Every kitchen needs one thing for sure – a big pot for large amounts of food. Sometimes, you will slow cook meat, soup, pasta, seafoods or any other dish which can then be used for several days. High quality all clad pot will last you a lifetime.
There are a few all clad stock pot sizes, all clad 12 qt stock pot, 8 qt stock pot, even 16 qt one. Unless you have a really big family, i would go with 12qt pot. In case your family is up to 4 members even 8qt will be good enough, I would go for 16 qt one only in case you have 8+ household members.
All clad reviews are a good place to start when looking for a perfect stock pot. Sometimes you migh not only cook meals, but the things which are saved for later like salsa. In this case you will perhaps want to get a bigger pot since salsa can be stored for months and there is no point in making small batches often because it will take almost the same amount of time to do as a big batch.
As far as for materials, I would never go with cast iron or copper with All Clad stock pots. I would buy high quality stainless steel one (as I did). Both cast iron and copper give you no upper hand , but will cost you dearly. Stainless steel is less expensive, but also efficient as both aforementioned materials when talking about big stock pots.
When you buy you also need to consider the thickness of stock pot bottom. Thick bottom will ensure you will use less energy and can slow cook food getting more quality. Thin ones are also prone to scorching food in the initial phases of cooking when you turn the heat to maximum. You will not have to worry about this with All Clad as they are very well aware of this fact.
Handles? Its true, we rarely talk handles, but these are some of the most important parts when buying big stock pots. All clad pots, even smaller ones, have a very good handles which can withstand even 3 times more weight than it is expected to be in the pot. Also valuable to mention is the fact that all clad handles design is such that you will not get burned as they are made to dissipate heat and keep the handles colder than the pot is. Many cookware doesn’t have this feature, but it is the one you should think about it when buying, especially big stock pots. I sometimes buy one which also has plastic underneath the handles as it also does a good job of keeping handles user friendly.
The cheapest stock pot might not be the best possible solution for you. All Clad stock pot is made to last, and it will last for a long time, even if you use it almost every day. There is nothing to break there, so it is just a matter of taking care not to scratch it or burn it on high temperature stoves.