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6 Types of Scientific Tubing Used in Labs

Sep 27,2022 by Edulab

Rubber tubing is a very common piece of equipment found in all types of laboratories, and it is used to help with many different applications. Laboratory tubing can be used to contain fluids and gases, as well as transport them to other receptacles. Not all tubing is created equal, and there are different types of tubing available for different uses.

It is critical that you always use the right kind of tubes for your experiment, as getting this wrong can not only cause problems with the experiment, but can be dangerous. Rubber is the most widely used material for tubing, but other materials are sometimes used, such as glass or plastic.

Types of Laboratory Tubing

At EduLab, we are specialists in laboratory equipment and supplies, including tubing. Here are the 6 types of tuning that every lab should have to hand:

#1 Latex Rubber Tubing

Rubber tubes have so many uses in a laboratory and are used for so many different experiments. It can withstand temperatures between -65 degrees Celsius and +70 degrees Celsius, making it a good option for a lot of applications. Rubber makes for super flexible tubing which is also elastic and easy to manoeuvre when required. Even after repeated stretching, latex rubber tubing will maintain its original shape. This kind of lab tubing can be used in various pump and transfer applications, and its chemical resistance can handle acid and alkalis. Latex rubber tubing is available in various sizes and with a range of different wall thickness options.

#2 Bunsen Burner Tubing

Another type of rubber tube is Bunsen burner tubing, which is exactly what the name suggests. These laboratory tubes feature reinforced ends which connect to the Bunsen burner, and they work to carry the gas from a gas tap to the burner. Bunsen burner tubing is usually made from high quality neoprene and suitable for use with both LPG and natural gases. Neoprene will generally last longer than natural rubber tubing as it is more hardwearing, which is ideal for schools who practice experiments that use bunsen burners on a regular basis. Bunsen burner tubes are available in different lengths to suit your unique lab set up.

#3 EnduraFlex Vacuum Tubing

This is a relatively new type of laboratory tubing which has been designed to replace natural rubber options. It is affordable and resilient to most substances. EnduraFlex Vacuum tubing will last much longer than natural rubber. It features a 6mm wall thickness which offers extreme vacuum and makes this suitable for a lot of applications. This lab tubing is created from a polymer blend and is UV resistant. It is designed with a square external profile so it can sit flat on a lab bench.

#4 Soda Glass Tubing

Soda glass tubing is another type of laboratory tubing that can be used for certain experiments. Soda glass, or soda-lime glass, is commonly used in lab equipment and also for windowpanes and other everyday items. This kind of tubing can be used for some applications, but it is not suitable for experiments where high heats are involved. Soda glass tubing offers some level of chemical resistance, but not to the same extent as other laboratory tubing.

#5 Borosilicate Glass Tubing

Similar to soda glass tubing is borosilicate glass tubing, and the only difference is that it is made from a different type of glass. Borosilicate glass is engineered specifically for use in laboratories. It has excellent chemical resistance and can withstand extremely high heats and mechanical conditions. This type of lab tubing is used when glass is required but soda glass is not suitable.

#6 Vinyl Tubing

Vinyl tubing is usually transparent, allowing you to see the substances inside. It is a durable and flexible tubing option for a lot of science lab processes such as pumping, transporting, or draining gases and liquids. Due to its chemical resistance properties, vinyl tubing can be used for chemical processing, pumping systems and more. When it comes to high heats, vinyl tubing should not be used as it can be at risk of melting.


Here at EduLab, we have everything you need to ensure your laboratory is fully stocked and ready for all science experiments. We supply all major types of laboratory tubing, and our team are on hand to help you choose the right option for your applications. For advice and guidance, or to place an order for glass or rubber tubing, contact us today.