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The Difference Between 18/10 and 18/0 Stainless Steel Flatware

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The Difference Between 18/10 and 18/0 Stainless Steel Flatware

The Difference Between 18/10 and 18/0 Stainless Steel Flatware

If you’re shopping for stainless steel flatware, it's important to understand the difference between 18/10 and 18/0 grade stainless steel. 

If you’re scratching your head and wondering – “What do these mysterious numbers mean?” Please, do not despair. 
It’s not at all as puzzling or technical as it might seem.

Know the numbers

The numbers “18/10” and “18/0” are simply figures that illustrate the amount of chromium and nickel content present in stainless steel. 
  • Chromium, or chrome, is a tough white metal, used in stainless steel and other alloys, because of how hard it is and its stain-resistant properties
  • Nickel is a corrosion-resistant silvery-white metal, often used for its shine to coat other metals 
  • 18/10 stainless steel contains 18% chromium and 10% nickel content.
  • 18/0 stainless steel contains 18% chromium and 0% nickel matter.
Understand the difference

So, one has nickel and the other doesn't? What’s the real difference? 

Two of the main differences you’ll notice between 18/10 and 18/0 flatware is the luster and economic value.

Chromium and nickel both contain stain-resistant properties. Chromium, by itself, is not a reliable rust-resistant material. Combined with nickel, it takes on more hard-wearing properties. The combination of nickel also creates a brighter, polished look. Because of this, 18/10 products generally cost more.
With or without nickel, stainless steel is a highly durable flatware material. The soft sheen and economic value of 18/0 products is an excellent choice for casual restaurants and many high-volume eateries. 
Overall, we recommend evaluating your business needs and how often the products are going to be used before deciding which chrome/nickel combination is right for you. 

18/10 flatware

  • Brilliant luster
  • Rust-resistant material
  • Durable construction
  • Easy to maintain

18/0 flatware

  • Soft shine
  • Zero nickel content
  • Economical design
  • Prone to staining