Laminar Flow Hoods vs. Biosafety Cabinets

Laminar Flow Hoods vs. Biosafety Cabinets

What’s the difference between Laminar Flow Hoods and Biosafety Cabinets? Well, both serve functions in maintaining the integrity of experiments and protecting researchers. In short, Laminar Flow Hoods maintain sterility with clean airflow. Biosafety Cabinets provide added protection, shielding against biohazards and ensuring personnel safety. 


Laminar Flow Hoods are for contamination control; Biosafety Cabinets are for hazardous materials and protecting the researchers themselves. Let’s get into the details for those of you who want to know more about Laminar Flow Hoods vs. Biosafety Cabinets.

Laminar Flow Hoods Offer Clean Air in the Lab


Laminar Flow Hoods, often referred to simply as “Flow Hoods”, are engineered to provide a continuous stream of highly filtered, clean air in a single direction—either vertically or horizontally—over your workspace. This unidirectional airflow is the basis of Laminar Flow Hoods. Flow Hoods are instrumental in preventing the contamination of sensitive experiments and cultures and creating clean air in the lab workspace.

Clean Air with Laminar Flow Hoods
Vertical Flow Hood with Clean Booth - FloCube

Vertical Flow Hoods

Vertical Laminar Flow Hoods direct the clean air downward, creating a sterile zone for tasks such as tissue culture, sample preparation, and working with any delicate materials. The vertical flow ensures that any contaminants are pushed away from the work surface and towards the floor, reducing the risk of contamination.

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Horizontal Flow Hoods

On the other hand, Horizontal Laminar Flow Hoods direct the clean air parallel to the work surface. Horizontal flow hoods are perfect for mycology tasks because of their spacious work area and airflow design. These hoods feature HEPA filters positioned at the rear, facilitating the introduction of clean air from the back and exhaust out the front.

FloCube Laminar Flow Hoods

When it comes to buying Laminar Flow Hoods, FloCube offers a wide array of options for various laboratory needs. Our Laminar Flow Hoods are known for their quality build. Whether you need a compact model for a small workspace or a larger unit for more extensive experiments, FloCubes come in a range of sizes.

All of our Flow Hoods and FFUs plug into any 220 outlet. Perfect for any level of research. Easy plug-and-play flow hood installation for any lab.

4x2 vertical laminar Flow Hood made by FloCube.

2×4 ft Laminar Flow Hoods

 Perfect for compact labs or workstations, these hoods provide an efficient and sterile workspace for a range of applications. Comes in both vertical and horizontal flow hood units.


4x3 HEPA filter for flow hoods made by FloCube

3×4 ftLaminar Flow Hoods

 Offering more workspace without compromising on cleanliness, these hoods are ideal for research that requires a bit more room. Comes in both vertical and horizontal flow hood units.


4x4 Flow Hood with HEPA filter - FloCube

4×4 ft Laminar Flow Hoods

For larger experiments or those that involve multiple researchers, the 4×4 ft Laminar Flow Hood provides ample space while maintaining the integrity of the environment.



Biosafety Cabinets

* We do not sell Biosafety Cabinets here at FloCube.
We produce and
sell Laminar Flow Hoods and other lab equipment

While Laminar Flow Hoods are designed to create a clean and sterile workspace, Biosafety Cabinets take laboratory safety to the next level. These cabinets provide not only a sterile environment but also protection for the researcher and the surrounding environment.

Class I Biosafety Cabinets

Class I Biosafety Cabinets offer personnel and environmental protection, but they do not protect the sample or experiment from contamination. They are primarily used for handling low- to moderate-risk agents and keeping the researcher safe from exposure to the samples.

Class II Biosafety Cabinets

Class II Biosafety Cabinets provide both personnel and environmental protection while also safeguarding the sample or experiment from contamination. They are classified into Type A1, A2, B1, and B2, each with specific airflow patterns and applications. 

Again –  We do not sell Biosafety Cabinets here at FloCube. We produce and sell Laminar Flow Hoods and other lab equipment. 

Choosing Between Laminar Flow Hoods and Biosafety Cabinets

The choice between a Laminar Flow Hood and a Biosafety Cabinet largely depends on the nature of the work being conducted and the level of protection required.


  • Contamination Control: If the primary concern is maintaining a sterile environment and preventing contamination of experiments or cultures, FloCube Laminar Flow Hoods are an excellent choice.
  • Sample Protection: If the experiment or sample being worked with is potentially hazardous or could contaminate the surrounding environment, a Biosafety Cabinet provides an added layer of protection to you.
  • Personnel Safety: When working with biohazardous materials, such as pathogens or toxins, Biosafety Cabinets ensure the safety of researchers by preventing their exposure to harmful agents.

FloCube Lab Equipment 

While FloCube is best known for our Laminar Flow Hoods, we also offer a range of lab equipment. Our commitment to quality extends to all of our products. We sell stainless steel tables, pressure canners for sterilization, impulse sealers, and other mycology lab equipment. We offer researchers access to the best tools for their work in mushroom cultivation. 

Mushroom Cultivation with FloCube products

As you explore our Laminar Flow Hoods for sale, remember that FloCube not only offers an impressive range of lab equipment but also a commitment to quality and customer service that is second to none! Elevate your lab. FloCube lets you focus on your research.

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