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Traits To Assess When You Shop For A Dish Table

by Julio Myers

A restaurant kitchen has a number of stainless steel units throughout it, including prep tables, appliances, and more. If you're remodeling an existing commercial kitchen or setting one up for the first time, an essential piece of stainless steel restaurant equipment to buy is a dish table. This is a specialized table that sits next to your commercial dishwasher. A lot of restaurants have multiple dish tables that they use in different ways. A common layout is to have one of these tables on each side of the dishwasher, which will allow you to hold dirty dishes on one and clean dishes on the other. Here are some traits to consider when you shop for a dish table.


One of the first things to do when you begin to shop for a stainless steel dish table is to confirm the height of your commercial dishwasher. It's imperative to choose a dish table that has an equal height to the dishwasher so that you can easily slide racks of dirty or clean dishes between the table and the dishwasher. If these two surfaces were of a different height, you'd need to physically lift the heavy rack of dishes each time. Dish tables are available in several heights, so you should not have trouble getting a height that suits your dishwasher.

Backsplash Size

Dish tables commonly have a backsplash behind them. This feature is especially important when you're handling dirty dishes on the table. The last thing that you want is for debris from these dishes to run off the back of the table and make a mess on the wall and the floor, so having a backsplash will minimize this risk. You'll see dish tables with different backsplash sizes. Some are very tall, which will do a good job of preventing spills, while others are shorter. A shorter backsplash may be necessary if there are shelves on the wall above where you'll be placing the dish table.

Lip Size

You'll see that most dish tables have a raised lip on their front edge. It's much shorter than the backsplash, and designed to prevent dishes from sliding off onto the floor when the dish table is crowded. A taller lip will contain stacks of dishes, but also require your staff to lift the dishes higher to set them on the top of the table. A shorter lip is easier to lift heavy things over, but doesn't contain stacks of dishes as well. Think about what lip size will suit you and your staff best.

Contact a local stainless steel restaurant equipment supply store to learn more.