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Comprehensive Buyer’s Guide To Sinks, Wash Troughs And Basins

Are you in search of a new sink? If so, you are in the right place. We have compiled this comprehensive guide to sinks, basins and wash troughs for you.

We will be covering various accessories and materials, in addition to different kinds of sinks that are available in today’s market.

Whether it is for janitorial, specialized or handwashing purposes, you will find relevant information here in our guide.



Although sinks come in a number of different colors, sizes, and shapes, there are just three major materials that they are made from vitreous china, solid surface, and stainless steel.


Stainless Steel

This is a very strong material, which makes it resistant to vandalism and long-lasting. Although stainless steel is a metal, it is resistant to rust, due to it having a thin chromium oxide surface layer.

Stainless steel is excellent for industrial applications. However, many individuals are put off by their appearance, and describe it as being ‘prison-like’ or ‘clinical.’ However, there are stainless steel wash troughs that are available in various colors that can blend in with any facility or home decor.


Solid surface

This is a man-made material that is comprised of naturally occurring pigments and minerals that are suspended within a resinous binding agent. The material looks like stone but also can be formed into numerous different shapes.

The versatility, in addition to its anti-fungal and water-resistant properties, makes it perfect to use for wash troughs. Sleek, modern designs in a wide array of colors can also be made using solid surface


Vitreous China

This material is a very tough specially coated ceramic that has a glassy finish. Numerous individuals mistakenly think that porcelain and vitreous china are two separate materials.

Actually, vitreous china is a porcelain treated with enamel coating. The classic material is attractive and durable – although unlike stainless steel and solid surface. It is prone to chipping and cracks.


Handwash Sinks

There are two major handwash sink options: wash troughs and individual basis. They each have advantages and disadvantages, which we will discuss below.



Handwashing basins may be made out of vitreous china or stainless steel. They are well-suited for smaller facilities that have low levels of traffic since only one user can be accommodated at a time. Corner washbasins are also available for washrooms that have a limited amount of space.


Wash Troughs

These are basically communal sinks that accommodate several users at once. They can be made out of stainless steel or a solid surface material. Since wash troughs are larger, it is impractical to use vitreous china to make them out of.

Wash troughs are well–suited for larger facilities with high amounts of traffic.


Utility Sinks

This type of sink is designed to make things easier for janitors and cleaners. Utility sinks are often made out of stainless steel. They can be used to wash equipment and are ideal for professional kitchens, factories, and hospitals.


Specialist sinks

These sinks are designed to perform specific tasks. For example, laboratory sinks are used to clean lab equipment. They are more resistant than ordinary sinks to spills from corrosive substances such as acids.

The purpose of a dental sink is to dispose of biological waste and must conform to stringent industry standards. Hosptial sinks are for preparing plaster used in casts and for washing appliances.

The purpose of a specialist hairdresser sink is to washing customers’ hair. They may be equipped with a handheld hose and have an ergonomically contoured edge.



Purchasing a sink is all well and good. However, unless you have taps to fill the sink you are not going to get very far. There are many different types taps that are available for sinks, including the following:

– Child-Friendly Taps
– Infra-Red Taps
– Time Flow Taps
– Wall Mounted Bib Taps
– Cross Head Taps
– Lever Taps



As you can see, there are many different types of sinks, wash troughs and basins that you can purchase. They are available in many different designs, sizes, materials, and colors.  They may be used for a wide range of purposes and venues. It is important to consider what your specific needs are before purchasing a sink to ensure it meets all of your needs.