This Simply Calphalon non-stick 14 piece cookware set was a Christmas gift from our in-laws four Christmases ago. We did not ask for it, but after four years of near daily use, I am so glad that we received it! It is an excellent set that has practically every basic pot, pan or lid you could need. Of course, if you'd like a soup or stock pot, or something a little more specific in size or use, you'll need to purchase it separately, but ultimately, we've been highly impressed with every piece in this set. We find we use them all frequently, and that they all have specific uses they work well for. Over time they've gotten some minimal scratches and dings, but as long as you are careful with them in the sink and do not use metal utensils on the black non-stick portion of the pots or pans, the whole set holds up really nicely - inside and out. We have had no problems with the non-stick coating flaking away or not working properly. The heat distribution feels even - again, we've never noticed a problem. The handles on each pot and pan are strong and sturdy. The lids fit well, and each piece is high quality and of a nice, heavy weight. I also think this set is very attractive - it's got a nice, brushed gunmetal appearance to it that looks great. The pieces are well designed, easy to clean and maintain, and are very high quality and durable. If you're looking for a good, sturdy, attractive, quality cookware set of pots, pans, and lids that features all the most common cooking pieces you'll need, then look no further than this set. It's wonderful and makes a really excellent gift for newly married couples, recent college graduates living on their own who like to cook...or anyone really. We love ours and have been really pleased with it over the years.