Well Calphalon would be your best bet if you sold on the teflon non stick thing. Although Caphalon s somewhat expensive, the best alternative I have found was at Sam's Club. They have a set identical to Caphlon, same making process, thickness, 18 ml. Rivet welded handles safe for boh stove top an oven (including the lids) and 11 peice set ran about $149, the brand is a Sams Brand "Maker's Mark" . But my sister has and loves her calphalon, she has used my set a few times and swears she can't tell the difference. In appearance or results. Pots and Pans are an investment in my eye's, a really good quality set will last you forever (providing you take care of them) and are somethingthat can be passed down from generation to generation. If you really want to go whole hog on getting a top of he line set, then would suggest buying a peice at a time, that's how my sister aquired hers... She usually got a peice or 2 for christmas, another peice for her birthday ect.. Link below is Sam's Club list of set's they carry. Hope this helps, and good luck..