For food trucks, sinks are very crucial to all business process. From preparing meals to washing dishes, the importance of sinks can never be underestimated. Food truck sinks like those found in brick and mortar restaurants are always expected to meet some basic standards. These specifications are in most cases the same for both restaurants and food trucks.

Factors to Consider Before Installing a Sink

According to regulations, installed sinks are expected to have three compartments including a washing hand sink. All compartments are used for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing equipment, cooking utensils, and other tableware that are on board the food truck. Also have it in mind that sink compartments are expected to be of a size that can accommodate large equipment such as pans and cooking pots.

If your food truck is properly designed, it is expected to already have designated areas where food leftovers are rinsed and scrapped into the garbage disposal system. Washing of used kitchen utensils with detergent can then be done in the first sink compartment.

Water and detergent used are expected to be replaced when they appear dirty and suds can no longer be seen. Do not forget that water temperature in the first compartment should be kept at 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The second compartment is designed for rinsing utensils after washing.

This compartment is also expected to always have sufficient water to clean and remove detergent from utensils when they are immersed. The third and final compartment will sanitize items after washing and rinsing. In the United States, the water temperature is expected to be at least 171 degrees, items to be sanitized is expected to be submerged for at least 30 seconds, and all items are to be air dried on a clean board.

The hand – washing sink is always smaller than the other three compartments since it is meant for washing hands only. Food handlers are expected to wash their hands frequently to avoid contaminating food while working. Sinks are available in many shapes, sizes, colours, and materials to meet the needs of the user, space, and style of the truck.

The national average cost of installing a sink ranges from $200 to $1,000. For example, installing a drop – in, double – bowl kitchen sink in an existing counter should cost about $400.

When planning your commercial kitchen layout, it’s important to factor in what type of kitchen sink you will need for your space. The material of the sink you buy is also just as important as its number of compartments and size. All compartment sinks are made of stainless steel to ensure long – lasting durability, but there are different grades of steel used.

You will often find compartment sinks made of either 430 – stainless steel or 304 – stainless steel. Type 430 contains no nickel, but type 304 does contain a percentage of nickel. Both alloys are resistant to corrosion and food safe, though 304 is not magnetic and generally considered higher quality.

What is the Best Small 3 Compartment Sink for Food Truck?

Most city and state health and safety regulations require a three – compartment sink and hand sink with hot running water on all food trucks. All this must fit in a space that can only be as long as 18 – 1/2 feet! However, to help you with making good choices, here are top 3 compartment Sinks to consider for your truck.

1. Win – Holt WS3T1532LD18 Three Compartment Meat Department Sink with Left – Hand Drainboard 69 – 1/2” x 37 – 1/2”

This sink allows your staff to perform up to three tasks simultaneously. This sink is designed with (3) deep fabricated bowls for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing dishes while its 18” drain board provides extra space for drying and food prep.

In addition, thanks to its backsplash and rolled edges, splashes and liquid overflow are contained maintaining a clean workstation. Made from all welded 16 gauge stainless steel with cross bracing, this rust – resistant three – compartment sink will endure years of use while its adjustable feet ensure stability.

2. Omcan (FMA) 22114 Three Compartment Pot Sink

This is ideal for use in commercial kitchens with limited space. Featuring three compartments, this unit is designed for standard washing, rinsing, and sanitizing. Owing to its drain guards, it catches excess particles and waste, lowering the risk of clogging. Exceptionally durable, this pot sink is made from rust resistant 18 gauge stainless steel while its removable 16 gauge galvanized legs ensure optimum stability.

  • 18 gauge stainless steel
  • Three compartments
  • Faucet holes are 8” on center
  • Includes drain guards
  • 16 gauge galvanized legs
  • Drain board not included
  • NSF listed
  • Conforms to CSA Standards
  • Made in China
  • Drain pipe dimensions: 3”
  • Drain size: 1 – 4/5” for corner drain
  • Sink size: 18” x 18” x 11”
  • Dimensions: 59” x 23 – 1/2” x 44”
  • 180 day warranty

3. Win – Holt WS3T10142D12 Win – Fab Three Compartment Sink with Two Drain boards 58 – 1/2” x 19 – 1/2”.

This sink is designed with (3) deep bowls and is great for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing dishes. Owing to its two drain boards, this sink provides plenty of space for drying dinnerware and food prep tasks.

However, to maintain a well – contained workstation, this sink is built with a 6” backsplash and has rolled edges to prevent splashes and overflow. Made from all welded 16 gauge stainless steel, this three – compartment sink is exceptionally durable while its adjustable feet ensure stability.

  • All welded 16 gauge stainless steel construction
  • Three compartment
  • (3) 12” deep fabricated bowls with covered corners
  • Backsplash with 45 degree return 6”
  • (2) drain boards integrally welded to sink 12”
  • Rolled edges
  • Cross bracing for heavy duty support and stability
  • Equipped with stainless steel gussets, stainless steel legs, and stainless steel clad adjustable feet for levelling
  • NSF listed
  • HACCP Helper
  • Bowl size: 10” x 14”
  • Dimensions: 58 – 1/2” L x 19 – 1/2” W
  • Lifetime warranty against rust

4. Omcan (FMA) 22116 Three Compartment Pot Sink with Right Drain Board

This sink is a must – have in any commercial kitchen. This product is made from rust resistant 18 gauge stainless steel that withstands years of use. Boasting three compartments, this unit is perfect for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing while its right drain board provides enough space for drying dishes.

Convenient to use, it has pre – cut holes to easily accommodate wall mounted faucets and a corner drain with drain guards to catch excess waste, preventing clogging. For outstanding stability, this pot sink is supported by 16 gauge galvanized legs.

5. Omcan (FMA) 25270 Three Compartment Pot Sink

This sink boasts of ample space to accommodate your manual ware washing requirements. Constructed from 18 gauge stainless steel, this product is rust – resistant and exceptionally durable to withstand the rigors of commercial use. Also note that this item conforms to CSA standards to ensure excellent product quality and safety.

For added convenience, this piece comes with faucet holes and 16 gauge galvanized legs to make set up hassle – free. To avoid clogging, this sink includes drain guards which prevent food and debris from clogging up the drain. Easy to clean and maintain, this NSF listed three compartment pot sink is an excellent addition to any professional kitchen.

6. Win – Holt WS3T14162D12 Win – Fab Three Compartment with Two Drain boards 70 – 1/2” L x 21 – 1/2”

This is great addition to any commercial establishment, this sink has (3) 12” deep fabricated bowls and 12” left and right drain boards for extra space. The 6” high backsplash and rolled edges of this sink help contain splashes and overflow, maintaining a clean workstation. Constructed with durability and stability in mind, this all – welded three – compartment sink is made from 16 gauge stainless steel with adjustable feet for levelling.

  • All welded 16 gauge stainless steel construction
  • Three compartment
  • (3) 12” deep fabricated bowls with covered corners
  • Backsplash with 45 degree return 6”
  • (2) drain boards integrally welded to sink 12”
  • Rolled edges
  • Cross bracing for heavy duty support and stability
  • Equipped with stainless steel gussets, stainless steel legs, and stainless steel clad adjustable feet for levelling
  • NSF listed
  • HACCP Helper
  • Bowl size: 14” x 16”
  • Dimensions: 70 – 1/2” L x 21 – 1/2” W
  • Lifetime warranty against rust

Conclusion

Although the three compartment sink is one of the most common sink layouts in the industry, you can also choose between one, two and four compartment sinks. However, once you have your compartment sink installed and in use, it is important to clean the stainless steel properly, regardless of the type of sink you own, to ensure that your sink will last for years to come.

Solomon. O'Chucks