A stockpot must have tall sides and a close-fitting lid to avoid too much liquid evaporating, and strong handles either side so you can safely move large quantities of hot liquids. Useful for more than just making stock, these pots will serve you for anything from making goulash to creating jam. We’ve hand-picked 12 excellent examples varying from a compact 3-litre version to a whopping 19-litre capacity pan.
Buckingham Stock Pot with Stainless Steel Lid
Suitable for use on all heat surfaces except for induction hobs, this 11-litre option from Buckingham is a simple, stainless steel, budget-friendly pot with riveted steel handles and a steel lid. It’s oven and dishwasher safe.
5.5, 7, 8.5, 11 & 14 litre
MasterClass Stainless Steel Stock Pot with Lid
Available in 5.5, 7, 8.5, 11 and 14-litre capacities, these high-quality stainless steel pots are suitable for all cooker tops. Dishwasher-safe, it has an encapsulated base that conducts heat evenly for perfect cooking, sturdy handles and a lid.
4.4 & 7.2 litre
ProCook Anodised Non-Stick Stock Pot with Lid
In 4.4-litres and 7.2-litres sizes, these high-end pots are made from 3.8mm aluminium with an anodised surface and a layer of stainless steel on the base for induction hobs. The pots come with a tight-fitting toughened glass lid.
6.6, 8.5 & 10.4 litre
Le Creuset 3-ply Multilayer Material Plus Stock Pot
Available in 6.6-, 8.5- and 10.4-litres capacities, these high-end options from Le Creuset are a real investment. Made of multilayer stainless steel, they are ovenproof up to 260 degrees and have useful measurements marked on the inside.
7.5, 11, 15 & 19 litre
Premier Set of Four Deep Stainless Steel Stock Pots
A no-nonsense budget choice for busy cooks, this will cover your basic stock pot needs with a set of four mirror-polished stainless steel pans with lids and handles. The sizes are 7.5-litres, 11-litres, 15-litres and a huge 19-litres.
TeamFar Stainless Steel Stock Pot with Glass Lid
This small stockpot from TeamFar is just 3-litres in capacity. It has a close-fitting glass lid with a stay-cool knob and steam hole to prevent over-boiling. Made of stainless steel, the handles are covered in Bakelite for handling when hot.
Circulon Momentum Hard Anodised Stock Pot with Lid
Safe on all heat sources, as well oven and dishwasher safe, this excellent quality stockpot is made of hard anodised aluminium with a tempered glass lid. It distributes heat evenly and has a “hi-low” non-stick groove design on the base.
ProCook Strain & Pour Non-Stick Induction Stock Pot with Lid
This 6-litre stockpot from ProCook has two exciting features. The glass lid has holes that you can strain and pour through, and the pan boasts comfortable non-slip and stay-cool silicone handles, ideal for longer cooking sessions.
9.5 &12.5 litre
Kopf Gigantos Stainless Steel Cooking Pot with Lid
This simple stock pot solution is available in 9.5-and 12.5-litres. Made of high-quality stainless steel, it’s suitable for all hob types and for use in the oven. It’s also dishwasher-friendly. The simple steel lid has steam holes cut into it.
GreenPan Venice Hard Anodised Ceramic Non-Stick Stock Pot
Made of hard-anodized aluminium this 7.6-litre pot has a non-stick “Thermolon” ceramic inner coating and patented “Magneto” induction technology on the base for even cooking. It’s dishwasher safe and can go in the oven up to 260 degrees.
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Stock Pot
Another 6-litre option, this great all-rounder is from OXO’s 3-ply stainless steel cookware range that’s backed up by an aluminium base for superior heat conductivity. It has a tempered glass lid and measurement markings on the inside.
ProWare Copper Base Stock Pot
This is suitable for all hob tops except induction because of its three-layer base that has encapsulated aluminium and a copper base plate for superior heat distribution. The glass lid has a steam vent, and the handles have a soft-grip finish.
Our overall staff pick, the Buckingham Stock Pot with Stainless Steel Lid is an affordable option that boasts a mid-range capacity of 11 litres. We like the simplicity of the design and the fact it’s oven and dishwasher safe.
If you can afford to spend more, and don’t need such a large capacity, then consider the Circulon Momentum Hard Anodised Stock Pot with Lid. The patented non-stick technology is proven to last up to 15 times longer than competitors.
Anyone looking to sort all their stockpot needs in one purchase would do well with the Premier Set of Four Deep Stainless Steel Stock Pots. With 7.5, 11, 15 and 19-litre capacities, this set should cover all stock, broth and soup-related needs for years to come.
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