Best 12-Qt Stock Pots for Soups and Stews

I've Chosen the Best Cooking Pots for You

Chicken stew
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Stock pots are essential cookware with the 12 qt size being the handiest for soups, stews, spaghetti sauce, corn on the cob, chili and more. Evaluating stock pots is no easy task. Each stock pot has its own unique features and construction specs, and some are easier to clean and handle.

The following is my list of top stockpots, not in order of preference because prices, quality, and warranties differ. My aim is to bring out their special features and let you decide what's best for you. And...MORE if you like a particular pot's features, check out more of that brand of cookware.

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    Cuisinart Chef's Classic 12 Qt Stock Pot
    Cuisinart Chef's Classic 12 Qt Stock Pot. Photo Courtesy Amazon

    The Cuisinart stockpots are beautifully built, of mirror finish 18/10 stainless steel, with solid stainless steel handles that are riveted to the pot. They have an encapsulated base which includes an aluminum disk, which helps to distribute heat quickly and evenly so there are no hot spots. Features include a tapered rim for easy pouring, dishwasher safe, oven and broiler safe to 550 degrees, and tight-fitting lid to seal in flavor. Lifetime warranty and reasonably priced.

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    Farberware 12 Qt Stainless Stock Pot
    Farberware 12 Qt Stainless Stock Pot. Photo Courtesy Amazon

    These gleaming Farberware 18/10 stainless steel pots sport a thick aluminum and stainless steel full-cap base, ensuring good heat distribution to cooking evenly and quickly. They boast a self-basting tight fitting lid and a rolled rim for dripless pouring. Handles have a unique shape, pots are dishwasher safe and oven safe to 500 degrees. The quality stainless steel does not react to acidic foods, keeping these gleaming. These have excellent user reviews, very economical and durable.

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    All Clad 12Qt Stock Pot
    All Clad 12Qt Stock Pot. Photo Courtesy Amazon

    These highly polished 18/10 Stainless Steel pots are constructed of three ply with aluminum encapsulated in stainless steel, and the layers continue up the sides, increasing the pot's ability to cook evenly and quickly. The stainless steel interior makes cleaning easier. Other features include long stay-cool handles, oven safe to 500 degrees, dishwasher safe and lifetime warranty. These pots are heavier, are beautiful high-quality pots and are higher priced due to these features.

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    Le Creuset 12-Qt Stockpots

    Le Creuset 12-Qt Stockpots are not only colorful but are made of heavy gauge carbon steel and hard baked enamel, which contributes to even heat distribution and good cooking results. They also have a stainless steel rim to prevent chipping. Handles are sturdy, molded to the pot, and are heat resistant to 450 degrees. A tight-fitting lid forms a flavor seal. Dishwasher safe, and have a limited lifetime warranty. Slightly higher priced, but heavy and durable.

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    Calphalon Commercial Hard Anodized 12 Qt Stock Pot

    These Calphalon stock pots are constructed of heavy gauge aluminum for great heat distribution and hard anodized stick and scratch resistant surfaces. Handles are stainless steel, cool, and textured for ease of handling. These pots come with a lifetime warranty. The manufacturer recommends hand washing as dishwashing detergents may harm the finish. Affordable, durable, easy to clean and cooks food evenly.

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    Viking 12 Qt Stainless Steel Stockpot

    This beautiful professional quality cookware by Viking is made of high-quality Therm-Alloy construction with 5 layers of 18/10 stainless steel throughout the whole stockpot. This ensures excellent cooking performance, lifetime durability, and easy cleaning. Designed in the US but manufactured in Belgium, this stunning stock pot is induction ready with a magnetic stainless steel layer and is also excellent for use with gas, electric, halogen and ceramic ranges.

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    Excelsteel 12 Qt. Stainless Multi Cookware Set
    Excelsteel 12 Qt. Stainless Multi Cookware Set. Photo Courtesy Amazon

    I just couldn't resist including this consumer favorite stainless cookware set by Excelsteel. It's not only practical for pasta, but you can also use it as a stock pot. With an encapsulated base for excellent cooking performance, it's a steal of a deal for this price. 

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    Nordic Ware 12 Qt Stock Pot
    Nordic Ware 12 Qt Stock Pot. Photo Courtesy Amazon

    Affordable and convenient 12 Qt Stock Pot constructed of heavy cast aluminum for even and quick cooking. Model 5505

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    T-fal Specialty 12 Qt. Stock Pot
    T-fal Specialty 12 Qt. Stock Pot. Photo Courtesy Amazon

    Very practical and affordable, this T-fal 12 Qt Stock Pot is made of aluminum for quick heating and cooking, with nonstick inside and out for easy care.

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    Calphalon Contemporary 12 Qt. Stock Pot
    Calphalon Contemporary 12 Qt. Stock Pot. Photo Courtesy Amazon

    When style matters, Calphalon Contemporary is the answer. Built to last with a quality stainless construction that includes a heavy aluminum core for superior cooking performance. Handles are designed to stay cool when the pot is hot. A popular choice that combines quality with a stylish design at a comparable price.


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