I replaced all my old cookware with Calaphon a few years ago. My son got a set when he got married and I decided to treat myself and I'm glad I did. The cookware cooks evenly and at lower temperatures than my other cookware. I prefer the stainless steel because it doesn't scratch no matter what utensils you use. Doesn't Stick I don't have a problem with sticking as long as I add oil to the pan. It can even be the spray kind. Heat Distribution The heat distribution is very even. If you use too high a heat you can burn food on the pan and it can be very hard to get off. I don't have to cook meat much higher than medium high. Ease of Handling The pans are sturdy but not too heavy. Sometimes I do need to use pot holders on the handles if I am boiling potatoes where the handles get hot. I usually don't need the pot holders with the skillets. Ease of Cleaning The Calphalon set is easy to clean. If I do have food cooked on I use non scratch cleaning pads to remove the food. If too high a heat is used in the skillets the residue from the food can be hard to remove. Design The design of the pots is great. I love the glass lids. Some of the lids fit more than one pot. The bottom of the pans fit flat on the burner for even heat distribution. Durability The stainless steel in the pots appears to be heavy enough to last. The handles are holding up well.