I've had the stainless set for quite a while. My wife did most of the cooking until she died a year and a half ago. I then had to take over the cooking chores. This set makes cooking a pleasure. I liked the stainless set so much a few monthes ago I bought the haerd anodized nonstick set. I also is a pleasure to cook with this set. I highly recommend these sets. Great combination of quality and reasonable(not cheap) price. The stainless is heavy especially in the larger sizes, but you have to expect that with stainless steel. Yes the exposed edge of the copper layer does tanish but can be shined upn easily if that bothers you. The cooking and cleaning performance is what counts most. Doesn't Stick I have both the stainless steel and the non-stick Emerilware and love both. The stainless steel needs oil but any residue cleans easily. The nonstick version works very well. Cleanup is very easy. Heat Distribution Nice and even. Have not noticed any problems to date. Ease of Handling Nice handles. The handles don't get hot on stovetop use. The cover handles will get hot, but I do not view that as a disadvantage. Ease of Cleaning Very easy for nonstick. Easy for stainless steel. Design Nice design. I like the cover handles better on the stainless steel better than the later design on the nonstick, but both are very nice. Durability I have had for several years now(stainless steel) and no probems. I bought the nonstick 2 years ago and have had no problems.