The 8 Best Reusable Straws for Every Beverage
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
- Best Overall: Kynup Reusable Collapsible Straws
- Best for Travel: Anpro Microscopic Reusable Straws
- Best Silicone: Ello Impact Silicone Straws
- Best Glass: ALINK Reusable Straws
- Best Bamboo: Bambaw Natural Bamboo Straws
- Best Collapsible: Final Straw Collapsible Metal Straw
- Best for Coffee: OXO 4-Piece Reusable Metal Straw Set and Case
- Best for Cocktails: Lazycorner Short Reusable Straw Set
Best Overall: Kynup Reusable Collapsible Straws
Best for Travel: Anpro Microscopic Reusable Straws
Best Silicone: Ello Impact Silicone Straws
Best Glass: ALINK Reusable Straws
Best Bamboo: Bambaw Natural Bamboo Straws
Best Collapsible: Final Straw Collapsible Metal Straw
Best for Coffee: OXO 4-Piece Reusable Metal Straw Set and Case
Best for Cocktails: Lazycorner Short Reusable Straw Set
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
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.
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.
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.