What is the best make/model for a reliable tabletop centrifuge for spinning down mammalian cell cultures?
After a referal from a colleague we purchased a TOMY centrifuge. We are very happy with the quality and service.
the eppendorff 5804R is very reliable
We have Eppendorf 5840R centrifuge. you can use 15.ml tubes to 50 ml conical tubes as well as 96-well plates.
The Eppendorf5804R is excellent and very versatile - though on the flip side, we also spent a lot on it! If you are in the US or Europe, the IEC Centra 2L should suffice for most regular cell culture needs.
I have found a basic clinincal centrifuge is more than suffcient for cell culture if you are just spinning down a couple of tubes of cells at a time.
However if you want a good bench top that is very versatle, temperature controlled and can be used for a variety of functions like many samples, 96 well plates, 50/15ml falcons, 1.5ml eppendorfs, I reccomend the BeckmanCoulter Allegra 25R.