Comparing the 4 Best Types Reusable Straws

There are countless options to choose for reusable straws. Cities, such as Vancouver and Seattle, are banning disposable plastic straws. Especially for drinks such as bubble tea, opting out a straw completely is not an option for many drinkers.

With so many choices, which ones should you settle on? The answer of course, is mainly up to your lifestyle. How often do you use a straw? Is it for children? What drink do you drink the most? There are a lot of factors to keep in mind. All the options that we mention are reusable, much better than those pesky plastic straws! 


Silicone straws

First up are silicone straws. They typically come in with different colours and soft in texture. 

  • Pro
    • Preferable for children and elderly (soft tip)
    • Can be used with hot/cold beverages
    • Able to cut length
    • Flexible
  • Con
    • Weird odours, or even mold possible
    • Not knowing when liquid will hit mouth
    • Not biodegradable
    • May have to suck harder to drink liquids

Bamboo straws

Want to be a panda? Yes, there are straws made out of bamboo.

bamboo straw

  • Pro
    • Can go in dishwasher
    • Likely cheapest option
    • Light and sturdy 
  • Con
    • Woody aftertaste
    • Lack of durability, may need to replace after a year
    • Hard to clean
    • Differ in size and diameter
    • Not suitable for dishwasher
    • Not knowing when liquid will hit mouth

Stainless steel straws

A tough contender, there are tons of metal straws offered out there. If you're a clumsy person, this might be a good choice.

metal straw

  • Pro
    • Durable and sturdy
    • Dishwasher safe
  • Con

    • Slightly unpleasant with hot and cold beverages

    • Metal aftertaste

    • Slightly sharper edge may make mouth uncomfortable

    • Not knowing when liquid will hit mouth

    • high environmental impact- 74% of all steel is powered using coal

Glass straws

We might be a little biased, but we believe glass is the best option. Especially our Boba Baby straws. :) 

glass straw

  • Pro

    • Heat-resistant (if made with borosilicate glass)

    • No aftertaste

    • Sturdy enough to clamp with teeth

    • See-through

    • Dishwasher safe

    • Non-toxic

    • Aesthetic

    • Resistance to erosion from acidity (ex. soda, lemonade, coffee, etc) 

  • Con

    • Need to be careful carrying around (it's glass after all). Care for it as much as you do with the smartphone that's always with you.