Everything You Needed to Know About Shaking Incubators
20 Mar 2018
In order to promote cell growth in a laboratory setting, shaking is used for the distribution of nutrients and the fusion of oxygen into a cell culture. In many cases, a laboratory will add a shaker to the lab, but shaking incubators are another good option.
Shaking incubators combine the functions of a traditional incubator and a laboratory shaker for efficient performance in applications like cell aeration, studies of solubility, and cell culturing. If you are considering investing in a shaking incubator, there are several different designs and features to choose from based on your needs.
Types of shaking incubators
- Benchtop shaking incubators: For labs that don’t deal with particularly high volumes of samples, a shaking incubator that can provide efficient operation and compact design is an excellent choice. A benchtop shaking incubator takes up a small amount of space while still offering optimum performance.
- Stackable shaking incubators: Stackable shaking incubators are ideal for labs that need to run several smaller batches of samples concurrently. Like benchtop incubators, stackable incubators have a small footprint that won’t take up a prohibitive amount of space even in a small lab. In addition, the design allows for several incubators to be stacked for even more incubation capacity in a small space.
- Floor incubators: A floor incubator offers the greatest incubation capacity and is best for labs that deal with a high volume of samples that must be processed with a shaking incubator. These floor incubators usually feature observation windows which can be used by researchers and laboratory technicians to monitor the incubation of samples during the process.
Features to look for in shaking incubators
Advanced software: Sophisticated software and programs make shaking incubators easy to use so it’s important to look for a model that has advanced software compatibility.
Accessory compatibility: An incubator that is compatible with many different accessories promotes increased versatility that makes it suitable for a wide range of specialized applications.
Temperature control: Different applications require different temperatures to be administered, so it's best to look for a shaking incubator that has an extended temperature range for optimum versatility.
Labnet International Shaking Incubators
When you need to purchase a shaking incubator, make sure you’re getting the most value for your investment. Labnet International shaking incubators are available in several different models, all with great features. Our 211DS Stackable Laboratory Shaking Incubator, for example, offers an extended temperature range and our 222DS Benchtop Shaking Incubator is compatible with a range of accessories.
Browse all of Labnet’s laboratory incubators to find the right products for your lab.