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Grades of Stainless Steel Clothes Pegs Explained: 201, 304, and 316 Stainless Steel

Stainless steel clothes pegs have become a common sight on Australian clotheslines. These pegs offer excellent durability and rust-resistance, making them a popular choice for homeowners. However, not all stainless steel clothes pegs are created equal. Today, we delve into the differences between three common grades: 201, 304, and 316. Understanding these distinctions will help you make an informed decision when selecting the perfect clothes pegs for your laundry needs.

  1. Stainless Steel Basics

Stainless steel is an alloy composed of iron, carbon, and various other elements like chromium, nickel, and manganese. The addition of these elements enhances the steel’s properties, making it resistant to corrosion and staining. Each grade of stainless steel has specific attributes that make it suitable for different applications.

  1. 201 Grade Stainless Steel Clothes Pegs

201 grade stainless steel is a cost-effective option commonly used in clothes pegs due to its affordability. It contains a lower percentage of nickel and manganese than other grades, making it less corrosion-resistant. While 201-grade pegs will generally endure mild outdoor conditions, they are more susceptible to rust and deterioration over time when exposed to harsh elements or prolonged outdoor use.


  • Economical choice.
  • Suitable for indoor use or moderate outdoor conditions.
  • Best Pegs offers Big As Pegs made from 201 grade stainless steel, check them out here.


  • Limited corrosion resistance compared to higher-grade stainless steel.
  • Prone to rusting in harsh environments.
  1. 304 Grade Stainless Steel Clothes Pegs

304 grade stainless steel is the most commonly used type of stainless steel in various applications, such as kitchen appliances. It contains a higher percentage of chromium and nickel, which provides some corrosion resistance and strength. Pegs made from 304 grade stainless steel are ok for outdoor use, however it is recommended they are washed now and then to keep them in good condition, see our care instructions here.


  • Higher corrosion resistance, suited for most outdoor environments, except coastal areas.
  • Durable and long-lasting.
  • Versatile for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Best Pegs has budget friendly 304 grade stainless steel pegs as well as our handy hook pegs made from 304 grade stainless steel.


  • Slightly more expensive than 201-grade pegs.
  1. 316 Grade Stainless Steel Clothes Pegs

316 grade stainless steel is the premium option, offering the highest level of corrosion resistance among the three grades. It contains molybdenum in addition to higher levels of chromium and nickel, making it exceptionally resistant to pitting and saltwater corrosion. Clothes pegs made from 316 grade stainless steel are the ultimate choice for coastal areas or regions with high humidity levels.


  • Exceptional corrosion resistance, suitable for harsh environments and coastal regions.
  • Highly durable and long-lasting.
  • Best Pegs has a large range of marine grade stainless steel pegs, and they’re independently tested for quality, check them out here.


  • Most expensive option among the three grades.

Choosing the right stainless steel clothes pegs can significantly impact their performance and longevity. While 201-grade pegs are budget-friendly and suitable for indoor use, they may not withstand harsh outdoor conditions. On the other hand, 304-grade pegs strike a balance between cost and performance, making them an good choice for households living away from coastal areas. For those living in coastal areas or facing extreme weather conditions, investing in 316-grade pegs offers unparalleled corrosion resistance and longevity.

In conclusion, understanding the differences between 201, 304, and 316 grades of stainless steel clothes pegs empowers you to make a well-informed decision based on your specific needs and budget. Opting for the right grade ensures that your clothes pegs will remain reliable companions during laundry day, year after year.

Remember: “Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten”


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