The great advantage of stainless steel cookware is its durability and appearance along with the low maintenance it requires. Being an extremely hard alloy, the chances of it getting dented of scratched during normal use are almost nil. It will not rust and with regular care and cleaning stainless steel cookware can last a lifetime. Stainless steel cookware does not react with food during the cooking process and will not be affected by being used to prepare food with a high acid content. The attractive shiny surfaces of stainless steel, either as a single piece or as part of a stainless steel cookware set, will add to the décor of a kitchen.