I asked for (and received) these for Christmas. Technique Hard Anodized 10 piece cookware set from QVC. I'm not sure who makes these, because I see only QVC sells them. They were normally $173.50, but on sale for $157.80. At either price I'd highly recommend them.
At the time I was looking at them there were 248 reviews. Out of 5 Stars rating they received about 4.9. Two reviewers said they had the set for about 10 years and one of them was purchasing another set just in case they discontinued them. Another reviewer said her Husband burned stuff on them and they still wiped clean with ease.
There's a 1 quart saucepan with spouts and glass lid, 2 quart saucepan with spouts and glass lid, 6 quart stock pot with draining lid, 4 quart/10" saute pan with spouts and glass lid, 8" skillet, and 10" skillet. The only thing I would have liked is a 12" skillet, which they sell separately.
From the QVC website:
"These Technique pots and pans are lined with a brand new Dupont(TM) Teflon(R) ScratchGuard(R) Ultra nonstick coating. This revolutionary interior layer provides five times the abrasion resistance of the Technique Hard Anodized I to withstand metal utensil use even better. That means food release is a breeze now--and will remain every bit as easy for years and years to come. Plus, for the first time on QVC, we're offering a hard anodized cookware set that you can pop right into your dishwasher. Cooking and cleaning has never been so effortless!"
I won't dare use metal utensils, but cleanup is a breeze. No matter what you do to these pans you can easily wipe them clean in the sink. No dishwasher necessary. I've pan seared a steak at high temperature, cooked rice and left it sit there for 4 or 5 hours, cooked a chili sauce for hot dogs and left that there too. Absolutely nothing sticks and it all comes out with ease.
All of these seem pretty heavy to me. This is my first nice set of cookware, so I can't really say how heavy they compare to others, but they seem a good weight and distribute heat nicely. You don't need to use as much oil when you cook either.
I have an electric stove in my apartment and if I don't put the handles over a burner that's on, the handles stay cool to touch. They're oven safe up to 500 degrees, but then you need an oven mitt or something.
One of the lids has holes in it to drain stuff like pasta. It locks on with a turn. The other lids are all see-through glass. I'm not sure if they're oven safe, nor am I going to find out.
I've used these EVERY day since I got them. I sometimes sit at work and dream up things to make that I've never been able to do before, like pan searing a rib eye or delmonico steak and then finishing it off in the oven. It must have been good.. my Girlfriend finished all of hers and I finished most of mine.
If you're like me and going from a $19 Wally World (click and see) 7 piece set of cookware, you'll never want to go back. I've owned 3 sets of those cheap pieces of crap. I could have invested that money into a nice set.