Like other reviewers, I was surprised that for the size of the pot it was so lightweight. I assumed the worst - that this meant substandard construction which would translate to a less than enjoyable cooking experience. Usually one equates heft and weight with better construction when it comes to higher end cooking vessels. I read the reviews prior to ordering and was worried that I may end up purchasing something that was less than desirable from a cooking standpoint. And if the price had not been seriously discounted from the list price ($155), I would have been disappointed. However, for the price that I paid, this pot is just dandy! If you can score it in the $50 - $60 range instead of its ridiculously high list price, you should like this casserole just fine. I made beef stew in it for my first dish and had no problems at all due to the lighter weight construction. It heated very evenly and conducted heat well. If you need a new large casserole style pot at a decent price (assuming you don't pay list) you could do a lot worse. It may not be All Clad as far as solid-feeling construction, but it is still a nice casserole. I am glad I purchased this when it became available on sale. No regrets whatsoever.