Laboratory refrigerators include general-purpose refrigerators designed for daily use in research, clinical, and industrial laboratories, and undercounter refrigerators designed for healthcare and research applications.
General-purpose refrigerators are ideal for storing non-critical products such as reagents, media, and proteins. Undercounter refrigerators are designed to store breastmilk, medication, and cell-culture media. Both types are available in a wide variety of sizes and door configurations (glass, solid, sliding, and pass-thru). Some models include whisper-quiet operation and alarms.
What Is a Laboratory Refrigerator and How Is It Used?
Laboratory refrigerators typically maintain internal temperatures between 2° and 8°C.
Most laboratory refrigerators provide more stable temperatures than commercial refrigerators. Temperatures in stand-alone units (without freezers) are especially not affected by the frequent warming and cooling cycles required for frost-free operation.
General purpose laboratory refrigerator options may include:
- Capacity: Range from approximately 10 to more than 72 cu. ft.
- Temperature monitoring: To meet quality and regulatory demands
- Temperature recovery: The time for temperatures to return to the setpoint after the door(s) are opened
- Peak variation: Temperature variability within the chamber; typically documented via temperature mapping
- Security: Locks or other restricted access features
- Controls: Alarms and user alerts about malfunctions, door ajar, events, and other issues
- Noise levels: Compatible with comfortable working conditions
- Size and style: Models of various dimensions, with single or multiple solid or glass doors
- Warranty terms