What to Consider when Choosing a Centrifuge Tube

Centrifuge tubes are used in labs worldwide for research and clinical purposes. Although all 15 & 50 mL tubes may look similar, choosing the right tube for your protocol is crucial when handling valuable samples. 

Here are a few things to consider when choosing the right tube for your lab:


Generally, a centrifuge tube should be filled to at least 75% of its capacity to be centrifuged. Tubes centrifuged with too much dead space can lead to material stress, resulting in tube failure. The most common tubes sold are 15- & 50-mL conical tubes. Recently, 5-, 10- & 25-mL tubes that fit into traditional 15- & 50-ml tube rotors have come onto the market. Despite the fact that these options might more closely match actual sample volumes of certain labs, they are not as popular as traditional 15- & 50-mL models. In some cases, adaptors can be used to allow certain

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