Updated: Apr 23
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.
So to help you choose the right one I have selected 4 of the best portable hand washing stations suitable for a wide range of indoor and outdoor 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 built from food grade materials such as stainless steel or high-density polyethylene (HDP).
What are mobile hand wash 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 for camping or in locations such as schools, building sites and anywhere there is no fixed water supply.
1. WISAMIC Portable Sink
Foot pump activated
Weight 4.5kg (dry weight)
Integrated liquid soap dispenser
light-weight/easy to transport
Liquid soap dispenser
Relatively small water capacity
Doesn't come with a waste water tank
First on the list is the best value WISAMIC Portable hand wash Sink.
It's on wheels which makes it easy to transport and has an foot operated pump for water dispensing which improves hygiene as you don't have to physically use your hands to activate.
It also has a very useful hand soap/sanitizing dispenser integrated into the unit. This is a cost effective feature as hand sanitizers/soaps dispensers are often stand alone units that come with an extra cost.
However, the main two downsides with this product, is it has a relatively low water capacity which means you may need to refill more regularly.
It also does not come with a waste water tank, which means you will need to buy a separate container to catch the dirty water.
2. ZHUOFU Portable Hand Wash Station
Liquid soap dispenser
24 L Waste water tank
Weight - 5.1kg
Waste water tank
Holders for towel and paper
Relatively Small capacity
The ZHUOFU Portable Hand Wash Station is the best all-rounder in terms of product features you get for the cost of the unit.
Like the previous hand wash station it has an integrated soap/sanitizer dispenser built in and comes with wheels for easy transportation.
However with this product you also get a large 24 litre waste water tank, which means you don't have to buy a separate tank and it has a paper/towel holder for drying hands.
Being the best all-rounder the only drawback with this product is compared to some portable handwashing stations on the market it has a relatively small clean water capacity.
3. Tasty Trotter Hand Wash Unit
Weight - 5 kg
2 x soap/sanitiser dispenser
Large capacity for size and price
Keeps water warm for 6 hours
Needs additional surface
No separate waste container
The Tasty Trotter Hand Wash Unit is a lightweight and very portable unit.
It has a temperature gauge, keeps water warm at a suitable level for over 6 hours, has a decent water capacity of 19 litres and a carry handle for easy transportation.
It also has 2 hand washing dispensers attached so you can have one for soap and another for sanitising gel for extra hygiene.
However, there are a few downsides with this portable hand wash unit.
The first is that it does not have a base unit which means you need to put it onto a raised surface, in turn taking up more space.
And Second, it is not sold with a dirty water container, which means you will need to buy one separately.
4. Tasty Trotter Hand Wash Station
23-litre waste water container
Hand/paper towel holder
2 x soap/sanitizer dispensers
2 x soap/sanitizer dispensers
Large waste water tank
Large water capacity
No increase in water capacity from smaller model
Last on the list is the Tasty Trotter Hand Wash Station which is an upgrade to the smaller Tasty Trotter and offers additional features.
Like its smaller counterpart this unit comes with 2 x soap/sanitizer dispenser built in and a 19 litre water capacity.
With the upgrade you also get a integrated waste water container and a paper/towel holder in a easily transportable compact looking design.
The main negative with this product is that there isn't an increase in water capacity or many extra features for the additional cost.
If you are on a budget and need a portable hand washing station I definitely recommend going for the best value WISAMIC Portable Sink.
For the price, it has most of the features you need for portable hand hygiene where there isn't a fixed water source.
Is doesn't come with a dirty water container but you can get a large inexpensive plastic container to resolve this.
If on the other hand you have a bit more to spend and want a waste water container that is purpose built for the product I recommend the best all-rounder ZHUOFU Portable Hand Wash Station.
It has a 24 litre container for catching dirty hand washing water and an additional paper/towel holder.