We’re always looking for ways to make our daily lives more environmentally friendly and that can mean changes that are both big and small. As more retailers and fast food chains drop plastic straws, which are made with non-biodegradable plastics and fill up landfills and oceans, the move to find eco-friendly alternatives continues. Paper straws provide a disposable but green alternative to plastic, while glass and bamboo straws offer more long-term options, but both can break and be stained by certain beverages. For these reasons, we like using stainless-steel straws.
Stainless-steel straws are an excellent option for straw users, whether you like to use a straw in your daily smoothie or want something to pair with a reusable tumbler. They don’t hold the taste of liquids, they are easy to clean and sometimes even dishwasher safe, and they are durable enough to be used while traveling. Stainless-steel straws aren’t appropriate for young children who could suffer oral lacerations from the straws, though. However, they’re an excellent option for able-bodied adults.
Although plastic straws are still necessary for individuals with physical restrictions that make drinking and swallowing difficult, for those who can do so, making the switch to stainless-steel straws is both environmentally effective and less expensive than continually buying disposable straws.
1. Antonki Reusable Straws
Made with 100% food-grade stainless steel, the Antonki Reusable Straw set comes with the choice of bent and straight straws. The set includes four straight and four bent straws, as well as one cleaning brush and a carrying pouch. The three cleaning brushes are 11 inches long, which makes cleaning the straws in one go simple and easy. The straws can be cleaned using the brush included in the set but they are also dishwasher safe.
Pros: The straws are 10.5 inches and are long enough to be used in large-sized tumbler as well as your average coffee cup.
Cons: The set only comes with one carrying pouch.
2. Hiware 12-Pack Reusable Stainless-Steel Straws
Choose from a variety of shapes and lengths with the Hiware 12-Pack Reusable Stainless-Steel Meal Straw Set. The set comes with 12 BPA-free, food-grade stainless-steel straws, which are also free from lead, plastic, and are safe for the dishwasher. The FDA-approved straws can also be cleaned using the two cleaning brushes included in the set. All items fit in a compact carrying case that is ideal for travel or storage. The durable straws are appropriate for use with both hot and cold beverages.
Pros: The Hiware set gives users four different sizes and styles to choose from, including three straight and three bent straws measuring 10.5 inches each, and three bent and three straight straws measuring 8.5 inches each.
Cons: The Hiware straws are narrow and may not be ideal for use with smoothies.
3. YIHONG Set of 8 Reusable Stainless-Steel Straws
For an eco-friendly alternative to disposable plastic straws, try the YIHONG Set of eight Reusable Stainless-Steel Straws. The set comes with four straight and four bent 10.5-inch straws, which are tall enough to be used in standard 30-ounce tumblers. The straws are made with food-grade 18/8 stainless steel and are BPA free, with no unpleasant metal taste. There are two options for cleaning the straws, including using the two cleaning brushes provided in the set or placing the straws in the dishwasher. We also like that the set comes with a storage bag.
Pros: The Yihong are available in all silver, as shown, as well as black, gold and rainbow-colored.
Cons: Like the Hiware, the Yihong straws have a 0.25-inch diameter and aren’t suitable for thicker drinks like smoothies and milkshakes.
4. Doboli Collapsible Stainless-Steel Drinking Straws
Never forget your reusable straw again thanks to the Doboli Collapsible Stainless-Steel Drinking Straws. The compact and convenient design features two telescopic, collapsible stainless-steel straws that fit snugly into their aluminum carrying case. The case measures only 4.3 inches, which is smaller than an iPhone but also comes with a collapsible cleaning brush. Easily attach the aluminum holder directly to your keychain or to a bag using the carabiner included in the set.
Pros: Customers can choose from a variety of colors for the carrying case, including Rose Gold, Red, Blue, Turquoise, Purple and more.
Cons: When fully extended, the straws measure 9.25 inches, which is not long enough to fit in a standard 30-ounce tumbler.
5. StrawExpert Set of 16 Reusable Stainless-Steel Straws
Whether you need a set of straws for a large gathering, want one for every member of the family, or like to keep a set of straws at home, work, in your gym bag and more, the StrawExpert Set of 16 Reusable Stainless-Steel Straws is a great option. The set comes with four straight and four bent 8.5-inch straws as well as four straight and four bent 10.5-inch straws for larger tumblers. The collection also features two sets of eight silicone tips that make for a more comfortable drinking experience while also making it easy to distinguish between drinks, a must-have for large gatherings. The FDA-approved straws are BPA free, don’t have a metal aftertaste, are rust and scratch proof and safe for use in the dishwasher.
Pros: The StrawExpert set comes with four cleaning brushes, the most of any set on our list.
Cons: Although the StrawExpert comes with the most straws of any set on our list, only one carrying pouch is included.
6. Zekpro 8 Pack Reusable Metal Straws
Combine the environmental benefits of stainless-steel straws with the comfort of silicone tips using the Zekpro Eight-Pack Reusable Metal Straws. The 18/8 stainless-steel straws are anti-rust, highly durable and non-corrosive. The set comes with four bent and four straight straws in two sizes, giving users options that best suit their drinkware. The straws are dishwasher safe and can also be washed using one of the two cleaning brushes included in the set, which can be stored in the carrying case included by Zekpro.
Pros: The Zekpro comes with eight bonus silicone tips for a total of 16 colorful tips, which means no more stressing about losing one or two tips.
Cons: The Zekpro are on the pricier side.
7. EHZNZIE Stainless-Steel Straws
The EHZNZIE Stainless-Steel Straws are FDA approved and are made with 18/8 stainless steel and exclusive scratch-proof design. The EHZNZIE straws come with four size options, including two straight 10.4-inch straws, two straight 8.3-inch straws, two bent 9.8-inch and two bent 7.8-inch straws for a total of eight straws. Easily store the straws in the carrying pouch included and use one of the two 9.4-inch brushes to clean the straws.
Pros: The EHZNZIE Stainless-Steel Straws are dishwasher safe.
Cons: The EHZNZIE straws are 0.2 inches in diameter and not wide enough for smoothies or milkshakes. Also, the cleaning brush is not as long as the two larger straws making it impossible to clean the inside in one pass.