PCR Selection Tool

For over 35 years, New England Biolabs, Inc. has been a world leader in the discovery and production of reagents for the life science industry. NEB offers a wide range of DNA polymerases and, through our commitment to research, ensures the development of innovative, high-quality tools for PCR.

When choosing a polymerase for PCR, we recommend starting with OneTaq® (NEB #M0480) or Q5® DNA Polymerase (NEB #M0491) for routine PCR applications, and NEBNext® High-Fidelity Master Mix (NEB #M0541) for next gen sequencing (NGS) library construction (shown below in orange). These all offer robust amplification, and can be used on a wide range of templates (routine, AT- and GC-rich). Q5 and NEBNext Master Mix (a Q5 formulation) provide the added benefit of maximum fidelity.

★ indicates recommended choice for application

STANDARD PCR HIGH-FIDELITY PCR SPECIALTY PCR
OneTaq®/
OneTaq Hot Start
Taq/
Hot Start Taq
Highest Fidelity
Moderate
Fidelity
Long
Amplicons
Bisulfite
Sequencing
Blood Direct
PCR
Q5®/Q5 Hot Start
Phusion®(2)/
Phusion(2) Flex
VentR®/Deep VentR
LongAmp®/
LongAmp Hot Start Taq
EpiMark® Hot Start Taq
Hemo Klen Taq
PROPERTIES
Fidelity vs. Taq 2X 1X ~280X(1) >50X 5-6X 2X 1X ND
Amplicon Size <6 kb ≤5 kb ≤20 kb ≤20 kb ≤6 kb ≤30 kb ≤1 kb ≤2 kb
Extension Time 1 kb/min 1 kb/min 6 kb/min 4 kb/min 1 kb/min 1.2 kb/min 1 kb/min 0.5 kb/min
Resulting Ends 3' A/Blunt 3' A Blunt Blunt Blunt 3' A/Blunt 3' A 3' A
3'→5' exo Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
5'→3' exo Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No
Units/50µl Reaction 1.25 1.25 1.0 1.0 0.5-1.0 5.0 1.25 N/A
Annealing Temperature Tm- Tm-  Tm+3  Tm+3 Tm- Tm- Tm- Tm-
APPLICATIONS
Routine PCR
Colony PCR
     
Enhanced Fidelity

 
High Fidelity
High Yield
Fast  
Long Amplicon
GC-rich Targets
AT-rich Targets
High Throughput
Multiplex PCR (3)
Extraction-free PCR
DNA-labeling
Site-directed Mutagenesis
Bisulfite Sequencing
NGS APPLICATIONS
NGS Library Amplification (4)
FORMATS
Hot Start Available
Kit
Master Mix Available
Direct Gel Loading Available  

(1) We continue to investigate improved assays to characterize Q5’s very low error rate to ensure that we present the most accurate fidelity data possible (Potapov, V. and Ong, J.L. (2017) PLoS ONE. 12(1): e0169774.).
(2) Phusion® DNA Polymerase was developed by Finnzymes Oy, now a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific. This product is manufactured by New England Biolabs, Inc. under agreement with, and under the performance specifications of Thermo Fisher Scientific.
(3) Use Multiplex PCR 5X Master Mix.
(4) Use NEBNext High-Fidelity 2X PCR Master Mix.

Hemo KlenTaq™ is a trademark of DNA Polymerase Technology, Inc.
OneTaq®, Q5®, NEBNext®, VentR® and EpiMark® are registered trademarks of New England Biolabs, Inc.
Deep VentR™ is a trademark of New England Biolabs, Inc.
Phusion® is a registered trademark of Thermo Fisher Scientific.