Relays tend to be quite reliable in benign environments, however they have a limited lifetime. Typically something like 50,000-100,000 operations at full rated load. At lighter loads, the life will increase, generally up to many millions of operations with a negligible load (the so-called mechanical life).
All this information will be clearly given in any decent datasheet. The markings on the relay are only limits for safety agencies and have little to do with the relay life.
Not all datasheets show the life vs. switched current, even for resistive loads, so you may have to test samples to determine that characteristic if you are say, using a 30A relay to switch 5A maximum. Inductive loads, incandescent lamps, and motor loads will also shorten the life.
Solid-state alternatives to relays have no easily defined wear-out mechanism, however they can easily die suddenly due to voltage surges, current surges (including momentary shorts) and from thermal cycling. They are also less resistant to heat, and tend to create a lot of it (a ballpark number is 1W per ampere of load current).
Most remotely switched outlets and similar consumer devices (where the consumer can plug anything into them) use relays. If the load is relatively light and well defined (perhaps a lamp) then solid state may be a superior solution.