Because my set that my dear husband purchased for me about 10+ years ago is slowly dying. My Mom complains non stop that I have too many pots and pans but each one has their certain use for me and I am getting more and more frustrated that I don't have the ones I like any longer. Sooooo, looking for a new set, reasonably affordable. I have awards programs that offer me discounts and two of the companies they offer are Emerils set or a Lagostina set. I've read the reviews on Amazon and they both look okay, but I wanted to check in with others and see what everyone has to say. I live in a very rural area of Interior Alaska so our store choices are limited to Fred Meyers, Walmart, and I think Sears may possibly have some cookware. I mention this because I've seen some say on other threads to try out the grips, the feel of the pans/pots. While that is great advice, it's not practical for me with limited stores to go to (which don't even carry most of the higher end companies like Le Creuset. I've been looking at spending around $250 to $300 for a set that can last me another 10+ years. I don't like non stick (I use very well seasoned cast iron for things like eggs, omelets, frittatas and stratas and bacon), I have strong need of a small sauce pan, a larger sauce pan, a good stock pot (I make my own homemade stocks and soups), and one or two larger saute pans. Suggestions?