The utensils look really bright and modern. I was extremely pleased with my purchase when they arrived. I have now used them for 1month and so can give a better assessment. They still look as good as new and I have had no problems with them being stained or damaged through cooking or dishwasher use. The little stand on their handles is a good gimmick. I personally wouldn't lie wet or dirty utensils directly on my worktop anyway and so this stand hasn't made any difference to me. The main negative point is that the utensils aren't actually very practical for every day use. Three or four of the utensils I have stopped using and have instead started to reuse my old set. For example, the Joseph ladle, spoon and perforated spoon are not very big and much smaller than my old, standard sized set. Also, there is a small spatula which I can't imagine ever using. Basically, my old set which I consider to be of a standard size and design, is much more practical in use. So, in my eyes it is a simple choice between style or substance. In hindsight i would have chosen another set. I strongly recommend that you view the product in a shop before buying it on line so that you can make your own mind up.