This was bought for me as a present so I was a little unsure when I first looked at it but I needn't have worried. It is definitely lighter than the 'other' cast casseroles but just as good. The non-stick is absolutely fantastic - meat simply slides on the surface and cleaning consists of swilling in hot, soapy water. I have used it on the hob to fry then put in in the oven to braise. What a luxury to have something to use on the hob which can also go in the oven. It also looks good enough to take to the table. Really, really pleased with this.