I fell into the trap of believing the hype about hard-anodized aluminum cookware, and bought a VERY expensive set. It's heavy, fussy to clean, and unless it has non-stick coating, hard to cook in. I also wanted to get away from using aluminum, so I had been looking at stainless steel for some time.
This set was very reasonably priced, and looked nice in the pictures, so I went for it after reading mostly positive reviews. I am SO glad I did! The set is very attractive, with a mirror finish. I love the slight out-slope of the sides of the pots, and the glass lids allow me to monitor the contents easily.
Some reviewers complained that the steel is only 12 gauge, but I find that to be a plus. It makes the cookware lighter, and doesn't seem to affect cooking times at all. Plus, it takes some of the strain off of my hanging pot rack. The handles are ergonomic, and easy to hold, as well as staying cool.
The tri-ply base heats so much quicker and more evenly than the aluminum ever did. And it can go in the dishwasher!
I couldn't be happier with this set if I had paid 3 times what it cost!
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