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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of cookware — including the best Dutch ovens, a Le Creuset Dutch-oven dupe, and the best saucepans — here, we’ve rounded up the best stockpots, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon. To even the playing field a bit, we focused on 12-quart stockpots, but many of these stockpots are available in other sizes as well.
“This is an outstanding stockpot on all counts,” one reviewer writes. “The lid fits perfectly and tightly; the handles are cool and extremely ergonomically friendly; the cooking is superbly even; the pouring lip is neat and effective; it cleans with exceptional ease, and though it wasn’t the dealmaker, this really is beautiful cookware.” And many praise this pot for how evenly it distributes heat. “Tri-ply construction all the way up the sides means no scorching and great heat distribution,” one writes. Another reviewer put this stockpot to the test by making yogurt: “My old pots all end up with milk burned/sticking to the bottom — this pot conducts the heat so well that there is no sticking or scorching at all.” More than 10 percent also mention the handle as a selling point. “They are set away from the pot a bit farther than other pots I’ve seen, so your fingers are away from the heat source and may help avoid hot sloshing soup on your hands,” one writes, while another says, “Lid is wonderful with a high, cool to the touch handle.” And almost one-fifth of reviews compare this to All-Clad pots, with one even saying this Cuisinart stockpot offers “All-Clad quality at a lower price.”