They’re great for boiling pasta but also versatile enough to steam, stew and more.

October 01, 2003

 All-Clad
The big, 12-quart pot holds enough water to cook up to 3 pounds of pasta. A steamer basket is included ($100; 800-255-2523).

 Circulon
The lid on this new 8-quarter is also a strainer ($70; 800-326-3933).

 Williams-Sonoma
The classic 8-quart multipot with a steamer basket is a terrific value ($49; 877-812-6235).

 Calphalon
Tilted handles on the new 8-quart size make the pot easier to lift (pot, $150; insert, $70; 800-809-7267).

Photographs: Hector Sanchez

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