I just got the Emeril Pro-Clad set (though I've been using an 8" Emeril pro-clad for a few years) and I'm pretty happy with it (it's still on sale, hint hint) But of course i'm always about finding a good deal, so here's my pros and cons list in comparison to this item:
- Both are tri-ply clad, definitely the way to go for SS
- This set has metal lids, usually a good thing as the glass lids are limited to about 350 degrees... of course i'd rarely put it in the oven anything above that anyway especially since I have a cast iron dutch oven. The point is moot however since it seems like this set has silicone handles which probably can't handle the heat (hence the 400 degree rating)
- Of course the Silicone handles themselves are an issue. I can't imagine it's too good for the long term nature of the pieces seems like it would age long before the SS did. I'm sure they would make lifting the lids a bit easier though, the handles on my (all metal) set will get hot enough to require hot pads in fairly short order.
- I think the black band around the edge looks pretty chic, but i think in the long run it would probably look dated... the solid SS you get in other sets would probably be less prone to this. Assuming it's painted (I'm really not sure how it's put on) it would probably get bashed up in short order as well.
Regardless of which set you get, if you're new to SS pans, recognize there is a learning curve, do some searches on the web on how to cook with SS (there are lots of them) and you're life will be a lot easier.