I have one Rachel Ray anodized nonstick sandwich pan and it works fine for sandwiches, bacon and eggs. I received it as a gift.
What I've read online is that the anodized line is made by Anolon, and they have their own version of some of her oval pans. You can compare them over on cooking dot com. (I don't have enough posts to place links).
Emeril has a few varieties that are designed by All Clad, as far as the stainless:
The Emerilware line has the disc bottoms.
The Emeril Pro Clad line is the full Tri Ply which is better, in my opinion.
I have a small non stick in proclad as I wanted something non stick less expensive but still fully tri ply and found it on sale.
I also have 2 of the technique non stick full tri ply pans.
They were on clearance on qvc so a great inexpensive way to mix those sizes in and they work very well.
Check out your local TJ Maxx and Marshall stores.
You'll find some Anolon, Calphalon and Cuisinart pieces (as well as Rachel Ray sometimes). Lately locally, they have had quite a bit of All Clad Stainless, copper and of course the LTD anodized. (if you like anodized, All Clad LTD is being replaced with a newer version in their lineup so you'll see the original LTD on sale a lot. It's just not dishwasher recommended.)
You could put together a variety of styles for less than the cost of a full set. I have saved just under 60% doing this and have put together a really nice set of All Clad SS, KitchenAid 5 ply and a few of the others mixed in for good measure. (I'm odd and kept a spreadsheet of my wanted/found items as upgrading my cookware and knives has been my big b-day present to me this year)
If you do decide you want a set though, there are frequently sales and coupons you could use for the tri ply lines.
Personally, I'd say go for a mix of Tri Ply stainless and mix in a piece or two of the anodized and non stick as you can afford them.
I've also grabbed a 5qt enamel cast iron pot by Chantal for $40.
It does a great job. Maybe someday I'll find a piece of Staub or LeCrueset in my hunts but if not.. this one is working great.
PS.. sets I've had in the past:
1. enamel coated - wasn't great, but did the job at the time. These were my first sets.
2. Glass - anyone remember the glass stovetop cookware? Fine for boiling water and that's about it. (I've not seen this in a long time)
3. stainless with encapsulated bottom - I have had electric cooktops, so this did fine for the over 10 ys I used it. Not perfect, but not bad. I am liking the full ply much better though.
Hope you've gotten some good info from everyone's thoughts and have a fantastic weekend!