Most kitchens do not have an individual confectioner's station managing large quantities of sweets and desserts. This makes 8 qts. - 10 qts. stainless steel double boilers among the most popular choices for professional kitchens where desserts and entrees are managed from one station. A range of induction-ready and Thermalloy options are offered to suit both traditional and contemporary stove tops. 8 qts. - 10 qts. stainless steel double boilers are designed with the precise dimensions needed to guide steam outside the pot so that flavors are not watered down. Flat lids are preferred by most, since they can easily be set at an angle on top of the pot, limiting the amount of condensation affecting delicate ingredients. Thermalloy and heavy-gauge stainless steels are both high quality metals that are likely to outlive the kitchens they are used in. Unlike costlier copper and cheaper aluminum, they do not require polishing and are not prone to buckling. At their most economical, double boilers can multitask as stock and grain pots by removing their insets. Bases are slightly rounded while simultaneously exploiting their surface area to maximize contact with the heat source. This way, scalding and sticking are less likely to occur and heat diffusion is kept at its best.