Steam sterilization of research tools and consumables is convenient and affordable with the BioClave™ digital laboratory autoclave designed for research, cell culture and tissue culture laboratories. These economy laboratory sterilizers will fit comfortably on top of or below even the most crowded bench tops. Despite the space-saving exterior dimensions, the sterilization chamber is surprisingly large, accommodating a variety of liquids, media, instruments, glassware, plasticware, and other common laboratory items. A mechanical and electrical safety interlock prevents the door from being opened until the pressure has reached zero PSI. Large digital displays and fully automatic operation, all segments of the sterilization cycle (fill, sterilize, exhaust, and dry) commence and run to completion by simply pressing the start button.