How to Select Lab Equipment and Supplies

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Tools to help you choose the right lab equipment and supplies for your benchtop.

You don’t need to go through tons of websites and products or create a spreadsheet to determine what product is right for your needs. We make it easy for you to select the right laboratory equipment and supplies because we are consistently adding new selection guides to our website. We also have databases and other technical information you can find at So before you start researching your next lab product, check our website for tools to help you determine the right lab product for your needs. Then, if you still can’t find what you need, you can contact our technical specialists for help.

Tip: Products have manuals, data sheets, and now some have selection guides attached at the bottom of a product ad. Simply scroll down past the MORE ABOUT THIS ITEM to the RESOURCES area, and you will find helpful information. See the example below.

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Selection Guides

Here is a list of some of the lab equipment and supplies selection guides you can find on our website:

Lab Bottles Selection Guide: Not sure what bottle you need for the chemicals you are using? Find the answers to this and other questions when you use this handy selection guide.

Lab Ovens Selection Guide: Use this online tool to quickly select from a mechanical, gravity, vacuum or botanical oven.

Microscope Selection Guide: This pdf provides a wealth of information for a variety of compound microscopes and stereoscopes ideal for many labs including education, veterinary, and biomedical.

Mixer Selection Guide: This technical article gives you a quick overview of the mixer types and features.

How to Select Sampling Tools: Learn how to select the right tools for the job with this article.


Use the references below to help you choose an item that is compatible with the materials and chemicals you use or simply helps you make the best choice of products among several options.

Chemical Compatibility Database: Select a material or chemical, along with another material or chemical, to view their compatibility. Ratings rank excellent, good, fair, or severe effect, which indicates the combination should not be used together. For example, acetic acid used with epoxy material ranks “fair.”

Safety Glove Chemical Compatibility Database: Simply select a chemical to view how gloves tested with it via a performance rating (from excellent to not recommended). So, for example, if you work with acetone, you may not want to use Ansell Chemical-Resistant PVA gloves as that receives a poor rating with this particular chemical. However, these same gloves rank “good” for use with ethyl ether.

Common Unit Converters: Use these 28 converters to easily convert a variety of units including weight, mass, capacity, volume, area, force, time and more.

See more helpful technical articles and selection guides. View the Cole-Parmer Technical Resource Library

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