After managing to break 2 of the ceramic countertop compost pails within 2 years, I went for stainless. It doesn't match my kitchen as well, but that is the only drawback. Advantages over the white porcelain pail is that it is lighter and it holds more compostables. It looks just fine on the coutnertop, does the job, and will hold up for years. I wish I had saved money and bought this one in the first place.