What kind of material is good for bathroom accessories?

Update: 02-04-2021

Currently on the market, the main materials of pendants […]

Currently on the market, the main materials of pendants are space aluminum, zinc alloy, stainless steel (201 stainless steel, 304 stainless steel), copper and wood.

1. Space aluminum

Space aluminum is not pure aluminum, but a specially processed aluminum-magnesium alloy whose main component is alumina. Many people may think that space aluminum will not rust, which is true, but it will oxidize, and the surface will gradually darken over time.

Space aluminum itself is light in weight, stainless steel shower pipe and does not feel the thickness and texture of metal in the hand, but it has good load-bearing performance and can withstand heavier objects.

Because the melting point of space aluminum is too high (up to 2000 degrees), it is difficult to be used as a casting material, most of which are simply processed and simple in shape. I searched the e-commerce platform, and it turned out that the styles of each brand are very similar, and the price is relatively low.
Space aluminum double bar towel rack

2. Zinc alloy

Zinc alloy is an alloy based on zinc and other elements. Commonly added alloying elements include low-temperature zinc alloys such as aluminum, copper, magnesium, cadmium, lead, and titanium. Over time, the alloy may rust, so the surface is generally electroplated.
Zinc alloy paper towel rack

Zinc alloy has a low melting point, good fluidity, easy to produce castings, many designs and curves can be reflected on the zinc alloy, and the style is beautiful.

However, zinc alloy is generally not used as a pendant alone. Most of the time, it is only used for a certain part of the pendant, such as the base, in combination with other materials, so it is rare to see all-zinc alloy pendants.
Zinc alloy base

3.201 stainless steel

The corrosion resistance of 201 stainless steel is far inferior to that of 304 stainless steel. However, due to the high cost of 304 stainless steel, many merchants choose 201 stainless steel as the pendant material. In order to improve the corrosion resistance of 201 stainless steel, its surface needs to be polished and electroplated.
201 stainless steel corner basket

When choosing, you can check whether the surface of the pendant is smooth and flat, and a good electroplating surface is as bright as a mirror.

4.304 stainless steel

304 stainless steel has good corrosion resistance, and its high content of chromium will oxidize to form a passivation film on the surface to protect the stainless steel matrix from corrosion. Due to the high strength and hardness of 304 stainless steel, poor processing performance, it is not easy to carry out styling processing, usually the appearance is simple, the style is modest, and the particularly complicated curve design is not seen.
304 stainless steel bathroom shelf

304 stainless steel has high process requirements, but the surface treatment is flexible and can be wire drawn or electroplated. The drawing is matte with dark lines, and the electroplating presents a bright mirror look.

5. Copper

High-quality pendants commonly use 59 copper and 62 copper (the number represents copper content). This material is very suitable for making curves. If you see beautiful pendants, especially European classical models, they are probably copper pendants.

There are two types of copper pendants, solid and hollow. The solid is generally made into a square tube shape, with a thicker electroplating layer, and the overall texture is atmospheric. Usually, it is not necessary to choose solid copper for bathroom pendants. Hollow copper pendants can already meet the needs of hanging sanitary wares. Buying solid rods will only increase your budget.
Brass towel rack

There are two kinds of surface plating, bright and frosted, you can choose according to your preference. After the surface is chrome-plated, coupled with daily cleaning and maintenance, it can generally ensure that it is as bright as new for 5 to 10 years.


Wooden pendants are commonly found in traditional Japanese-style houses. The Japanese toilet, shower room and vanity top are separated in three ways. However, the domestic bathroom space is basically dry and wet separation, damp water vapor cannot be avoided, and wooden pendants are not suitable for use.

It can be seen that each material has its own focus, in terms of raw material prices (excluding design, shape, craftsmanship and other factors): copper>304 stainless steel>zinc alloy>201 stainless steel>space aluminum.