The Complete Flatware Guide to Buying and Care


Having the right style of flatware for your restaurant could be the finishing touch to complete your restaurant’s décor. We have over 75 different styles to choose from here at that are broken down into three main categories based on weight: economy, medium, and heavy. We also have designer and silver plated categories for more elegant looks to choose from. Buying the right flatware for your restaurant isn’t everything though, maintaining their shine and cleanliness is necessary to keep them looking great for years to come.

Metal Content

Most flatware on the market is composed of a combination of metals. Nickel and chromium are the two types of metals that are the basis of the rating system that breaks down flatware into three weight categories: economy, medium, and heavy. All of our flatware contains 18% chromium which is the first number in the metal content terms “18/0 stainless steel” and “18/10 stainless steel.” That second number in those terms is how much nickel the flatware is composed of. Our higher quality styles typically contain more nickel which provides increased corrosion resistance but reduces the flatware’s magnetism. Nickel also adds more weight to the flatware, making each piece more durable and long-lasting. Other factors are also used when classifying weight of flatware, such as thickness, durability, and design.


  • Consists of only 18/0 stainless steel
  • Lightweight and inexpensive
  • Great for use with a magnetic flatware retriever


  • Most common class of flatware
  • Usually consists of 18/0 or 18/8 stainless steel
  • Usually thicker than economy flatware


  • Consists of mainly 18/10 stainless steel
  • Sturdiest of all three categories of flatware
  • Top of the line flatware

Each category contains a great selection of attractive pieces but the heavier flatware usually brings about more elegant options to choose from. The medium and heavy categories have more designs to choose from when compared to the economy class.


With over 75 designs to choose from, we have just the right flatware to complete the look of your restaurant. Styles of flatware are broken down into three categories: simple, modern, and classic.


  • Smooth with no standout design features
  • Streamlines without any frills


  • Sleek-lined that doesn’t draw much attention
  • Defining design sets it apart
  • Compliments place-setting without overpowering the table


  • Easily recognizable
  • Intricate designs
  • Usually on the heavier end of flatware

All three are great and could be just what your restaurant was missing. Weight doesn’t dictate what style category the flatware could fall under.


Maintaining your flatware is a process, but it is necessary to keep them sanitary and looking great. Here are some easy steps to follow to maintain your flatware in an orderly fashion:


  • Remove all food
  • Soak for no longer than 10 minutes
  • Use a safe presoak compound suggested by manufacturer of your flatware
  • Never use presoak compound with silver de-tarnishing agent
  • Never use aluminum to hold your flatware and presoak compound


  • Use vertical cylinders, never wash your flatware flat
  • Use water above 130 degrees F
  • A good cleaning agent is necessary


  • Use at least 180 degree water
  • If you see water spots, try a water softener or desalinator
  • Store in vertical cylinders to air dry with plenty of room for air to circulate

Choosing the right flatware for your restaurant can be a challenge, but with so many options to choose from, it’s easy to find a style that fits your needs. Style, weight, and durability are all important factors to consider when choosing your flatware, so keep them in mind when comparing.

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