I have used cheap Revere Wear thin stainless, the good Calphalon annodized aluminum (before they sold out to China), Sitram Professional, cast iron, and some other random brands of similar quality for years. I make a lot of stews, soups, chilli's, and similar items.
I want to purchase a very good LARGE stockpot that won't scorch easily in the bottom and will carry heat up the sides of the pot. I'm finding an 8 quart pot is too small causing me to overfill and "splash" a lot or not have enough water for the amount of soup ingredients I have. I have high output burners on my natural gas cooktop so, the pot needs to stand up to big heat when I'm boiling water for pasta and similar things.
The 12 quart All-clad carries a good reputation but, at ~$400 is pretty spendy. I'm looking at the Vollrath Tribute 16 quart model as an alternative which is ~$100. Does the Vollrath cook as good as the All-clad (or close to the same)? Should I consider other brands?