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Basic Tools Every Laboratory Should Have

Whether you teach a lab class to science students or you simply like to do experiments in your own home lab, there are essential tools you should have. Without the right tools, you could end up at a standstill in the middle of a science experiment. Here is some of the basic equipment you should have have when setting up your lab.

Protective Gear

Protective clothing, such as aprons, goggles, gloves and helmets are essential for any lab. Make sure you have enough for anyone who enters the lab with you.


You’ll need beakers of various sizes to conduct practically any experiment. Don’t forget the beaker tongs as well so you can safely handle the beakers without getting too close.

Vacuum Pump

A gast vacuum pump can be used in a wide variety of laboratory applications, including distillation, filtration, degassing, evaporation, freeze drying and metals processing. Don’t forget to add one to your laboratory.

Eye Wash Station

If you use any chemicals or hazardous materials in your laboratory, you’ll need to have an emergency eyewash and shower station somewhere easily accessible. These stations can reduce workplace injury by allowing affected persons to quickly wash unwanted substances out of their eyes or off their clothing.

Erlenmeyer Flask

An Erlenmeyer flask has a cylindrical neck, conical body and flat bottom. It allows contents inside of it to be swirled without risk of splashes or spilling. It’s important to have at least one of these flasks on-hand when you’re dealing with tritration or need to boil liquids and don’t want any spillage.


There are different types of burners commonly used in laboratory settings. One of the most popular is the Bunsen burner, which produces an open gas flame that can be used to sterilize or heat materials. You’ll want to have at least one of these in your lab.

There are many more tools you can add to your laboratory. This list just gives a sampling of the most essential options.