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Stainless Steel is more durable long term than the aluminum and is much heavier and more costly to produce, hence the big price difference. The aluminum will last longer than a powder coated iron cage, as it's not painted and is far more resistant to rust. But like Donna said, the aluminum isn't quite as heavy duty as the stainless, so I don't know how a larger bird that chews cage bars (grey, amazon, macaw) would do. It's new enough it doesn't have as many reviews and testing done as others.
As far as cleaning, I was under the impression the stainless was easy to clean - any spots or rust can just get cleaned with a steel wool scrubber and it comes right off?