There are many premier incubator manufacturers in the market, and each brings a unique perspective and offering of features. Here we’ll look at the leaders in the field and what you might find from each.
Thermo Scientific, and its sister company Fisher Scientific, has an offering for just about every laboratory incubator out there. From standard incubators to plant growth chambers, CO2 incubators, and dry block incubators, this seasoned manufacturer has a history of reliability and dependability. Options include ISO 5 HEPA filtration, sterilizations cycles, and copper surfaces in the Heracell and Vios lines, and has multiple large-capacity reach-in incubators for high throughput and scaling up needs.
Thermo’s Heratherm line offers two levels, a general protocol incubator is great for everyday use that’s highly stable with precise uniformity, that’s simple to program, and the advanced protocol microbiological incubators. These feature a 140°C decontamination routine, and a versatile heating capacity up to 105°C allowing it to also be used for drying applications.
PHCBI has also operated under the banners of Sanyo and Panasonic, has a reputation for excellent construction. They not only carry a variety of sizing options to meet your needs, but they have also added innovative technology such as inccusafe, a copper-infused alloy interior chamber, giving you the antimicrobial properties of copper without maintenance.
Their popular MIR series covers capacities from 4 to 14 cu ft and temperatures from -10 to 60°C. These refrigerated incubators feature microprocessor control, onboard memory, and program storage, forced-air circulation, and lighting options for easy viewing.
NuAire CO2 Incubators
NuAire CO2 incubators use infrared CO2 sensor technology, and separately adjustable chamber and door heaters to give you controlled uniformity. Additionally, they feature ISO 5 level air filtration and digital control with the option to download data and documentation. Nu-aire incubators can be loaded with additional options like humidity and o2 control, and each can be stacked to maximize the footprint. Their popular NU series has CO2 Incubator offerings, the 5700 at 165 L and 5800 at 200L volumes, each of which is direct heat, or the 8600at 165 L with a water-jacketed body.
Incubators from VWR range in size from compact personal incubators that can be kept nearby, a robust selection of dry bath incubators, and go all the way up to high-capacity reach-in incubators. These lab incubators are backed by dependable performance and feature precise digital control with user-friendly interfaces. VWR has your needs and price points covered from gravity convection incubators to protect delicate samples, to highly uniform and precise forced air incubators, with unique offerings such as Drosophila refrigerated incubators for insect studies. VWR also offers air jacketed and water-jacketed CO2 incubators.
Binder Incubators feature German precision and cover a variety of needs. These lab incubators have an innovative heating and cooling technologies that are energy efficient and highly accurate. Their product line uses APT technology to quickly preheat a chamber, and they have options for everything from microbiology to environmental simulations. Their CO2 incubators can be sterilized with hot air and operate without condensation so they’re easy to maintain.
Caron Incubators and Caron Environmental Chambers
Caron line of incubators provides comprehensive test chambers and growth chambers in addition to their microbiology incubator offerings. Caron incubators focus on high throughput, high accuracy, and tight control, with each ideally tailored to specialized applications like animal rearing, or photostability. Their products range from 10 cu ft up to 33 cu ft models, with the larger instruments featuring glass doors for easy viewing without disturbing the environment.
Eppendorf Shaking Incubators
Eppendorf has a robust line of Shaking incubators each with temperature, speed, and timer control. The Innova line of incubator shakers provides not large capacity floor model instruments, but these are also stackable and boast ergonomic characteristics like pull-out drawers and customizable configurations. Innova shaking incubators can be found in both heating and cooling temperature ranges with easy to program digital controls.
Each manufacturer we’ve carried over the years has had its unique desirable features. Each also has a proven history of dependable use, even in older models that still have a lot of life in them. From stackable Thermo Forma 3110’s and Reach in Incubators, to high-capacity Caron incubators and Test Chambers. Our selection of VWR incubators covers a broad range of sizes, and our dry bath selection is just as robust.
No matter the manufacturer, each piece of equipment that comes through our doors is treated the same with a full inspection and refurbishment as needed. Each comes with its own validation for a transparent look at performance, so you know before you buy.
Buying a gently used incubator from these leading manufacturers can not only save you money but allow access to features that may have been just out of reach. As always if there is a particular feature you require and we’re currently out of stock, let us know and we can help source an instrument for you.