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2016 Product Resource Guide: Centrifuges

Tips and resources for buying a new centrifuge for your lab.

by Lab Manager

10 Questions to Ask When Buying a Centrifuge

  1. What is the maximum g-force the centrifuge can generate? What g-force do you need?
  2. Comparing centrifuges with the same speed and capacity, what additional features and benefits does this specific centrifuge offer?
  3. What are the terms of the warranty and how long does it last?
  4. If the company discontinues the product, for how many years is it possible to obtain accessories and replacement parts?
  5. What about the cost of cleaning and maintenance? Cost of replacement parts and/or supplies?
  6. In addition to the purchase price, what are the overall costs of ownership such as any lab installation implications, service contracts, supplies, training, warranty etc.?
  7. How much space will the centrifuge take up? What are the ergonomic features to look for?
  8. If facilities are to be shared, find out about the potential to work remotely via an app or remote networking software.
  9. Biosafety is increasingly important—what are the environmental benefits or features?
  10. Ask about the capacity and throughput to be able to compare the performance capabilities of different products.

Which Centrifuge is in Your Lab?

Environmental 22%
Benchtop Centrifuge 22$
Microcentrifuge 19%
Benchtop Refrigerated Centrifuge 19%
Floor Refrigerated Centrifuge 12%
Floor Ultracentrifuge 8%
Benchtop Clinical Centrifuge 8%
Benchtop Ultracentrifuge 7%
Floor Centrifuge 6%

Top 10 Features/Factors Respondents Look For When Purchasing A Centrifuge

Reliability 96%
Ease of Use 96%
Low Maintenance/Operating Costs 93%
Price 91%
Safety Features 86%
Warranty 81%
Accuracy 80%
Service and Support 74%
Type of Centrifuge Rotor 68%
Ease of Installation 66%


Looking for a New Centrifuge?

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