What do you look for when buying cookware?

I am in the process of remodeling my kitchen and would like to have a new cookware set to go with my new kitchen. I love to cook and the cookware I currently have is terrible. I am so overwhelmed by the many types and price ranges that I never get around to buying anything! My family and friends have bought me... show more I am in the process of remodeling my kitchen and would like to have a new cookware set to go with my new kitchen. I love to cook and the cookware I currently have is terrible. I am so overwhelmed by the many types and price ranges that I never get around to buying anything! My family and friends have bought me things here and there but I haven't used anything I have been thrilled with enough to go buy a whole set. Any advise as to what to get or to avoid would be appreciated. I will be cooking on an electric smooth top stove, if that makes a difference.
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