Refrigerators/Freezers Survey 2013 Results

Freezers and refrigerators are an integral part of any laboratory that requires temperature controlled storage.

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Maintaining samples at an optimal temperature while in storage is vital for many lab professionals and this makes choosing the right freezer or refrigerator a crucial task. While the average kitchen freezer operates at about -20°C, laboratory variants have a much wider range of options depending on the storage conditions needed.

Types of refrigerators or freezers survey respondents are currently using:

Upright general purpose lab freezers 63%
Upright ultra-low temperature freezers 36%
Low temperature upright lab freezers 33%
Under-counter general purpose lab freezers 25%
Low temperature chest lab freezers 16%
Flammable materials storage 15%
Blood bank and plasma 14%
Chest ultra-low temperature freezers 14%
Explosion-proof 12%
Other 10%

Type(s) of service used by respondents for repair/service of their refrigerators/freezers:

In-house service department 41%
Third-party time/material 30%
Third-party contract 21%
Instrument manufacturer time/material 12%
Instrument manufacturer service contract 12%
Multi-vendor service provider 8%
Don’t know 6%
Our department 3%
Other 2%

Types of balances respondents are using or planning to purchase for their facilities include:

0° to -20°C
-20° to -30°C
-30° to -45°C
-45° to -80°C
Other

Top 10 features/benefits our readers look for when purchasing refrigerators or freezers:

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2013/2014 Product Resource Guide

Published: August 9, 2013

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