Material Type

Lab bottles commonly have a variety of components, such as bodies, caps and closures, seals, straws, and droppers that can be made of various materials.

  • Borosilicate glass has high chemical resistance, resists thermal expansion and shock, is heat-resistant, and is commonly selected for many pharmaceutical applications. It is the most common glass lab bottle type.
  • Glass is an inert brittle solid, heat-resistant, and typically transparent. It does not allow transmission of gases or vapors, and has solution-compatibility. Lab bottles come in a variety of glass types, such as borosilicate and soda-lime. Colored or tinted glass, such as amber, cobalt blue, or red, has ultraviolet (UV) resistance.
  • High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is a thermoplastic resistant to low temperatures and impact, and does not absorb moisture. It is more transparent than low-density polyethylene (LDPE). It is used in many pharmaceutical, water-based chemicals, high speed-filling, and some food product applications.