You’re aware of the negative impacts of single-use plastic straws on our planet — and you’ve committed to refusing single-use plastic straws in your personal life — or for your food and drink service business. The only question you have is how do you choose the right length and width for your reusable straw.

As an original and leading wholesale bulk supplier of reusable stainless steel drinking straws for the U.S. market, specializing in custom engraved drinking straws, Steelys can help you choose the correct length and width of reusable straw for your needs. All of our straws are easy to clean, dishwasher safe food grade and BPA free. Our customers love these straws when making the perfect drink.

 

REUSABLE STRAW SIZE CHART

The standard length and width of single-use disposable straws that you’ll find at most bars and restaurants are 8.5” long. The standard drinking straw diameter is .24” wide. In some instances, however, you will need a longer or wider straw to accommodate specific beverages or taller cups and bottles. We’ll cover that in this article, and we have also produced a useful straw size chart, which visually details the various straw sizes.

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SHORTEST REUSABLE STRAW SIZE

Our shortest reusable straw is the Short Cocktail Straw, which measures 5” long. It is a straight straw that can be used as drinking straws, or as stirrers for mixed drinks in shorter tumblers or coffee mugs. This short straw is available only in a .24” diameter.

Another popular straw for cocktails is our 8” long reusable spoon straw. It features a .24” width, and 1-3/8” round spoon attached. It’s a great straw for many premium drinks like Mint Juleps, Mojitos, and even non-alcohol drinks like milkshakes or snow cones.

STANDARD REUSABLE STRAW SIZE

The standard reusable straw size is 8.5” long x .24” wide. This is by far the most popular straw size, and it will work for most applications. We offer the standard 8.5” x .24” reusable straw in either straight or as a reusable bent stainless steel drinking straws profiles, either standard polished silver or in anodized colors that won’t scratch, chip, peel or fade.

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REUSABLE WIDE STRAW

Some users and food and beverage establishments prefer a slightly wider straw diameter that can allow for a bigger blast of beverage. Straws with a diameter of .30” – .32” would be considered a wide straw. We can produce reusable wide straws, as an upgrade to our standard 8.5” straws, upon request.

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REUSABLE SMOOTHIE STRAW

If you prefer a wider straw for thicker beverages, you should consider a smoothie straw. A standard smoothie straw is 8.5” long but features a wider .36” diameter. Some people prefer bent reusable smoothie straws, while others like the straight reusable smoothie straws. Either way, reusable smoothie straws work great for beverages like smoothies, powder shakes, super food blends, or yogurt.

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REUSABLE EXTRA WIDE BOBA STRAW

Boba, or bubble tea, is a delicious treat that is growing in popularity globally. Boba drinks — which are infused with sweet, thick tapioca pearls — are difficult to consume without an extra wide boba drinking straw. They also typically come with excessive plastic waste, so our reusable Boba Straws are the best eco-solution. Like their plastic counterparts, our steel Boba Straws are 8.5” long with a .36” diameter. Some

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REUSABLE EXTRA LONG STRAWS

Standard 8.5” long straws may not work for extra tall tumblers or popular retail beverage containers with extra-large beverage capacity, like the 30-oz YETI Rambler. For these products, we also offer extra long 9.5” reusable stainless steel straws in boxed sets, and we can upgrade any straw order to extra-long length upon request, just let us know what you need.

You can also buy reusable straw travel sets, in a variety of lengths — in cotton drawstring bags or canvas pouches. Our reusable travel straw sets give you reusable straw options so you can enjoy any drink in your favorite tumblers, no matter where you are — so you can always live up to your commitment to cut single-use plastic waste.

HOW TO CLEAN REUSABLE STRAWS

Whether your reusing stainless steel drinking straws at a restaurant or home setting — cleaning, maintaining and reusing them is easy. Our tips for cleaning reusable drinking straws were compiled from on-site visits and interviews with real Steelys customers who use our straws either at home or in commercial settings. They are meant to give general tips and practical guidelines on both household and commercial straw cleaning applications. Please additionally consider local health department protocols, which can vary by location and state. Check below for more information on cleaning your reusable straws. For convenience, we also sell Steelys® Straw Cleaning Brushes to make it easy to clean and maintain any reusable drinking straw. Just insert the brush into the straw with warm soapy water, scrub, and rinse clean. The straw cleaning brushes are available wholesale and bulk direct in case quantities. A great eco-friendly accessory for a zero-waste lifestyle.

TOOLS RECOMMENDED FOR CLEANING REUSABLE STRAWS

CLEANING STRAWS AT HOME

CLEANING STRAWS AT BAR or RESTAURANT