I am new to Chowhound. You guys are really great; this is the most cordial online discussion I have ever seen.
I am also new to cooking seriously, and I have a rule about never buying any new gadget/pot/pan/etc. until I've done without it a few times. Soups are my specialty; I usually make my own stocks and broths.
Currently, I have the. worst. stockpot. ever. made. I'm not even sure where it came from, but it is unbelievably flimsy aluminum that burns me, burns everything I put in it, requires absolute constant stirring, scratches easily, and refuses to get clean.
I am ready to bite the bullet and get a new (awesome) stockpot, preferably under $200.
I'd like something stainless steel, preferably 18/10, something light but sturdy that holds at least eight quarts, and most importantly, something that doesn't burn.
Utter evenness in cooking temperature is less important. I currently have a gas range, but may (sigh) unfortunately be moving to an electric range.
I have researched Demeyere, Le Creuset, All-Clad... What am I missing? Is Demeyere's Apollo line worth $279? What about Sitram? Other brands?