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The Best Saucepans, Stockpots, and Dutch Ovens on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about slow cookers, toasters and toaster ovens, kitchen knife sets, frying pans and skillets, cookware sets, and even asked chefs about their favorite pots and pans, here we’re rounding up the best saucepans, stockpots, and Dutch ovens you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best one-quart stainless-steel saucepan with lid

Cuisinart 419-14 Contour Stainless 1-Quart Saucepan With Cover
$20 at Amazon

4.3 stars, 1,040 reviews

“This is the greatest little pot. So cute but also very practical for someone like me. I seldom cook large meals, as I live alone with my doggy, but this is just perfect for mixing up and cooking something small instead of those two- and three-quart pots. You will find many uses for this little workhorse, and it’s very well-made. I recommend this little pot for every kitchen regardless of size.”

Best one-quart nonstick saucepan with lid

Simply Calphalon Nonstick 1-Quart Sauce Pan
$90 at Amazon

4.6 stars, 642 reviews

“This is the perfect pan for our household of two. It is perfect for heating up a can of soup, boiling a couple of eggs, reheating leftovers, etc. And when I have guests in, it is so handy for heating sauces, and various side dishes. I use it every day. It would be a great gift for someone setting up their first kitchen, RV owners, or folks who are downsizing.”

Best two-quart stainless-steel saucepan with lid

Farberware Classic Stainless Steel 2-Quart Covered Saucepan
$20 at Amazon

4.5 stars, 814 reviews

“This is the PERFECT small saucepan. It’s the right size for sauce or anything that comes in a can (take it from a bachelor). The finish looks great, and it comes right out of the dishwasher (big plus) looking just like it did when you got it out of the box. Handle stays cool, even with the burner turned up. Lid fits very well, so no spills and faster cooking. Also, the lid doesn’t have that annoying lip that traps condensation so that you can’t put it down on the counter. It’s REALLY durable. This thing will last forever. Price is really reasonable, too. Trust me, you want one.”

Best two-quart nonstick saucepan with lid

Cuisinart 6419-18P Contour Hard Anodized 2-Quart Pour Saucepan With Cover
$40 at Amazon

4.6 stars, 659 reviews

“I cook my stone-ground oatmeal in it. When I don’t respond to my timer going off, it starts to dry out on the bottom. But it just won’t burn. And when you remove it from the stove, and stir, the stuck bottom contents peel off … Always easy to clean. No scraping or unhealthy scrubbing. Nice lid, but I prefer a small vent.”

Best two-quart stainless-steel saucepan with double boiler

Farberware Classic Stainless Series 2-Quart Covered Double Boiler
$35 at Amazon

4.5 stars, 576 reviews

“I bought this as a gift for my daughter. She wanted to make banana pudding and the recipe called for a double boiler. She was thrilled with the Farberware two-quart. It was the perfect size; it heated and maintained the ingredients at the proper temperature. She said it was so easy to clean afterward. I know as I also have the same one. Now she wants me to give her more recipes that call for a double boiler. I feel good, as now I can pass along some old family favorites.”

Best three-quart stainless-steel saucepan with lid

Cuisinart MCP193-18N MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 3-Quart Saucepan With Cover
$41 at Amazon

4.5 stars, 3,528 reviews

“I was wavering between the All-Clad version and this saucepan, and I’m happy with my decision. It heats up quickly and retains heat well without hot spots, and is a great-looking piece to add to my collection. The three-quart is the perfect size for all my daily needs, and I’m extremely pleased with the way this has performed so far. I find myself looking for excuses to cook up a quick batch of beans just so I can use it!”

Best three-quart stainless-steel pot with steamer basket

Farberware Classic Stainless Steel 3-Quart Covered Stack ‘n’ Steam Saucepot and Steamer
$32 at Amazon

4.4 stars, 1,193 reviews

“Great quality from Farberware, as usual. Good thickness to the steel, beautiful, smooth matte-exterior and mirror-exterior finishes, nice Bakelite handles that don’t get overly hot on the stove, nice rolled edges, good design right down to every detail. The steamer works excellently and is just the right size for small meals to full family dinners for four. The bottom of the steamer is high enough from the bottom of the pot that I can put up to three or four inches of water without getting my vegetables wet, and the steamer insert has its own Bakelite handles, so you don’t struggle to get it out. This is simply perfect — I can’t think of anything I would do differently, even if I was having it made to order.”

Best four-quart nonstick pot with lid

Calphalon Unison Nonstick 4-Quart Soup Pot with Lid
$66 at Amazon

4.5 stars, 127 reviews

“We have two little boys and we make a lot of mac and cheese. This pan is perfect. Dishwasher-safe and very durable. We’ve been using it for the past year and it still looks like new. The curved form does help with the cooking process and makes stirring without making a mess a little easier. Solid product, good size for a family of four, and has easily become my favorite thing in the kitchen.”

Best five-quart pasta pot with strainer lid

Bialetti 5 Quart Pasta Pot, Pink
$20 at Amazon

4.4 stars, 878 reviews

“I received this pasta pot for my birthday, and I really like it. At first glance, the oval shape seemed a little odd, but it accommodates spaghetti and other long noodles very well. After using it a few times, I find I really like the oval shape, though, and find it makes for an attractive pot. I LOVE the fact that the lid locks in place and leave[s] me with both hands to hold the handles and pour the water out. It gives me the option of leaving the noodles in the pot and adding the sauce to it to toss and keep warm. Clean up is extremely easy because of the nonstick coating … The handles stay cool and I have not had to use mitts to pick it up. With other pots and pans with nonmetal handles, I constantly have to keep an eye on the placement of the pan to make sure the handle isn’t over the flame. Because the shape of the pot is oval, the handles are never even close to being over the flame, so they never heat up.”

Best cast-iron Dutch oven

Lodge L8DD3 Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven, 5-Quart
$40 at Amazon

4.7 stars, 1,752 reviews

“I use this primarily to bake bread, and I love it! It’s great construction, and I love the fact that the lid is also a skillet. When I use it to bake bread, I flip it upside down and bake the bread on the skillet lid. It makes it easier to remove the loaf after baking, and it lets the steam out right away, so I get a nice rustic crust! I’ve always wanted Le Creuset cookware, but couldn’t bring myself to spend hundreds of dollars on it … then I saw this for $35. Sure, it’s not as pretty as the colorful Creuset cookware, but I can use it upside down! And I get a three-in-one cookware piece that is essential for a kitchen that is short on space. Whenever I cook with it, I offset the handles so I can separate the pieces easily, and always remember to keep your cast iron treated. My sourdough loaves bake into 1.5-pound loaves, and I’ve also cooked a whole chicken in this thing. You really can’t go wrong with this Dutch oven.”

Best enameled, cast-iron Dutch oven

Lodge EC6D05 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, Gray
$99 at Amazon

4.6 stars, 6,378 reviews

“Love how sturdy this thing is. It is easy to cook with, nice and large, and it heats up very well on the stove or in the oven. It is easy to clean with the enameled surface. The only drawback is that it is heavy to have to maneuver in a sink to wash it. But it was a great buy and has replaced a few of those old Pyrex glass dishes that were previously housed in my cabinets.”

Best stainless-steel Dutch oven

Cooks Standard 7-Quart Classic Stainless Steel Dutch Oven
$37 at Amazon

4.7 stars, 213 reviews

“I bought this to boil up nectar for hummingbirds. It’s a terrific all-around pot. Well-made. Sturdy. I love the fill markings on the inside wall — I use them all the time. I filled it using a measuring cup, the markings seem accurate. The glass lid has a small hole for a thermometer or to release steam. It’s stainless steel, well-made, the handles stay as cool as possible … The pot I had been using didn’t have the small hole, instead it would spatter sugar syrup all over the place. No syrup seems to come out the little hole. Using this pot, I’ve never had any mess.”

Best six-quart stainless-steel stockpot with lid

Cuisinart FCT66-22 French Classic Tri-Ply Stainless 6-Quart Stockpot with Cover
$100 at Amazon

4.5 stars, 600 reviews

“I love the size of this stockpot. I make all my own pasta and frequently feed two to six people. I wanted a quality stockpot that wasn’t a monster, but would give pasta room to move in the water. I also wanted a pot that was heavy enough that I could do some browning and build flavor without scorching — for quick soups and stocks made in reasonable quantities. This is every bit as good as my All-Clad pieces at a much better price.”

Best six-quart nonstick stockpot with lid

Cuisinart 644-24 Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 6-Quart Stockpot With Lid
$40 at Amazon

4.4 stars, 4,161 reviews

“Love this line of cookware. I mainly use this as a Dutch oven and a chili pot. It’s great for searing meat then slow-braising. Heats well and evenly, and the nonstick interior makes cleanup a breeze. I also really like that it’s oven-safe to … 450 degrees, so can [go] right from stove-top searing to in the oven for slow-braising. An all-around great pot for making family meals.”

Best eight-quart stainless-steel stockpot with lid

Cook N Home 8 Quart Stainless Steel Stockpot With Lid
$27 at Amazon

4.7 stars, 641 reviews

“LOVE this pan. You can see what’s cooking without lifting the lid because the lid is see-through. And, when boiling water, you don’t have to cock the lid to let the steam out because there’s already a steam hole in the lid. It’s comfortable carrying the pan around — it’s not too heavy. I like this pan so much, I bought another one in a different size.”

Best eight-quart nonstick stockpot with lid

T-fal A92279 Specialty Total Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe Stockpot Cookware, 8-Quart, Black
$30 at Amazon

4.3 stars, 941 reviews

“This eight-quart pot is great. Exactly what I needed. I like the fact that it is tall and thin than short and fat. Fits the burners perfectly. Very easy cleanup. I love it. Great for cooking chicken and dumplings, gumbo, boiling shrimp and crawfish, soups, chili, etc. You can put a bunch in and do not have to worry about it boiling or seeping over the top and down the sides. I keep it on my stove at all times. It is now my go-to pot instead of the one that came with a set of pots I own.”

Best ten-quart nonstick stockpot with lid

Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe 10-Quart Covered Stockpot, Orange
$46 at Amazon

4.7 stars, 159 reviews

“This matches our set of Rachael Ray cookware we already had, but my husband and I got tired of constantly having pasta/potatoes/corn water boiling over onto the cooktop (cleaning a glass-top cooktop of dried-on starch — not as easy as it sounds). This is the right size, and it’s not TOO huge, so it still fits in our regular cupboards. It cleans easily — we do always hand-wash. I love the glass lids to watch for boiling.”

Best 12-quart stainless-steel stockpot with lid

Cuisinart MCP66-28N MultiClad Pro Stainless 12-Quart Stockpot With Cover
$130 at Amazon

4.5 stars, 3,528 reviews

“I purchased this item because I have an eight-quart in the same line that’s just not big enough for a BIG pot of soup. This one is exactly what I needed! It’s large enough to boil lobsters or whip up a huge pot of spaghetti sauce. I love the Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless line; it’s substantial cookware at a fraction of the price of All-Clad. Heat distributes evenly and it cleans up nice. I have many pieces in this line, and they look great after years of regular use.”

Best 12-quart nonstick stockpot with lid

Cuisinart 6466-26 Contour Hard Anodized 12-Quart Stockpot With Cover
$70 at Amazon

4.6 stars, 659 reviews

“I ordered this stockpot because I love to make huge batches of spaghetti sauce and soup, and my eight-quart Cuisinart pot just wasn’t big enough, and I was always burning things in my plain stainless pot. The 6466-26 is the perfect size for making a large quantity of any soup or sauce, and the nonstick coating is really effective. I still have a tendency to burn things (I’m an impatient cook), but with this pot, the burned bits just rinse right off.”

Best 16-quart stainless-steel stockpot with lid

Farberware Classic Stainless Steel 16-Quart Covered Stockpot
$60 at Amazon

4.7 stars, 469 reviews

“I am in love with this thing. It’s huge, and I unfortunately use a ceramic cooktop, but because the bottom of this thing is so heavy and even — and especially because it has the lid that fits it perfectly — I can get the stock to cook. It’s beautiful … I have cooked lots of stuff in here already; chicken stock, chicken soups, etc. No matter what stove you have, this is a great buy.”

Best 20-quart stainless-steel stockpot with lid

Winware Stainless 20-Quart Steel Stock Pot With Cover
$77 at Amazon

4.6 stars, 263 reviews

“I can finally make Barefoot Contessa’s chicken stock. This pot is sturdy, simple, and reasonably priced considering the price ranges for a 20-quart stockpot. And, my daughter already bumped it to the floor, and it didn’t suffer any dents. It’s perfect!!”

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The Best Saucepans and Pots on Amazon, According to Reviews