AISI316L stainless steel and brass are two materials favoured in the production of bathroom and kitchen fittings, but what are the main characteristics and differences between the two?

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Brass: a combination of copper and zinc

Brass, often used in the production of taps, is an alloy obtained from a combination of copper and zinc that has undergone a chromium-plating process. Chrome plating is carried out by electrolysis, applying trivalent chromium to a thickness of a few microns. Chromium-plated brass is easier to work with than AISI 316L stainless steel, which helps to reduce production costs and, consequently, the final price of the mixer while impacting on the quality of the finished product.

Stainless steel: a material with high durability and corrosion resistance

Stainless steel, on the other hand, is an alloy composed mainly of iron and carbon, and is the most popular choice in environments in contact with water, moisture and vapours. Of the different types of stainless steel, the most commonly used is AISI 316L, characterised by a low carbon content (‘L’ stands for ‘low carbon’). This specific type of steel makes the material less heat-sensitive and creates an excellent barrier against impurities.

Steel vs. Brass: which material to use for your tap

Stainless steel differs from brass due to its greater resistance to corrosion and oxidation, making it the ideal material for fittings in ambiences such as bathrooms and kitchens. Moreover, should stainless steel lose its enamel over time, it can be revitalised by satin-finishing or polishing treatments.
In contrast, chrome-plated brass is more delicate and, once damaged or marred over time, cannot be easily restored to its original appearance. However, many appreciate the charm of a natural aged effect that chrome-plated brass can acquire over time.
Another advantage of stainless steel is its antibacterial property and the total absence of harmful substances, making it a hygienic and safe material for use in domestic environments. Moreover, the fact that it can be 100% recycled makes it environmentally friendly and sustainable.

AISI 316L: the choice of Super Inox

Super Inox is a company in Verbania on Lake Maggiore that produces high-alloy bathroom and kitchen taps in AISI 316L stainless steel. Thanks to its decades of experience in the industry, Super Inox combines careful technological research with a strongly characterising product design.
Super Inox’s choice of AISI 316L stainless steel is motivated by the remarkable technical and aesthetic characteristics of this material. Its durability and resistance to corrosion and heat make it ideal for heavy-duty taps in humid environments. In addition, the ability to realise different finishes on the surface gives a high aesthetic value to the products.
Thanks to the use of AISI 316L stainless steel, Super Inox products are biologically neutral, non-toxic and antibacterial, ensuring a hygienic and safe ambience for daily use.
Super Inox taps are also distinguished by their refined and characterful design, which adds a touch of elegance to any ambience. The combination of state-of-the-art technology and high-quality materials gives Super Inox products an exceptional durability, making them an ideal choice for those who want reliable, high-end fittings.
In addition, Super Inox offers an extensive set of surface finishes, allowing customers to choose the one that best suits their style and taste.
In conclusion, AISI 316L stainless steel is the best choice for taps intended for use in ambiences such as bathrooms and kitchens. Due to its durability, strength and hygienic properties, it is a reliable and elegant solution.
Choosing Super Inox as your tap supplier means making a winning long-term investment in a high-end bathroom and kitchen, enhanced by the beauty and quality of AISI 316L stainless steel.
Learn more about AISI 316L stainless steel here.