many of us feel that tri ply gives a good solid pan for best even heating results. Many like the stainless steel finish, others the hard anodized aluminum. Some silverstone (teflon) is useful for eggs and other sticky issues. So a variety of pan and pots is good. Certainly AllCLad is a top brand, but yo can go to a fine gourmet kitchenware store and get a good house brand for less money...such as Le Gourmet Chef, and Sur la Table, Kitchen Connection, etc.