2016 Shakers Survey Results

Learn the top ten features readers’ readers look for and more from our latest shaker survey results.

Ryan Ackerman

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.

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?

Shaker types used by survey respondents:

Orbital shaker 62%
Vortex shaker 57%
Rocking shaker 45%
Incubator shaker 32%
Biological shaker 20%
Vibrating shaker 17%
Nutating shaker 13%
Reciprocal shaker 6%
Other 4%

Number of hours per day shaker is in operation:

Less than 1 hour 28%
1 - 3 hours 42%
3 - 5 hours 9%
5 - 7 hours 2%
more than 7 hours 19%

Nearly 43% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new laboratory shaker. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

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

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

Durability / Rugged design 73%
Low maintenance / Easy to clean 70%
Shaking speed 56%
Simple operation - Easy to program and monitor 54%
Low noise - Quiet 40%
Warranty 40%
Minimal vibration 39%
Electronic speed controls 37%
Orbital vs. reciprocating motion 34%
Extended Warranty 33%

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