The Different Types of Caskets

What to Look For When Shopping for a Casket

If the body will be buried, you will need to choose a casket. There are many types of caskets to accommodate varied tastes, sizes and budgets. They can be made of metals, woods, and fiberglass. The casket’s interior fabric can be of varied materials, colors and designs.

The types of caskets are:

Metal Caskets

Steel Casket

Caskets made of metal typically are more durable than those made of wood. The term "protective" is sometimes used in connection with the merchandising of metal caskets.

Bronze Casket

Bronze and copper are the most durable metals and are non-rusting. They are measured by weight per square foot. Therefore, a 48 ounce copper casket is 50% heavier than a 32 ounce model.

Stainless Steel Casket

Stainless and carbon steel are less expensive and come in different gauges of thickness, usually 16- 18- and 20-gauge. The smaller number is thicker and heavier, therefore, 16-gauge steel is thicker than 20-gauge.


Metal caskets are available with gaskets to seal the casket to help prevent outside elements from entering.

Wood Caskets

Oak Casket Hardwood caskets are made of solid wood, such as mahogany, walnut, cherry, maple, oak, pecan, poplar and pine. The cost of hardwood caskets varies with the quality of the wood used.

Caskets made of wood veneers are less expensive than hardwood caskets. Cloth-covered fiber board or pressed wood are the least expensive caskets.


Cremation Caskets

Caskets that are specifically designed for cremation include wood caskets without metal components. Hardboard cremation caskets are less expensive but have the appearance of hardwood. Fiberboard or cardboard cremation containers are the least expensive.

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See related topics:

Smart Shopping for Funeral Products
Casket Features
Burial Vaults
Cremation Urns
Grave Markers
Stationery for Funerals

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