The Tuttnauer 1730 Valueklave autoclave is a budget priced, manual, high quality steam sterilizer. Because of its small size, many professionals choose it for dental offices, veterinary offices, tattoo studios, nail salons, and jewelry shops, to name a few.
Features of the 1730 Valueklave:
- Drain valve is at the front for easy draining and cleaning.
- Fast sterilizing turn around for wrapped and unwrapped instruments.
- Drying cycle is efficient for wrapped instruments to not leave any moisture.
- Chamber and door interior are electro-polished for long life.
- Shutoff is automatic at the end of sterilization and drying cycles.
- A dual thermostat prevents overheating with an auto cutoff. This protects the heating elements of the machine when water level is too low to operate.
- Double door locking device engages when chamber is pressurized.
Sizes and Specs:
- Dimensions: 17.9 in. deep by 17.4 in. wide by 12 in. tall
- Chamber size: 13 in. by 7 in.
- Shipping weight is 55 lbs.
- Distilled water volume: 2 gal.
- Chamber is made of 316L stainless steel.
- Fits two standard cassettes.
- Contains three trays
- Unwrapped cycle times: From cold start – 16 min., From hot start – 11 min.
My Video Overview of the Tuttnauer 1730:
It is a manually operated sterilizer, meaning dials are used on the front to control the steam sterilizing process. In contrast, an automatic autoclave such as the Tuttnauer EZ9 or EZ10 is electronically controlled, and usually one button operated.
You can find the user manual at the company’s website here since I know they often get lost.
This autoclave model has decent reviews on Amazon by verified purchasers. It is also the #1 Amazon Best Seller in their “Autoclave” section under “Industrial and Scientific”. It’s only reviews on eBay are three five stars, so it seems like a solid little machine.
My Exclusive Tuttnauer 1730 Valueklave Infographic!
I thought I would break into infographics with this autoclave. It is a lot of work, so I might keep to Youtube videos! (That makes this really rare, I guess!)
Similar Sterilizers to the Tuttnauer 1730 Valueklave
These are machines that are on the smaller side. Cassettes or trays can be used in . If you are focused on a manually operated, chamber sterilizer, the Tuttnauer 2340 is closest. It is slightly larger and more expensive.
Scican is a different medical device company who produce the popular Statim machines. Their two cassette versions are the Statim 2000 and 5000. Scican’s new versions have greater computer connectivity and are called the 2000 G4 and 5000 G4. Because of their new electronic features, you may be paying three or four times the price of the Tuttnauer 1730.
1730M model vs 1739KM model
Most manual Tuttnauer autoclaves come in an “MK” version. The only difference is that MKs run sterilization cycles faster. They DO use higher voltage electrical requirements, so check to see if your outlets require a transformer if you go this route.
All in all, the Valueklave seems to be a great choice if your sterilizing needs are minimal. The 1730 has good reviews for a good price from my research. Hope this helps!