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Stainless Steel: 18/10 vs 18/8 vs 18/0

In the world of stainless steel there are several different types: 18/10, 18/8 and 18/0 stainless steel. Each of these types are classified by the percent of chrome and nickel in the steel. 18/10 stainless steel has 18% chrome and 10% nickel, hence the 18/10 classification. Likewise, 18/8 stainless steel has 18% chrome and 8% nickel. While 18/0 stainless steel has 18% chrome and 0% nickel. Nickel effects stainless steel’s corrosion resistance and luster. In today’s blog Public Kitchen Supply will discuss the benefits of each type of stainless steel.
18/10 stainless steel contains the most nickel out of the three. Nickel tends to be more expensive so 18/10 stainless steel products are typically more pricey than 18/8 or 18/0 stainless steel items and also the highest quality. The biggest benefit of choosing 18/10 stainless steel is that it is long lasting and has a sturdy feel to it. Browne-Halco’s 2 Quart Stainless Steel Sauté Pan is an example of 18/10 stainless steel. The pan’s 18/10 construction allows it to be excellent at conducting heat. It features a riveted, stay-cool handle for extra strength and heat protection, the nickel adds to its extra strength component. While 18/10 stainless steel is ideal when working with pots and pans, it is not necessary for all kitchen items. Finding 18/10 flatware is also ideal for fine-dining establishments that want to portray class to their patrons. Browne 2 Qt Saute Pan
If you are not using stainless steel to conduct heat 18/8 or 18/0 stainless steel works quite well. 18/8 stainless steel works well with items like crowd control poles and bun pan racks, things that need to be strong but not necessarily attractive. Its more for utility than the other two types of stainless steel. One advantage of 18/8 stainless steel is that it is less expensive than 18/10 stainless steel. Keep in mind the difference between 18/10 stainless steel and 18/8 stainless is only 2%. While 18/10 stainless steel will be slightly better at conducting heat you may want to save money by choosing an 18/8 stainless steel product. A perfect example of 18/8 stainless steel is an Induction Ready Wok from Adcraft. This wok has a quality top layer made of 18/8 stainless steel so that it is great for induction cooking while containing an aluminum core to keep the price down. Adcraft Induction Ready Wok
18/0 stainless steel is the least expensive stainless steel as it is pure chrome and no nickel. This type of stainless steel is perfect for products that do not require heat conduction or strength. 18/0 stainless steel is great for tools like everyday use flatware and other kitchen utensils such as this Update International Butter Spreader that is made out of 18/0 stainless steel. They are inexpensive and perfect for make lines or a home kitchen. Because 18/0 stainless steel contains zero nickel it is also dishwasher safe, perfect for cleaning quickly. 18/0 stainless steel is a great choice for people looking to save money but still wanting a quality product. Update International Butter Spreader
When it comes to choosing your stainless steel kitchen tools you have many different options. Each type of stainless steel has advantages and disadvantages, so everyone should know the difference between 18/10, 18/8, and 18/0. Before purchasing a product made from stainless steel consider its function, polish, and finish. At Public Kitchen Supply we work hard to provide equipment that will fit your commercial and residential kitchen needs. Visit our website at to view our large selection of stainless steel products.

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