Well over 20 years ago I decided to splurge and buy what I considered then a high priced frying pan....having grown tired of having to replace my skillet every year because the non-stick had stopped working. I used that pan the entire time my kids were growing up...usually 3 or more times a week. I am still using that same frying pan with almost no loss of non-stick quality. I am amazed at how great this skillet turned out to be. I HIGHLY recommend Belgique.