Best Stockpot TechnoBuffalo 2021
Stockpots are great for cooking for a large crowd. They're deep enough to cook lobster and can even be used for canning. Even if you don't have a large family, cooking a big pot of chili and freezing it for later is a task a stockpot can handle. For easy clean-up after cooking, look for a pot that has a non-stick finish, or that is safe to clean in a dishwasher.
- Best overall: T-fal Stockpot
- Best value: Imusa Stainless Steel Stock Pot 8-Quart
- Best easy clean: Gotham Steel Stock Pot
- Best multipurpose: Rachael Ray Enamel on Steel Stockpot
- Best classic design: Cook N Home 16 Quart Stockpot
Best overall: T-fal StockpotTempered glass lid
This stockpot is made from aluminum but is finished with a non-stick coating on both the inside and the outside. This makes the pot super easy to clean, including removing grease because food doesn't stick to it. The glass lid is made from tempered glass and lets you look inside during cooking instead of taking it off and risking losing heat. This pot holds 12 quarts or three gallons of food. The handles are covered with silicone to keep them cool and easy to handle and the whole pot is dishwasher safe.
Best value: Imusa Stainless Steel Stock Pot 8-QuartReinforced handles
The Imuse stockpot is made from stainless steel, even the lid. This means you can start cooking on your stovetop then slip the entire pot into the oven to keep warm. This Imuse pot holds 8 quarts of food, though other sizes, up to 20 quarts, are also available. The handles are reinforced to give you extra stability and strength and the overall look and finish of the stockpot is nice enough to serve directly from it.
Best easy clean: Gotham Steel Stock PotDishwasher safe
This 7-quart stockpot is made from stainless steel with a ceramic non-stick coating that doesn't require oil or butter before you start cooking. It is also scratch-proof, so you can use metal utensils on it without a problem. And while it is made from stainless steel, the Gotham stockpot isn't heavy and the handles stay cool while the rest of the pot heats up. The glass lid has been tempered, so it won't break under heat and the entire pot is dishwasher safe. You can place this stockpot into the oven with temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Best multipurpose: Rachael Ray Enamel on Steel StockpotUse in ovens
The Rachael Ray stockpot holds a good amount of food. It works with all oven types, including induction cooktops, and easily transitions from the stovetop to the oven. The pot is made from stainless steel, including the lid, and coated with enamel that makes it both stain-resistant and easy to clean. The lid fits tightly to seal in moisture and heat as food cooks, though because it isn't made from glass it's hard to peak through and keep an eye on foods as it cooks without taking off the lid.
Best classic design: Cook N Home 16 Quart StockpotLarge capacity
The Cook N Home stockpot holds an impressive 16 quarts of food. It is deep and wide enough to cook lobster, make a large pot of gumbo, or use for water bath canning. The bottom of the pot features a layered disc of aluminum. This helps evenly distribute heat throughout the pot which then ensures even cooking of the food inside. The tempered glass lid has a steam vent and can be placed in the oven up to 350 degrees. This pot works with all stovetop types.
What it boils down to
The T-Fal stainless steel stockpot is our best pick because it has plenty of room to cook just about anything in it. Its handles are covered in silicone so they don't become too hot to hold, and the lid is made from tempered glass. This lets you keep an eye on your food without taking off the top. The T-Fal stockpot is coated with a non-stick finish. This makes it super easy to clean. It isn't recommended for cooking in induction cooktops, though. For this, we recommend the stockpot from Rachel Ray because it is compatible with all stovetop types. Like the T-Fal, the Rachel Ray stockpot is made from stainless steel and is coated with an enamel finish that is non-stick and easy to clean. The top is also stainless steel, so you can move the entire pot from the stovetop and straight into the oven to keep cooking or to stay warm.
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