Surveys

2013 Shaker Survey Results

The wide variety of lab-shaker designs on the market reflects the increasing diversity of scientific experimentation. Labs now use a greater range of sample sizes than ever before, from liters to microliters.

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The wide variety of lab-shaker designs on the market reflects the increasing diversity of scientific experimentation. Labs now use a greater range of sample sizes than ever before, from liters to microliters. And while replicate and combinatorial studies increase the number of samples, requirements for environmental control create yet a third dimension that shaker designers must consider.

Shaker types currently in use as reported by survey respondents:

Vortex shaker 25%
Orbital shaker 19%
Rocking shaker 16%
Incubator shaker 15%
Vibrating shaker 11%
Biological shaker 7%
Reciprocal shaker 5%
Nutating shaker 3%

Shaker usage per day as reported by survey respondents:

less than 1 hour 33%
1 - 3 hours 26%
3 - 5 hours 14%
5 - 7 hours 5%
more than 7 hours 22%

Nearly 28% of respondents plan on purchasing a new or additional laboratory shaker in the next year. The estimated budgets for these purchases are:

Less than $500
$500 - $1,500
$1,500 - $3,000
$3,000 - $6,000
$6,000+
Undecided

Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Laboratory Shaker

  1. What is the capacity of the unit (both for total weight and volume)
  2. What accessories are available?
  3. What is the RPM range and what increments can it be controlled in?
  4. What are the temperature and humidity operating conditions for the unit?
  5. What programming functions, if any, does the unit have?

Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing a laboratory shaker:

Completed Surveys: 202

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