Why are Stainless Steel Items So Popular?

Ordinary citizens interact with products made of stainless steel on a daily basis. Because stainless steel is 100 percent recyclable, strong and resistant, easy to sterilise, not prone to corrosion or rusting and is stain-proof for the most part, it has become highly popular for applications in many industries.

The many unique benefits of stainless steel make it a powerful candidate when it comes to choosing stainless steel appliances for our homes too. While there is often a higher initial outlay when purchasing them, stainless steel appliances have proven to offer the best value for money in the long term.

These are just a few reasons why stainless steel appliances prove to be so popular.


Many people choose stainless steel appliances for their homes based on aesthetics. The clean and easily maintained surface of stainless steel provides a modern and attractive appearance. Depending on what suits your style, stainless steel appliances can have a very shiny mirror-like finish while some can have a brushed or satin finish, which gives the steel a non-reflective surface. Coatings can also be applied to stainless steel such as electroplating and galvanised coatings.

Brushed and satin-finished stainless steel is most often used for appliances as not only do they have a warmer tone about them, but these finishes are also helpful for disguising blemishes and fingerprints on things like cabinets and appliances used in high traffic areas. One must be aware though that a brushed finish particularly can be more susceptible to corrosion as moisture may accumulate in the grooves of the metal surface.


For many people, the cleanliness of their appliances is a matter of high importance. Stainless steel proves very popular in this arena as it is so quick and easy to clean and sterilise and its stain-resistant properties ensure the surfaces of appliances always look good for the lifetime of the appliance.

Corrosion Resistance

Hardwearing, stainless steel is most popularly used for cookware, utensils and cutlery. Due to its corrosion-resistant properties, not only does stainless steel not affect the flavour of food both when preparing it and storing it but foods with high acidity levels won’t cause any damage.


Stainless steel is highly durable and retains its strength and integrity against wear and knocks for extended periods of time. It is remarkable how stable stainless steel appliances are under both cold and high temperatures.

Long-Term Value

The combination of strength and aesthetics in stainless steel appliances means they retain their value over longer periods of time. Not only can they retain a ‘like new’ appearance if looked after but the stainless steel also ensures that appliances keep running and working efficiently for longer without rusting and corroding.

The cherry on the cake of course is the fact that stainless steel is 100 percent recyclable, so you never have to worry about your old and used up appliances clogging up a landfill somewhere and becoming yet another threat to our environment.

Steelmor is the leading supplier and manufacturer of stainless steel in South Africa. Give us a call today on 011 747 5700 for the best advice on all things stainless steel.