Beyond giving you a dedicated place to rest your glass, a coaster protects surfaces from pesky water rings (and scratches). And the best coasters come with nonslip grip to prevent sliding. From ultra-stylish to more utilitarian picks, know that your coaster options will vary in terms of ease of cleaning, absorbency, durability, and aesthetic appeal.
Sandstone, slate, or ceramic: These natural materials are porous and will effectively absorb water, catching and trapping condensation. They come in a range of designs to elevate your home decor. That said, they are heavier and more likely to crack if they fall. To clean, they should be hand-rinsed or wiped down; be sure to wash off spills from colored drinks immediately to avoid staining.
Cork: Style-wise, it's more basic, however, it's inexpensive and soft enough that it won't break easily or scratch your furniture. Cork is naturally water-resistant (not waterproof), so look for a rimmed option just in case water pools. While they can be hand-washed with dish soap, you will need to give them proper drying time to prevent mold and mildew.
Silicone: For pure functionality, silicone is a smart choice: it's very easy to clean (either in the dishwasher or by hand) and has a naturally grippy texture that locks it in place on surfaces. Because silicone is non-porous, design elements (like raised nubs) will help collect any runoff under your glass instead of on your table.
Fabric: Cotton and/or felt coasters or liners come in tons of colors and will absorb liquids like a sponge. The soft-shell construction makes them extra durable — and hand-washable — however, they will need time to properly air dry in between uses.
Finally, in order to entice guests to use your coasters, you'll want to make them accessible (a strategically placed holder can help) and be sure that your drinkware will fit. Most have a standard 4-inch diameter (for comparison, the average wine bottle has a diameter between 3- 3.75 inches), and typically they come in sets of four to eight.
With all that in mind, you'll find a list of the best coasters on Amazon below. Cheers!
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