I am using All Clad Stainless 3 ply. Very even heat distribution, easy to clean if you use a product called "Bartenders Friend" to clean and polish. They won't make a good cook out of a bad cook but they sure make things easier. They are sturdy with well designed handles that stay cool. I had some Cuisinart pots and the handles got scorching hot even on a low flame. If you can, check out Cooks Illustrated March/April 2010 for a review of 8 large saucepans. All Clad stainless came out on top. I have used just about every brand name pot and pan on the market including some pricy copper stuff and like All Clad the best. They are not cheep but they are top quality, work well and will last a lifetime.