Find your pot of luck with one of these stockpots
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 an easy task with a stockpot. The Cuisinart Contour stainless stockpot holds 12 quarts, works on any stovetop, in the oven, and can be placed in the freezer to store food. It’s dishwasher safe and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Best overall: Cuisinart Contour Stainless Stockpot
The Cuisinart stockpot heats evenly while keeping the contoured handles cool enough to handle without burning your hands. The lid is made from tempered glass so it can handle the heat. It has a rim that keeps heat and moisture inside the pot as you cook. The pot itself is made from aluminum but it is coated with stainless steel. It can be used on any stovetop and in the oven. It also handles freezing temperatures so you can place it in the freezer. The Cuisinart stockpot comes with a lifetime warranty and it is dishwasher safe. The only real drawback is because it is made from metal food will stick to it during cooking unless you first use butter or oil to coat it.
- Oven and freezer safe
- Can be washed in a dishwasher
- Includes a lifetime warranty
- It not non-stick
Cuisinart Contour Stainless Stockpot
- $70 from Amazon
The Cuisinart stainless steel stockpot comes with a lifetime warranty and works on the stove, in the oven, and in the freezer.
Best value: T-fal Stockpot
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 8 quarts, or two gallons of food, which makes a good amount of food for the entire family. The handles are covered with silicone to keep them cool and easy to handle and the whole pot is dishwasher safe. This pot isn’t recommended for induction cooking, though.
- Non-stick finish
- Silicone coated handles
- Not for induction cooking
- $24 from Amazon
No mess, easy cleanup
The non-stick coating of this stockpot keeps grease and stains from sticking to it. The handles are coated in silicone.
Best classic pot: Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Stockpot
The Farberware Classic stockpot is simply a stainless steel coated pot with a self-basting lid and enough room inside to cook lobster. The entire pot is dishwasher safe and will handle oven cooking with heat up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The shiny finish looks beautiful and professional, and it is easy to maintain. The core of the pot is made from aluminum, so it is light-weight and easy to carry even when full. This also helps it heat up really quickly. Because this is a 100 percent metal pot with no ceramic or other such coatings, it is easy for foods to stick. And some foods, like tomato sauces and broths, will at times have a metallic taste.
- Professional, shiny finish
- Heats quickly
- Very large
- Foods will stick
- Some foods retain a metallic taste
Best classic pot
Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Stockpot
- $46 from Amazon
Classic and professional looking
The Farberware Classic stockpot is made from aluminum and coated with stainless steel to help it heat up quickly.
Best large capacity: Rachael Ray Enamel on Steel Stockpot
The Rachael Ray stockpot holds an impressive 12 quarts and comes in three fun, bright colors. 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. This stockpot can be used in the oven and with induction stovetops. It will handle up to 450 degrees of heat. The handles of both the pot and the lid are made and coated with the same materials as the rest of the stockpot. They heat up just as hot as the rest of the pot during cooking. Also, when the pot arrives there is a rather large product stick attached to the side. It will take some time to clean it up enough to be able to cook with it.
- Holds 12 quarts
- Stain-resistant enamel coating
- Works with induction stoves
- Handles get hot, too
Best large capacity
Rachael Ray Enamel on Steel Stockpot
- $41 from Amazon
Feed a crowd
The Rachael Ray enamel-coated stockpot holds an impressive amount of food and easily transitions from the stovetop to the oven.
Best non-stick: Gotham Steel Stock Pot
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, it 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 also place this stockpot into the oven in with temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. This stockpot isn’t made for induction cooking and will not work with these types of stovetops.
- Coated with non-stick ceramic finish
- Oven and dishwasher safe
- Handles stay cool
- Not for use with induction stoves
Gotham Steel Stock Pot
- $50 from Amazon
Easy, peasy clean up
The ceramic non-stick coating of the Gotham stockpot won’t scratch when using metal utensils and makes clean up easy.
What it boils down to
Cuisinart is one of the best when it comes to cookware. Its contoured stainless stockpot is beautiful and versatile too. You can start cooking on the stove, move it to the oven and even pop it into the freezer afterward to quickly chill or store food. The pot holds 12 quarts of food and is deep enough for cooking lobster and for water bath canning. The Cuisinart Contour stainless stockpot is made with aluminum so it heats up quickly and evenly, though its handles remain cooler for easy handling. The stainless coating protects it from rust, so it’s dishwasher safe, too. The Cuisinart stockpot is the only one we looked at that comes with a lifetime warranty
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Nicole Johnston writes for multiple Future Publishing brands, including TechnoBuffalo. She has over 13 years of research and writing experience in both the public and private sector, including seven years of testing and reviewing products including antivirus software, parental controls, kitchen appliances, and SAS. She draws on her experience as a mom of 10 to find the best products to recommend to consumers.