My fiance and I are trying to decide on cookware. I've read a number of reviews and wandered through the cookware section of our local Macy's four times now. We decided to go with stainless, as well as a couple of non-stick skillets. WE're not Sam's members and we can't have people going to TJ Maxx looking for random pieces so we are limiting the search to what's at the big department stores. I compared the Emeril Stainless, All-Clad Stainless, Calphalon Contemp. Stainless, and Calphalon Tri-Ply. I had decided that the Calph Contemp. Stainless was the best bet. Glass lids seem fun, the pieces look sleek, they're supposed to perform well, and (this is important!) lids are shaped to be smooth on the bottom/inside so that they are easier to clean than others. BUT...Fiance and I would both prefer shiny to brushed. He's worried about it not cleaning up well, and I notice the fingerprints all over the samples at the stores. It smudges easily. Are there any benefits to a brushed finish that we are missing? Is this going to matter at all? I agree with others that the All-Clad handles are really uncomfortable, so I had ruled that out (plus, it's so expensive). Thanks!