2016 Homogenizers Survey Results

Find out our readers' most common homogenizer applications, and more, in the results of our 2016 survey

Erica Tennenhouse, PhD

Turning a sample into a suspension—the essence of homogenizing—occurs in a wide range of
laboratory applications. In life science and clinical research, scientists often homogenize tissue
samples for various analytical studies.

Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Homogenizer

  1. How does this homogenizer differ from the competition? What makes it superior in quality and cost effective for the scientist?
  2. What accessories are necessary to run the unit? Are there pre-assembled bead kits to use that will simplify the homogenization process?
  3. Does the company offer demo units for the scientist to test out?
  4. Does the company offer application and technical phone support before/after the product purchase?
  5. Ask about replacements in case the product parts break down with use.

Homogenizer types used by survey respondents:

Rotor-stator 54%
Ultrasonic 50%
Bead mill 36%
Fluidized bed 4%
Other 14%

Homogenizer applications as reported by survey respondents:

Homogenization 80%
Cell disruption 54%
Extraction 36%
Mixing 23%
Dissolving 20%
Emulsification 19%
Shredding 10%
Wetting 4%
Process reactions 1%
Precipitation 1%
Gassing 1%
Other 1%

Nearly 39% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a homogenizer. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

Replacement of an aging instrument
Addition to existing systems, increase capacity
First time purchase
Setting up a new lab

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

Durability of product 82%
Low maintenance—easy to use and clean 78%
Value for price paid 76%
Results with minimum deviation 73%
Variable speed controls 69%
Safety features 63%
Service and support 62%
Warranty 57%
Reliability of vendor 57%
Reputation of vendor 47%

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