Scotch-Brite is a trusted brand in our house. With kids/teens/husband in the house, I don't like leaving anything to chance. I only buy the non-scratch because I know that if I buy two different kinds, someone will scratch the countertop, cookware or stove. So, I play it safe! Food, grease and grime doesn't stick to the surface of the sponge! Much easier to keep the sponge clean! It's made out of materials which will break down, it cleans without scratching, and, best of all, DOES NOT SMELL after a week's use.