AmScope.com has a clean, easy to follow navigation and has some of the best prices and a solid selection among the microscope stores reviewed here. They do an excellent job of explaining the uses of each type, especially in the student area.

The most attractive feature at this site is perhaps their 7-day trial period during which you can test out your purchase and if you decide it’s not for you, return it for a full refund.

Standout Features

  • Satisfaction/money-back guarantee within 7 days
  • Guaranteed lowest price or they’ll refund you the difference
  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty on all microscopes
  • Purchases ship within 24 hours of payment
Inventory
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7.5/10
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The inventory here is first separated simply into high power and low power models. Within the low power microscopes, the categories include binocular, trinocular, zoom, boom mount, articulating arm, jewelry and gem, coin and stamp, engraver’s, and inspection – all stereo microscopes. The accompanying product information for each includes what it’s best used for. In this case, low power stereo microscopes are ideal for viewing plants, rocks, insects, coins, stamps, jewels and the like.

High power microscopes include mono-, bi-, and trinocular varieties of compound microscopes – which are used for viewing things that can’t be seen with the naked eye. AmScope.com also carries additional styles of compound scopes that are designed for certain applications such as multi-observing, inverted, darkfield, phase contrast, EPI-flouresence, metallurgical, polarizing and video microscopes. Parts and accessories for such are also included here (bulb fuses, CCD, USB, camera, darkfield condenser, eyepiece, slides, case, etc.).

Within the student microscope category, the products are broken down by school age: elementary, high school, university, and teaching/training. These are smartly organized by use within each school age. For example if you select the “Elementary” link, the results are two pages of low power, entry-level models. Some of them are labeled “dissecting” and others “student compound microscope” or “advanced student biological.”

Site Features
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Site features are perhaps lacking on AmScope.com – there are a few testimonials from customers and even a list of past customers you can look at, but there aren’t any user reviews, FAQs or a blog. They do have a nice article section called “Microscope Library.” This area has four articles that discuss the history of microscopes, parts and functions, how to choose and how to use. Some of our other highly ranked microscope stores offer more information about using and maintaining microscopes.

Support and Shipping
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8/10
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Microscopes .com
OpticsPlanet
Olympus
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10
9
10
10
8.8
9.3
9.3
8.8
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AmScope.com offers most of the usual shipping options: UPS, USPS and the international versions of both on international orders. They do ship within 24 hours of the order except on weekends. They will also do COD, and use your preferred shipping carrier if requested. You can also pay extra for express shipping. Call or email them for a quote.

For support you can call or email them. There is a toll-free 888-number located under the link “Store Policies" at the bottom of the home page.

AmScope Summary:
7.6/10

AmScope.com is a straightforward operation offering high quality, warranted microscopes for all levels of users. Among microscope stores reviewed here, this seems to be a solid service.

Make sure you read reviews of our top microscope store selections: Microscope.com, Amazon.com and Microscope World.

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