Van Dorn Sampler

Van Dorn Sampler



Intended for shallow or deep waters, Alpha Bottles are called “horizontal” because they descend, parallel to the bottom. They are ideal for sampling various stratification levels, the thermocline or just above the bottom sediments.

Both popular and versatile, these bottles come in your choice of transparent acrylic or opaque PVC. PVC is more durable and less costly, however acrylic allows the sampler to view the bottle contents immediately.

Alpha samplers are not suitable for chemical analysis of contents due to possible cross contamination (i.e. by mercury and phosphorus) from the materials used in the units construction. For chemical analysis, Beta Samplers or Kemmerer water samplers are recommended.

Features & Benefits

  • Can be used for shallow of deep applications
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Can be used by one person in the field
  • Sample can be seen by the user (acrylic versions only)


  • Water Column Sampling
  • Open water profiling