Magnetic stirring is used in a number of common laboratory procedures, yet the importance of selecting the best stirring bar for each particular application is often overlooked. The drive magnet, vessel shape, viscosity and abrasiveness of the materials should all be considered when choosing the size, shape and materials (coating and magnet) of the magnetic stirring bar in order to achieve effective, efficient stirring results.

When a magnetic stirring bar has been placed in a container with solution, it should be positioned directly over the centre of the drive magnet. The stirring speed should be increased slowly, until the desired vortex pattern is achieved. Should the magnetic stirring bar lose its coupling with the drive magnet because of the speed of the drive magnet, viscosity of the fluid, or an improperly selected stirring bar length, it is said to have “spun-out”.

Vertical distance between the drive magnet and the stirring bar should be kept to a minimum for the best coupling and stirring efficiency. Therefore, the containing vessel should be as thin as practical.

The selection of the shape of the magnetic stirring bar also influences the resulting vortex in that multi-sided shapes may be more efficient in moving solutions and certain shapes have been designed to provide a tailored fit in specialty vessels such as test tubes, cuvettes and spectrophotometer cells.

Magnetic stirring bars are generally made of ALNICO (an alloy of aluminum, nickel, iron and cobalt) magnets encapsulated in an FDA approved PTFE coating. In addition, magnetic stirring bars also use high energy magnetic materials, such as Samarium Cobalt which increases strength of coupling with a drive magnet and helps to reduce spinout when mixing viscous solutions or mixing at high speeds.

Guide for choosing Spinbar® Magnetic Stirring Bar


General Stirring Applications

High Temperature Stirring

Viscous Solutions High Speed Stirring

Brand / Type

Spinbar® Teflon PTFE

Spinbar® Pyrex Glass

Spinbar® Rare Earth Samarium Cobalt

Magnetic Type



Samarium Cobalt


Teflon® PTFE

Clear Pyrex® Glass

Teflon® PTFE

Features / Benefits

Wide selection of shapes and sizes to fit vessels of all types; Individual shapes create different vortexes for efficient and effective stirring

Heated stirring applications up to 274oC (525oF)

Reliable Magnetic Coupling – Superior magnetic energy reduces frequency of spinout in the most vigorous applications

FDA Grade, USP Class VI Teflon® brand PTFE coating – Superior Chemical Compatibility

Glass casing has zero absorption and porosity

FDA Grade, USP Class VI Teflon® brand PTFE coating – Superior Chemical Compatibility

Color Selection for color-coding work processes


Distinct Color – Green color lets you quickly identify Spinbar® Rare Earth Samarium Cobalt


All Spinbar® and other Teflon® PTFE Coated Magnetic Stirring Bars are manufactured in a registered ISO9001:2015 facility, as verified by SGS Certification.

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