Dishtable Buyers Guide


Dishtables are used in commercial dishwashing areas to keep clean and dirty dishes separate as well as for prepping dishes to be washed in a commercial dish washer. Dishtables can also play a role in the drying of the dishes.


Dishtables come in left to right or right to left designs as well as several shape varieties to better fit your dish room design. The shape of dishtable that is best for your dish room depends on your dish room design and the space available.

Straight – Straight dishtables feature a simple, straight design and are also called Standard dishtables.

U-Shaped - This dishtable design makes it possible to prepare dishes for washing in a small area as the dishtable features 2 "turns", creating the U-like shape it is named after.

L-Shaped – L shaped dishtables are shaped with a 90 degree turn in the middle of the unit and are ideal for fitting close to walls or in smaller dish rooms.

Undercounter – These dishtables are designed specifically to fit undercounter dishwasher models.

Material & Gauges

Stainless steel is used in the manufacturing of dishtables due to its durability and corrosion resistance. Although stainless steel is more durable, be sure to take extra care in cleaning up any areas that have come in contact with acidic foods. This will help extend the life of your dishtable.

The gauge, or the thickness, of the dishtable’s construction will let you know how durable the dishtable will be. The lower the dishtable gauge, the thicker the metal. In most cases, dishtables come in 14 or 16 gauge as 18 gauge would not be able to adequately hold up to the pressure of frequent use.

While many opt for the more durable All Stainless dishtable models, there are also Supersaver dishtable models. These tables still feature a stainless steel top but are made more affordable by the addition of galvanized steel legs instead of stainless steel legs. Super Saver dishtables come in both gauges with 16 gauge models being a less expensive choice.


Dishtables come in 2 separate types. Although both types feature a raised edge to contain liquids and look very similar, they’re used for different utilizations.

Soiled – A soiled dishtable is placed on the “entrance side of the commercial dishwasher. This table is used to prep dirty dishes for washing and can sometimes feature a sink.Clean – Once clean dishes exit the commercial dish washer, their destination is the clean dishtable. The clean dishtable keeps water that comes off of the dishes from draining onto the floor.


Accessories can be added to your dishtable or dish area to increase the efficiency of the unit.

Drainage Shelf – These shelves, usually wall mounted over the dish table, feature a tubular design that allows water to drain though the shelf. Sorting Shelf – These shelves come in solid and tubular designs. Sorting shelves also help aid in the dish training process. Standard sorting shelves can hold anywhere from 1 to 4 racks of dishes.
Pre Rinse Basket – A pre-rinse basket keeps larger bits of food from entering the drain and helps to prevent clogging.
Pre Rinse Faucet – Ideal for spraying down dirty dishes before their final cleaning in the commercial dish machine.

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