The Calphalon Simply Nonstick Hard Andodized Aluminum wok is a great pan to have, but it is not the most essential pan to your cooking collection. If you are on a tight budget, or do not use a wok on a regular basis, I would not recommend purchasing this pan. It is not a pan that I use on a regular basis. We ended up with this pan because we purchases a 10 piece calphalon non stick set, and this was a bonus gift with our purchase. I have used the wok a couple times; I enjoy using it for stir frying and making fried rice. Other than that, I have not found uses for it at this time. It is something that I enjoy having and hope to find more uses for. When using the pan, i enjoy using it. It is very durable; the food cooks evenly and does not stick to the pan. Ease of Cleaning The pan is slightly heavy, but besides that it is very easy to clean. It is recommended to clean by hand wish dish soap. there is not a lot of food that sticks to the pan due to teh non-stick.