Aluminum versus Stainless Steel Pots

Aluminum versus Stainless Steel Pots: Which is best when it comes to boiling crawfish?

As with anything else when it comes to cooking crawfish everyone has their own opinion and some feel very strongly about it. The choice of whether to go with Aluminum versus Stainless Steel Pots is no exception. Here are the major arguments for both sides:

Aluminum pots are lightweight and excellent conductors of heat. When it comes to boiling crawfish this means it will heat your water faster and cool off quicker. Aluminum pots are also cheaper than their stainless steel counterparts. The downside to aluminum is it is not as durable as stainless steel. Leaving acidic of salty liquids in the pot for an extended period of time can degrade the aluminum and may cause pitting. Cosmetically, aluminum pots will tarnish over time. This can either be a badge of honor representing how many boils the pot has loyally served at or an eyesore depending on how you look at it.

Pros:100 Quart Crawfish pot Aluminum versus Stainless Steel Pots

  • Lightweight
  • Excellent Heat Conductor
  • Cheaper


  • Less Durable
  • Tarnishes


Stainless steel pots are durable. These pots will stand the test of time and due to their smooth shiny surface are easier to clean. A well cared for stainless steel pot should last you a life time and they are pretty. Who doesn’t like a nice shiny pot? The downside is they are heavier and they usually cost more; but given their durability, they can be more cost effective in the long run.

Pros:102 quart stainless stockpot crawfish Aluminum versus Stainless Steel Pots

  • Very Durable
  • Easy to Clean
  • Long Lasting Shine


  • Heavier
  • More Expensive

Stainless steel pots are definitely my choice when it comes to choosing the right crawfish pot. Yes stainless steel crawfish pots are more expensive, but well worth the investment. There is no debate in my opinion when it comes to aluminum versus stainless steel pots. Here is a complete stainless steel crawfish boiling set.