We’ve heard so many times that soup makers aren’t ‘the proper way’ to make soup, so we thought the time had come to look at some pots and pans to appease the readers that want to do things in a more traditional way. This is great for making up big batches of soup, as you can make more than the three or four servings at a time that you’re limited to with some of the electronic soup makers we feature on the site.

Of course, a big pan is a big pan, so investing in one of these beauties will give you options to make plenty of other recipes too besides soup – think of stew and casserole too to name just a couple. Wherever you need a volume greater than a standard pan, these are great.

For clarity, we talk about soup pans, stock pots and stew pans interchangeably, you can think of them as one in the same. Unlike normal saucepan sets, these high capacity pans will hold at least 5 litres when you’re cooking.

Read on for some of our favourite stock pots, and a button to hot foot it over to Amazon if you need one fast too. They’re often cheaper than you might think, thanks to Amazon’s low prices and they’ve also normally got fast delivery to your door available too.

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Tower Essentials

Tower are a name synonymous with quality kitchen essentials, and this soup pan fits the bill nicely. They’ve got a massive range for your kitchen covering knives and a wide choice of utensils, to bigger items like bread bins and spice racks that either look great on show or make the most of cupboard space.

This Tower Essentials Casserole Dish will provide you will loads more flexibility in the kitchen if you’re currently limited to a saucepan set, with its generous capacity being perfect for your soup making activities.

It’s constructed from stylish yet hard wearing stainless steel, and includes a convenient transparent glass lid, perfect for keeping an eye on your creations without letting the steam escape. It measures in at 24cm across, that’s just under nine and a half inches in diameter. It’ll hold up to six litres, plenty for soup making without the risk of bubbling over (even though we all know not to let soups boil up too much and burn!).

As it’s made from high quality materials, both the pan and lid are also fine for the dishwasher, although you should read the instructions carefully to make sure any guidelines like ‘top shelf only’ and maximum temperatures are adhered to. Not having to scrub yourself and let the machine do all the hard work is great though and puts this pan leagues ahead of some others that aren’t dishwasher safe.

While not all pans will work on all hobs, this one is sold for use with gas and electric hobs,  as well as less common alternative like induction, halogen and ceramic, making it suitable for pretty much every kitchen out there! You can even place it in the oven too, up to a maximum of two hundred degrees celsius, making it even more useful to have around. Of course, be really careful with the handles after oven use, as you’ll need a good pair of oven gloves to handle it. Maybe that’s a future set of product reviews we need to think about!

It’s easy to see from that quick overview why this Tower Essentials pan is such a great choice for soup making.

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MasterClass Induction-Safe

This MasterClass induction-safe stainless steel stock pot offers you an impressive five and a half litre capacity to make your soups, and depending on the size purchased go much larger too, so is very generously proportioned for most kitchens. Just like the one from the Tower essentials range we discussed a moment ago, this is another option to suit all hob types.

The sizes (capactities) available are as follows, to help you choose your required volume:

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5.5 Litre


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7 Litre


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8.5 Litre


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11 Litre


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14 Litre


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Again, as with the Tower, it’s a dishwasher safe product, but if you’re thinking about getting one of the really big versions think carefully how big it will be relative to the space in the dishwasher.

These are likely to appeal to readers looking for really big pans, if you think the Tower Essentials one above is big enough, that’s our preferred option and recommendation, but for larger needs, these come a close second.

Looking For Something A Bit Different?

If those two haven’t grabbed your attention, don’t worry, there are plenty of other choices out there too – we’ve summarised some other pans from a selection of brands below, and of course Amazon have a huge range to choose from if you want to see even more alternatives.

ProCook Professional Ceramic Non-Stick Stock Pot With Lid

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Zinel Hard Anodised Non-Stick

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Buckingham Deep Induction

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Imperial Stainless Steel Stock Pots

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ProCook Professional Anodised Non-Stick

ProCook Cast Iron