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Purchasing Guide: Homogenizers

Homogenizers are used to break down samples before they are analyzed

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Homogenizers are used to break down samples—including food products, cosmetics, soil, plant matter, tissues, and more—before those samples are analyzed. The goal of homogenization is to produce a sample with the analytes of interest dispersed uniformly throughout. There are handheld and bench-mounted configurations available, along with a variety of probes to match various sample types. For a list of homogenizer manufacturers, see our online directory:

6 Questions to Ask When Buying a Homogenizer:

  1. What type of samples and materials are being processed? At what volumes?
  2. How much wattage is required to process samples?
  3. How many samples can be processed at once?
  4. How long does homogenization take?
  5. How much heat is generated? This is important to know if you have heat-sensitive samples.
  6. How noisy is the homogenizer?

Purchasing Tip

Regardless of the properties of your sample, there will be a mill that can process them. Learn about matching mills to samples, properly preparing samples, and more at

Homogenizer Buying Considerations

Determining which type of homogenizer you need can be a challenge. You must consider sample type, intended particle size, cleaning requirements, ease of use, and more. Learn how you can effectively manage all these variables at