MetroMax Shelving Systems

A Buyers' Guide to Metro Polymer Shelving

Metro MetroMax shelving systems are constructed from a plastic called polymer, which does not rust or corrode like metal, but offers comparable strength and durability. Metro's polymer shelving systems are versatile, easy to clean, and feature an antimicrobial compound that protects against bacterial growth.

When choosing a Metro shelving unit, consider the weight of the items that will be stored, your budget, and your desired configuration. All of the MetroMax shelving systems are offered as stationary, mobile, and track units, but only one set can be wall mounted. Read more about Metro polymer shelving to determine which system will best fit your operation's needs.

Good: MetroMax Q

The best of both worlds, this economical wire and polymer shelving hybrid offers the strength of wire shelving, a rust-resistant epoxy coating, and polymer shelf mats for a strong, cleanable storage solution. This durable combination provides the strength of steel with a rigid platform for heavy loads, with capacities as high as 800 pounds per shelf. Unlike other shelving systems, the MetroMax Q® features the unique ability to easily adjust shelves with just a flip of your finger to accommodate the changes of storage needs. That's thanks to unique collars that are lever-activated, so they are far easier to use than traditional two-piece collars. Removable, open-grid shelf mats are included that allow for air circulation to help keep products fresh. The mats can be easily cleaned in a sink or commercial dish machine. Microban® Antimicrobial Product Protection is integrated into the mats, posts, and frames to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew that can cause odors and product degradation. Choose the MetroMax Q if you need a durable alternative to traditional wire shelving at an economical price.

  • 15-year warranty against rust and corrosion
  • Shelves can hold 800 pounds (2,000 pounds per stationary unit; 1,000 pounds per mobile unit)
  • Includes easy-to-clean, removable, open-grid shelf mats
  • Shelves adjust easily and quickly without tools in 1-inch increments
  • Mobile, stationary, and track systems available
  • Temperature range: -20 to 125 degrees F continuous use, with intermittent exposure to 200 degrees F for cleaning

Better: MetroMax 4

This shelving system features an all-polymer construction that is proven to resist impacts, rust, and corrosion, and can withstand exposure to moisture, chemicals, and harsh environments. The unique corner design and rigid four-sided shelf frame of MetroMax 4™ units ensure strength, stability, and structural integrity. Open-grid, lift-off shelf mats are available that promote air flow, while solid mats help contain spills and serve as a barrier against contaminants from below when used on the bottom shelf. Both removable shelf mats feature built-in edges on each end to help contain supplies. Shelf mats and frames have built-in Microban protection to keep them "cleaner between cleanings." At an outstanding value, the MetroMax 4 is an affordable investment that provides a higher level of performance, priced between the coated wire alternative of MetroMax Q and the leading all-polymer MetroMax I. Choose the MetroMax 4 if you're looking for a polymer shelving system that's affordable, durable, and easy to maintain.

  • Lifetime warranty against rust and corrosion
  • Shelves can hold as much as 600 pounds (2,000 pounds per stationary unit; 750 pounds per mobile unit)
  • Includes easy-to-clean, removable shelf mats in open grid or solid designs
  • Shelves are adjustable in 1-inch increments to allow for efficient organization of vertical space
  • Mobile, stationary, and track system configurations available
  • Temperature range: -20 to 120 degrees F continuous use, with intermittent exposure to 212 degrees F for cleaning

Best: MetroMax I

The premium end of the MetroMax shelving system, the MetroMax I® offers a strong storage solution that provides reliable, long-lasting durability and performance. This shelving unit delivers stability with its advanced polymer construction and Type 304 stainless steel corners, while also providing protection against rust, corrosion, moisture, chemicals, and harsh environments. For space-saving versatility, four different configurations are possible, including stationary, mobile, track shelving, and wall-mounted options. Stainless steel corner connections with a rigid four-sided frame with center truss ensure maximum stability and strength in all configurations. Microban, an antibacterial compound, protects against odor- and degradation-causing bacteria and mold, while the smooth, flat surfaces protect packaged products on shelves against damage and are easy to wipe clean. Sectioned open-grid shelf mats promote air circulation, while one-piece solid mats prevent spills from falling on lower levels and protect items on the bottom shelf from dirt off the floor; these mats are removable for easy cleaning by hand or in a dishwasher. Choose MetroMax I if you're looking for the ultimate storage solution that excels in strength, convenience, versatility, and cleanability, or if you're looking for a wall-mounted storage solution.

  • Lifetime warranty against rust and corrosion
  • Shelves hold up to 800 pounds (2,000 pounds per stationary unit; 1,000 pounds per mobile unit)
  • Included shelf mats are available in sectioned open-grid design or one-piece solid design
  • Shelves can be adjusted in 1-inch increments to ensure efficient use of space
  • Mobile, stationary, and track systems, and wall-mount configurations are available
  • Temperature range: -20 to 120 degrees F continuous use, with intermittent exposure to 212 degrees F for cleaning

For convenient interchangeability, all MetroMax shelves are compatible with all other MetroMax shelving systems.