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The 8 Best Reusable Straws for Every Beverage

Whether you’re at home or on the go, pass on plastic with these reusable straws, like our top pick from Kynup.
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As consumers have become more eco-conscious, more options for reusable goods have entered the market, from waxed food wraps to flatware, storage bags to straws. Notorious for ending up in oceans, plastic straws, in particular, have been on the outs thanks to the concerted efforts of bartenders, baristas, and big companies alike in favor of straws made from paper, bamboo, and even the occasional hollow pasta tube. At home, stainless steel straws, glass straws, and silicone straws reign supreme. 

Between consulting food and beverage experts and researching the market, we evaluated reusable straws on factors like material, size, user-friendliness, and care and cleaning, deciding on Kynup's Reusable Collapsible Straws as the Best Overall. Continue reading for our full list of the best reusable straws for every purpose and in every popular material.

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: Kynup Reusable Collapsible Straws

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Pros: These straws are adjustable to fit into a compact carrying case. They also come with silicone tips and a cleaning brush.

Cons: Extending them may not come easily at first, and they may be too short for some beverages.

This portable straw set makes sipping on the go easy. The collapsible features allow the straw to stretch up to nine inches and comes with a silicone insert that keeps the stainless steel from feeling too hot or cold on your mouth. Each set comes with four metal cases, which snap onto anything from a belt loop to a backpack. The miniature size makes these a breeze to pack. Just clean with the accompanying bristle brush and let dry for a bit after use for an easy sipping situation.

  • Material: Stainless steel straw, silicone tips
  • Length: 9 inches
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Best for Travel: Anpro Microscopic Reusable Straws

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Pros: Packing and transporting these straws is simple, and the case is sleek.

Cons: They can be too short for some beverages, and the small silicone tip is harder to clean.

Food-grade silicone and stainless steel combine into a tiny but useful package. These straws extend from 2.4 inches to nine inches and come ready to travel in a pocket-sized case with a miniature brush. Clip the case onto bags or pockets with an attached carabiner, and you're ready to go. The straw is noticeably slimmer than other models, however, so it's not ideal for smoothies. Though nine inches may not seem long enough for some drinks, the length lets these travel-friendly straws double for everyday choice.

  • Material: Stainless steel and silicone
  • Length: 9 inches
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Best Silicone: Ello Impact Silicone Straws

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Pros: They're easy to use and can handle the heat of hot beverages.

Cons: Cleaning them can be slightly difficult because of material, and they may lose their opacity over time.

BPA-free, food-grade silicone stands up to hot beverages like coffee but is wide enough to slurp thicker shakes, smoothies, and more. These sets of six straws in modern, muted colors come with matching carrying cases. Though the straws are dishwasher safe, make sure they're thoroughly cleaned after each use. 

  • Material: Silicone
  • Length: 10.75 inches
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Best Glass: ALINK Reusable Straws

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Pros: Clear glass is easy to clean, and it looks and feels elegant.

Cons: These aren't recommended for travel, as glass can break under extra pressure.

This eight-piece set adds an air of glamor to any drink with straight and angled options and two included brushes for easy cleaning. Made from food-grade, durable borosilicate glass, this straw offers the best of all worlds with no metallic aftertaste. The clear glass is easy to clean and dishwasher safe, while the wider body allows you to easily sip homemade smoothies and shakes.

  • Material: Borosilicate glass
  • Length: 11 inches
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Best Bamboo: Bambaw Natural Bamboo Straws

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Pros: You can use them for cold and hot beverages alike, and they're compostable.

Cons: Bamboo won't hold up as well as other options, and the slight taste of bamboo comes through with water.

Bamboo is a carbon-negative plant, making it a great eco-conscious option for straws. Handcrafted in Bali and sold in sets of 12, these straws serve as an accent for classic tropical cocktails, and the diameter is wide enough for thick smoothies. They also stand up to hot beverages without the heat transferring. An accompanying scrub brush lets you remove stains or traces of fruit, though you can toss the straws in the dishwasher, too. Just note that bamboo does wear down over time, and it has a slightly woody taste that's akin to a popsicle stick. 

  • Material: Bamboo
  • Length: 5.5 and 8.7 inches
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Best Collapsible: Final Straw Collapsible Metal Straw

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Also available at REI.

Pros: The design is sleek, compact, and portable.

Cons: You get just one straw per case. Its diameter is on the small side for smoothies and thicker beverages.

If size and style are what you're after, this collapsible metal straw is perfect for anyone on the go. Made famous on Shark Tank, this stainless steel straw comes in rainbow, black, and classic silver finishes with attached silicone tips. Each straw comes with a cleaning brush, both of which folds up into a tiny matte case. The straw is dishwasher safe and is touted to last a lifetime.

  • Material: Stainless steel and silicone
  • Length: 9 inches
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Best for Coffee: OXO 4-Piece Reusable Metal Straw Set and Case

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Also available at Target and Bed Bath & Beyond.

Pros: The silicone tips keep the straws from feeling as hot or ice-cold as your coffee, and the set is easy to transport.

Cons: The name 4-Piece is misleading, as it comes with two straws (silicone tips account for the third and fourth pieces).

Grabbing fresh iced coffee and realizing you don't have a clean straw to enjoy it from will leave you feeling defeated. Luckily, OXO's 4-Piece Reusable Metal Straw Set and Case is designed to be portable and includes an extra comfortable BPA-free silicone tip with each straw. If that's not enough, the carrying case fits both straws, tip and cleaning brush so you'll never be straw-free again. The straws are dishwasher safe – just make sure to clean them thoroughly after each use. 

  • Material: Silicone and metal
  • Length: 10.5 inches
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Best for Cocktails: Lazycorner Short Reusable Straw Set

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Pros: They come in a variety of sizes and shapes, which include angled heads, and come with colorful silicone tips.

Cons: The set doesn't include a carrying case.

Sometimes, a shorter straw is the best one for the job. This pack of 16 comes with a veritable rainbow of angled and straight straws measuring 5.5 and 6.5 inches, plus silicone tips that you can mix and match with them. Break out these straws at parties, bring them to the beach, or sip from them at home for extra-happy happy hours. You also get cleaning brushes and a carrying bag with them.

  • Material: Stainless steel and silicone
  • Length: 5.5 and 6.5 inches

Conclusion

Anyone can benefit from a solid reusable straw, whether you use it at home, on the go, or in both settings. Kynup's set offers a compact design and easy maintenance. To stock up on reusable straws, Lazycorner's sets of 16 are user-friendly, a great value option, and can take you from coffee to cocktails.

Factors to Consider

Size

Shorter straws, measuring around five to seven inches, are ideal for cocktails and coffee mugs. Though on the shorter side for extra-large glasses, straws around eight and nine inches fit well in highball glasses and pint glasses. Straws that measure between 10 inches and up are long but versatile. In addition to length, consider the diameter of a straw. Go with a wider straw for thicker beverages like smoothies.

Material

Choosing a material will depend on which beverages you plan to use the straws for as well as personal preference. Silicone feels comfortable on the mouth no matter the temperature of a drink, and most stainless steel straws come with silicone tips. Silicone, however, can pick up the smell or taste of drinks, especially warm drinks. At the same time, silicone stands up to the heat of hot beverages and the dishwasher, and it's a great portable option. Bamboo and glass aren't as durable as stainless steel and silicone, nor do these straws fold up like others. Yet, these are still nice, eco-friendly options for the home, especially when it comes to entertaining.

Care and Cleaning

Many reusable straws are dishwasher safe, but some materials require (or fare better with) hand washing. Either way, you always want to clean straws thoroughly after each use, checking their corners and curves for traces of beverage.

Pro Panel Q+A

Q: How should I clean reusable straws?

A: "Whether you're using it for a refreshing cocktail or a healthy smoothie, cleaning a reusable straw is easy to do at home. I recommend hand washing with a pipe brush and a little dish soap. Rinse and dry upright," says David Muhs of Sama Street in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can sterilize new straws by disassembling them and placing them in boiling water for a few minutes – this method also works to rid silicone parts of smells from drinks.

Q: What's the best material for reusable straws?

A: "I always advise guests and friends to look for stainless steel reusable straws. I personally have been using them at home for years. They're easy to clean and last forever," Muhs says.

Our Expertise

Alissa Fitzgerald is a chef, recipe developer, and food writer with over 15 years of experience in the food industry. For this piece, she interviewed David Muhs, head bartender of Sama Street in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Dan Barber of Stone Barns in Tarrytown, N.Y., to find out what the pros look for in reusable straws. She then used their insights, market research, and her own expertise to curate this list.