# Nichrome wire, resistance properties

Nichrome wire is often used as resistance wire, because it's got a high melting point (around $1400^\circ C$) and resists oxidation well.

If you pass a current through a Copper wire, it's got a very low resistance and doesn't really heat up unless you pass a very high current, and obviously an insulator which would have a ridiculously high resistance wouldn't heat up at all, since very little current would be flowing through.

Does Nichrome wire or other resistance wires/alloys fall in a sort of sweet-spot, where its resistance is neither too high or too low which gives it this property? Or is there something else to it I'm missing?