Updated September 13, 2020 by Karen Bennett

The 10 Best Calderos

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in January of 2019. The word "caldero" translates to "cauldron" in English, but these cooking pots don't look anything like what you'd picture a witch using. They traditionally have wide bottoms with rounded sides and tight-fitting lids to keep in the food's moisture and flavor as it simmers. Our list includes a variety of sizes and styles, and some of them are nonstick for a quick and easy cleanup. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Farberware Buena Cocina

2. Imusa Colombian

3. GauchoGrillX Curado

Editor's Notes

September 08, 2020:

The 6.9-quart Imusa Traditional joins the list today and although it resembles a traditional Dutch oven, it’s conveniently lighter and easier to maintain. It’s the perfect size for making big batches of rice, beans, and more, or to sear large pieces of meat before you roast them. It’s cast aluminum construction distributes heat evenly and is safe to use on either gas or electric burners. It replaces the Imusa Evolution, which is unavailable at this time. Also coming on board is the Aramco Alpine Gourmet Set, which brings you five sizes in total that range from two to 13 quarts. Use the smaller ones for side dishes like rice and beans, the medium one for stew, chili, or soup for your family, and the large one for when you’re throwing a party to serve a crowd. They become naturally seasoned over time, and both the pots and their lids are safe for use in the oven.

The Farberware Buena Cocina remains a popular choice, as it’s hard to beat when it comes to performance and durability. This 9.5-quart aluminum choice features a striking red exterior that will look great in many a kitchen, and its shatter-resistant glass lid fits snugly for quick and efficient cooking. In addition to the newly added Imusa model, our selection also features a couple of others from the same manufacturer, a company that originated in Colombia and has been producing aluminum cookware for nearly a century. The 4.8-quart Imusa Colombian boasts an elegant charcoal-colored hammered porcelain finish, while the 3.2-quart Imusa Ceramic offers a vibrant red exterior that makes it equal parts kitchen decor and functional cookware. If you go with a set with a nonstick coating, keep it looking and performing at its finest by using nylon or silicone cooking utensils that won’t create scratches.

February 11, 2019:

While all of the models on our list are made from aluminum, there are some distinct differences between them. The Farberware Buena Cocina, Imusa Colombian, and Imusa Ceramic all have nonstick coatings and transparent glass lids that make it easy to keep an eye on your food as it cooks. If you're looking for a caldero that can hold enough food for a large group, the American Dream Kitchen Sense, Uniware Silver, and Wee's Beyond Heavy Gauge all come in sizes with extra-large capacities.

Special Honors

Town Food Service 34311 This 11.3-quart caldero pot features a heavy-duty construction that holds up to extensive use, and it’s made of cast aluminum for even heat distribution. The corresponding cast aluminum lid is made with a sturdy plastic knob. It weighs seven pounds in all, with a diameter of 14.5 inches and a depth of 4.5 inches. chefstoys.com

4. Uniware Silver

5. Wee's Beyond Heavy Gauge

6. Aramco Alpine Gourmet Set

7. American Dream Kitchen Sense

8. Snow Peak Cast Aluminum

9. Imusa Traditional

10. Imusa Ceramic


Karen Bennett
Last updated on September 13, 2020 by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.


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