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How to choose the right commercial cookware

When creating a new or upgrading an existing commercial kitchen, choosing cookware is the most critical thing to decide. Stainless steel is the cookware of choice for most chefs and restaurateurs due to its indestructible nature and ease of retaining its luster.

This commercial cookware blog will help you understand the huge advantages of using stainless steel cookware. If you decide to purchase and use stainless steel cookware, as a stainless steel kitchenware manufacturer with extensive manufacturing experience, we will provide you with some practical advice. Details as follows.

Learn about stainless steel grades

There are different grades of stainless steel. Although they all have corrosion resistance, durability and heat resistance, they differ in specific performance. For example, 316 stainless steel has better corrosion resistance.

Two materials commonly found in commercial kitchens are 304 and 316.
304 material is very hard, it has good corrosion resistance and durability. Suitable for almost all kitchen activities.

The material composition of grade 316 is not much different from that of 304, but compared with 304, its material composition contains 2% molybdenum, which makes its corrosion resistance more superior. Grade 316 stainless steel performs well in salt water and acidic environments and is not prone to corrosion. Therefore, in a professional kitchen environment, chefs prefer to choose kitchen utensils made of 316 stainless steel.

304 stainless steel

Choose according to material thickness

The thickness of the material not only affects the durability of ustensiles de cuisine en acier inoxydable, it is also related to heat conduction.

The thicker stainless steel outer wall has higher metal strength, better thermal conductivity and better heat distribution. This will allow the temperature of the pot to rise quickly during cooking, and the heat will be distributed evenly without causing hot spots.

At the same time, thicker stainless steel cookware also has better heat retention and can maintain the temperature of food longer after cooking.

Thicker stainless steel cookware is also less prone to deformation and dents. Using heavier, thicker stainless steel cookware is best in commercial kitchens because the material can withstand harsh use without denting or warping.

304 stainless steel thickness
stainless steel thickness

Manufacturing method: Forging integration and assembly of accessories

Forged integrated cookware is made from a single piece of material. Compared with cookware assembled from multiple parts, it has structural advantages and will not suffer from problems such as loosening and splitting.

In commercial kitchens, forged integrated stainless steel cookware is often preferred. The frequency of use and intensity of cookware in commercial kitchens is higher, and integrated cookware can provide better safety protection.

Integrated cookware

Surface treatment

The surface treatment method of stainless steel cookware can affect its appearance and maintenance difficulty. The common surface treatment methods are wire drawing and polishing. Brushed finishes can conceal scratches over time, while polished finishes will require more maintenance to maintain their shine as they are more likely to show scratches.

Design and usability

Choose stainless steel cookware that conforms to ergonomics. The ergonomically designed handle will be convenient for users to use, reduce accidents, and better protect users.
Other practical features include scale markings, pouring ports, and compatibility with induction cooktop, making them easier to use in busy kitchens. How to choice depends on the user’s needs.

Easy to clean and maintain

For most restaurants and hotel commercial kitchens, it is very important to be able to clean kitchenware efficiently and conveniently. This means commercial kitchens save time and have more time preparing dishes and serving guests. So when making your purchasing choice, you should ensure that the stainless steel cookware products you choose are dishwasher safe and will not rust. In addition, you should pay attention to whether the surface of the cookware is smooth and without gaps, which will facilitate easy cleaning and will not breed bacteria.

Dishwasher cleaning

Cost considerations

The cost of purchasing cooking utensils is also an important consideration when operating commercial restaurants, hotels, and kitchens.
While cheaper options can be tempting and come with a corresponding drop in quality, quality stainless steel cookware does prove to be a cost-effective investment in the long run. Better products resist damage, require little replacement, and maintain good appearance over time.
High-quality products often come from well-known manufacturers, and their after-sales service is also more guaranteed.


When you have stainless steel cookware for your commercial kitchen, it’s an investment that ultimately brings you efficiency, safety, and quality. Understanding the impact of stainless steel grade, thickness, construction, design, maintenance, and finding the balance between price and quality will enable you to choose commercial cookware that suits your needs.
We are a stainless steel kitchenware manufacturer with rich experience. If you have any needs, please contact us and our experts will provide further guidance to help you make the right decision.

About PURECOOK kitchenware manufacturer

We are a stainless steel kitchenware manufacturer that provides customized kitchenware solutions to customers and brands. Offering various types of commercial kitchenware and household kitchenware. Supports rich customization options such as material, size, thickness, handle, etc. In the stainless steel kitchenware industry, we have provided OEM&ODM services to brands around the world for more than 20 years. Our high-quality stainless steel kitchenware has competitive prices and is well received in many commercial kitchens.

PURKCOOK kitchenware manufacturer

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