Stainless Vs. Titanium

Updated March 23, 2017

When it comes to jewellery and appliances, you have many options and styles from which to choose. Stainless steel and titanium can both be excellent choices for consumers interested in having a sleek look for everything from watches to kitchen appliances. Before deciding on choosing between stainless steel or titanium, check out the differences and decide which one is the right choice. Update your wardrobe and your kitchen with the right titanium or steel jewellery or appliances.

Stainless Steel

Also known as rustproof steel, stainless steel is used in many places, including kitchens, skyscrapers and jewellery. Although it is not completely stain-proof, stainless steel is a great option if you are concerned with durability and affordability of the materials. Many buildings are constructed with stainless steel and it is commonly used in kitchens for appliances and other fixtures. Stainless steel is heavy and tends to last a long time before it needs to be replaced.


Titanium is a lightweight and strong metal that has been growing in popularity since 2000. It is silver coloured and is resistant to corrosion. It is as strong as steel but it is typically half of the weight. Space crafts, missiles and watches can be made from titanium. Its shiny colour and light weight make it an attractive option for those who want a metallic look without the heavy weight that is typically found in stainless steel.

Which is Best?

Titanium is typically more expensive to buy, compared with stainless steel. For example, titanium watches are more expensive than stainless steel watches, so if you are a budget-conscious shopper, it may not be a viable option. Additionally, titanium watches are more prone to scratches, which can damage the watch's appearance. Stainless steel is less expensive, however, it is not hypoallergenic and can be a problem for those who suffer from skin allergies.

Kitchen Appliances

If you are updating your kitchen and trying to figure out which metal is best, consider a few differences between stainless steel and titanium appliances. Stainless steel appliances are typically more expensive than the titanium appliances, so if you are on a budget, this could be a deal-breaker. Titanium appliances show fewer fingerprint smudges than stainless steel appliances, but titanium products tend to have problems with the surface being chipped.

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About the Author

Based in Las Vegas, Jody Wilber has been freelance writing since 2004. Her articles have appeared in "Christianity Today," "The Upper Room" and "The Review Journal." She is formally a high-school English and journalism teacher. She graduated from California Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and went on to achieve her Master in Education from Sierra Nevada College.