How to Choose Stainless Steel Flatware. Quality stainless steel flatware has emerged as a leading player on the dining table with its durable affordability. Follow these steps to choose stainless steel flatware that will last for years.
Understand nickel content of stainless steel flatware. You will find 18/0, 18/8 and 18/10 with 18 designating the chromium content and the second number telling you the content of the nickel. Higher nickel content means a shinier finish and better durability.
Compare the weight, polish and durability of flatware based on nickel content. If this flatware will be used everyday, invest in the 18/10 flatware and it will last many, many years.
Determine your budget. Know what you can afford to pay for each place setting or shop around to see if you can buy and entire service for 12. Even a modest budget can afford a complete service for 12 in 18/10 flatware from certain manufacturers for a reasonable price.
Choose your pattern as an expression of you. There are many to choose from at many different price points. Your pattern may determine your budget, or your budget may determine your pattern.
Understand sizing terms. Place size flatware is the most common type of flatware used in America. Dinner size flatware has a larger dinner fork and dinner knife than Place size while Continental flatware has the largest pieces and is most commonly used in Europe.
Determine what flatware pieces you need for each place setting. Most flatware comes in five-piece place settings and serving pieces typically consist of larger spoons, forks, carving knife, a scalloped sugar spoon, butter knife and cake serving pieces to round out a matched set.
Decide how many place settings you need. People typically purchase twelve place settings which seems to be sufficient. If you have an extremely large family or entertain frequently you should purchase additional place settings to meet your needs.