My son is on his way to college in a few weeks so he really hasn't used the product yet. We did open the package just to see the quility and it seems to be fine. What I can say is that the colors are great. The comforter feels thick enough. Not sure about the matress pad as we have not opened it. The towels that come with the set are a nice red color and are a little better than average thickness of terrycloth. Not thin and flimsy, but not extremely thick either. Additionally, the pillow that comes with the set is black, but more importantly it is very flat. I know that it was shoved into the box, but it hasn't "plumped up" yet and it has been out of the box for a month. So, you will need to buy a real pillow instead and use this one for a spare. All in all, from what I have seen thus far, the set seems to be a good value for any college student. The true test will be when everything is washed. If it holds up after that, then it truly is a good deal.