I purchased these from Sam's Club a few months ago. All my previous cookware was non-stick cheap aluminum stuff. I wanted cookware that did not contain aluminum, and I wanted nice stuff that will last. I have heard the Cuisinart name lots of times, I know it is a great brand. So I bought these. It took some getting used to, the pans get hot quick, and you generally have to keep the heat lower than you would with non-stick to avoid burning foods. But I am slowly getting used to that. The only problem I really have is keeping the pans clean, most of my pans now have a brownish residue on them from food getting burnt to it, but I have not looked into ways to get that off yet. I do soak them in hot, soapy water after I use them (as the instructions say to do), but that does not seem to keep the stains away.