The thickness of steel
The thickness of steel is measured in mm and given a gauge number. In general, the lower the gauge number, the thicker the steel and the more durable it’ll be. However, there are some instances where stainless steel can be folded — although this’ll make it thinner, it’ll actually make it stronger. The different thicknesses available for stainless steel catering equipment include:
18 gauge – this is your economy level stainless steel. It’s lower in cost, 1.24mm thick and usually used for wall shelves, under shelves, tables etc.
16 gauge – the most popular choice due to its heavy thickness at 1.65mm. Used mostly for sink units and induction worktops.
14 gauge – is very thick at 2.11mm. It’s smooth, durable and hard to damage, making it preferable for butchers’ kitchens.
Although the thickness of the steel is important, it’s most effective when paired with the right grade and finish. Make sure you consider each piece of equipment in your kitchen – think about its usage, purpose, and desired lifespan to find the right combination.