Microbiological Incubator

Rely on stability and innovation in incubation

Successful incubation is an essential step in your everyday workflows. Thermo Scientific Microbiological and Refrigerated Incubators are designed with your samples in mind to produce results you can count on.  

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Featured microbiological incubators

Incubators for microbiological studies are available with different technologies, to address the specific incubation temperatures that are needed for the application.

Microbiological incubators, also called "heat-only" or "standard" incubators have heating elements, and can provide incubation temperatures that are above ambient temperature only. If the laboratory has an ambient of about 22°C, they can only address incubation temperatures above about 27°C or even 30°C. 

Refrigerated incubators, also called "cooling" incubators have cooling and heating, and can provide a wider temperature range - offering also temperatures close to ambient or even below ambient. They usually cover also the incubation temperature range above ambient - as the "microbiological" or "heat-only" incubators do. Due to the more complex technology used, a refrigerated incubator is a higher investment.

The table below is supporting the right choice of incubator with a given application.

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Microbiological Incubators





Designed for
temperature range 
ambient +5℃ to 105℃
Designed for
temperature range
+5℃ to 70℃
Bacterial research:
growth of bacteria, testing
+15° to +35° C 
+28° to +70° C
incubation of cells, microorganisms
+18° to +35° C 
+28° to +50° C
Coliform determination+35° to +37° C
Tempered storage
(e.g. media, liquid or solid samples)
+5° to +70° C 
+28° to +105° C 
Pharmaceutical stability testing+5° to +70° C 
+28° to +105° C 
Food and beverage testing+5° to +70° C 
+28° to +105° C 
Yeast growth+10° to +40° C 
+28° to +40° C
Paraffin embedding+35° to +50° C 
Egg incubation around +37°C 
BODaround +20°C 
Water pollution testing 
Hatching of insects / fish+5° to +40° C 
+28° to +40° C

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"Virus Inactivation for SARS-CoV-2"

In early 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified SARS-CoV-2 as a new infectious disease. Quickly spreading around the world, it was declared a global health crisis. As a result of infections, the need to safely handle coronavirus samples has become increasingly important. In this application note, we explore how heat can be used to safely inactivate the virus to protect lab professionals from potential infection.