The Model 583 gel dryer has 3 preprogrammed drying cycles to provide optimum drying for any type of gel, particularly sequencing gels. Precision-controlled temperature regulation helps prevent gel cracking. The exclusive design incorporates a floating heating element in the lid to heat the gel from the top while the vacuum pulls vapor from the bottom. This design ensures uniform heating to speed drying. Gel dryers that heat and pull vacuum from the bottom take longer to dry gels, and the gels are more susceptible to cracking.