There are numerous factors which make Staub cookware unique in its design. To start, its black matte enamel coatings make it indestructible and highly chip resistant and also keep it from discoloring. The cast iron cookware retains the heat beautifully, keeping the dish warm long after its been taken out of the oven or off the stove. It retains heat and distributes it evenly, making the food more consistent in texture and taste. The special ceramic bottom also makes it possible for use on all types of heating surfaces. In addition to having these technical merits, its attractive appearance make it possible for the dish to go straight from the stove to the table.