I have to admit, I've been pretty ignorant about cookware terminology for my whole life - I've had a set of pots and pans of various sizes, and I've used them. Now I'm in the market for a nicer, new set, and am pretty confused. My question here is if there's really any difference (aside from size) between sauce pans, dutch ovens, and stock pots.
I'm looking at a few sets:
The T-fal set has a "5.5 Quart covered Dutch oven." The other two sets have 8 quart stockpots. They all have sauce pots of various sizes (1 to 3 quarts).
Are these all just pots that happen to be different sizes, or is there something fundamentally different? What advantage does the dutch oven have over the stock pot? In other words, is there something else I need to consider other than just buying the sizes that make the most sense for me?