every day, in your own kitchen – and that’s not a risk worth taking. You should always make sure that the pots you’re buying are safe.
- The first thing you should do to ensure that a pot is safe is to make sure it’s durable. A flimsy pot with handles that might break or sides that might dent or rupture is a serious safety hazard. If you want safety, get the most durable thing you can find – and avoid products made in China.
- The handles are one of the most important things when it comes to safety. They should be sturdy and strong, possibly heat insulated and ergonomically designed. Silicone-covered handles are especially great.
- A lid that is durable and fits the pot perfectly is also a plus when it comes to safety. See-through lids are great as well since you can check the food without lifting it and endangering yourself.
There’s more to it, but you get the gist of things – buy smart and make sure the pot you buy doesn’t get you in trouble!
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Made out of stainless steel, the first product on our list is exceptional in that it’s insulated from the heat inside. That means that even though things are boiling in it, its handles will stay cool to the touch!
This product is also of a rather large capacity, so you won’t have to worry about the number of ingredients that can fit into it.
Another thing that will not give you any trouble if you opt for this particular stock pot is its rims. They are tapered and were designed carefully, so it’s really hard to spill anything!
In addition to all of this, some good news for those of you using dishwashers is that it’s completely safe to wash this product that way, considering the material it’s made of. It is also broiler-safe and can be used for cooking in ovens, as long as you don’t go over 550 degrees F (about 287 C). And it comes with a limited lifetime warranty, too!
This product is by far the most affordable one out of today’s picks. It is made of very thick aluminum, assuring exceptional heat conduction. You will also find it very easy to clean, as both the inside and the outside of the pot are made of durable, nonstick material.
The pot is very ergonomic, and it’s important to note that its handles are made of silicone. Why? Well, those are going to prevent you from getting burning your hands when grabbing them!
It’s safe to put in an oven, but going over 350 degrees F (around 176 C) could very well wreck it. I encourage you to cook meat and fish in it, as they come out quite delicious! Sadly, it can’t be put into a dishwasher.
What I also want to mention about this product is that it was built to fit the North American Electrical Standards.
This is an incredibly spacious pot, featuring a capacity of a whopping 20 quarts! While it is not the most affordable of today’s picks, it still comes at a great price for its size.
It is made out of high-quality stainless steel, making it decently durable and incredibly thick. The bottom features a core made of aluminum allowing for great heat distribution – no more unevenly cooked meals. It can even work on induction stovetops!
While the pot itself is sturdy enough, the lid is a bit of a dud. It’s thin, and it can easily be dented or scratched, especially on the rim. It also doesn’t fit the pot as well as it ought to.
It’s also so large that it won’t fit in most sinks or dishwashers, so you do have to wash it by hand, which can be a bit difficult. Don’t buy if you don’t need a pot this large.
At a capacity of 16 quarts, this is quite a large pot, and it’s great for professional and home kitchens alike! The price it comes at is decent, though nothing incredible.
The bottom of this pot consists of two layers of stainless steel with a 5mm thick aluminum core, ensuring even heat distribution. The rest of the pot is also made out of pure stainless steel, and the handles are thick but not insulated. Overall, it’s quite a sturdy product.
One of the sore points of this pot is cleaning – it is too large for most dishwashers and sinks and food can stick to it. This can make cleaning quite a chore – well, more of a chore than it already is.
Still, it’s a decent product at a fair price.
This pot functions incredibly well and even though it’s not too large, it is still more useful than most.
The shape makes it good for making pasta and soup since it’s wide and not too tall. The lid is also great – it’s clear so you can check on the food at any time without lifting it. That’s good for another reason – the lid handle can get incredibly hot, so handle it with care.
The stainless steel construction is sturdy enough and even if it breaks it comes with a full lifetime warranty, so there’s nothing to worry about.
Even though it’s not a non-stick product, most food won’t stick to it, which makes it easy to clean. You can easily stick it into the dishwasher and forget about it!
The only major issue with it is that it is a bit too heavy, so watch out if you have weak arms.
Which Stockpot is the Best?
Talk about a difficult question!
All of these stock pots are great in their own way, and it was genuinely difficult for me to pick the best. Sometimes, it’s easy to pick the best product, but I struggled here.
In the end, I decided to go with the safe choice – the Calphalon 8-Quart Stock Pot to be exact.
It’s a quality product, it comes at a decent price, and it has no large shortcomings. It is heavy, but I’m strong enough, and the hotness of the lid can easily be mitigated. For my money, it’s the best of the lot.
If you disagree, feel free to comment about that, and I’ll see you next time. Until then, keep on cooking! 😉