Things to Consider When Purchasing a Lab Stirrer or Lab Mixer
Often used in both chemistry and biology labs, laboratory stirrers or mixers are typically very robust pieces of equipment, however, like so many other pieces of laboratory equipment, there are a number of makes and models to choose from. Make sure you take the follow questions into consideration when purchasing a lab stirrer or lab mixer.
What is the maximum volume and viscosity of the samples you’ll be analyzing?
While volumes may vary from sample to sample, it’s important to take into consideration what your largest and thickest samples may be, in order to ensure you have a piece of equipment that can handle them. The type of stirrer or mixer you decide to purchase will also impact what aspects of the equipment you need to inspect prior to purchase.
Will your samples be temperature-sensitive?
Different samples require different temperatures when being mixed. Will you typically be processing samples that need to be heated during the mixing process? Consider purchasing a stirrer with a hot plate.
Have you purchased everything you’ll need to begin mixing?
Depending on the functionality your lab requires, you may not have all of the necessary add-ons and accessories for your stirrer or mixer to work as desired. While some stirrers and mixers may be sold as kits, it’s important to know exactly what is included in the package that you’re purchasing.
Does the seller offer any technical or application support, or warranty?
Whether you are purchased your lab stirrer or mixer new or used, warranties and support are an important factor to take into consideration, especially when you’re looking at the overall cost of ownership of the piece of equipment. Click here to see our full invetory list of lab shakers