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Best 12-Qt Stock Pots

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Stock pots are essential cookware with the 12 qt size being the handiest for soups, stews, spaguetti 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.

1. All-Clad Stainless Steel 12 Qt Stockpots

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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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2. Cuisinart Chef's Classic 12-Qt Stockpots

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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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3. Farberware Classic 12-Qt Stainless Steel Stockpots

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These gleaming Farberware 18/10 stainless steel pots sport a thick aluminum and stainless steel full-cap base, ensuring good heat distribution to cook 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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4. Le Creuset 12-Qt Stockpots

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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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5. Calphalon Commercial Hard Anodized 12-Qt Stockpots

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These Calphalon stockpots are constructed of heavy guage 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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6. Viking 12 Qt Stainless Steel Professional Cookware

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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 stockpot 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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7. Fagor 12 Qt Multipot

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I just couldn't resist including this beautiful brushed 18/10 stainless steel multipot by Fagor. So versatile with pasta and vegetable steamer inserts, it can be used for a variety of cooking choices. It has a tempered glass lid and comfortable rounded riveted handles. The encapsulated aluminum disk will ensure quick and even heat distribution for great results. An excellent buy.
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8. Nordic Ware 12 Qt Stock Pot

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Affordable and convenient 12 Qt Stock Pot constructed of heavy cast aluminum for even and quick cooking. Model 5505
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9. French 12 Qt Green Stock Pot with Corn Motif

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A very practical and stylish 12 Qt Stock Pot with heavy gauge steel construction covered with a durable glossy enamel finish for easy clean up. Green enamel with a whymsical corn motif.
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10. Kitchen Corner 12 Qt Stainless Stock Pot

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Very practical and affordable, this Kitchen Corner 12 Qt Stainless Steel Stock Pot has an encapsulated base for even, quick heating and cooking, a tempered glass lid for easy monitoring and silicone handles to make handling safe and easy.
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