Antibody Comparison Websites

PSL has compiled a list of the major antibody comparison websites and undertaken our own comparison on each – we have reviewed the way in which they compare one similar product to another, their coverage of the total number of antibody manufacturers and a general overview of the pros and cons of each.

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WebsiteProsConsComments

pAbmAbs

User submitted reviews, simple star rating for each application, often suggested usage instructions/dilutions or protocolsEntirely user submitted, no vendor/product links, no idependent verification, no citations, cannot compare search results.Site is little more than a forum focussed on reviewing products. Unlikely to ever be comprehensive source of information when looking for a product, but that doesn't seem to be its purpose. Instead it's a place to people to check out products they have already found before purchasing.

Linscott's Directory

Comprehensive database, multiple search or refining parameters, complete product information, links to vendor, packsize and format (e.g. conjugation) details, multiple product types (e.g. cytokines/kits etc), citationsCannot compare search results.Linscotts give a pretty impressive number of results from many suppliers, thought the lack of either user reviews, or product citations reduces it's usefulness a little.

1DegreeBio

Comprehensive database, multiple search or refining parameters, complete product information, links to vendor, packsize and format (e.g. conjugation) details, multiple product types (e.g. cytokines/kits etc), product protocols, citations, user reviews, offers notifications for discounts and new reviewsCannot be sure which suppliers are checked, therefore not sure how comprehensive the search is. Cannot compare search results.1degreebio ticks many boxes, providing for both user feedback and citations. It does everything Linscotts does (for antibodies) and more, with a more attractive interface. It's only real let down is an inability to compare product results.

Antibodypedia

Comprehensive database, multiple search or refining parameters, complete product information, links to vendor, packsize and format (e.g. conjugation) details, comparison site, emphasis on displaying products with references, clear indicators for applicationsPossible multiple entries for same products from different suppliers, possibly fewer companies searched than Linscotts or 1degreebioAntibodypedia does a great job of helping researchers find antibodies for specific applications they can be confident will work, through sharing product validation data and citations.

Labome

Comprehensive database of suppliers (889), multiple search or refining parameters, complete product information, links to vendor, packsize and format (e.g. conjugation) details, comparison site, product citations, lists manufacturers searchedDesign is outdated and clunky to use/read, fast loading/searching timeLabome is functional and gives many options for refining searches, but is ugly to use. In a world of site designs like 1degreebio, and antibodypedia labome is starting to look dated.

Antibody Resource

Comprehensive database of suppliers, multiple search or refining parameters, complete product information, links to vendor, packsize and format (e.g. conjugation) details, comparison site, product citations, lists manufacturers searched, nice gridlayout to select by application and species, user reviewsNo links to citations for use, cannot compare within search results.Antibodyresource is a nice looking engine for finding products for specific applications, but lacks in that products cannot be compared and only has limited user reviews of products. Has Android and iPhone apps

Biocompare

Comprehensive database, multiple search or refining parameters, complete product information, links to vendor, packsize and format (e.g. conjugation) details, multiple product types (e.g. cytokines/kits etc), allows comparisons of products, nice design. Much other content on site.No links to citations for use,Biocomapre is a big name in this kind of search, and with good reason, the site is slick, functional and fast. Extra site content likely to increase use to user, and return. Has Android and iPhone apps

Citeab

Comprehensive database of 57 suppliers, results ranked based on citations, simple clean design, multiple search or refining parameters, complete product information, links to vendor, packsize and format (e.g. conjugation) detail.Cannot compare within search results, no user ratingsCiteAb provides a great way to find a reliable product fast for an application, ranking by the number of citations. Of course, the usefulness of ranking is limited to only more popular and older products/reagents, but provides higher confidence.

Antibody Adviser

Lab management focus, simple clean design, multiple search or refining parameters,User submitted products only (I think), small database of productsAntibodyadvisor is a great idea, with focus on providing reagents and tools to manage them, however, since it appears products are submitted by users, it's hobbled by a smaller database of products than most other sites.

Chromocyte

Comprehensive database, multiple search or refining parameters, complete product information, links to vendor, packsize and format (e.g. conjugation) details, multiple product types (e.g. cdyes/beads etc), allows comparisons of products, nice design. Much other content on site. Focus on a single applications areaFocus on a single application area, No links to citations for use.Chromocyte is remarkable in that it's a solution for one application/technique alone, and this focus, rather than being general, serves to make it far more functional for it's target audience that many other sites.

Antibody Directory

Comprehensive database of 66 suppliers, multiple search or refining parameters, complete product information, links to vendor, packsize and format (e.g. conjugation) detail, additional product types and services, can compare within search resultsNo user ratings, little clunky looking, No links to citations for use.Antibodydirectory does a good job, and returns multiple results, though the user then has to crawl through them a little more

BioBrea

Comprehensive database of suppliers, results ranked based on citations, simple clean design, multiple search or refining parameters, complete product information, links to vendor, packsize and format (e.g. conjugation) detail, clean designCannot refine results based on format/conjugationBiobrea has a minimal, but highly functional design. As with CiteAb it provides a great way to find a reliable product fast for an application, ranking by the number of citations. It also always comparison of up to 4 products, which could be a real boon to a researcher. Of course, ranking by citations is limited only to more popular and older products/reagents, but provides higher confidence.

SeekQuence

Returns a wealth of data for each product such as applications, species reactivity and citations. Also includes images, such as western blots and IHC and so on. Allows comparison of different products. At the time of writing database contained products from 67 suppliers, including many of the bigger name companies, such as R&D Systems and Bio-Rad. Many options to filter results, e.g. by isotype, host, or supplier.May miss out on releveant products from other companies, e.g. peprotech, Millipore etc. Information on pack sizes or costs (in US$) not given in results summaries.Very nicely laid out site which is easy to use and provides all relevant information to help make decisions. Lots of links to citations included. Inclusion of images for western blots and so on is a nice touch and the ability to compare between products is straightforward and well executed.

iSpyBio

Solid list of 71 suppliers at the time of writing. Easy to use search with appropriate filters for applications, host and conjugation etc. List applications and known species reactivity, aos includes some images from, for example, IHC Western blot and so on. Easy comparison function. Gives the number of known publications using a product and allows for user reviews as well. Site also includes search functions for other product types and protocols.May miss out on releveant products from other companies, e.g. peprotech, Millipore etc. Pack sizes not given in summary of search results, and prices (in any currency) not given anywhere. Doesn't link directly to citations.Simple looking but functionally designed site. Easy to use with a good search function. Some useful details, such as pack sizes and pricing, are missing from search results, but this is not abnormal for such comparison sites.

Visabl

Simple, elegant cards based results, nicely displayed, with a Focus on visuals, where available, e.g. IHC. Easy clicking through more detailed search results as well. Allows user commments on products through Disqus. Mobile friendly website. Focus on Diagnostics.Limited number of search options and suppliers, so may miss out on relevant products from other companies. Product costs are not displayed. Lacks ability to compare results from different vendors.Very clean and easy to read user interface. May get better results if you have the gene name rather than a more generic protein name.

Genlogica

Genlogica has a simple, clean and straightforward interface, as well as guide to how to use it, should you require it. Its main distiguishing features are the ability to identify anitbodies of the same clone, or origin, from different suppliers, enabling users to potentially get their products faster or cheaper. It also ranks results based on the intended application or sample type (e.g. cell or tissue type) needed and an'independent quality score based on product validation'. Number of citations with a product are also shown.Doesn't allow product comparisons (on price, for example) beyond what can be viewed on the ranked table of results. Unknown number of suppliers listed, though appears relativly comprehensive, capturing most of the larger suppliers. Supplier match function/service requires suppling name and contact information. CUrrently only appear to give pricing in US$, so may limited in terms of international use. It is not clear what the quality score is based on, e.g. manufacturers claimed validation, or some other source or laboratory.

Antibody Registry

Has a tutorial prominantly marked for how to use the registry, which few others do. Integration with the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF) is a neat feature for those users with accounts, though somewhat niche. Antibodyregistry.org works with vendors to get their data identified or "tagged" with stable ids, a kind of DIO for antibodies, which is a good idea, but requires buy-in from suppliers, and may risk the same products being listed multiple times as though they were different, when sold by re-labellers.
At time of writing they list over 200 vendors -- all listed on the homepage -- including many well known names. Additionally they also list specific clones from papers.
Search results can be sorted by any of the fields in the results.
Allows users to add antibodies themseleves, though this requires registration.
Search function is only for catalogue numbers, though searching using a target antigen appears work fine.
Not clear if all antibodies from listed suppliers are in the datatbase.
Prices not included, nor pack sizes, which some may find an important feature.
Doesn't allow comparison of products (e.g. on price)
The Antibody Registry can be used as a comparison site to some extent, though it's main prupose is to serve as a database of antibodies, uniquely identifying antibodies so that they can be referenced within publications in a better and more consistant way, avoiding issues where anitbody clones are sold or liscened to other suppliers.