I was looking for a 4-quart pot with steamer insert to replace a Calphalon set that wore out after 30 years. That set did not have a non-stick coating, nor a glass lid, both of which are great assets. You can do several different things with this set: making soups, boiling pasta, steaming veggies, etc. The construction is very nice. The pot is sturdy enough to sauté vegetables before adding liquids. It's especially handy for family cooking because of the capacity. Because of the quality and functionality, this would a good set for someone starting out in a small kitchen with limited storage. If you gave it as a wedding present, you would stand out from the crowd…in a good way!