I was so tired of using plastic utensil sets because they were scratching all my pans. With this silicone set, I no longer have to worry about that. They are so easy on my pans while properly getting the job done. The handles are made extremely well! As far as cleaning, I actually think the silicone ones are so much easier to clean than plastic ones. For example, when I cook eggs, the egg residue seems to slide off with just a little soap and one wipe with a dish towel. I could not be any happier with my purchase!