Finding the right work tables for your business is pivotal to your kitchen's efficiency. They come in dozens of sizes with a variety of options, including undershelves and backsplashes, and can have square, rounded, or countertop corners to accommodate virtually every need. If you know the specific properties of the kitchen work table you'd like to purchase, our work table selection tool will quickly locate all of the tables that meet your specifications and, to make sure you take care of your valuable stainless steel, be sure to check out the stainless steel care guide!
18 Gauge stainless steel kitchen tables are often referred to as budget work tables or economy work tables because 18 gauge stainless steel is lighter and less expensive than other types. But depending on what you plan on using the worktable for, an 18 gauge model might be just fine! These kitchen work tables are great for sandwich or salad preparation, sorting items, or just for use as general work space! They are more susceptible to dents and dings, so keep that in mind if you're going to be tossing heavy items onto them or will be doing a lot of pounding and chopping.
16 Gauge commercial work tables are an excellent solution for food service professionals seeking both quality and affordability when adding a stainless steel kitchen table to their operation. Combining a higher level of durability over an 18 gauge model with a price that won't break your budget, these tables are a great all-around option. You'll find that many of our Regency brand tables are made of 16 gauge stainless steel, offering a perfect upgrade from an 18 gauge budget design.
14 Gauge stainless steel kitchen work tables, like the Spec Line Series from Regency or Advance Tabco, are the closest you can get to custom fabrication in terms of durability and quality. 14 gauge tables are often the table of choice for a butcher since they can withstand the repeated heavy blows of a cleaver or meat tenderizer without denting.
Type 304 is one of the most common types of stainless steel used for commercial work tables due to its high resistance to corrosion and rust. With its low carbon content and high levels of chromium and nickel, this type of stainless steel offers superior durability that can withstand the rigors of daily use in any commercial environment. It's also easy to sanitize, making it ideal for busy kitchens.
Type 430 stainless steel is a lower grade of steel that contains chromium and iron, making it less resistant to corrosion than type 304 stainless steel, yet still ideal for environments with mild corrosion susceptibility. A low cost alternative to type 304 work tables, type 430 work tables are perfect for performing basic tasks such as preparing fruits and vegetables, mixing ingredients, and plating meals.
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Once you've settled on a gauge, you'll see there are still a lot of options to consider! Let's look at some of the most common commercial work table options.
Whether you want an open base work table or one with an undershelf depends on your specific needs. For example, open base commercial work tables are nice if you'd like to keep a rolling ingredient bin or two close at hand since they'll roll right under the table. A work table with an undershelf provides a convenient place for small appliances or food storage boxes. Some of our worktables with undershelves also come with a backsplash. Our Regency commercial work tables are available in all of these styles.
If you're looking for a work table with undershelf, you can choose between a galvanized steel undershelf or stainless steel undershelf.
Tables with galvanized undershelves usually also come with galvanized steel legs and plastic bullet feet, and are more popular mainly because they cost a bit less than an all stainless steel table.
If you plan on positioning your commercial work table up against a wall, it's a good idea to choose one with a backsplash to protect the wall from drips and splashes, making cleanup easier. More economical work tables might come with a 1½" high backsplash, while higher end, heavier duty tables are available with a 5" or even 10" high backsplash.
Square / Flat Edge: Some commercial work tables, like our Regency models, have squared-off edges on all four sides. This makes it easy to place several work tables right next to each other.
Rounded Edge / Bullnose Edge: Many of our Advance Tabco work tables have a rounded front and rear edge, with square side edges. The rounded front edge is easier to clean while the square sides still allow easy side-by-side placement.
Countertop / Marine Edge: Some of our premium Spec Line Advance Tabco tables feature a countertop (sometimes called marine) edge, which places a drip-containing ridge around the perimeter of the work surface.
Poly Top Work Tables: A poly topped work table is a good choice for butcher shops, bakeries, meat counters, food processing plants, and delis since the top doubles as a cutting board!
Wood Top Work Tables: Bakers often choose wood work table tops for their bakery. Many wood top baker's tables feature 4" high "risers" to help keep flour and other ingredients on the table when preparing dough or other baked goods. Coved (rounded) corners enable easier cleanup.
We offer all sorts of work table accessories to help you get the most out of your purchase! Some of the most popular are:
If you want to add casters to your work table yet maintain the same working height, or have some shorter staff members where a lower table would help them work more comfortably, we can help! For an extra fee when ordering any of our in-stock work tables, our warehouse workers will cut the table legs down to help you achieve the exact height you are looking for.