Last Updated: 09-06-2020

Best Reusable Straws 2020

We are all becoming increasingly concerned about single-use items. It is why reusable coffee cups are now the norm up and down the UK as opposed to the paper ones which were once seen as the handiest takeaway option.

Plastic straws are also being phased out, with a full ban being brought in in 2020. They were commonly given out in coffee shops with iced drinks, but will also not be available in supermarkets or online.

A whopping 8.5 billion single-use straws are thought to be thrown out every year in the UK alone, so it will be a phenomenal help.

Most cafes have already phased them out. So, if you need a straw for medical needs, or you simply prefer drinking your iced coffees this way and those soggy paper straws are a big no, we have some of the best reusable offerings below for every need and drink.

Our Top Picks

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Silver Sips Stainless Steel Reusable Straws
  • Length: 20/21.5cm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Quantity: 8
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Softy Straws Reusable Straws
  • Length: 22.8cm
  • Material: Silicone
  • Quantity: 4
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Simple Modern Travel Mug Tumbler
  • Dimensions: 22.9 x 9.4 x 9.1 cm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Quantity: 2 Straws
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The Best Reusable Straws For Coffee

1.
Silver Sips Stainless Steel Reusable Straws

Specifications

  • Length: 20/21.5cm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Quantity: 8

We know that metal straws aren’t the most ideal for hot drinks because of the heat conduction, but when they come with silicone tips which protect your lips and mouth, they far outweigh other competition.

The material is able to withstand the heat without becoming damaged or warped, and you also get four bent and four straight so can use them on any occasion. It also includes two cleaning brushes so you can completely wash them out after use, and these are longer than the actual straws to ensure a thorough clean.

The metal won’t pick up the taste of the drinks, and it is food grade safe stainless steel. Thanks to the silicone tip, your teeth will also be protected from the sudden temperature changes which are great for anyone who needs that coffee fix but can’t cope with how it affects their sensitive teeth.

Because it is metal though, they can’t be held when drinking due to the heat conduction so bear this in mind. These aren’t just the best for hot drinks, but overall – and the other user reviews think the same.

Reasons to Buy

  • Price
  • Good cleaning brush included
  • All come in a bag for storage

Reasons to Avoid

  • Absolutely nothing!

2.
Softy Straws Reusable Straws

Specifications

  • Length: 22.8cm
  • Material: Silicone
  • Quantity: 4

Cold drinks don’t have to be navigated quite as sensitively as hot ones, but it can still cause teeth sensitivity and uncomfortable lips.

These straws are nice and wide so you’re still going to get a good amount of liquid, and the slight bend makes it comfortable to drink, but the silicone material makes it good for people of all ages to drink from as it won’t damage teeth if chewed.

Every straw goes through a rigorous testing process, so can put up with use after use, and they are durable enough to resist tears. They also won’t collapse, for added safety.

Silicone is resistant to heat transfer, so they are good to drink hot drinks from too. This will be better than metal straws for anyone who may need to hold the straw when drinking.

Silicone is a non-petroleum based product, and when it really is at the end of its life, it can be recycled.

Reasons to Buy

  • Harder grade silicone to prevent bending or collapsing
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Straw squeegee for cleaning included

Reasons to Avoid

  • Costly

3.
Simple Modern Travel Mug Tumbler

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 22.9 x 9.4 x 9.1 cm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Quantity: 2 Straws

If you will be collecting your iced coffee from a cafe, or taking it on your commute, then trying to get a reusable straw inside your existing travel mug is probably near-on impossible unless you leave the lid off.

These cups are vacuum insulated, so will keep hot drinks warm and cold ones icy. The internally threaded straw is also insulated, so you won’t feel any temperature transfer and the drink will be delivered how it should be.

For when you don’t want a straw, you also get a flip lid which is leak-proof and protects from any spillages. There are two straws included, so you can always pick a clean one out. The straw lid is dishwasher safe too.

You can choose from various sizes and colours, which is a bonus.

Reasons to Buy

  • Exterior will never sweat or get too hot
  • Choice of lids
  • Powder-coated design

Reasons to Avoid

  • The whole cup isn’t dishwasher safe

4.
Liquora Collapsible Metal Drinking Straw

Specifications

  • Length: 23.5cm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Quantity: 1

Collapsible straws are great if you want to carry something around for those ‘just in case’ drinks moments.

It is pocket-sized and comes in a case with a carabiner clip so you can securely fasten it to your bag or keys. Because it is telescopic, it won’t become weak over time and can be adjusted to suit the size of the cup you’re using.

Made from food-grade steel, it is perfectly safe to drink out of, and there is a brush provided for easy cleaning.

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy to transport or keep with you
  • Adjusts to several lengths
  • Available in rose gold or black

Reasons to Avoid

  • Only get one

5.
Joie Kitchen Gadgets 12711 Joie Rainbow Reusable Silicone Straws

Specifications

  • Length: 24.1cm
  • Material: Silicone
  • Quantity: 6

These straws are a solid feature on Best Reusable Straws guides across the board, and it is no surprise.

Made from silicone, they are flexible so you can drink just how you wish. Each straw is also different colour of the rainbow, so everybody in hour household can have their own or you can use them all for different drinks.

There is a cleaning brush included, and MSC has been in business for over 70 years trying to fight the war on single-use plastic, so you know it is a product which has been well thought out and studied.

Reasons to Buy

  • Popular product
  • Various colours
  • Flexible

Reasons to Avoid

  • Small diameter for any thick drinks

6.
Dusenly Dinosaur Plastic Straws

Specifications

  • Length: 26cm
  • Material: Plastic
  • Quantity: 8

As a kid, did you have one of those swirly straws where you could watch the drink come up and around the bends?

Don’t lie – you did.

Well, they still exist, and even though they are made from plastic, it is the good kind which can be reused time and time again. You get eight with the purchase, which will be perfect if you have a few kids or if you’re conscious about keeping them clean.

The dinosaur feature makes it fun, and each is a different colour in case you need to keep them separate. They would also be great for any birthday parties. And while kids don’t drink coffee, they could benefit from using them with hot chocolates or hot vimtos.

Reasons to Buy

  • Fun colours
  • Added dino clips
  • Seethrough so they can watch the drink

Reasons to Avoid

  • Plastic – but is safest for kids

7.
Flow Barware Large Silicone Drinking Straws

Specifications

  • Length: 25cm
  • Material: Silicone
  • Quantity: 6

Flow Barware make a great range of reusable products for large-scale use. These ones are perfect for households where everyone will be using one, thanks to the distinguishing different colours and the easy-clean brush.

The silicone is odourless and tasteless, so you won’t get that rubbery taste when drinking, and they come complete with a cotton drawstring pouch so can be stored or taken safely on picnics or on school lunches.

There are three straight and three slightly angles straws so everyone can have their favourite pick, and they are wide enough to drink the likes of smoothies with too. They can also be cut down to size if needed!

Dishwasher-safe, they can be chewed and bent but will still retain their original shape afterwards.

Reasons to Buy

  • Large diameter
  • Good cleaning brush included

Reasons to Avoid

  • The large diameter could also be a bad thing depending on what you’re drinking

8.
H&S Metal Straws

Specifications

  • Length: 21.5cm
  • Material: Steel
  • Quantity: 8

Made from non-toxic steel, these straws are great for a range of drinks as they won’t become damaged during drinking and will retain their shape.

They come with two tube cleaners, as well as a carry sack which allows them to be stored or transported in a safe way. Because of the material, they are also dishwasher safe so great if several people will be using them.

There are four straight and four with a bend in them, so can be used in glasses and in sip cups or takeaway iced coffees. They’re a great alternative for anyone who finds silicone too flimsy, glass too fragile and bamboo a bit of an odd texture.

Reasons to Buy

  • Incredibly strong
  • Don’t pick up flavours

Reasons to Avoid

  • Strength could also be a bad thing – not for young people

9.
Flow Barware Bamboo Drinking Straws

Specifications

  • Length: 19.5cm
  • Material: Bamboo
  • Quantity: 8

Bamboo is a very eco-friendly material,  as pesticides and other chemicals aren’t used while cultivating. Pollution is also reduced with bamboo plants as they lower carbon dioxide by around 35%.

So, these are a great option for anyone who can’t have metal or glass and still wants to thoroughly avoid plastic and silicone. Each straw is 100% organic and can be washed and reused dozens and dozens of times. 

Completely odourless and tasteless, they can be used with a range of drinks and from drink to drink in case you flip from coffee to lemonade during the day. The wash brush will allow you to give them a wash in between uses.

When they do come to the end of their life, they are recyclable and biodegradable so even after they have long gone, you know you haven’t damaged the planet. They come with a little storage pouch and in recyclable packaging.

Reasons to Buy

  • No taste of material
  • Easy to clean

Reasons to Avoid

  • Shorter than most others reviewed

10.
STRAWGRACE Handmade Glass Straws

Specifications

  • Length: 23cm
  • Material: Glass
  • Quantity: 5

Glass straws are great for their reusability, care and avoiding picking up flavours.

These ones have all been independently tested against the usual wear and tear, and chemical safety. They’re great for anyone looking to completely avoid plastic, and each is handmade to ensure perfect quality.

They’re ideal for everything from hot coffees to smoothies and cocktails, and many dentists recommend glass straws to help avoid tooth discolouration from drinks and sensitivity from other materials such as steel.

Understandably, they aren’t great for haphazard households and shouldn’t be used by kids or those who may damage the glass (or not realise it is damaged). Even though the glass is strong, no glass product is 100% shatterproof.

Reasons to Buy

  • Coloured bases to tell them apart
  • Clear glass so you can see if they are clean

Reasons to Avoid

  • Possibly fragile

Reusable Straw Buying Guide

Materials

Silicone

Chewable, which is good if someone who possibly will bite down will be using it. They will generally keep their shape after this, although they can be very flimsy. The ones we have reviewed are the best quality, so will be reliable through multiple uses

Metal

Metal straws are by far the most solid and long-lasting, but they are generally poor when it comes to very cold or very hot drinks as it conducts the temperature. However, some have silicone tips which will protect your mouth and are collapsible or foldable if this is something you’re looking for

Plastic

No, not the flimsy ones which are single-use. These plastic straws are much stronger and can be used dozens of times before being at the end of their lifespan. When they are done with, they can still be recycled. Great for kids who need to avoid more potentially dangerous materials. Look for something which is BPA free

Glass

As strong as metal, with the added benefit of being opaque so you can see how clean they are for hygiene reasons. But, they can be at risk of smashing or splintering, so you may want to use them just at home as opposed to out and about, and avoid them being used by kids

Bamboo

This is a great material as there is currently infinite resources of it on the planet, so is very eco-friendly. However, they can deteriorate quicker than the others on the list and can sometimes go a bit soggy after use

Price

Remember that one of these straws is an investment which should be with you for quite possibly years.

The price can range from a few pounds for a straw to between £5 and £30+ for a packet of several. Generally, silicone or metal will be cheapest, and it can work out as better value if you buy a pack with a few in as opposed to single straws

Length

Think about when and where you will be using the straw. If you have tall iced latte glasses, you will need something which reaches the bottom without making it uncomfortable to drink.

Most range from around 19 to 25cm. A material such as silicone will be easy to cut if you need anything shorter

FAQs

Why should I use a straw with a coffee?

Not only can it make them easier to drink, but coffee can also stain teeth or aggravate dental pain if the temperatures are high or low.

Using a straw can largely avoid these issues. Straws can also help those with medical needs or disabilities to drink from cups or mugs.

Can I use the straw for other drinks too?

Yes! The great thing about using a material such as glass or metal is that the flavour doesn’t stick on the material (as long as it is thoroughly cleaned out).

So you can take it with you to your coffee shop morning, give it a good wash and then have it with that post-work rum and coke in the evening, and then with the morning smoothie boost the next day.

However, if you do want to keep everything separate, buying a multipack would be a great idea. One with various colours of straws is an even better idea, so you can fully separate the uses.

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