I have the Emerilware set that is stainless with the heavy copper bottoms to conduct heat more efficiently and evenly. I love them. I've had them for 12 years and don't see getting another set anytime near. For frying pans, I usually buy a triple set of the three different sizes with the non-stick Teflon coating. The last set I got at Sam's Club and they've lasted about 10 years. I use the pan, let it cool, then wipe it out with a paper towel. Keeps the coating like new.