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The 9 Best Reusable Straws of 2021

Glass, steel, bamboo and more options that won't disintegrate in your drink.

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As bars and restaurants around the globe start to phase out single-use straws, the next-best option for sipping your cocktails and iced coffees is a reusable straw. 

Reusable straws have come a long way in the last few years. Now, the slender multi-use straws are affordable, convenient, and won’t evaporate in your drink. (Plus, they don’t add to the 7.5 million plastic straws that wash up on America’s shorelines every year.)

There are plenty of excellent eco-friendly options available in a range of sizes and styles. Some fold up to fit in small carrying cases, while others can be washed in a snap, making them perfect for parties or travel. Materials range from glass to bamboo to steel to silicone, depending on what you prefer your straw to feel like. We've researched our favorites and have come up with the best reusable straws to get right now.

Best Overall: Zoku Reusable Straws with Cases

Zoku Reusable Pocket Straw Set

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Zoku’s reusable straws are one of the most thoughtfully-crafted available. Made from durable, 18/8 stainless steel, each straw features a silicone mouthpiece for maximum comfort while sipping. The mouthpiece comes off quickly for easy, efficient washing.

The straws are 4 ¼ inches long, but thanks to a telescopic construction, they can extend to 9 inches long for highball glasses or pop bottles. Three different straws are included in this set, each with its own BPA-free carrying case that features a loophole—add the case on a key ring or backpack. 

A cleaning brush makes scrubbing the inside of the straws easy—just add boiling water or soap. All items can be washed in the top rack or cutlery rack of a dishwasher rack.

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Best Silicone: Five Two By Food52 Silicone Straws

Five Two Silicone Straws Set by Food52

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Silicone is often the material of choice for cooking utensils, largely because it’s bendable, eco-friendly, and cleans in a breeze. In that vein, Five Two’s straw version is specifically crafted with BPA- and BPS-free, platinum-grade silicone so it won’t pick up any odors or odd flavors. There are ten different straws in the set, with four squeegees for speedy cleaning wherever you are (though everything in the set can be tossed in the dishwasher). 

There are four cases for carrying the straws to your favorite coffee shop or bar. Once you’re done drinking, rinse the straw and pop it back in the carrying case to keep your pockets or purses dry. The colors, including a range of pastel blues, pinks, and corals, are a nice draw. Buy the straws individually, or opt for the full set of ten.

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Best Glass: JuiceGlass Glass Straws

juiceglass Glass Straws

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If you’re looking for a straw with strong aesthetic appeal, this is the one—JuiceGlass’s straws are carefully crafted from elegant glass in a range of interesting colors.

If the thought of a glass straw stresses you out, fear not—these are made with incredibly sturdy borosilicate glass. Not only are they visually appealing, but they’re strong enough to withstand klutzy fingers. The elegant glass-on-glass sound adds a light twinkling sound to sipping a drink. 

Pick between a variety of shapes, including 9-inch long bent options or 8-inch long straight options. Colors range from clear, pale pink, a subtle gray or a bold green. Pick one, or opt for the multi-colored four-pack. The multi-color pack doubles as a great way to identify your glasses at a party.

Best for Parties: Grilljoy Reusable Straw Set

Grilljoy Reusable Straw Set

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For the festive crowd, Grilljoy’s reusable straw set includes different straws for a range of drinks, including two chunky straws for boba drinks and smoothies, four slightly bent options, and four straight options. All of the straws are 8.5-inches in length, though some are bent to fit in glasses or cans more easily. 

Note that stainless steel straws do carry temperature—if your drink is cold, your straw will pick up the temperature, same as if the drink is hot. But compared to glass options, which are easily breakable, these straws are durable enough to last through happy hour after happy hour.

Stainless steel, food-grade construction means these reusable straws won’t rust over time, nor do they leave any funny aftertastes. Two different stainless steel cleaning brushes will keep brushes squeaky clean even on the go. The dishwasher-safe straws can be tossed in the machine without worry.

Best Bamboo: Bambaw Reusable Drinking Straws

Bamboo straws do deteriorate more quickly than other reusable straw options, but that’s because they are completely compostable and biodegradable. That said, these reusable straws from Bambaw are incredibly resilient for a bamboo straw, able to stand up through drink after drink, hot or cold.

They can be washed in the dishwasher or washed gently by hand—soak in hot water and air dry to remove any lingering flavors. While stainless steel straws often pick up the flavors of citrus, bamboo straws are excellent at remaining flavorless after many uses.

There are twelve straws included; six are 5.1 inches long and six are 8.7 inches long. There’s also a handy user’s manual, one cleaning brush, and an organic cotton straw bag for storing the straws. Each straw is handcrafted in the Bali jungles from organically-grown bamboo.

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Best Metal: Lastrå Metallic Straw Wand Set

A big draw of these metallic straws from Lastrå is they’re particularly pocket-friendly—the three straws actually nest inside of each other for compact storage. 

The set includes three straws of varying—all 7.6 inches in length—with an 8.5-inch carrying tube. The smallest is 6mm in diameter, the medium is 8 mm in diameter, while the largest is 9.5 mm. The small and medium-sized ones are excellent for cocktails and coffees, while the largest is ideal for thicker beverages, like smoothies and bubble teas. The straws and carrying cases are all made with 18/8 stainless steel. Pick between gunmetal, gold, or rose gold finishes—all three have a titanium coating. 

The set can be run through a dishwasher under 200 degrees F, or wash by hand with warm water.

Best Travel: FlyBy Portable Reusable Drinking Straw

FlyBy’s portable drinking straws check all of the boxes: useful, earth-friendly, chic, durable, and easy-to-clean. The telescope straw is ideal for those on the go—it’s packed into a small, keychain-sized container that can quickly clip onto your belt or bag, as does the straw cleaner so you can rinse and clean the straw, even on the road. The straw fits most 20-ounce and 30-ounce beverage containers. All components are made with premium, food-grade 304 stainless steel.

The rainbow of hues—pink-purple, hot pink, light blue, pink, light blue, dark blue, silver, rainbow, and rose gold, to name a few—will let you run with your personal style. Each set includes two straws, two cleaners, and two cases. Note that this straw is only 0.8 inches in diameter, so it’s not ideal for thicker beverages.

Most Stylish: Kynup Reusable Straw 4 Pack

If you’re really looking for a compact option, Kynup's reusable straws pack into a tiny chamber carrying case, making it easy to tote around. This set includes four stainless steel straws, matching metal cases for each, plus keychains attachments. 

The telescopic design means the straw extends from compact to regular-sized straw: pull it to full length to sip on a drink, give it a rinse, then close it back up and store easily.  Each straw measures 5.2 inches in length and 0.7 inches in diameter. The straws include a stainless steel cleaning brush that scrubs out dirt and grime and can be used for both hot and cold beverages.

The ombre color is particularly excellent for tropical cocktail festivities or summer cocktail happy hours—just add a paper umbrella.

Best Budget: StrawExpert Set of 16 Reusable Straws

StrawExpert Reusable Stainless Steel Straws Set

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Looking for straws for a crowd? This set of 16 reusable straws is ideal for any type of drinker. A short, bent straw is the ideal size for low-ball cocktails, while a taller, straight one is ideal for highballs or cocktails served in Collins glasses. The straws are made with premium 18/8 stainless steel in a silver-colored finish. They’re on the lighter side, with a 0.5mm-thick wall.

There are eight different colors of the sixteen different straws, making it easy to identify your straw in a crowd. Thanks to high-quality polishing, the yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, and red silicone colored mouthpieces pop off for easy cleaning. The silicone mouthpieces also double as a way to protect your mouth from the cold or heat of a drink.

Stock up with a variety pack—if you’re a frequent lover of cocktails, coffees, or sodas, a full set of versatile beverage straws will match anything you’re drinking, from hot coffees to cool sodas.

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