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A 101 Guide to Buying a Laboratory Refrigerator

How to Choose the Best Lab Refrigerator

Looking for a laboratory refrigerator? You’re not alone. Cold storage is essential for most labs. From storing testing samples to lab chemicals, laboratory refrigerators have an essential role to play. The wrong kind of refrigerator can result in spoiled substances and huge financial losses. This article will eliminate the guesswork and highlight exactly what you need to consider when purchasing a lab refrigerator. 

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Check out our ABS Fast-Track Guide that ships purpose-built laboratory refrigerators in 5-8 business days, and some units sooner. But for now, read on. 

Start with Features 

First, examine the features of each potential laboratory refrigerator. Ask yourself what would work best for your daily needs. Not sure where to start? Consider the features below:

     Temperature Control

     Investigate the temperature controller in each prospective unit. Premium laboratory refrigerators should come with a microprocessor

     temperature control system. Microprocessors are highly preferred over other options because of their uniform temperature regulation

     and precise digital control. 



     What space do you have available? If your setting is cramped, consider an undercounter or countertop design. If you have a large facility

     and need vast amounts of storage, consider spacious, multi-door designs.  

     Shelving and Storage

     Open each prospective refrigerator and look at the shelving and storage space inside. Considering your application will help you

     determine what internal storage layout best suits your needs. Pull out basket drawers are helpful for organization and give easy

     access to samples.

     Locks and Alarms

     Check for a security system or keyed door locks. These measures prevent unauthorized personnel from accessing your refrigerator and

     its contents. In addition, check to see if the refrigerator has integrated temperature alarms. These alarms alert you when temperatures

     rise or fall outside programed settings. A great safeguard. 

     Air Circulation

     Investigate the unit’s air circulation system. Forced draft air circulation delivers effective circulation of cool air, ensuring uniform cooling

     throughout the chamber. This helps prevent uneven temperature pockets that could damage stored contents. A forced draft air

     circulation system also prevents large temperature swings every time the door is opened.


     Consider your application and what substances your refrigerator will store. Do you store lab cultures? Chemicals? Samples? Different

     materials have different required temperature ranges that must be maintained for proper storage. Thermal probes in glycol bottles are

     provided in certain units to keep track of internal temperature fluctuations. 

Consider Price

When making any purchase, consider your budget. The pricing of a laboratory refrigerator is influenced by many factors including size, temperature control systems, certifications, and more. Look for a unit that contains your desired features but is not excessive in additions you don’t need. This should lead you to a refrigerator and a price point that you’re happy with.

Choose Safety and Professionalism

Safety in laboratory refrigeration is key. If your lab stores flammable or volatile substances, choose a cold storage unit made specifically for these substances. Once safety is established, consider your professional image. Dorm and household refrigerators are unreliable and unprofessional. In addition, there's a strong chance you won't be able to file a warranty claim for a household refrigerator or freezer since these units generally have an intended use restriction. Thus, your money and materials are at high risk.

Another area at risk could be your insurance policy. Commercial insurance policies vary widely in coverage and exclusions, so it's essential to review the specific policy that your laboratory has in place. Choose a unit that safeguards your facility and supports your professional image.

Wrapping Up

By now you should have a solid foundation on what to look for when buying a laboratory refrigerator. Take these principles with you in your quest. ABS supplies premium laboratory refrigeration for ultimate accuracy and untouched efficiency. 

The Fast-Track Guide will make the process even smoother by shipping your refrigerator to you in 5-8 business days. Explore today. ABS | American Biotech Supply

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