Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a UV-Vis Spectrophotometer

1. What applications will you be using the instrument for? This will help you determine the detection range you require. Don’t forget to consider future applications that may require a broader range.

2. What range of stray light performance are you comfortable with for your application and budget?

3. Consider what sort of samples you’ll be working with in order to determine what absorbance range you will need in your UV-Vis spectrophotometer. For example, if it is a turbid or concentrated liquid or a solid sample that is optically thick, you may require a working absorbance range between 5 A and 8 A or higher.

4. What level of throughput and reliability do you need?

5. How much will the instrument cost? Don’t forget to factor in the cost of maintenance, etc. along with the cost of acquisition.

The types of UV-Vis spectrophotometers our readers are using in their research, based on our latest survey.

Single Beam 43%
Dual Beam 43%
Array-based 11%
Handheld 3%

How often our readers use their UV-Vis spectrophotometers in their labs:

Several times daily 32%
Once a day 6%
Several times each week 37%
Once a week 8%
Two to three times a month 8%
Once a month 3%
Less than once a month 5%

The top 10 factors/features our readers look for when buying a UV-Vis spectrophotometer:

  Important Not Important Don’t Know
Ease of Maintenance/
low operating costs
90% 3% 7%
Excellent reproducibility 90% 6% 4%
Ease of use 86% 9% 5%
Wavelength accuracy 84% 12% 4%
Better sensitivity and resolution 85% 12% 4%
Price 85% 12% 4%
Warranties 85% 15% 0%
Faster acquisition
and analysis of data
65% 32% 3%
Service/support in general 64% 29% 7%
Safety 60% 32% 8%

Recently Released UV-Vis Spectrophotometer Products

QE65 Pro
• Features enhanced sensitivity and low stray light capabilities
• Delivers optimal performance in fluorescence, Raman and DNA sequencing spectroscopy
• New optical bench components more efficiently manipulate light for greater throughput and higher sensitivity
• Thermally robust design promotes spectrometer wavelength stability over a wide temperature range

Ocean Optics

• Small, compact spectrophotometer for measurements in the UV and VIS range
• Measures and records UV-Vis spectral ranges or can just measure individual wavelengths from 200 nm to 830 nm
• Includes pre-programmed methods for a quick start
• Guided software procedure minimizes errors • Features direct operation on the device, no PC required


Ultrospec™ Series
• Delivers reproducible results, precision and ease of use to match a variety of user requirements
• Series includes Ultrospec 7000/7000PC for day-to-day laboratory activities, Ultrospec 8000/8000PC, and the top of the range 9000/9000PC system for demanding assays
• Each model is available as either a stand-alone or PC controlled system

GE Healthcare

DR 6000™
• Equipped with RFID technology, integrated QA software, and more than 250 testing methods and guided procedures
• Provides reliable and traceable results • Programmed to take absorbance readings of a single sample at different wavelengths or over a specific period of time
• Allows high speed wavelength scanning across the UV and visible spectrum


UV-Vis Spectrophotometer Manufacturers

Analytik Jena
Beckman Coulter
Buck Scientific
Cecil Instruments
GBC Scientific
GE Healthcare
Hitachi High Technologies
Ocean Optics
S.I. Photonics
Thermo Fisher Scientific