This is the second set I own. The other being the purple (eggplant) 16 piece set. I bought contrasting colors to bounce off each other. The colors of each set are beautiful. The design of the set is functional. Everyone loves the edges of the plates. They're a sturdy, solid construction. I wouldn't say they're too heavy in a bad way. To me, that speaks of their quality.
I also did not have any trouble with any of the pieces in the dishwasher. I can see where the stacking issue in the cabinet can be a little troublesome for some people. Due to their style, they do not nest like other plates, bowls etc. would as easily. Mine are still stacked right on top of one another. It's not that they cannot be stacked on top of one another, it's rather they don't fit as tightly as some other sets do. They're simply just not uniform pieces.
We haven't had any issue with plates or bowls falling while trying to grab them or anything like that. I have two young kids so if it was going to happen, it would happen with us. All in all, I wouldn't let something like that deter you from purchasing the set. I also would recommend buying it Rachael Ray's store. I've seen this set going for a lot higher prices on other sites/stores. So all in all, great quality and value for the money. Beautiful color choices and unique design. You can't go wrong here.
I recommend this product.