A Buyer’s Guide to Choosing the Right Cryogenic Tank


How to Choose the Right Cryo Tank?

Choosing the right cryogenic tank for your needs is crucial. Whether you’re working in a medical lab, a research center, or an industrial setting, this decision will impact your daily work. The correct tank not only ensures the safety of your samples but also determines how smoothly your workflow runs. This guide is designed to help you understand the key factors involved in selecting the best cryogenic tank for you.


Key Things to Consider When Choosing a Cryogenic Tank

  1. Know Your Application

Start your buying process with a clear understanding of your application. Know your business, what specifically you’ll be using the tank for, and an estimate of the volume of samples you’ll be storing. Here are some general guidelines based on your industry:


Medical Labs: If you’re in the medical field you’ll need a tank with high reliability and safety for storing sensitive materials like stem cells, biological tissues, and blood.

Research Labs: For research and scientific applications, look for a tank with flexibility and easy access. This will improve your workflow for frequent sample retrieval and analysis.

Industrial Use: In industrial settings, you’ll likely need a large-capacity tank for bulk storage. Consider stationary, highly-durable models.


At CryoSafe, we understand these specific needs and offer a range of products tailored to each industry. For instance, our Cryosafe Sentry Plus auto fill units are renowned for their reliability in medical labs, ensuring the utmost safety for your critical samples.


  1. Find Your Ideal Storage Capacity

The storage capacity you need will greatly determine what tank you choose. For small labs, portable tanks are best for limited space and lower volumes. For large operations, go for high-capacity, stationary tanks that can handle bigger needs.


CryoSafe’s CryoGuard units are a perfect choice for large industrial applications, providing robust and scalable storage solutions.


  1. Mobility and Portability

Will you need to transport your cryogenic materials, or will they be kept in a stationary location? If transportation is needed, a portable tank is the obvious choice. For everything else, choose a stationary tank. That’s not to say that some smaller cryo tanks can’t be moved, but in general, stationary tanks are designed to be kept in one laboratory, and not transported between labs. Large cryogenic tanks are almost always immovable, and are designed for permanent storage setups.

CryoSafe’s Model T-Cryo offers the perfect balance between mobility and storage capacity, ideal for both lab and industrial use.


  1. Choose Your Design and Features

Features are the nuts and bolts that customize your unit to your unique needs. Consider the materials, monitoring capabilities, alarms, and ease of access as you’re looking at units to buy. Here’s some features to consider to get you started:


Materials: Stainless steel or aluminum are best for durability and contamination prevention.

Insulation: High-quality vacuum insulation minimizes heat transfer, protecting your contents.

Access: User-friendly access points are crucial for frequent use.

Temperature Stability: Ensure the tank can consistently maintain temperatures around 196°C (-320°F) for liquid nitrogen storage.

Monitoring: Look for tanks with temperature sensors and liquid nitrogen level monitors for constant tracking.

Safety Features: Look for safety features such as pressure relief valves that manage pressure buildup in the tank. Alarms are also essential. Audible and visual alarms signal temperature changes or low nitrogen levels provide you with needed safety and control.


  1. Make Sure Your Tank Meets Regulatory Compliance

Ensure any prospective tank meets all relevant standards and regulations. For medical and research applications, look for FDA compliance to guarantee performance and safety.


  1. Additional Considerations

As you come down to your final decision, there are several other factors to consider when purchasing a cryogenic tank. Obviously budget comes into play as well as vendor support. You’ll also want to consider how much room there will be for growth with the unit you choose. Let’s look at these individually:


Budget: Balance the initial cost with operational efficiency and maintenance needs. A high-quality tank can save you money in the long run by reducing nitrogen use and preventing sample loss. Plus, better features will make your daily tasks easier.

Vendor Support: Choose a vendor with excellent customer service, warranty options, and quality maintenance support.

Future Needs: Think about future growth or changes in storage requirements. Make sure the tank you pick can handle expanding needs or different sample types. A slightly higher investment up front will be worth it if you can keep a tank without replacing it for many years to come.


At CryoSafe, we pride ourselves on offering exceptional support and products designed for longevity and adaptability, ensuring your investment stands the test of time.



Choosing the right cryogenic tank comes down to understanding your specific needs inside and out. By considering your application, storage capacity, temperature stability, design features, mobility, safety, and regulatory compliance, you can make a well-informed decision that supports your work best. At Cryosafe we offer a wide range of cryogenic tanks tailored to meet the diverse needs of different industries. Contact us today to find the best cryogenic solution for your laboratory or business.


For nearly 20 years CryoSafe has supplied cryogenic equipment specifically designed to meet the stringent requirements of the pharmaceutical, medical and scientific fields. CryoSafe has grown to become one of the nation’s leading cryogenic companies, renowned for our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.