Laboratory bottles

Nalgene laboratory bottles are in a class of their own. They're iconic in labs the world over for their guaranteed leakproof* performance and rugged construction. What makes Nalgene so great? Thermo Scientific Nalgene bottles and their caps are carefully engineered to work perfectly together, providing dependable leakproof* performance, every time, guaranteed.

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Why are Nalgene bottles leakproof? It's in the design.

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Nalgene bottles are available in a variety of weights and packaging configurations to accommodate a broad range of applications, budgets and scales of use. Start with small quantity lab packs and scale up to bulk packed production bottles without changing plastics.

For help selecting the best product for your lab, use the Nalgene Bottle and Carboy Online Selection Guide ›

Guidelines and tips for choosing the right bottle for your lab application

Nalgene containers are made from a wide variety of plastic types to meet the needs of virtually any laboratory application. Care should be taken to ensure chemical compatibility between the type of plastic chosen and the intended contents of the bottle. Likewise, some plastic materials provide better performance at high or low temperature extremes than others.  

For help selecting the Nalgene bottles that are perfect for your lab applications, use our online selection guide, or request a copy of our  chemical compatibility wall chart, or for personal assistance, contact the   Nalgene Technical Support.

Nalgene bottles are made only from the highest quality plastic materials that meet pharmaceutical, laboratory and food grade standards; our plastic resins are selected to minimize additives and reduce potential leachables. Nalgene bottles are manufactured in our ISO 13485:2003 registered manufacturing facilities.  Most of our plastic resin materials are DMF registered and meet 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 regulatory claims and certifications applicable to specific Nalgene bottles, please contact Nalgene Regulatory Support at

*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.

Select the Nalgene dilution bottle that works for you

Nalgene dilution bottles make 1/10 and 1/100 dilutions simple. Graduated at 90mL and 99mL, with plenty of head space for reagent additions after dilution, often eliminating the need to transfer diluted samples to another container for further process steps.

Polypropylene copolymer (PPCO) dilutions bottles offer the best chemical resistance and will hold up to Tween exposure even at high temperatures.

Choose polysulfone (PSF) dilution bottles for better clarity and easier liquid level viewing and for their higher graduation accuracy (PSF ±1ml versus PPCO ±4mL). 


Additional resources
  • Break the Glass Habit Brochure
  • Bottle and Carboy Selection Guide
  • Plastic Properties Reference Magnet
  • Plastic Labware Chemical Resistance Wall Poster

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