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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Nalgene
Polypropylene
Nalgene High Density Polyethylene
Nalgene Low Density Polyethyene
Nalgene Polycarbonate
Nalgene
Polyethylene terephthalate
(Copolymer G)
Nalgene Fluoropolymer
Good chemical
compatibility,
translucent,
autoclavable
Good chemical compatibility,
translucent, low cost
Good chemical compatibility, translucent, low cost, flexible Window clear, impact resistant, freezer to autoclave Window clear,
pre-sterilized
Amazing chemical resistance and inertness
PPCO HDPE LDPE PC PETG FEP/PFA
Nalgene
Polypropylene
Nalgene High Density Polyethylene
Nalgene Low Density Polyethyene
Nalgene Polycarbonate
Nalgene
Polyethylene terephthalate
(Copolymer G)
Nalgene Fluoropolymer
Good chemical
compatibility,
translucent,
autoclavable
Good chemical compatibility,
translucent, low cost
Good chemical compatibility, translucent, low cost, flexible Window clear, impact resistant, freezer to autoclave Window clear,
pre-sterilized
Amazing chemical resistance and inertness
PPCO HDPE LDPE PC PETG FEP/PFA
4mL - 8L 4mL - 4L 8mL - 8L 15mL - 2L 30mL - 2L 30mL - 2.2L
milky-white
translucent
milky-white
translucent
milky-white translucent window clear  window clear  hazy white translucent
semi-rigid moderate flexibility very flexible rigid moderate flexibility very flexible
autoclavable not autoclavable not autoclavable autoclavable not autoclavable autoclavable
max use
121oC
max use
120oC
max use
80oC
max use
135oC
max use
70oC
205oC FEP
260oC PFA 
brittle1 below
-40oC
brittle1 below
-100oC
brittle1 below
-100oC
brittle1 below
-135oC
brittle1 below
-40oC
brittle1 below
-270oC
complies with
Part 21
CFR 177.1520
for food use
complies with
Part 21
CFR 177.1520
for food use2
complies with
Part 21
CFR 177.1520
for food use2
complies with
Part 21
CFR 177.1580
for food use
complies with
Part 21
CFR 177.1315
for food use3
FEP complies with Part 21
CFR 177.1550
for food use4
BPA-Free  BPA-Free  BPA-Free  Contains BPA BPA-Free  BPA-Free 
phthalate-free phthalate-free phthalate-free phthalate-free phthalate-free phthalate-free

Footnotes:
1. Brittleness temp is the temperature at which an item made from the material may break or crack if dropped.  This is not the lowest use tempearature if care is exercised in use and handling.
2. 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).
3. PETG is acceptable for alcoholic foods containing not more than 15% (by volume) alcohol; fill and storage temperature not to exceed 49° C (120° F). Non-alcoholic foods of hot fill to not exceed 82° C (180° F) and 49° C (120° F) in storage. Not suitable for carbonated beverages or beer or packaging food requiring thermal processing.
4. PFA has no food compliance


What chemicals are compatible with my plastic bottles

Acids, dilute or week Acids^ strong, concentrated Alcohols, aliphatic Aldehydes
Bases/alkali Esters Hydrocarbons, aliphatic Hydrocarbons, aromatic
Hydrocarbons, halogenated Ketones, aromatic Oxidizing agents, strong  
Hydrocarbons,
Hydrocarbons,
  Nalgene Polypropylene Nalgene High Density Polyethylene Nalgene Low Density Polyethyene Nalgene Polycarbonate Nalgene Polyethylene terephthalate (Copolymer G) Nalgene Fluoropolymer
Acids, dliute or week E E E E G E
Acids^ strong, concentrated G G G N N E
Alcohols, aliphatic E E E G G E
Aldehydes G G G F G E
Bases/alkali E E E N N E
Esters G G G N F E
Hydrocarbons, aliphatic G G G G G E
Hydrocarbons, aromatic  N N N N N E
Hydrocarbons, halogenated  N N N N N E
Ketones, aromatic N N N N N E
Oxidizing agents, strong F F F F F E

For a more detailed chemical resistance guide by chemical and application temperature, please refer to the Nalgene Chemical Resistance Wall Chart or contact Nalgene Technical Support.

 E  No damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20 o
 G  Little or no damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20oC
 F  Some effect after 7 days constant exposure at 20oC
 N  No recommended. Immediate damage may occur

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


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

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   RocRegSupport@thermofisher.com.

Chemical resistance simplified
To choose the best lab plastics for your application, download our guide 

Or request a printed poster for your lab.

 

*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). 


Resources

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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