How Laboratory Dish Washers Work & How We Save You Time & Money

Excedr - Laboratory Dishwashers

Lab dishwashers and glassware washers make life much easier for busy scientists. Purchasing one isn’t your only option though. Excedr’s leasing program offers numerous benefits and can accommodate any brand preferences you may have.

All equipment brands/models are available

The advantages of Excedr’s Glassware Washer Leases:

  • Eliminates the upfront cost of purchasing equipment by spreading its cost over time
  • Minimizes equipment downtime with included complete repair coverage and preventive maintenance
  • Takes advantage of potentially 100% tax deductible* payments, providing you significant cash-savings
  • Expedites the administrative work needed for instrument procurement and logistics
  • Conserves working capital,  enabling you to reinvest in your core business and operations (staffing, inventory, marketing/sales, etc.)
  • Accommodates all manufacturer and model preferences

*Please consult your tax advisor to determine the full tax implications of leasing equipment.

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Glassware washers and dryers are used anywhere that cleaned and sterilized glassware and labware is required.

Washing and rinsing by hand leads to broken glassware, contamination, and delays during essential experiments. This increases potential hazards to workers, jeopardizing studies and worsening overall conditions in the lab. The laboratory glassware washer and dryer has proven crucial for highly functioning and productive laboratories.

From standard-compact and under-counter models to high-capacity floor standing models, there are a variety of dishwashers available to choose from that meet your specific needs. These machines can come equipped with wheels, so they are freestanding and moveable. 

Fixed variants can be integrated into a pre-existing dishwashing area, allowing you to choose a model that best suits your needs. Having single door or pass-through openings allows for easy loading and unloading. At the same time, interchangeable racks give you the freedom to load different types of glassware, be it regular or narrow neck. 

You can also acquire specialized inserts for pipettes, Petri dishes, culture and test tubes, BOD bottles, and other small instruments. Some key specifications to account for are:

  • Wash cycles and programs: washers developed in recent years often include programmable controls and washer settings. Some are even network-enabled so that you can control them from anywhere in the lab. 
  • Water temperature range: Up to 95°C (203°F) is generally required to meet scientific standards. 
  • Integrated drying mechanism: such as a high-efficiency particulate air filtration system (HEPA). Hands-off drying helps speed up the overall wash cycle while minimizing the risk of contamination after glassware has been washed and rinsed.

Lab dishwashers are manufactured at significantly higher quality, precision, and durability standards than household dishwashers and are explicitly designed to clean the types of materials found in scientific settings. 

Choosing a laboratory glassware washer that fits your needs is very important. Thankfully, you have a wide range of options to choose from, as most companies offer dishwasher models in a wide range of sizes and varying load capacities, including interchangeable racks and integrated drying features. 

Many manufacturers, such as Labconco Corporation, also address sustainability by designing glassware washers to operate efficiently. 

In addition, many models come with easy-to-use digital interface systems as well. Remember to check that your machine’s washing and drying specifications are strong enough for the chemicals and residues used in your lab.

A Lab Dishwasher To Fit Your Needs

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Lab dishwashers offer a range of accommodations; it just matters what your specific requirements may be. These requirements, and the specifications of each model, should inform your decision. 

Whether you’re deciding based on the amount of space you have in the laboratory, which glasswares and equipment or instruments need to be cleaned daily, or how much energy the washer uses, there is a model that will suit you best. Maybe you’re deciding based on all three factors. Keep these specifications in mind, and your decision will be much simpler.


Standard and large capacity lab washers vary in water usage. For example, there’s a big difference between a washer that uses 10 gallons of water to fill and one that takes 20 gallons. A wash program may consist of 5 or 6 fills, so water consumption is an important factor to consider.



Glassware washers are designed to be highly efficient, saving you time, energy, and water.

  • Delay-start options so that the washer will operate during off-peak hours, when electricity is less expensive.
  • Wash cycle speeds, which can range from 1 hour to 3 hours, based on water heat up time, and circulation/spray methods

Type of Glassware

A lab dishwasher should accommodate every type of glassware you use, now and in the future. That includes beakers, flasks, cylinders and measuring tools, funnels, and bottles, as well as smaller instruments such as pipettes, dishes, microscope slides, tubes, and specialty glass.

Dishwashers can accommodate a variety of racks for specific glassware as well. This includes:

  • Spindle racks for narrow-neck glassware
  • Open racks for baskets that hold wide-mouth and specialized glassware

Laboratory Standards

Dishwashers, by design, should meet the rigorous standards of the laboratory. This includes specifications such as:

  • Constructed with proper material, such as stainless steel
  • Chamber and water path should be able to handle high temperatures, 90°C-95°C (194°F-203°F)
  • Wash programs available for both organic and inorganic compounds
  • Pumps with higher circulation rate than home dishwasher
  • Temperature and cycle time options for specific loads/types of glassware
  • Program designed to track cleanliness using EPA methods
  • Monitors installed to check water temperature and water flow dispensation, amongst other parameters that guarantee proper cleaning
  • Overall Volume of washer while operating, preventing any loud and annoying moments to your workday

Central Laboratory vs. Point-of-Use Washer

A central laboratory dishwasher is usually installed in a separate room for joint use between several laboratories. These washers include a great range of features similar to any other model but require a maximum load for total water consumption efficiency.

The centralized washer allows that one specific room is designated for glassware washing. Still, it may cause sharing issues between labs, such as keeping track of glassware, dealing with lost items, and scheduling use.

Meanwhile, a point-of-use washer offers those same features without any of the typical problems of a shared machine. The convenience of having your own under-counter or freestanding model is unbeatable and is designed for durability and longevity inside the lab.

Whether you need one at your workstation or wheeled between stations as the day progresses, these point-of-use glassware washers increase productivity and minimize pain points.


Glassware Washer Leases to Fit Every Need

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With our flexible lease program and sales-leaseback option, our low monthly costs will save you from shelling out on substantial upfront costs. Connect with us today to learn more about our program and we can discuss your equipment needs.

If you already know what you want to lease, click the “Request a Lease Estimate” button below, fill out your information, and we can begin the approval process today.

Operating Lease

This off-balance sheet financing structure provides three options at the end of the term. The lessee has the option to return the equipment to the lessor, renew at a discounted rate, or purchase the instrument for the fair market value. Monthly payments are also 100% tax deductible which yields additional monetary savings.


If you recently bought equipment, Excedr can offer you cash for your device and convert your purchase into a long-term rental. This is called a sale-leaseback. If you’ve paid for equipment within the last ninety days, we can help you recoup your investment and allow you to make low monthly payments. This also frees up money in your budget rather than tying it down to a fixed asset.

Laboratory Dishwasher Manufacturers Models on the Market
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PG 8504, PG 8536, PG 8583, PG 8583 CD, PG 8593, PLW 8505, G-7825, G-7826, PG 8527, Pg 8528, PLW 6111, PLW 8615, PLW 8616, PLW 8617

FlaskScrubber, Freestanding FlaskScrubber, Undercounter FlaskScrubber, Undercounter FlaskScrubber 33, FlaskScrubber Vantage Series, SteamScrubber, Freestanding SteamScrubber, Undercounter SteamScrubber, Undercounter SteamScrubber 33

GEW 8668, GEW cGMP Washer/Dryer, GEW 888, GEW 9109, GEW 101210, GEW 131313, GEW 131820, Getinge Lancer Ultima Freestanding Laboratory Washer/Dryer, 910 LX, 1300 LX, 1400 LXP, 1600 LXP, 1800 LXA, Getinge Lancer Ultima Undercounter Laboratory Washer/Dryer, 810 LX, 815 LX, 820 LX

Geneva Scientific:
LAB 500 SC, LAB 500 CL, LAB 600, LAB 610, LAB 680, LAB 900, LAB 100, GD 600

VWR International:
VWR Undercounter Glassware Washer, VWR Freestanding and Mobile, VWR Vertical SpaceSaver

SP Scientific:
H-1115 UCW, H-1125 UCW, H-1175 UCW, H-1595 UCW, VSW

and more!


Operating Capital Benefits

Operating Capital Benefits

Excedr's operating lease structure allows you to keep your business credit line open for expansions, staffing, and other operational expenses. Additionally, it strengthens the cash flow of your business and keeps cash reserves free for business development opportunities.

Effects on Credit

Effects on Credit

Leasing / renting provides you with non-dilutive financing and does not hinder your future borrowing ability. You're able to acquire the equipment you need without the baggage associated with traditional financing.

Speed of Approval

Speed of Approval

Excedr's program allows you to respond quickly as your need for equipment and technology arises. You can be approved with minimal documentation and have the equipment you need in operation and generating revenue for your business quickly.

Refurbished Equipment

Refurbished Equipment

Unlike traditional financing and leasing companies, the Excedr program can accommodate refurbished equipment in addition to demo units. If you are looking for additional cost-savings, we recommend considering this option.