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 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
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
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
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
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
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