What is the difference between 3-ply and 5-ply?

What is the difference between 3-ply and 5-ply?

Cookware in stainless steel consists of different types of metal - layered. 

So the obvious difference between 3-ply and 5-ply is, of course, the number of layers

But what other differences are there - and how much does the number of layers matter? 

We will take you through below, where we look at both the advantages and disadvantages of these two types of constructions in stainless steel. 

What is 3-ply stainless steel? 

The term 3-ply refers to a construction in 3 layers.

These three layers consist of two layers of stainless steel - with a core of aluminum, which provides good heat properties. 

Advantages of 3-ply 

  • Price: 3-ply consists of fewer layers than 5-ply and is therefore also cheaper. 
  • Weight: Due to the reduced number of layers, this also means that 3-ply is slightly lighter. This makes it easier to handle the cookware - and easier to toss food in the pan. 

Disadvantages of 3-ply

  • Durability: Since 3-ply consists of only three layers of metal, the cookware is also less durable, as it is more vulnerable to scratches and dents. Often, unfortunately, 3-ply is also produced with low-quality metals, which worsens durability - and also heat properties.
  • Heat Properties: 3-ply consists of two layers less of aluminum than 5-ply, and this particularly affects the heat properties. These pots and pans distribute heat less evenly, which can result in so-called "hot spots" where parts of the surface become hotter than others. This leads to uneven cooking results and food that burns more easily. 

What is 5-ply stainless steel? 

5-ply stainless steel is a strong construction in 5 layers - with 4 different types of metal. 

The core consists of 2 layers of pure aluminum with an aluminum alloy in the middle - which provides exceptional heat properties.

In addition, 5-ply also consists of two durable layers of stainless steel, ensuring a smooth and durable surface. 

Read more about the 5-ply construction here→

Advantages of 5-ply

  • Heat Properties: The three layers of aluminum in 5-ply provide incredible heat properties. You get perfect heat conduction and easy heat control. Additionally, heat is distributed evenly throughout the pot or pan, resulting in more even heat. Especially important if you, for example, make risotto
  • Durability: With pots and pans in 5-ply, you get cookware that will last a lifetime. The stainless steel surface is incredibly durable, and the three layers of aluminum ensure a strong construction. 

Read more advantages of choosing cookware in 5-ply here→

Disadvantages of 5-ply

  • Price: Often, 5-ply is slightly more expensive than 3-ply, due to the more layers of metal, which are also often of higher quality. 
  • Weight: The two extra layers - compared to 3-ply - also result in heavier cookware. However, these pots and pans are still incredibly light compared to, for example, cast iron

Does the number of layers matter? 

The short answer is - yes! 

The number of layers makes a world of difference when it comes to heat properties and durability. 

This is also why professional chefs swear by 5-ply

Although the lower price of 3-ply may be appealing - we believe that 5-ply is worth every penny. 

You get pots and pans with incredible durability and unique heat properties that you can enjoy for the rest of your life. 

Are you ready to upgrade your pots and pans - for the last time? 

Then explore our 5-ply collection here→

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