There are some kitchen equipment that are indispensable in our home. One of them is a good pot, considered a truly indispensable item in the space we use to cook our food. A quality pot will not only get you out of trouble when friends and family visit, but it is also an essential component to making your daily menu.

Food cooked in a traditional pot will pleasantly surprise your loved ones on the daily. Keep in mind however, that it’s not the same to show your culinary talents to a friend as it is to a large group of diners. By the same token, cooking in a kitchen with induction is not the same as in a kitchen with gas. In this guide we show you all the possibilities.

Key Facts

  • Today, there are many types of cookware on the market, although traditional cookware always remained in high demand despite the boom in pressure cookware.
  • Before buying a pot it is important to consider the type of kitchen you will use it in and also the material of the pot itself.
  • Stainless steel pots are the trend-setters of today. Nonetheless cast iron pots are still being used – they’re often the chosen tool of highly reputable chefs.

Ranking: The best pots on the market

In this section we will show you the five best pots you can find on the Canadian market. We have selected the most suitable pot for your varying needs. For example, either for its capacity or for the characteristics of your kitchen. Remember not to neglect the materials it’s made of and think well about what type of pot you need and for how many diners you will be cooking. Are you ready? Let’s start!

No. 1: BRA, Efficient (cast aluminium)

One of the highlights of this ranking is the BRA Efficient. Suitable for all types of kitchens, including induction and oven, its capacity is 5.7 litres (l) and its height is 28 centimetres (cm). In addition, the brand has models of the same style with different heights, from 20 to 36 cm. It is made of cast aluminium.

Of excellent quality, users emphasize its durability and resistance. It has removable silicone handles and a glass lid. The product is PFOA (Teflon) free, non-stick and can withstand kiln temperatures up to 180 degrees. It works perfectly in induction kitchens and has an excellent price-performance ratio.

No. 2: Cuisineart, 719-16 – Chef’s Classic Stainless Pot

These Cuisineart pots are bestselling items on the Canadian market. This pot has a 1 and half-quart capacity and offers all the benefits of low temperature cooking. For efficient heat distribution, 18/10 stainless steel surrounds its aluminum core. Moreover, it’s looped stainless handle stays cool while on the stovetop and it comes with a tight-fitting lid to lock in moisture and flavour.

With an elegant design, this product has rave reviews from users. It’s safe to use in the oven and both the lid and the pot are dishwasher safe, which make them easy to clean. This pot comes in multiple sizes and is also available to purchase in sets to get a better price. This kitchen item is practical, robust and affordable.

No. 3: Magefesa, 01PXNOVAO18 – Nova Stockpot

This stockpot is great for making large quantities of food, with a capacity for almost six litres of liquid. The Magefesa pot we selected is 26.7 cm high. It is made of reinforced stainless steel and it’s suitable for all types of kitchens, including induction, ceramic and electric stovetops. The lid is made of glass with stainless steel edges and it includes a practical steam outlet.

It has three layers of nonstick enamelled interior and is PFOA and PTFE free. This pot is safe to use in the oven for temperatures of up to 400F. This item is easy to wash, resistant, lightweight and its price is unbeatable. In addition, it’s non-stick coating is highly praised by users. Value for money is one of the most mentioned positive aspects of this item.

No. 4: WMF, Function 4 Pot

Manufactured in Cromargan, this pot is made of polished 18/10 stainless steel which makes it easy to clean. This German brand WMF stands out for its manufacturing equipment of magnificent quality. This pot in particular belongs to the “Function 4” collection, its dimensions are 38 x 21.6 x 14 cm. It’s suitable for dishwashers and induction kitchens. In addition, it has a glass lid with 4 functions for draining liquids and it holds a capacity of 2.37 litres.

It is a tall pot apt for all types of kitchens and has interior marking for easy measuring. The handles do not heat up, an aspect highly valued by users. Furthermore, it comes with a special base made for modern induction kitchens. This pot is praised for its high quality finishes and elegant design. Moreover, the price is appropriate for it’s performance.

No. 5: AmazonBasics, Enamelled Cast Iron

This AmazonBasics pot has become a bestseller among cast iron pots. These types pots have been used for decades and are now becoming popular again. We chose this item because of its high quality and for also being one of the bestsellers in Canada. It has a capacity of 6 quarts and its finished with a resistant coat of vitreous enamel, which makes it very easy to clean and maintain.

This product is indicated for all types of kitchens, including induction, vitro-ceramic and gas kitchens. It can go in the fridge and is also dishwasher safe. This product is suitable for wood ovens. With it you can bake, braise, stew, fry and whatever else you can think of in terms of cooking. As far as cast iron products go, this is one of the most affordable choices that also gives you outstanding quality.

Shopping Guide: Everything you need to know about kitchen pots

Pots are essential equipment in kitchens which can often determine the final result of your culinary concoctions. For example, cooking in an iron pot is not the same and will not yield the same results as cooking in a steel pot. The material its made of and other characteristics are fundamental aspects to take into consideration at the time of purchase. In this next section, we will answer the most frequently asked questions among it’s users.

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When buying pots take into account the material it is made of. (Source: Ariwasabi: 15892018/123rf.com)

What is a pot exactly?

It seems obvious, but perhaps it is necessary to redefine the term. A pot is a cooking pot that has a lid and two handles on the sides so you don’t get burned. Generally, it has a capacity of between 5 and 50 litres to hold liquids and food. It is a versatile kitchen apparatus with which you can make all kinds of recipes.

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The first pot discovered was clay. It was the Greeks and Romans who introduced it in other materials, such as wood.(Source: Shibut: 48413269/123rf.com)

Is a saucepan the same as a pot?

No. There are several apparatuses in the kitchen that are called by the same name, as can happen with the pot, the pan or the kettle. In reality, they are very different from each other, although they are similar in some respects(such as the ability to hold liquids). Let’s look at the difference between these kitchen tools in the following table:

Type Description
Saucepan Distinguished from pots that incorporate a frying pan handle instead of handles. They are also smaller containers and are often used to make sauces.
Kettles kettles are also containers, but with a narrow mouth. They have a large capacity to hold all kinds of liquids.
Pot As we pointed out earlier, it is a vessel with handles and a lid.

What type of pot is suitable for each type of kitchen?

It depends a lot on whether you use a gas stovetop or whether you opt for other more innovative appliances, such as those that work by induction heat. It is very important that your kitchen and your pot are compatible. Here we show you the different types of kitchen setups and the most suitable pots for each appliance:

Type of stovetop Pot recommended Other aspect to consider
Gas kitchen You can cook with any type of pot, either stainless steel or clay Regular servicing is necessary. They are not energy efficient.
Electric kitchens You can use any type of pot, no matter the material The consumption of electric energy skyrockets with this type of stovetop. The energy efficiency of this kitchen model is very low.
Kitchens with vitro-ceramic hob You can cook with any type of pot, you will not have problems in this aspect. A highlight of this stovetop is it’s energy efficiency, which is only surpassed by induction kitchens. They are easy to clean, but you need specific products to perform a deep cleaning.
Kitchens with induction hob This type of kitchen requires a specific type of pot. You don’t get burned if you come in contact with the element because it only heats the pot. They have great energy efficiency.

What should the base of a pot be made out of?

The base of the pot must be thick and made of conductive material. In fact, it’s best if the material is bulging inward because it must expand over flat surfaces when heated. If the cooker works by induction, it is recommended that the base be magnetic or made of iron or stainless steel.

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The first pot discovered was clay, but Greece and Rome introduced new materials, such as glass or wood. (Source: Franklin: 45297832/123rf.com)

What are the varying characteristics between the different manufacturing materias used for pots?

As you know, pots are made with different materials and some materials will fit best with your cooking and kitchen than others. There are a wide range of materials for pots on the market and each material has its own unique characteristics. To help you find out which one you need, in the table below, we show you all the advantages and disadvantages of each material.

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Mud Made with clay, they don’t release any any type of particles unless they are finished with enamel. They are microwave safe and it’s also possible to use them with vitro-ceramic and induction kitchens, as long as it’s set to minimum heat. Keep in mind that with clay pots, the entire pot gets heated, making it necessary to handle them with care. They are very fragile and for this reason they require special caution and care when being used to avoid braking them.
Aluminium This material is cheap, resistant and has good thermal conductivity – it conducts 4x more heat than steel. Many pots are made of “anodized” aluminum. This finish makes the pot easy to clean It’s draw back: it’s prone to scratching, splintering and damage. If the aluminium is not anodized, its service life is much shorter and requires replacing more often.
Ceramic These pots can be made of porcelain or integrate a ceramic coating. This material is easy to clean, lightweight and very handy. Ideal for people who suffer from metal allergies You must choose quality pots if you opt for a pot in this material. It could contain layers of enamel so thin that they are susceptible to scratching. Above all, it must be PFOA free.
Cast iron Iron is an efficient material in the kitchen. The pot takes a while to heat up, but the heat is evenly distributed throughout the entire surface. These are versatile, you can use them in the kitchen, the oven and even in a bonfire. Their finishing gives them non-stick properties The are heavy and expensive and they require special care in order to prevent oxidation.
Stainless steel They are very resistant pots, they don’t transfer harmful particles to the food and are highly praised by users. They are quite affordable. The safest pots are made of 18/10 stainless steel (i.e., 18 parts chromium and 10 percent nickel) This material has no nonstick properties unless it includes additional coating

Is it necessary to “cure” all types of pots?

When buying a pot, it’s always advisable to eliminate all the remains that may still be left over from it’s manufacturing process. This process is called “curing” – this is always done before the first use. In the following list we show you how each pot is cured depending on the material they’re made of:

Mexico was the first country to make the metal pot and the United States was the first one to introduce the iron pot.(Source: Hongee: 68550638/123rf.com)

Mud pans: Immerse the pot in water for 6-8 hours. Dry well with a cloth or absorbent paper. Take a piece of garlic and apply on the outside of the base of the pot to close it’s pores. Dry the container well before the first use. Consult the seller about the most appropriate method to “cure” the product.

Aluminium pots: There are many methods for curing an aluminum pot. In this article we’re going to show you one that avoids the possibility of lingering metal flavours. Start by putting salt or oil on the surface of the pot, heat over high heat and remove when it changes colour. Then, fill the pot with water and boil it for 15 minutes with lemon juice or white vinegar. Wash well with soap and water.

Cast iron pots: Again, there are many formulas for “curing” a cast iron pot, but here are some tips. Turn on the oven to a temperature of 180 degrees. Cover the bottom of the pot with lard or olive oil and place the pot in the oven for fifteen minutes. Drain the fat or oil and return the pot to the oven for a couple of hours.

Stainless steel cookware: Remove all labels and adhesives. Fill the pot with water or at least to 3/4s of its capacity. Boil the water for a few minutes and wash well with soap and water after.

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Remember to always consult the most appropriate method with the manufacturer.

Purchase Criteria

If you are thinking about buying a pot for your kitchen, we encourage you to take into account some important aspects. Among them the material of the pot, number of people you will be cooking for, the frequency with which you cook and the type of cooking you do. Don’t forget about considering weather your kitchen runs on gas or electricity. To make it easy, here are some things to look out for:

  • Material
  • Type of kitchen
  • Number of people being cooked for
  • Energy saving
  • Ease of use
  • Comments and user ratings

Material

We have already seen in previous sections the differences between the different materials pots can be made of. You must choose the one that best suits your needs. If you opt for an inexpensive product, consider carefully how to preserve it so that its useful for a long time. Our advice is that you always choose a quality product even if you find it a little more expensive at first, it is almost always worth it in the end.

Type of kitchen

Like materials, you can find more information about what type of pot is suitable for which type of kitchen in other sections of this guide. Electric kitchens can be very expensive because of their energy consumption. Gas kitchens are cheaper, but you will need periodic refills and adjustments. These are just some of the things to consider before choosing a pot for your kitchen.

Number of people being cooked for

If you are cooking for just a few people, you won’t need a very large pot. The same applies if you don’t cook very often. However, don’t neglect considering this aspect because you may end up selecting a pot size that is very far away from what you actually need.

Always look at the capacity of the pot to make sure you are not misled in your purchase. Nonetheless, when food is concerned, it’s always better to err on the side of caution – have more than you need and not the other way around.

Energy savings

If you’re looking to optimize energy savings, opt for energy-efficient kitchens or countertops. As you know by now, induction plates are the most adept in this respect. Moreover, pots that cook food quickly will also help you consume less energy. If you don’t have time to cook, choose one of these options.

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“Author’s cooking is putting your personality into what you do and that alone makes it something different.” -Ferran Adriá

Ease of use

Always choose an appliance that makes your daily routine easier. If the product requires a lot of care and you don’t have time to provide that care, select a quality pot. A good brand or one with superior quality can save a lot of hassle, starting with preventing food from stitching to the pot which allows for easier cleaning.

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There are different types of pots depending on their intended purpose. (Source: Gayvoronskaya: 16395638/123rf.com)

User comments and ratings

It is often useful to to look at what other buyers have to say about a product you are thinking of buying. For this reason, don’t forget to check customers’ comments. Sometimes they include technical aspects that may normally go unnoticed. It often happens that the ratings of many other users can be an influence for your choice.

Summary

The traditional pot is still very much alive in Canadian kitchens. Despite the popularity of instant pots, many cooks prefer the conventional pot. We are referring to cast iron appliances which in contrast, actually cook food very slowly and evenly. Nonetheless, stainless steel is one of the most used materials in pot manufacturing in our country.

Before deciding on a pot, remember to take into account a number of criteria, such as the material its made of, its ease of use and, of course, your budget. The most expensive pots are not always the best option if you seldom plan to cook, but the brand is sometimes a decisive factor when looking for strength and durability. In any event, we will always recommend that you choose a high quality pot. You won’t regret it.

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