Whether you’re starting from an empty inventory or are expanding your current equipment selection, buying new tools for your lab can be expensive. So, you should always approach lab equipment restocking thoughtfully. Here are some of the most important things to consider when purchasing new laboratory equipment.

What Is Your Lab’s Budget?

Your budget is the first thing to consider before shopping around for lab equipment. It will help you determine what you can buy and from where. If your budget is relatively small, don’t compromise on the quality of your equipment just to purchase more. While cheap equipment leaves room in your budget, it also breaks down easily, which will call for costly repairs. You’re better off budgeting for a few high-quality instruments that will last a long time and work for many experiments.

Find the Right Vendor

Once you have a better idea of your budget, you can start looking for a vendor that matches your price range. Take your time to research buyers that offer competitive rates so you can maximize your budget. As mentioned, don’t sacrifice quality for price. If you really want to stretch your budget, consider investing in used equipment. Find vendors with positive reviews and customer testimonials to ensure you’re working with a reputable company and investing in quality equipment.

Consider Custom Instrument Kits

Another factor to consider when buying new lab equipment is whether you should invest in custom instrument kits. They contain the tools and supplies you use most in your lab. Choosing custom surgical instrument kits can improve efficiency and help you stretch your budget by purchasing exactly what you need. Before outfitting your entire laboratory with new equipment, consider stocking the essentials with custom kits for your staff.

Now that you know what to consider before purchasing new lab equipment, you’re ready to invest in new materials the smart way. These tips can help you stretch your budget without sacrificing the quality of your equipment.

By Dianne Pajo

Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.