EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser by BioTek Instruments, Inc.

4.5
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5.0
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The EL406 Washer Dispenser offers fast microplate washing and dispensing for 96- to 1536-well microplates.


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Average Rating: 4.5
30 Scientists have reviewed this product

5 out of 5
Ease of use
4 out of 5
After sales service
5 out of 5
Value for money


This will really improve the throughput and efficiency of our assay
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area: analyze antibody response

"We have just started using the instrument, but no complaints from any of my users"

Review date: 27 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Case Western Reserve University



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
High quality, robust instrument that works well in various HTS application
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:High throughput screening

"Easy to use, very robust, very little downtime, very positive experience with sales and technical support"

Review date: 26 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Pfizer



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
Effective and reliable for low and high throughput use!
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Antibody discovery

"I've been really happy with the performance of the EL406 for our assays. It is capable of really effective washing and the dispensers really bring a lot of utility to the instrument. With proper care, clogging is minimal, but does still occur occasionally, mainly in the syringe dispense pins. I wish that there were more options for holding reagent bottles, and that the holder for the peristaltic pump bottle was included with purchase for the price. Overall a really solid performer, and I recommend the larger dispense and waste bottles!"

Review date: 26 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: University of Guelph



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Once check valve issue was solved it became an instrument we couldn't live without.
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:ELISA automation

"Paired with a BioSpa and reader it becomes a very cost effective automation robot allowing 8 ELISAs to be run concurrently with out user interaction during the run. However it should be noted that certain substrates will destroy the check valves regardless of whether or not they are autoclavable, in potentially less than 24 hours. There are aftermarket solutions to this problem."

Review date: 26 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Intestinal Health Institute, dallas, Texas



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
This is the CARDILLAC of any microplate/washer combination
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:ELISA plate preparation for food allergy detection

"This product is like energizer battery which keeps going and going. As long as you follow manufacturer's instructions regarding operation and maintenance, this instrument is value for money. Except for fuse blowing due to normal wear and tear, we have not had any function issue since we purchased it. INOVA diagnostics company recommended it for us and there is no regrets whatsoever. Service specialists are just a stone throw away . When we had a compressor fuse burn out and we called your service center, we were surprised to note it costs just about one dollar and we ordered about six just for next time and your service specialist told us how to replace it on the phone"

Review date: 25 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Biomatrica



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Great instrument, versatile, excellent customer support!
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:fluorescence and absorbance Assays

"This is a great instrument and useful in multiple applications. For the price and the cabibilities it is very efficient. The customer support, tech services are extremely helpful and informative and have little delay when contacted. The gen5 software is easy to use and technical specialist are helpful and informative. I would highly recommend this and any biotek instrument."

Review date: 25 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: UMBC



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    3 out of 5
Good, would consider cheaper alternatives in the future.
Rating: 3.7

  • Application Area:immunology, luminex assays

"Highly reproducible results, great dual-manifold mechanisms, having multiple methods of washing protocol development invaluable. Issues with pin clogging are a detraction."

Review date: 25 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: The Rockefeller University



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
Overall an Effective and Reliable Instrument
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:The removal and addition of solutions for various high throughput assays.

"Overall, the Biotek EL406 Plate washer is an efficient and reliable instrument. Protocol design is easier to learn and implement. A service contract is recommended for this instrument as frequent use will result in wearing of the manifold. Service requests are responded to in a prompt and professional manner."

Review date: 25 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Takeda



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
We own multiple units and they have been working for years. Great quality product.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Compound study in cells

"Easy to integrate with automation system. Work flawless time after time. Results are very repeatable."

Review date: 25 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Janssen



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Highly recommended for labs with low to medium throughput compound screening needs.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Cell based assay development

"I've used this product in many different capacities ranging from simple 96 well ELISA plate washing to 384 Luminex xMAP® magnetic bead washing to complex 1536 well high content screening cell fixation and signal development. We also purchased the plate stacker, and once integrated, it significantly reduced plate processing time and for most workflows, enabled the washer to be a truly walk-away instrument."

Review date: 25 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser


  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: UCSF



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Great system
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:ELISA's and dispensing in an integrated automation system

"The EL406 works great for our application and we routinely use it in a large bioautomation system."

Review date: 25 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Eli Lilly&Co.



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Great instrument to increase throughput and consistency of ELISAs and other assays
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Automating steps in measurement of cytokine concentrations from conditioned media or in-vivo samples

"This washer dispenser does a great job plowing thru 10's of plates per day both setting up ELISA plates and washing and adding 2ndary and detection reagents. Has helped with consistency of results and has taken a big ergonomic load off of lab personnel. We are still working on optimizing the magnetic bead capture and washing of those plates but it is easy to develop methods with the liquid handling software."

Review date: 25 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Novo Nordisk



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Makes assay work easier. The technician loves it.
Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Cell assays

"Effective, easy to use, easy to clean. Used for a lot of different applications"

Review date: 25 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: LIS



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Great value for our money
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Analyze Metabolities in tissue samples

"We have fewer problem and the instrument is easy to use."

Review date: 25 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Eurofins Panlabs, Inc.



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
We could not perform our assays for our clients without the EL406 units.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Processing of 384-well cell-based assay plates

"We see very consistent results with our EL406. We routinely calibrate aspiration heights, and we see little to no variation between calibrations. The unit is easy to use, works through our automation platform, and is easy to teach others to use."

Review date: 25 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2016

  • Organization: UMass Medical School



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Great piece of equipment for affordable and good quality lab automation
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Monoclonal antibody screening

"It's a flexible platform with very well designed software. We've used it for screening monoclonal antibody supernatants either by ELISA or by staining cell-surface antigens for FACS. We've added a stacker with a robotic arm for increased capability. The fluidics are pretty solid--we haven't had any issues for the 3 years we've owned it. The 96-nozzle washed head makes washing 384-well plates painfully slow, but you can always upgrade. Small suspension cell pellets (~50 K cells) can be dislodged well during washing using the angled dispense in V-bottom wells."

Review date: 25 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Human Biology



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
I love the time savings this plate washer offers.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:For washing plates, and blocking/prepping plates for ELISA

"I had a Biotek 405TS for years and loved it, but the EL406 is a big step up with far more advanced options. Combined with a plate stacker and the ability to coat/buffer plates, it is a huge time saver."

Review date: 25 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2015

  • Organization: AnaSpec EGT Group



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Reliable and robust!
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Assay kits production

"Reliable washer/dispenser: three+ years with no problems, use almost every day. Easy to use software."

Review date: 25 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Advanced Reviewer

  • Member since: 2014

  • Organization: Michigan State University



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
Consistent results every time
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:High throughput Screening

"Consistent results in 384-well format. It is used routinely in our high throughput screening core from 1 to 100s of plates."

Review date: 25 Oct 2017 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: Georgia Poultry Laboratory



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:We use this product to dispense reagents for ELISA tests, as well as wash the ELISA plates.

"This product is extremely effective for our needs. We run ~80,000 ELISA assays each month. Without the BioTek EL 406's I do not believe we could handle this capacity easily. The BioTek EL 406's are used in conjunction with the Beckman Coulter Biomek NXp LHS. The other LHS used with the EL 406's is the Perkin Elmer Janus. We rarely have issues with the BioTek instruments and all 4 are several years old. The Technical Support for these instruments is also superb, and we have Preventive Maintenance Contracts on each instrument. I wish all of our ELISA equipment was as reliable and durable as the BioTek EL 406 instruments. "

Review date: 23 Jan 2015 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Advanced Reviewer

  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: Genomatica



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:HTP-Screening

"The EL-406 has been a workhorse in our HTP screening efforts. We use it daily for various filling and aspiration protocols and have not have any issues with the machine. Highly recommended."

Review date: 26 Sep 2014 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2014

  • Organization: Cyprotex



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Cell Based Assays

"This is excellent for washing and dispensing. The writing of the protocols is relatively easy. The maintenance is straightforward. "

Review date: 07 Feb 2014 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2012

  • Organization: Novartis



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    3 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Rating: 4.0

  • Application Area:Cell assays

"The EL406 is a workhorse dispenser and washer.  We use it all day every day for cell dispensing, washing, and reagent dispensing.  On the whole, it is very easy to use and the Liquid Handling control software that it comes with allows very easy protocol programming, validation, and testing.  The only drawback is that there is one peristaltic pump and two syringes, so you are limited in how many different solutions you can dispense at once.  If that number was increased, the product would be even better!"

Review date: 15 Jan 2013 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Advanced Reviewer

  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: Genomatica



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
Rating: 4.0

  • Application Area:HTS Screening

"The EL406 is a very robust, easy to use system.  I have had no problems using it and no issues with the system itself having any problems. The one potential negative is that the cassettes used on the peristaltic pump tend to clog and do not seem to stay calibrated very well and need to be replaced often."

Review date: 14 Jan 2013 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: Kelly Scientific for NCATS-NIH



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    3 out of 5
Rating: 3.7

  • Application Area:Cell based bioassays

"Very easy to use, the user can come up with their own protocols. The flexibility to use 96, 384 well , 1536 well plate heads is great and the cassettes are fairly easy to install and use."

Review date: 14 Jan 2013 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2012

  • Organization: National Institutes of Health



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Liquid dispenser/washing

"A flexible and easy to use platform for liquid dispensing and microplate washing that utilizes multiple technologies. A great all-in-one solution that I use daily as a key part of both biochemical and cell-based assays. There is a high degree of reliability for 1536-well plate workflows that gives you confidence in results. Does not require the constant adjustment and re-calibration that I have experienced with other platforms. Syringe pump dispensors give excellent performance in sensitive cell dispensing steps. Cell viability is maintained and the heads are more resistant to clogging than peristoltic pump solutions from other vendors."

Review date: 29 Feb 2012 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2011

  • Organization: Merck



  • Ease of use
    2 out of 5
    After sales service
    1 out of 5
    Value for money
    2 out of 5
Rating: 1.7
"This was bought with stackers but these can't integrate."

Review date: 22 Jun 2011 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2007

  • Organization: Astrazeneca



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
Rating: 4.0
"We should have bought more of these instead of purchasing large automation system."

Review date: 17 Jun 2011 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2011

  • Organization: AstraZeneca R & D



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
Rating: 5.0
"robust and flexible assay automation system."

Review date: 11 Mar 2011 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2010

  • Organization: Monsanto



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
Rating: 4.3
"Excellent service- Biotek helped adapt the machine to our needs."

Review date: 17 Feb 2010 | EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser
The EL406 Combination Washer Dispenser offers fast, full plate washing for 1536-, 384- and 96-well microplates along with three reagent dispensers in one, compact instrument… all from the recognized industry leader. The EL406 is the latest advancement in microplate washing and dispensing incorporating BioTek’s patented Dual-Action™ manifold, optimized washing for loosely adherent cell monolayers, built-in patent-pending Ultrasonic Advantage™ for unattended wash manifold maintenance and up to four wash buffers for complex wash routines.

Up until now scientists had to choose their microplate dispenser technology – usually between either a peristaltic or syringe pump. Each of these technologies has its unique advantages. The EL406 eliminates the need to choose, offering both dispenser technologies on a single platform plus microplate washing. Now you can simply press a button and walk away. Automate the entire process by adding a BioStack™ Microplate Stacker.