Nobody gets excited about lab ovens, but they are definitely essential lab components. Ovens are found in almost every industrial, research and development laboratory. Applications include drying lab ware and keeping it ready for use; sterilization; conducting above-ambient, constant-temperature experiments; drying reagents and desiccants; annealing and curing materials; component and materials testing, and many others.

Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Lab Oven

1. What temperature range do you require? (Does the product have reserve temperature capacity)?

2. What accuracy and uniformity does the product have? (Will my sample be damaged or will my experiment only function in one “sweet spot”)?

3. Are interior chamber space/weight of my sample and floor space in the lab a match to application and lab?

4. Do I need any computer interfaces, alarms or safety devices on my oven?

5. Are accessories like data loggers, viewing windows and modifications like access ports available from the manufacturer to suit my specific needs?

Applications our readers are using their lab ovens for, based on our most recent survey results:

Heating and drying 50%
Temperature-linked experiments 19%
Evaporating 9%
Sterilization 7%
Baking 5%
Annealing 2%
Other 8%

Accessories our readers are using with their lab ovens:

Controllers/programmers 23%
Over-temperature protection 22%
Temperature monitoring 34%
Data logger 10%
Chart recorders/DAQ 7%
Other 4%

Our readers’ top ten most important factors/features in
their choice to buy a lab oven:

Price 73%
Low maintenance/operating costs 70%
Ease of use 62%
Safety 50%
Temperature ranges ambient +40°C to 200°C/250°C 38%
Service and support 36%
Warranty 35%
Energy efficient 31%
Smallest footprint possible with a large interior 26%
Controlled airflow to provide uniform temperature heat distribution 26%

Recently Released Ovens

ED, FD and FED Series
• Wide temperature range of 5°C above ambient temperature to 300 °C allows short heating up times and provides large capacity reserve
• Excellent thermal insulation reduces operating costs
• Provides uniform drying conditions through features such as homogeneous temperature control
• Minimal maintenance and operating costs; short delivery times


• Provides gentle heating and drying with minimal air turbulence
• Microprocessor controls deliver detailed information on current temperature and set points
• Allows users to set the temperature from 50 to 330 C and store the setting in memory while the oven is off
• Features a visual over temperature alarm and built-in safety backup

Thermo Fisher Scientific

TR 60 – 1050
• Features forced air circulation and a maximum working temperature of 300°C
• Stainless steel interior chamber is easy to clean and resistant to rust
• Suitable for various applications, including drying, sterilizing and warm storing
• Features consistent temperature uniformity


Isotherm® Series
• Feature multiple redundant over-temperature protection systems for maximum sample and user protection
• Feature electrogalvanized steel with white oven-baked epoxy antimicrobial powder-coated finish
• Feature a single piece stainless-steel chamber with rounded corners



Oven Manufacturers

Boekel Scientific
Cascade TEK
Jeio Tech
Labnet International
Lucifer Furnaces
SP Industries
Stovall Life Science
Ted Pella
Terra Universal
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Yamato Scientific America