There is a lot of confusion among our customers about stainless steel. They are confused why there is such a large gap in pricing from brand to brand when they are all simply made of stainless steel. The truth is manufacturers are not being straightforward with the information and consumers are not educated enough to know the difference. It may be true that a product you see in the market for $20 is made of stainless steel but unfortunately they are not telling you what grade of stainless steel.
The old adage "you get what you pay for" is always true, and it is no different in this case. 18/10 Stainless steel is an expensive modern alloy that was developed about 80 years ago to withstand elements such as humidity, salt and weather conditions of all kinds. When consumers see stainless steel in the material description they assume automatically that is what they are getting but that is not the case. There are many different grades of stainless steel alloy and it gets a bit confusing. However just know one thing, a true stainless steel with features we described above is present in one alloy only and that is 18/10 stainless steel.
The reason stainless steel is a sought after material these days is because of benefits it offers, i.e non-corrosive nature, eco-friendly nature, 100% recycle-ability, non-reactiveness to highly acidic foods, impermeable surface that does not stain and does not absorb odor or color and durability, that exists in only one grade of stainless steel alloy named"18/10 stainless steel". All other alloys of stainless steel were created by various manufacturers to lower the price of the product. But they do not offer the full range of benefits listed above.
Unless the product implicitly indicates it is made of 18/10 stainless steel then it is not going to provide the features we have all come to expect from stainless steel. You can assume right off the bat that it is not non-corrosive and it will not be as durable and as the grade is lowered and price gets lower the list of benefits lessens.
Hope this post is helpful and lessens the confusion about the stainless steel product pricing in the market.
Ask what grade of stainless steel you are getting.