BeadBug™ 6

Category Bead Mill Homogenizer
Manufacturer Benchmark Scientific
Country of manufacture China
Average customer rating based on 6 reviews

The BeadBug™ 6 joins the large capacity BeadBlaster™ 24 and personal sized BeadBug™ as the newest member of the Benchmark homogenizer line.

Like the other members of the Benchmark Microtube Homogenizer family, the BeadBug 6 utilizes a three dimensional shaking motion to disrupt samples. This motion, when combined with beads of the appropriate size and material, causes high velocity impacts with the sample and is an extremely fast and efficient method for releasing cellular contents, including nucleic acids and proteins.

Many different sample types, from cells in culture to organ tissues and bone can be homogenized in the BeadBug 6, most within 45 seconds. Programming the unit is very simple - just set the speed, time, number of cycles and pause between cycles, then press start. For convenience, the last programmed parameters remain in memory for repeated runs.

Sealed tubes prevent cross contamination in the BeadBug 6. Samples are simply loaded into the tubes along with the beads and placed in the unit for processing. After homogenization, tubes are spun briefly in a centrifuge, and the lysate removed with a pipette.

Designed to fit the needs of medium throughput laboratories, the BeadBug 6 can simultaneously process up to six samples in 2.0ml tubes. With optional adapters, the unit will also accept two 5.0ml tubes. A full range of bead materials and sizes are available in both prefilled tubes and in bulk to meet all your sample processing needs.


  • Fast, efficient bead homogenization
  • Process up to 6 samples simultaneously
  • For all sample types, from soft tissue to bone
  • Accepts 2.0ml or 5.0ml tubes (use of 5.0 ml tubes requires optional 5 ml tube adapter)
  • Full range of bead materials and sizes are available

Optional Accessories Available:

  • 5ml adapters for BeadBug 6, set of 2
  • Tube Kits, prefilled with screw cap, 50 tubes/pack 
    • Triple-Pure Zirconium, Ø 0.1mm, 2ml
    • Triple-Pure Zirconium, Ø 0.5mm, 2ml
    • Triple-Pure Zirconium, Ø 1.0mm, 2ml
    • Triple-Pure Zirconium, Ø 1.5mm, 2ml
    • Triple-Pure Zirconium, Ø 3.0mm, 2ml
    • Stainless steel, Ø 2.8mm, 2ml
    • Ceria based Zirconium, Ø 6.0mm, 2ml
    • Mixed format for soil, 2ml
    • Stainless Steel, Ø 2.8mm, 5ml** (requires the use of 5ml adapters)
  • Empty tubes
    • 2.0ml tubes, pk of 1000
  • More available at the accessories link

The optional "Triple Pure" Zirconium Bead Starter Kit contains 10 preps of each size of zirconium beads (0.1, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, and 3.0mm).  These "Triple Pure" beads are acid washed, heat treated, and nuclease free. The starter kit provides a simple, inexpensive way to optimize your homogenization if you don't know what size of beads will work best for you.

Key Attributes 
Homogenizer Type Bead Mill
Sample Throughput 6 samples
Sample Volume (min) 10 µl
Sample Volume (max) 3 mL
Usage / Placement Benchtop
Cooling No
Warranty 2 years
Noise Level <65 db
Weight 20 lb
Width 8.6"
Depth 14"
Height 8"
Manufacturer Specifications
Speed Range:

4.0 to 7.0 m/s (0.05 m/s increments)


6 x 2.0ml or 2 x 5.0ml*
* 5.0ml capacity requires optional adapters

Cycle Time:

1 to 90 sec. (up to 90 sec.)

Pause between cycles::

0 to 90 sec. (1 sec. increments)

Max, cycles per program::


Program Memorys::

up to 50

Noise Level::

<65 db


8.6 x 14 x 8 in.

22 x 35.5 x 20.5 cm


20 lbs /9kg

Two Years


100 to 240V, 50-60Hz

Can I use normal 2 ml screw-cap tubes in the BeadBug 6?

As the tubes for the BeadBug are a standard size, you may use any 2 ml, polypropylene, non-skirted, screw-cap tubes with o-ringed caps.


Is there any difference in power between the BeadBug, BeadBug 6, and BeadBlaster 24

Not a lot. The BeadBug 6 and BeadBlaster are about 10% more powerful than the original BeadBug.

The stroke of the BeadBug, BeadBug 6, and BeadBlaster 24 are the same. The BeadBug 6 and BeadBlaster 24 have the same absolute speed range - 4.0 m/s to 7.0 m/s. The speed of the original BeadBug has a slightly narrower range. In RPM (which is what the speed of the BeadBug is given in), the range is 2700 to 4000 RPM. In the BeadBug 6 and BeadBlaster 24, the speed range is 2400 to 4350 RPM.


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