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Things to Know Before Purchasing an Autoclave

June 23rd, 2015

Choosing the Right Autoclave: Factors to Consider

An autoclave is a key equipment item in numerous applications, from dental and medical offices to veterinary services. Having an autoclave is important, but it is also an investment. That’s why it’s important to know all you can about purchasing an autoclave before you set out to do so — you will want to get the best equipment for your money, to ensure that your investment lasts for years to come. 

What size of autoclave will you need?

What size of autoclave will you need? This is mostly dependent on the space available in your office or other location. Autoclaves come in small and large sizes, so you will be able to find something that fits. It is generally a good idea to purchase the largest autoclave possible, to maximize your use of the equipment. 

Consider cycle time

Consider cycle time — a fast-cycle autoclave sterilizes equipment quickly, but can come at the cost of a smaller autoclave chamber meaning you will be able to sterilize fewer things at once. You also need to think about what, exactly, you will be autoclaving, to ensure that the cycle time available matches the instrument sterilization requirements. 

Think about purchasing an autoclave that comes with a warranty

This is, after all, very important equipment and if it happens to break or fail, you will want to get it fixed or replaced as quickly as possible, spending the least amount of money so you can get back to work. 

A medical equipment company can show you a variety of autoclaves available to you, so you can get a feel for each option before you commit to a purchase. Take your time and talk to equipment experts, to ensure you get the best autoclave for your needs, your budget, and your space. You’ll be glad you waited for the perfect autoclave!