I've learned over the years, that using cheap cookware does not pay off in the long run. I love ceramic covered cast iron. The classic is Le Creuset and I collect it. However, Mario Batali puts out an excellent collection. Martha Stewart does as well. The best reward regarding this cookware is that it literally lasts forever. It holds heat extremely well. It's also makes for a beautiful presentation of your cuisine. A couple things to remember when using this cookware. Never use utensils that will scratch or dull. Always use wooden, plastic or silicone. Yes, this cookware can be expensive. However, if you collect a couple of pieces at a time, before you know it, you'll have a full set.