This Paderno set is a wonderful package of cookware. The pots are stainless, well constructed with "rivets" rather than welds to attaching handles; this gives the pieces greater durability and quality. The handles are also silicon "sleeved" or "gloved" which is a fantastic feature since the pots are stainless steel. The silicon "sleeves" allow the pots to be used in an over and keep the handles from burning hands when removing from a burner.
This is very high quality cookware - we had been searching for high quality pots for years and watching for a sale. I would recommend these pots at retail for anyone who wants an attractive, high quality set and doesn't mind paying full price. For those who would prefer to pay less, watch for sales as high quality cookware is often discounted. This particular brand is a good purchase at pretty much any price.
The pots aren't non-stick as most high quality cookware isn't. "Fancy" recipes typically don't require non-stick cookware, but high quality. The only "nice" addition to this set would be copper bottoms that allow the pots to hear up and cool down faster for those recipes that are "touchy." Stainless steel works nearly as well, however, for those cooking with a gas range.