Nalgene 20L (5ga) and 25L (6.5ga) Nalgene carboys go the extra mile containing your higher-volume lab solutions. Their rugged construction will hold up to the most rigorous lab and field applications. Made only from the highest-quality laboratory, pharmaceutical and food-grade plastic materials; no unnecessary additives to contaminate your valuable reagents, research or production materials. Choose from a wide variety of shapes and plastic materials to find the carboy that best meets your application needs.  

  • Polypropylene (PP), polypropylene copolymer (PPCO), high density polyethylene (HDPE) and low density polyethylene (LDPE) carboys are chemically compatible with a wide range of lab reagents including most acids, bases, alcohols, aldehydes, esters, and aliphatic hydrocarbons. Choose fluorinated high density polyethylene (FLPE) for enhanced compatibility with organic solvents. 
  • Polypropylene, polypropylene copolymer and polycarbonate (PC) materials are autoclavable.
  • The polyethylenes and polycarbonate are ideal choices for low-temperature applications.

For chemical compatibility ratings by specific chemical and application temperature, consult the   Nalgene Chemical Resistance Guide, or request a copy of the printed wall chart. Nalgene carboys are made only from high-quality laboratory-grade resin materials that comply with a number of regulatory specifications including: USP Class VI, EP monographs, EU food-contact directives, CONEG, RoHS, CA Prop 65, SARA Title III Sec. 313, and 21 CFR pt 177 for food contact. For regulatory claims  and certifications applicable to specific Nalgene carboys, please contact   Nalgene Regulatory Support.

For help selecting the Thermo Scientific Nalgene carboy that's perfect for your lab applications, use our online selection guide or for personal assistance, contact the   Nalgene technical support team.


Narrow-Mouth Round Carboy with Spigot (2319-0050, 8319-0050 APAC) Narrow-Mouth Round Carboy (2250-0050, 8250-0050 in APAC) Wide-Mouth Round Carboy (2235-0050) Narrow-Mouth Round Carboy with Tubulation  2301-0020) Rectangular Carboy with Spigot (2321-0050) Rectangular Carboy (2212-0050)
Dispensing lab water and reagents.  Compatible with sterilzation by autoclaving Liquid storage and shipping.  Applications where autoclaving is required. Liquid storage where autoclaving is required. Wide  mouth allows easy access for filling and cleaning For gravity fed liquid dispencing through tubing.  Applications where autoclaving is required. Dispensing lab water and reagents.  Excellent choice for space efficient reagent banks. Autoclavable Space-efficient storage for large-volume lab solutions where autoclaving is required
PP with white PP closure/TPE gasket, PP spigot PP with white PP closure/TPE gasket PPCO with white PP closure PP with white PP closure/TPE gasket PPCO with white PP closure, PP spigot PPCO with white PP closure
Round Round Round Round Rectangular  Rectangular 
Milky white translucent Milky white translucent Milky white translucent Milky white translucent Milky white translucent Milky white translucent
20L (5ga) 20L (5ga) 20L (5ga) 20L (5ga) 20L (5ga) 20L (5ga)
Narrow mouth  Narrow mouth  Wide mouth Narrow mouth  Wide mouth Wide mouth
Spigot No drain No drain Tubing adapter port Spigot No drain
Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof*
Temp range 0°C to 135°C Temp range 0°C to 135°C Temp range -40°C to 121°C Temp range 0°C to 135°C Temp range -40°C to 121°C Temp range -40°C to 121°C
Autoclavable Autoclavable Autoclavable Autoclavable Autoclavable Autoclavable
Non-sterile Non-sterile Non-sterile Non-sterile Non-sterile Non-sterile
Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons
Molded-in shoulder handles Molded-in shoulder handles Molded-in shoulder handles Molded-in shoulder handles Stainless steel handle and 20L w/molded-in grip Stainless steel handle and 20L w/molded-in grip
Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use
BPA-free BPA-free BPA-free BPA-free BPA-free BPA-free
Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free

General chemical compatibility

  Narrow-mouth Round Carboy with Spigot (2319-0020, 8319-0020 APAC) Narrow-Mouth Round Carboy (2250-0020, 8250-series in APAC) Wide-Mouth Round Carboy (2235-0020) Narrow-Mouth Round Carboy with Tubulation Port (2301-0020) Rectangular Carboy with Spigot (2321-0020) Rectangular Carboy (2212-0020)
Acids, dilute or weak E E E E E E
Acids^ strong, concentrated G G G G G G
Alcohols, aliphatic E E E E E E
Aldehydes G G G G G G
Bases/alkali E E E E E E
Esters G G G G G G
Hydrocarbons, aliphatic G G G G G G
Hydrocarbons, aromatic N N N N N N
Hydrocarbons, halogenated  N N N N N N
Ketones, aromatic N N N N N N
Oxidizing agents, strong F F F F F F

For a more detailed chemical resistance guide by chemical and application temperature, please refer to   Chemical resistance guide or request a printed poster for your lab or contact Nalgene Technical Support.

 E  No damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20oC. 
 G  Little or no damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20oC.
 F  Some effect after 7 days constant exposure at 20oC.
 N  Not recommended. Immediate damage may occur.

Footnote:
1. HDPE and LDPE are acceptable for: Nonacid, aqueous products; may contain salt, sugar or both (pH above 5.0). Dairy products and modifications; oil-in-water emulsions, high or low fat. Moist bakery products with surface containing no free fat or oil. Dry solids with the surfaces containing no free fat or oil (no end-test required) and under all conditions as described in Table 2 of FDA Regulation 177.1520 except condition A - high temperature sterilization (e.g., over 100°C / 212°F)

*The term “leakproof” applies to Thermo Scientific Nalgene products that meet the following criteria: a) Bottle/flask/funnel closure systems with closures smaller than 100mm, after they are filled with water, inverted, withstand air pressure of 2psig for 2 minutes, and no water escapes;. b) Bottle/funnel/flask closure systems of larger than 100mm after they are filled with water, inverted for 15 minutes, and no water escapes. Note: these tests, using other liquids, may not yield the same results. To ensure safe usage, customers are advised to test Thermo Scientific Nalgene bottles and closures under conditions of their planned applications. Thermo Scientific Nalgene products are leakproof at ambient temperature and pressure when used with their Nalgene closures.

^Except for oxidizing acids, see "Oxidizing acids, strong."

Rectangular Carboy with Spigot
(2320-0050)
Rectangular Carboy
(2211-0050)
Heavy-Duty Rectangular Carboy
(2214-0050)
Rectangular Carboy with Tubulation (2303-0050) Single Use Sterile Carboy
(342289-series)
Dispensing lab water and reagents. Excellent choice for space efficient reagent banks. Space-efficient storage  for large volume lab solutions.  Space-saving, extra-durable design for storing and shipping large volume lab reagents and other liquids.  Dispensing media, DI water and other lab reagents by gravity feed. Rectangular design optimizes shelf space Supplied sterile for one-time use, the high-density polyethelyne vessels are ideal for storing sterile fluids and pharmaceutical/biotech products.
HDPE with PP spigot and white PP closure HDPE with white PP  closure HDPE with white PP closure HDPE with white PP  closure HDPE with white PP  closure
Rectangular  Rectangular  Rectangular  Rectangular  Round
Milky white translucent Milky white translucent Milky white translucent Milky white translucent Milky white translucent
20L (5ga) 20L (5ga) 20L (5ga) 20L (5ga) 20L (5ga)and 33L (8.7ga)
Wide mouth Wide mouth Narrow mouth  Wide mouth Narrow mouth 
Spigot No drain No drain Tubing adapter port No drain
Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof*
Temp range -100°C to 120°C Temp range -100°C to 120°C Temp range -100°C to 120°C Temp range -100°C to 120°C Temp range -100°C to 120°C
Not autoclavable Not autoclavable Not autoclavable Not autoclavable Not autoclavable
Non-sterile Non-sterile Non-sterile Non-sterile Sterile
Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons No graduations
Stainless steel handle Stainless steel handle and 20L w/molded-in grip Molded-in handle Stainless steel handle and molded-in grip Stainless steel handle sold separately/molded-in shoulder handle
Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use1 Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use1 Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use1 Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use1 Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use1
BPA-free BPA-free BPA-free BPA-free BPA-free
Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free

General chemical compatibility

  Rectangular Carboy with Spigot 
(2320-0050)
Rectangular Carboy 
(2211-0050)
Heavy-Duty Rectangular Carboy 
(2214-0050)
Rectangular Carboy with Tubulation
(2303-0050)
Single Use Sterile Carboy 
(342289-series)
Acids, dilute or weak E E E E E
Acids^ strong, concentrated G G G G G
Alcohols, aliphatic E E E E E
Aldehydes G G G G G
Bases/alkali E E E E E
Esters G G G G G
Hydrocarbons, aliphatic G G G G G
Hydrocarbons, aromatic N N N N N
Hydrocarbons, halogenated  N N N N N
Ketones, aromatic N N N N N
Oxidizing agents, strong F F F F F

For a more detailed chemical resistance guide by chemical and application temperature, please refer to Chemical resistance guide or request a printed poster for your lab or contact Nalgene Technical Support.

 E  No damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20oC. 
 G  Little or no damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20oC.
 F  Some effect after 7 days constant exposure at 20oC.
 N  Not recommended. Immediate damage may occur.

Footnote:

1. HDPE and LDPE are acceptable for: Nonacid, aqueous products; may contain salt, sugar or both (pH above 5.0). Dairy products and modifications; oil-in-water emulsions, high or low fat. Moist bakery products with surface containing no free fat or oil. Dry solids with the surfaces containing no free fat or oil (no end-test required) and under all conditions as described in Table 2 of FDA Regulation 177.1520 except condition A - high temperature sterilization (e.g. over 100° C / 212° F)

*The term “leakproof” applies to Thermo Scientific Nalgene products that meet the following criteria: a) Bottle/flask/funnel closure systems with closures smaller than 100mm, after they are filled with water, inverted, withstand air pressure of 2psig for 2 minutes, and no water escapes;. b) Bottle/funnel/flask closure systems of larger than 100mm after they are filled with water, inverted for 15 minutes, and no water escapes. Note: these tests, using other liquids, may not yield the same results. To ensure safe usage, customers are advised to test Thermo Scientific Nalgene bottles and closures under conditions of their planned applications. Thermo Scientific Nalgene products are leakproof at ambient temperature and pressure when used with their Nalgene closures.

^Except for oxidizing acids, see "Oxidizing acids, strong."

Narrow-Mouth Round Carboy with Spigot
(2318-series,  8318-series in APAC)
Narrow-Mouth Round Carboy
(2210-series, 8210-series in APAC)
Narrow-Mouth Round Carboy with Tubulation Port
(2302-0050)
Wide-Mouth Round Carboy
(2234-0050)
Classic DI water and lab reagent dispenser Classic DI water and reagent reservoir For gravity fed liquid dispencing through tubing Wide mouth reagent reservoir provides easy access and cleaning
LDPE carboy with white PP closure and PP spigot LDPE carboy with white PP closure LDPE carboy with white PP closure LDPE carboy with white PP closure
Round Round Round Round
Milky white translucent Milky white translucent Milky white translucent Milky white translucent
20L (5.5ga) and 25L (6.5ga) 20L (5ga) and 25L (6.5ga) 20L (5ga) 20L (5ga)
Narrow mouth  Narrow mouth  Narrow mouth  Wide mouth
Spigot No drain Tubing adapter port No drain
Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof*
Temp range
-76°C to 70°C
Temp range
-76°C to 70°C
Temp range
-76°C to 70°C
Temp range
-76°C to 70°C
Not autoclavable Not autoclavable Not autoclavable Not autoclavable
Non-sterile Non-sterile Non-sterile Non-sterile
Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons
Molded-in shoulder handles Molded-in shoulder handles Molded-in shoulder handles Molded-in shoulder handles
Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use1 Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use1 Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use1 Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use1
BPA-free BPA-free BPA-free BPA-free
Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free

General chemical compatibility

  Narrow-Mouth Round Carboy with Spigot
(2318-series,  8318-series in APAC)
Narrow-Mouth Round Carboy 
(2210-series, 8210-series in APAC)
Narrow-Mouth Round Carboy with Tubulation Port 
(2302-0050)
Wide-Mouth Round Carboy 
(2234-0050)
Acids, dilute or weak E E E E
Acids^ strong, concentrated G G G G
Alcohols, aliphatic E E E E
Aldehydes G G G G
Bases/alkali E E E E
Esters G G G G
Hydrocarbons, aliphatic G G G G
Hydrocarbons, aromatic N N N N
Hydrocarbons, halogenated  N N N N
Ketones, aromatic N N N N
Oxidizing agents, strong F F F F

For a more detailed chemical resistance guide by chemical and application temperature, please refer to Chemical resistance guide or request a printed poster for your lab or contact Nalgene Technical Support.

 E  No damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20oC. 
 G  Little or no damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20oC.
 F  Some effect after 7 days constant exposure at 20oC.
 N  Not recommended. Immediate damage may occur.
Narrow-Mouth Round Clearboy with Spigot (2317-0050) Narrow-Mouth Round Clearboy Carboy
(2251-0050)
Wide-Mouth Rectangular Clearboy with Spigot
(2322-0050)
Wide-Mouth Rectangular Clearboy (DS2213-0050)
Dispensing lab media and non-aggressive aqueous lab reagents where a clear view of contents is desired. Compatible with sterilzation. Mixing, storing and shipping lab media and non-aggressive aqueous  reagents where a clear view of contents..   Dispensing lab media and non-aggressive aqueous lab reagents where a clear view of contents is desired.  Rectangular shape optimized shelf space. Storing lab media and non-aggressive aqueous lab reagents where a clear view of contents is desired. Rectangular shape optimizes shelf space.
PC with white PP closure/TPE gasket and PP spigot PC with white PP closure/TPE gasket  PC with white PP closure and PP spigot PC with white PP closure 
Round Round Rectangular Rectangular
Clear Clear Clear Clear
20L (5ga) 20L (5ga) 20L (5ga) 20L (5ga)
Narrow mouth  Narrow mouth  Wide mouth Wide mouth
Spigot No drain Spigot No drain
Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof*
Temp range -135°C to 135°C Temp range -135°C to 135°C Temp range -135°C to 135°C Temp range -135°C to 135°C
Autoclavable Autoclavable Autoclavable Autoclavable
Non-sterile Non-sterile Non-sterile Non-sterile
Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons
No handles No handles Stainless steel handle Stainless steel handle
Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1580 for food use Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1580 for food use Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1580 for food use Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1580 for food use
Contains BPA Contains BPA Contains BPA Contains BPA
Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free

General chemical compatibility

  Narrow-Mouth Round Clearboy with Spigot (2317-0050) Narrow-Mouth Round Clearboy Carboy
(2251-0050)
Wide-Mouth Rectangular Clearboy with Spigot
(2322-0050)
Wide-Mouth Rectangular Clearboy (DS2213-0050)
Acids, dilute or weak E E E E
Acids^ strong, concentrated N N N N
Alcohols, aliphatic G G G G
Aldehydes F F F F
Bases/alkali N N N N
Esters N N N N
Hydrocarbons, aliphatic G G G G
Hydrocarbons, aromatic N N N N
Hydrocarbons, halogenated  N N N N
Ketones, aromatic N N N N
Oxidizing agents, strong F F F F

For a more detailed chemical resistance guide by chemical and application temperature, please refer to Chemical resistance guide or request a printed poster for your lab or contact Nalgene Technical Support.

 E  No damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20oC. 
 G  Little or no damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20oC.
 F  Some effect after 7 days constant exposure at 20oC.
 N  Not recommended. Immediate damage may occur.

Footnote:

1. HDPE and LDPE are acceptable for: Nonacid, aqueous products; may contain salt, sugar or both (pH above 5.0). Dairy products and modifications; oil-in-water emulsions, high or low fat. Moist bakery products with surface containing no free fat or oil. Dry solids with the surfaces containing no free fat or oil (no end-test required) and under all conditions as described in Table 2 of FDA Regulation 177.1520 except condition A - high temperature sterilization (e.g. over 100° C / 212° F)

*The term “leakproof” applies to Thermo Scientific Nalgene products that meet the following criteria: a) Bottle/flask/funnel closure systems with closures smaller than 100mm, after they are filled with water, inverted, withstand air pressure of 2psig for 2 minutes, and no water escapes;. b) Bottle/funnel/flask closure systems of larger than 100mm after they are filled with water, inverted for 15 minutes, and no water escapes. Note: these tests, using other liquids, may not yield the same results. To ensure safe usage, customers are advised to test Thermo Scientific Nalgene bottles and closures under conditions of their planned applications. Thermo Scientific Nalgene products are leakproof at ambient temperature and pressure when used with their Nalgene closures.

^Except for oxidizing acids, see "Oxidizing acids, strong."

Fluorinated Carboy (2097-0050) Fluorinated Carboy with Spigot
(DS2327-0050)
Storage for solvents and other organic solutions  Space-efficient dispensing for non-flammable solvents and other organic solutions 
FLPE with white PP closure FLPE with white PP  closure and fluoropolymer spigot
Round Rectangular 
Milky white translucent, yellowish tint due to fluorination process Milky white translucent, yellowish tint due to fluorination process
20L (5ga) 20L (5ga)
Narrow mouth Wide mouth
No drain Spigot
Leakproof* Leakproof*
Temp range -100°C to 120°C Temp range -100°C to 120°C
Not autoclavable Not autoclavable
Non-sterile Non-sterile
Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons
Molded-in shoulder handle Stainless steel handle
Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1615 for food use1 Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1615 for food use1
BPA-free BPA-free
Phthalate-free Phthalate-free

General chemical compatibility

  Fluorinated Carboy (2097-0050) Fluorinated Carboy with Spigot 
(DS2327-0050)
Acids, dilute or weak E E
Acids^ strong, concentrated G G
Alcohols, aliphatic E E
Aldehydes G G
Bases/alkali F F
Esters G G
Hydrocarbons, aliphatic E E
Hydrocarbons, aromatic E E
Hydrocarbons, halogenated  G G
Ketones, aromatic G G
Oxidizing agents, strong F F

For a more detailed chemical resistance guide by chemical and application temperature, please refer to Chemical resistance guide or request a printed poster for your lab or contact Nalgene Technical Support.

 E  No damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20oC. 
 G  Little or no damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20oC.
 F  Some effect after 7 days constant exposure at 20oC.
 N  Not recommended. Immediate damage may occur.

Footnote:

1. HDPE and LDPE are acceptable for: Nonacid, aqueous products; may contain salt, sugar or both (pH above 5.0). Dairy products and modifications; oil-in-water emulsions, high or low fat. Moist bakery products with surface containing no free fat or oil. Dry solids with the surfaces containing no free fat or oil (no end-test required) and under all conditions as described in Table 2 of FDA Regulation 177.1520 except condition A - high temperature sterilization (e.g. over 100° C / 212° F)

*The term “leakproof” applies to Thermo Scientific Nalgene products that meet the following criteria: a) Bottle/flask/funnel closure systems with closures smaller than 100mm, after they are filled with water, inverted, withstand air pressure of 2psig for 2 minutes, and no water escapes;. b) Bottle/funnel/flask closure systems of larger than 100mm after they are filled with water, inverted for 15 minutes, and no water escapes. Note: these tests, using other liquids, may not yield the same results. To ensure safe usage, customers are advised to test Thermo Scientific Nalgene bottles and closures under conditions of their planned applications. Thermo Scientific Nalgene products are leakproof at ambient temperature and pressure when used with their Nalgene closures.

^Except for oxidizing acids, see "Oxidizing acids, strong."

Technical support

For assistance choosing products appropriate for your application, please speak with a Nalgene Technical Support Representative team by phone at +1.585.586.8800 or (1.800.625.4327 US toll free), or email your request to
   technicalsupport@thermofisher.com.

In Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom please contact technical support by phone at +800 1234 9696 (toll free) or +49.6184.90.6321, or email your request to
   techsupport.labproducts.eu@thermofisher.com.

Regulatory Support: For regulatory documentation of product or material claims, please contact Nalgene Regulatory Support at   RocRegSupport@thermofisher.com


Specialty PP and PPCO Carboys

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  • Bottle and Carboy Selection Guide
  • Plastic Properties Reference Magnet
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