I prefer stainless to anodized, because frankly I don't like pans that won't go into the dishwasher (unless it's that very heavy (and expensive) stainless-lined European copper, of which I have exactly one pan, bought in the days when the euro and the dollar were on an equal footing).
I'd suggest you make a list of the sizes/types of pans you want, and check out the local shops to see the various lines in person. Try the handles, check the lids, feel the weight. Don't go for anything flimsy. When you've decided what you want, go on-line and check out the specials at Amazon.
I also suggest you try the multi-ply stainless (usually layers of aluminum sandwiched between stainless layers) rather than the disk-bottom type. Multiclad heats much more evenly, and there are no "edges" to the temperature.
I believe KitchenAid, All-Clad and Cuisinart have certain lines that are this style. If you decide on All-Clad, the best place for good prices is at their on-line outlet store:
It's better to have just a few pans you like, rather than loads of pans that frustrate you. I'd suggest starting with one each of a good-sized saucepan and skillet.