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 ones. While we’ve written about slow cookers, toasters and toaster ovens, cookware sets, frying pans and skillets, and Dutch ovens, and even asked chefs about their favorite pots and pans, here we’re rounding up the best Dutch ovens you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best stainless-steel stockpots
“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.”
“Great pot! I used it all day yesterday to process applesauce. Forty-two pounds of apples were cooked and blended directly in this pot. No issues!
It did not scorch the bottom, did not burn, was a powerhouse. And I was able to still stir it constantly!
Best nonstick stockpots
“This eight-quart pot is great. Exactly what I needed. I like the fact that it is more tall and thin than short and fat. Fits the burners perfectly. Very easy cleanup. Great for cooking chicken and dumplings, gumbo, boiling shrimp and crawfish, soups, chili, etc. You can put a bunch of stuff in and 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!”
“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 stockpot-strainer set
“I fully recommend this set to anyone that wants to steam vegetables, tamales, meats etc. We eat a lot of pasta in our house so being able to cook the pasta while the vegetables steam up top is a huge perk. Also, I had the option of going with a pot set or a plastic electric steamer, but be aware that almost all plastic steamers have BPA. I have a toddler I could not go that route. I have had experiences in the past with electric steamers (plastic) leaving food taking weird, almost plasticky. With this pot (and any stainless-steel set) you will not have to worry about strange plastics and strange tastes.”
Best induction-compatible stockpots
“I try to buy the best cookware I can for the money, which does not mean the most expensive. I have pots that I’ve owned for more than 40 years. I even have pots and pans my mother bought in 1963 that are still like new. This pot will be one that my granddaughter will inherit and I expect she will be able to pass it down when the time comes. It is a nice weight, heavy but not overly so. Easy to clean. Even heating. Holds heat well. Overall, a wonderful pot that is well worth the price and then some.”
“We have upgraded all of our cookware from the copper bottom type to the Tramontina Tri-Ply Clad and I am so glad we did. It heats the food not only faster, but more evenly. I think the old copper bottom stuff we had must have developed some corrosion and hindered the heat transfer. Tramontina Tri-Ply Clad eliminates any possibility of diminished transfer of heat due to it’s construction. You can actually feel the quality when you hold it.”
Best stockpot for home brewing
“I bought this to brew ten-gallon batches of beer and believe it is of a very good quality for the price. The temp gauge was accurate and the ball valves worked as they should and did not leak. Installing the hardware was easy when following the included instructions. They even provide plumbers tape. The steel used to make this item appears to be good quality. The handles are sturdy and welded on. Not as good of quality of welds as higher priced items but very good for this price point.”
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