Buying Guide

When choosing stainless steel flatware for your catering company, restaurant or party rental, its very important to understand what makes up the cutlery. The pros and cons in stainless steel is important. It helps buyers to understand how to care for the cutlery and how often they should be looking at replacing it. Flatware typically comes in 18/10, 18/8, 18/0 and 13/0 compositions. The most common type of composition found in rental situations, restaurants and catering functions is 18/10 and 18/0 and is what we will cover in this section

18/10 stainless steel flatware and 18/0 stainless steel cutlery is made up of Chromium and Nickel. The  number “18” refers to the percentage of Chromium in the stainless steel flatware. Chromium is a strong durable metal that is stain, rust and corrosion resistant. The “10” or “0” number is the percentage of nickel in the flatware. Nickel is a corrosion resistant metal, very expensive and often used for it’s shine and luster. For casual service or high volume events / restaurants, choosing an 18/0 cutlery will work well with its soft sheen and economic value. Higher, fine dining restaurants will be happier with  18/10 flatwarefor its high shine and stain resistance. Below outlines some of the pros and cons of each flatware type.

18/10 Stainless Steel Cutlery

  • High polish finish
  • Superior rust resistant qualities
  • Highest durability
  • Easy to maintain
  • More costly than 18/0 due to nickel
  • Stain resistant
  • Dishwasher safe

18/0 Stainless Steel Cutlery

  • Softer shine
  • Prone to staining
  • Less expensive due to the lack of nickel in it
  • Most still possess durability for everyday use
  • Dishwasher safe