5 Best Portable Hand Wash Stations For Events 2020
Updated: Aug 28
The best portable handwashing stations when a fixed water supply is in short demand
When you are at an event, whether it's a festival or exhibition it is important to have a source of running hot water for handwashing.
This is especially important if you are a mobile caterer and is in fact a legal requirement in the UK.
However, at most events, you will often find a fixed water supply is in short supply. This is where portable handwashing stations come in.
They can be easily transported around on wheels and either operated by a foot pump or infra-red foot activated.
So to help you choose the right one I have selected 5 of the best portable hand washing stations based on a few different factors which are suitable for a wide range of events.
How the products have been selected
All of the mobile handwashing stations on the list were chosen based on three main criteria:
Handwashing stations can weight over 30kg so you need a model that is easy to transport between location.
Ease of use
When you are setting up equipment for an event you want to make it as quick and easy as possible.
This means choosing a portable handwashing unit that is pretty much ready to go.
You want a mobile handwashing station that is a commercial grade, preferably made from stainless steel, and built to last.
What are mobile handwash stations are suitable for?
All of the mobile handwashing stations on the list are suitable for a range of mobile events where there is no fixed water supply.
This list is not exhaustive and these products can also be used in locations such as schools, building sites and anywhere there is no fixed water supply.
Burco Portable Hand Wash Sink
230V, 13 Amp power
light-weight/easy to transport
Infra-red foot-activated dispenser
Small water capacity
First on the list is the portable and very lightweight Burco portable handwash sink.
It's on wheels which makes it easy to transport and has an infra-red activated mechanism for water dispensing.
This improves hygiene as you don't have to physically use your hands to activate.
The one downside with this product, however, is it has a relatively low water capacity and can become a pain if you have to keep refilling when you have other priorities.
IMC Mobile Hand Wash Station (backsplash)
Foot-activated, infra-red operated tap
13amp power supply
Weight - 31kg
Has a backsplash
Holders for hand wash and paper towels
One of the main things I like about this mobile hand washing station is that it has a backsplash.
This means it has holders for hand sanitizers and paper towels for drying hands and protects against dirty water splashes over walls and other surfaces
This can be particularly useful especially when you are working on other peoples premises and don't want to messy their walls.
This model also has a temperature gauge which protects against scolding if the water becomes too hot.
However, the two main downsides with the IMC portable hand wash basin is that like the previous model it only has a 10-litre capacity and for its water capacity is relatively heavy at 31kg.
Parry Stainless Steel Mobile Sink
Foot pump operated
13amp power supply
Weight - 26.50kg
Increased water capacity
Foot pump operated (good for when there no power source)
This model of portable handwash unit for events has an increased water holding capacity of 15 litres which means more hand washes between refills.
It also has an infra-red foot-activated water dispenser which is a feature I quite like as it can be quite responsive.
However, unlike the previous IMC model, it doesn't have a backsplash, which I find a very useful product feature.
Tasty Trotter Hand Wash Unit
Weight - 5 kg
built-in soap dispenser
Large capacity for size and price
Good for when there's no electric
No moving parts meaning less likely to break
Water only stays at required hand-washing temp. for 6 hours
Need additionals surface to put on
Need to buy separate waste container (jerry can)
This portable hand wash unit is great if you are on a budget and a good low-end solution for hygiene at events.
It has a temperature gauge so you know how hot the water is, a decent water capacity of 19 litres and is very lightweight considering its water capacity.
It also doesn't need a fixed power supply which is good for when there is no power onsite or you need to minimize power consumption.
Moreover, because it doesn't have any moving parts, such as a pump or electrical components, it's less likely to break down.
However, there are three downsides to this portable hand wash unit I need to point out.
The first is that it only keeps water at the required handwashing temperate for up to 6 hours.
This can become a problem if your using it for a large event and there is nowhere in the building to heat water.
Second, it is not made from stainless steel which makes it slightly harder to clean.
And third, it is not sold with a dirty water container, which means you will need to buy one separately.
IMC Mobile Hand Wash Station
Foot pump operated
Weight - 27.4 kg
Works with no electric
Foot pumps can be less responsive
Last on the list is the IMC mobile hand washing station and at 20-litre capacity is the largest on the list and probably one of the largest on the market.
One of the main features I like most about this model is that it is foot-pump operated. This means it can be used if there is no electrical supply on the premises.
It also, like the other IMC handwashing model it also has a backsplash.
I'm struggling to find any negatives with this model as it ticks all the boxes in terms of features for what you need from a mobile hand wash station for catering or events.
The one thing I would say is that infra-red foot-activated mobile sink units are a bit more responsive in my experience compared to foot pump operated models.
If you are on a budget and need a portable hand washing station for small events I definitely recommend going for the small Tasty Trotter mobile handwash unit.
For the price, it has some good features and is very lightweight meaning one less piece of equipment you have to worry about transporting between events.
If however, you intend to do larger events you may want to consider a mobile hand wash station with a larger water capacity.
In that case, I suggest going for the Parry stainless steel mobile sink.
At 15 litres it doesn't have the largest capacity but what it does have is a good compromise between mid-range capacity and an infra-red activated foot pump (this type of pump can be more responsive).
But if you really like the backsplash feature then its the IMC portable handwashing unit models.