Editorial Article: The UV/VIS spectrophotometers our scientists recommend

Looking to purchase UV/VIS spectrophotometers? Read the latest reviews left by our scientific community

13 Dec 2022

1. LAMBDA 25, 35 & 45 UV/Vis Spectrophotometers

These PerkinElmer LAMBDA 25, 35, & 45 UV/Vis Spectrophotometers offer a reliable solution to all your spectrophotometry needs. They are easy to operate and deliver trustworthy results. The PerkinElmer Instrument Performance Validation (IPV) kit ensures that these instruments perform consistently in day-to-day operations.  

Our scientists say: 

  • “Best in the category of UV Vis Nir Spectroscopic characterization”. 
  • “Beautiful equipment and great value for money”.
  • “Very easy to operate, gives a very fast absorbance-wavelength reading”. 

Read the full reviews for the LAMBDA 25, 35, & 45 UV/Vis Spectrophotometers 

2. UV/Vis Excellence Spectrophotometer

The UV/VIS Excellence Spectrophotometer by Mettler-Toledo has been designed with speed and reliability in mind, allowing you to perform direct and accurate measurements, such as fixed wavelength, spectrum scan, quantification and kinetics. Built into a unique spectroscopic system design, this instrument integrates robust and state-of-the-art components, and thanks to FastTrack™ technology, it can optimize workflows in your laboratory. 

Our scientists say: 

  • “The instrument gives the highest efficiency and gives great results in less time”. 
  • “Easy and very simple to use, reproducible results”.
  • “This very compact instrument is ideal for accurate microvolume and cuvette measurements. The UV5Nano is immediately ready for measurement after switch on”.

Read the full reviews for the UV/VIS Excellence Spectrophotometer

3. GENESYS 40 Vis/50 UV-Vis Spectrophotometers

Ideal for performing routine measurements for quality control or teaching in the classroom, Thermo Scientific™ GENESYS 40/50 Vis/UV-Vis Spectrophotometers are offered in a single-cell configuration and are designed with a sloping surface to shed spills and a washable sampling compartment for easy clean up. Additionally, a 7-inch interface, Wi-Fi networking capability and local software control make the GENESYS 40 Vis/50 UV-Vis Spectrophotometers ideal choices for daily sampling needs.

Our scientists say: 

  • “Students found the Genesys 50 spectrophotometer very user friendly and self-explanatory. The Kinetics interface is well-organized and the data is easily saved and exported”. 
  • “Very user-friendly. I like the port for USB so that data can be transferred easily". 
  • “Great results. I use this product for my research and to teach my students”. 

4. DS-11 Series Spectrophotometer/Fluorometer

A twice voted reviewers’ choice Life Science Product of the Year, the DeNovix DS-11 Spectrophotometer/Fluorometer combines fluorescence, microvolume absorbance and optional cuvette absorbance into a single, compact instrument. The DS-11 Series is fast and easy to use, as all instruments are ready for absorbance and fluorescence measurements right out of the box – with no PC setup or software installation necessary. 

Our scientists say: 

  • “My colleagues and I love this instrument! Makes science streamlined!” 
  • “Very easy to use, reliable, and accurate. After turning on the machine, starting the application of interest and measurement is very quick”. 
  • “As a person who has used different kinds of microvolume spectrophotometers before, I can confidently say that the DS-11 is extremely reliable and comes at an attractive price point”. 

Read the full reviews for the DeNovix DS-11 Spectrophotometer/Fluorometer

5. Cary 3500 UV-Vis

The Cary 3500 UV-Vis double beam spectrophotometer by Agilent Technologies offers solutions for both routine and complex measurements, by delivering new and unique measurement capabilities in UV-Vis spectroscopy. Streamline your workflow with the ability to measure up to four temperatures, across eight cuvette positions, simultaneously. Xenon flash lamp technology allows for accurate kinetic measurements – with data collection rates reaching up to 250 points per second. Cary UV Workstation is a next-generation analytical platform that ensures streamlined methods for wavelength scanning, concentration, kinetics and thermal control. 

Our scientists say: 

  • “The Cary UV/Vis product line has been greatly designed. The heat control option is particularly useful for the lab tasks that we perform”.
  • “Very impressive! Moves UV-Vis spectroscopy to the next level”. 
    “There are many choices of analysis for qualitative and quantitative analysis. It is intuitive to operate the software. The system is very robust”. 

Read the full reviews for the Cary 3500 UV-Vis double beam spectrophotometer

6. UV-1900i UV-Vis Spectrophotometer 

The UV-1900i by Shimadzu simplifies UV-Vis analysis while incorporating technically advanced features which improve usability, regulatory compliance, and performance. It includes an ultrafast scan function that allows users to obtain high-accuracy spectra in just a few seconds. First-time users will benefit from an intuitive user interface and a simple design layout in the next-generation LabSolutions UV-Vis software. 

Our scientists say: 

  • “This spectrophotometer is necessary equipment in every single laboratory. Easy to use and high quality”. 
  • “The most fascinating part is it can be used without any computer attached as it has a dedicated display and controller within it. The results are reliable and reproducible”. 
  • “Easy and fast to recognize and evaluate my prepared products – either nanoparticles or essential oil extracts”. 

 Read the full reviews for the UV-1900i UV-Vis Spectrophotometer

7. Lunatic

Lunatic, a next generation UV/Vis absorbance spectrometer by Unchained Labs, makes batch quantification of protein, DNA and RNA a breeze. Achieve highly accurate data at both low and high protein concentrations. With a streamlined workflow, skip the sample prep, cleaning and worrying about cross-contamination. Lunatic can measure up to 96 samples in just 10 minutes. 

Our scientists say: 

  • “Fast, simple, easy to use, and no calculations necessary!” 
  • “The results are very reproducible and it’s easy to use”.
  • “We use the little Lunatic daily to quantify DNA samples (PCR products, Plasmids, genomic DNA): about 200 measurements a month. It is very easy to handle. We very rarely need to re-do a point”.

Read the full reviews for Lunatic


If you are looking to purchase a UV-Vis spectrophotometer, the above products have been highly rated by our scientific audience. You can see the full list of UV-Vis spectrophotometers, and all the reviews, in our product directory.