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Plastic vs Glass Beakers - Which should I use?

Are you wondering whether you should use glass or plastic beakers for your experiments? Both materials have their pros and cons, and the right choice for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences.

Glass (borosilicate) beakers are made of a sturdy, heat-resistant material that can withstand high temperatures and harsh chemicals. They are also non-reactive, meaning they won't leach any substances into your experiments. Glass beakers are also transparent, allowing you to easily see the contents and monitor any reactions or changes.

However, glass beakers are also fragile and can break if dropped or bumped. They are also heavier and more expensive than plastic beakers. Additionally, some glass beakers can be difficult to read accurately due to their narrow graduation marks.

Plastic (polypropylene or TPX) beakers, on the other hand, are lightweight, inexpensive, and, generally unbreakable. They are also resistant to many chemicals and can be used for a wide range of experiments. However, plastic beakers can react with certain substances and may leach chemicals into your experiments. They are also not heat-resistant, so they cannot be used for high-temperature experiments.

Overall, the choice between glass and plastic beakers comes down to your specific needs and preferences. Glass beakers are a better choice for high-temperature or harsh chemical experiments, while plastic beakers are more convenient and affordable for everyday use. It's a good idea to have a variety of beakers on hand to accommodate different types of experiments.

Eisco Labs carries both plastic and glass beakers.  Eisco Labs beakers are a versatile and useful tool for a wide range of experiments and tasks. They are made of high-quality materials and come in a variety of sizes and styles to suit your needs. You can use Eisco Labs beakers for mixing and measuring liquids, heating and cooling substances, and conducting chemical reactions in the laboratory or classroom. They are also useful for storing and transporting samples and solutions. Eisco Labs beakers are durable, easy to read, and come with clear graduations for accurate measurement. Plus, their affordable price makes them a cost-effective choice for at-home experiments and projects, such as measuring ingredients for cooking and baking, mixing homemade cleaning solutions, or creating DIY beauty products.

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