We've had this set (table, six side chairs, two arm chairs, and 3-drawer credenza# for a while now - 3 years maybe? Sure, it will dent and scratch like any other table will, but we take pretty good care of it, and the few dings it has aren't very noticeable. We haven't had an issue with the chairs staining yet, but we don't have kids and we treated the chairs when we first got them, so things tend to pretty much just wipe up.
Of course we love the look of the set - I mean we did pick it out after all. The wood tone is rich and deep and the lines are simple without too much extra flair.
We use it for both formal and casual dinning, so it's very flexible. The chair legs started to get a little loose a couple months ago #we do use them a lot), but because the hardware is quality, my husband was able to just tighten them up. The leaves are pretty easy to get in and out. Overall very satisfied.
One more category of comment before I sign off - Macy's service was excellent. The delivery guys were very considerate. Wore booties inside the house and asked to vacuum before they left! Very thorough assembly to ensure no packing staples were left lying around. Great job, guys!