Stainless Steel Bench Comparison - Zeta, Novel, Amici, Gridiron - Architectural Benches

Stainless Steel benches, also known as architectural steel benches, are becoming increasingly popular for their aesthetic beauty, strength, and longevity compared to wooden benches.   The stainless steel bench can be used as bedroom benches, an entry bench or hall bench, a dining room bench or dining bench, and increasingly as a mud room bench for the home.  For businesses they are perfect in common areas, can be used in museums as viewing benches and will last longer than a wooden bench or upholstered bench.  The stainless steel is a perfect look for a modern bench. 

There are 4 major manufacturers of these benches at this time and this stainless steel bench comparison page is our summary of a detailed review of each bench. We bought a bench from each manufacturer and the summary is below with links to the full review.  We currently sell 3 of these based on our findings.  We hope you find this review page helpful and as always we would love to hear your feedback. 


Zeta Bench

Novel Bench

Amici Bench

Gridiron Bench

Zeta Bench - 3 sizes - Brushed or Polished Stainless Steel

Highly Recommended: The Zeta Stainless Steel bench is the only one available in 3 sizes and 2 finishes. It is also the only one that is a full 18" high and it does not use nor require spacers which makes the Zeta have a more sleek, modern look over the others.

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Novel Stainless Steel Bench in Brushed Stainless Steel

Recommended with Reservations:  We like the Novel but it is a bit limited with only 1 finish and only 2 sizes...a 5ft version is not available.  The acrylic spacers are also strange and take away from the overall look in our opinion.

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Amici Stainless Steel Bench in Brushed Finish

Recommended with Reservations: The Amici is nearly identical to the Novel with 1 finish, 2 sizes, and the use of acrylic spacers.  It is priced a bit differently but is essentially the same bench as the Novel.

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Not recommended:  The Gridiron bench is only available in a polished finish but all 3 sizes.  It uses steel spacers on the legs which if done right would look better than acrylic spacers.  The main problem we have is quality.  The one we tested had terrible welding and was only spot welded which concerns us from a durability perspective.


Alphaville Design


Nuevo Living

East End Imports

Colors / Finishes

Brushed and Polished




Sizes (WxDxH)

Large: 59" x 15" x 18"
Medium:  47" x 15" x 18"
Small:  16" x 15" x 18"
Medium:  46.5" x 15.3" x 16.5"
Small:  15.7" x 15.3" x 16.5"
Medium:  47.25" x 15.75" x 16.5"
Small:  15.75" x 15.75" x 16.5"
Large: 59" x 15.5" x 16.5"
Medium: 46.5" x 15.5" x 16.5"
Small: 20" x 15.5" x 16.5"

Seat Height

18" 16.5" 16.5" 16.5"


Large - 55 lbs
Medium - 44 lbs
Small - 29 lbs

Medium - 58 lbs
Small - 34 lbs

Medium - 45 lbs
Small - 27 lbs

Large - Unknown
Medium - Unknown
Small - Unknown

Floor Protectors

Yes Yes Yes Yes


None Needed Acrylic Spacers Acrylic Spacers Steel Spacers


1 year 1 year 1 year Unknown


Brushed Steel
Large - $449
Medium - $399
Small - $349

Polished Steel
Large - $499
Medium - $449
Small - $399


Brushed Only
Medium - $499
Small -  - $399


Brushed Only
Medium - $546
Small - $388.50


Polished Only
Large - $549
Medium - $499
Small - $399