Without an optimal working space for its staff, any and all business will struggle to flourish. This is why commercial kitchens as well as other related businesses most often prefer quality stainless steel benches over other less durable and less convenient options.
Commercial grade stainless steel workbenches are heavy-duty, high-resistance and quality items that will not only last a long time, but will receive little wear and tear (think of dings and dents) no matter the degree of workload. That said, there are still different choices regarding the material, quality and budget of steel benches.
In this article, we will exclusively talk about the different types of stainless steels that are used for making commercial grade stainless steel benches and the costs and the respective qualities associated with workbenches made of these different materials.
First, let’s talk about the lower-priced options: 18-gauge stainless steel and the type 430 stainless steel. The 18-gauge steel makes for a good budget choice. It is not as durable as 16- and 14-gauge steel benches. However, for certain uses, a worktable made of 18 gauge steel will work fine enough. For example, if you need a smaller general workspace for sorting items; for preparing veggies, salads, sandwiches; for mixing the veggies or other foodstuff, an 18 gauge steel table will work just fine.
Pretty much the same is true for benches made of type 430 steel. The fact that this particular variety of stainless steel includes a degree of chromium and iron means that it is not too good when it comes to resistance to corrosion. However, for lighter uses and for use in places with little susceptibility to corrosion, a type 430 stainless steel worktable would be quite alright.
Now, to move to costlier options, you can choose between 16-gauge, 14-gauge and type 304 stainless steel. A 16-gauge bench is a great choice in terms of quality and affordability. If you want a workbench for versatile use, choose a 16-gauge steel bench as these benches will be compatible with most everyday commercial kitchen applications. If you want a still higher degree of quality and durability, then you should opt for a 14-gauge stainless steel worktable. These heavy-duty steel benches will last you years and then years, no matter how hard or rough the applications are. It is little surprise, then, that large butcher shops normally opt for this type.
Finally, we have the type 304 steel tables which are perhaps the most popular type among restaurant and kitchen owners. This type of stainless steel contains little carbon whereas chromium and nickel levels are quite high. This combination does not only make the steel extremely high-resistance, but also ideal for heavy-duty utilization.