I recently convinced my mother that she shouldn't continue using her old cast aluminum pots and pans. She went to Bed Bath & Beyond to look at the basic sets of cookware and, as you might know, found a wide range of prices. She isn't going to spend more than $200 for a 10 piece set, and my attempts at research on what is available in that price range has been incredibly unreliable. Half of the ratings are a one star and half are a 4 star for the same set.
I'd appreciate input from your experience with this range of cookware. she seems to be interested in clear lids and the pots need to stack.