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Founded 2013

Celebrating 10 years in Business

Our start

I started Fristaden Lab in 2013 when I noticed a gap in the market. There was a growing demand for affordable, dependable lab equipment, but few companies meeting this standard. 

I started small, with just $100, shipping our first products out of a studio apartment in Chicago. My girlfriend at the time, now wife, joined the team, and together, over the past decade, we built the brand we have today. We now have a team working with us, thousands of customers across the world, and have added two kids, but at heart, we’re still the same scrappy, family run business with something to prove.

Julius Parod


Our Mission

We believe that good quality lab equipment doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Our goal is to provide core pieces of lab and industrial equipment at a fair price, while maintaining the high standards our customers demand for their work.

Our Model

Our business is built around value and standards. 

We keep costs down selling direct-to-consumer without an expensive distribution network or bloated administration. 

And, we keep standards high through a culture of attention-to-detail, extensive QC procedures, generous skin-in-the-game warranty policies, and an emphasis on aesthetics and the human experience.