Selecting an Orbital Shaker on Amazon.com
An orbital shaker moves in a smooth, circular motion to provide uniform mixing of liquids. Also known as a lab rotator, tube rotator, or rotary shaker, it has a platform for holding various lab containers such as flasks, test tubes, and microplates. Orbital shakers are available with an analog or digital interface for setting the timer and the shaking speed. Certain shakers have an enclosure on the platform and onboard controls to regulate the temperature within the enclosure for procedures that require incubation or refrigeration. Among the factors to consider when selecting an orbital shaker are the speed range, orbit diameter, platform size, and types of lab containers accommodated. Orbital shakers are used for staining, blotting, mixing, and other laboratory applications.