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Stainless Steel Flatware vs Silver Plated Flatware (Pros/Cons)

With different varieties of restaurant quality flatware for full service restaurants and event rental, it can be confusing knowing the difference between all varieties as well as their standard usage. To make it easier for our customers and prospects who are full service restaurants and event rental we've pulled together this pro/con list for the difference between stainless steel flatware and silver plated flatware. This list should educate you on what to expect with each type of flatware so you can determine which best meets your organization's needs.

Stainless Steel Flatware

Maria Stainless Steel Flatware

  • Durable
  • Low maintenance
  • Rust and stain resistant
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Most frequently used in restaurant and event settings
  • Wide range of patterns that function well in everything from casual to luxury atmospheres
  • Available in 18/10 (highest quality), 18/8 and 18/0 (lowest quality) stainless steel compositions made of chromium and nickel
  • Lasts 100 years with proper care
  • Cost effective

Silver Plated Flatware

Silver Plated Flatware

  • Composed of layers of silver over another metal – oftentimes copper or brass
  • More expensive than stainless steel
  • Bright, shiny finish that is lighter
  • Adds refinement to a table setting
  • Generally used for higher-end events or expensive restaurants
  • Requires hand-washing most often
  • Should be polished occasionally to maintain lustre
  • Needs to be stored properly to avoid corrosion or scratches
  • Lasts 20 years or less with proper care depending on use.

This list should provide the general differences that exist between the two types of flatware. Using this list should help you decide which best meets your needs.

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