24 gauge steam table pans are great for owners needing lots of pans and needing them for a great price. 24 gauge steam pans (hotel pans) differ from the 22 gauge steam pans in that they are a lighter grade of stainless steel. Remember that when talking about stainless steel, the higher the number, the lighter it is. If you need a large quantity of pans and it doesn't really matter how long they last, these are perfect! If you want pans that last a really long time and the cost is not a factor... go with the 22 gauge, you can really feel the difference.