What Is the Difference Between Heavy-Duty Aluminum Foil & Regular Aluminum Foil?

By Jen Davis

Aluminum foil is a very useful item to have around the kitchen. Aluminum foil can be used to cover dishes and can withstand being put in the oven and even on the barbecue grill during cooking. There are two primary types of aluminum foil that you will see for sale in your grocery store: regular aluminum foil and heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Baked potatoes can be cooked on the grill wrapped in aluminum foil.

Regular Aluminum Foil

According to Reynolds Kitchens, a leading manufacturer of both heavy-duty and standard aluminum foil, the standard aluminum foil is best used for tasks such as covering food dishes, wrapping sandwiches or vegetables and reheating already cooked items in the oven. Standard, or regular, aluminum foil is thinner than heavy-duty aluminum foil and will not withstand high heats and heavy weights as well as heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Heavy-Duty Aluminum Foil

Reynolds Kitchens claims that heavy-duty aluminum foil is intended to be used for wrapping meats that will be placed in the freezer for storage, lining pans during cooking and even for wrapping foods in while you are cooking them. Extra heavy-duty aluminum foil is intended for use for long-term storage of items in a freezer or for lining and cooking on barbecue grills.


When you are shopping for aluminum foil, you will notice that standard aluminum foil is almost always significantly less expensive than heavy-duty aluminum foil. Though aluminum foil prices will vary by store and brand, an average roll of standard aluminum foil will typically cost between $1 and $2, while heavy duty foil may cost twice as much.


If you are unsure of which type of aluminum foil you want to buy, you may want to keep in mind that heavy-duty aluminum foil can perform all of the tasks that regular aluminum foil is used for but that the opposite is not true. Standard aluminum foil is more likely to tear, melt or otherwise fail to work properly when used in situations where heavy-duty foil is appropriate.