Selecting a Benchtop Centrifuge on Amazon.com
A benchtop centrifuge, sometimes spelled bench-top centrifuge, is used in laboratory, classroom, and research settings to separate liquids or solutions by spinning them at high speed. They are commonly used to process blood samples and other liquids to separate substances by their density, with higher density particulates moving to the bottom of the tube. Generally smaller in size than other models, benchtop centrifuges sit on a table and are often used by operators who process multiple sample sets throughout the day. While a benchtop centrifuge can support a rotor that holds larger sample tubes ranging in size from 5mL to 500mL or microtubes which range in size from 0.5mL to 2.0 mL, a microcentrifuge only supports rotors that hold microtubes. Features to consider when purchasing a benchtop centrifuge include sample size, rotor capacity, outside dimensions and available tabletop space, and type of power source.