I got this skillet as a gift for my wife- at her suggestion. She loves making stir-frys and I thought it would be perfect for that. The skillet was really great at first - it was everything we expected it to be. However, it wasn't too long before we noticed that it has some big quality issues. The numbers on the dial - you know, that tell you what temperature the skillet is set at - wore off in a very, very short time. We now guess at the temperature. The heating element also ceased to heat evenly - now it heats more in just a circle, which I assume is directly where the element is. It also doesn't give off consistent heat anymore. It's more like it heats way up to whatever temperature you have it on and then instead of heating contiuously at that temperature, it "shuts off" and sits there doing nothing until it cools way down or you turn the temperature up higher. We have only had this skillet for about 2 years - I realize it was not super expensive, but I would expect it to still be working well at this point. The issues all began within the first year that we had it. I noticed that when I look for the model number, it is stampled for distribution by wal-mart, maybe that's why it's inferior - it's price point only. Don't buy this skillet - it's a waste of money.