A Guide to Commercial Stainless Steel Benches

A Guide to Commercial Stainless Steel Benches

Finding the right work tables or benchtops for your hospitality business is essential to mark the kitchen proficiency. Commercial stainless steel benches come in dozens of sizes with a variety of options, including backsplashes and undershelves, and can have square, rounded, or countertop corners to serve every need.

Here’s your guide to commercial stainless steel benches:

Different Types of Stainless Steel

  1. 1.       18 Gauge

18 Gauge stainless steel kitchen tables are lighter and less expensive than other types. They are often referred to as budget work tables or economy work tables. These commercial work tables are great for sandwich or salad preparation, sorting items, or just for use as a general workspace. They are more vulnerable to dents and dings, so keep that in mind if you're going to be tossing or cutting heavy items onto them.

  1. 2.       16 Gauge

16 Gauge commercial work tables are an excellent choice for hospitality professionals seeking both quality and affordability when adding a commercial stainless steel bench to their operation. The price of these tables is quite affordable, whereas the durability element is higher as compared to the 18 gauge stainless steel bench. At the same time, their versatility is another benefit, meaning that such a table is compatible with most applications.

  1. 3.       Type 304

Type 304 is one of the most common types of stainless steel used for commercial use due to its high resistance to corrosion and rust. They have low carbon content and high levels of chromium and nickel. Type 304 tables are highly durable and can withstand the rigours of daily use in any commercial environment. It's also easy to clean, making it ideal for busy kitchens.

4.    Type 430

Type 430 stainless steel bench contains chromium and iron, making it less resistant to corrosion than others. This type of table is perfect for performing basic tasks such as preparing fruits and vegetables, mixing ingredients, and plating meals.


Once you are done selecting the gauge type, decide whether you want an open base work table or one with an undershelf. The open base commercial work tables are nice if you'd like to keep an ingredient bin below. Undershelf provides a convenient place for small appliances or storage boxes.

Backsplash and Edge

Buy tables with backsplash to protect the wall from stains or drips. Backsplash ranges from 1½" high to 5" or even 10" higher. You can choose from different edge types, depending on your suitability. Commercial stainless steel benches are available in three edge types - Square Edge / Flat Edge, Rounded Edge / Bullnose Edge, and Countertop Edge / Marine Edge.

For more information on benchtops and tables, connect with Petra Equipment today.

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