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Which Dining & Drink Coaster Material Is For You? Pros & Cons

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Coasters are the best way to prevent water and heat stains from damaging your tables. With many different types of coasters available today, you might not know which one to get. 

Read on to know the pros and cons of some common coaster materials!

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1. Cork Coasters

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A popular choice amongst coaster materials, cork coasters’ soft and lightweight properties promise your tables will be scratch-free. They are commonly used for both cookware and drinking cups. Cork is one of the cheapest materials amongst the others in this list, so go for them if you’re sticking to a budget! 

Pros Of Cork Coasters

  • Inexpensive
  • Heat resistant
  • Durable and long-wearing 
  • Eco-friendly material
  • Absorbs condensation well

Cons Of Cork Coasters

  • Retains ring marks and stains from dark liquids, like red wine

To remove stains from cork coasters, just scrub dish soap onto the stain and rinse.

2. Silicone Coasters

Another budget-friendly option, silicone coasters are the easiest to clean thanks to its non-porous material. Go for this if you’re prone to spills and mess!

Pros Of Silicone Coasters

  • Inexpensive
  • Flexible
  • Heat-resistant
  • Easy to clean with just water

Cons Of Silicone Coasters 

  • Gets messy as it doesn’t absorb condensation
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3. Rattan Coasters

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Rustic and homely, rattan coasters put a twist to coasters with its intricate detailing. With the eco-friendly material, this is a simple way to bring boho chic into your home. If that’s your vibe, rattan coasters are for you! 

Pros Of Rattan Coasters

  • Natural, eco-friendly material
  • Sturdy 

Cons Of Rattan Coasters

  • Not a timeless design
  • Does not absorb condensation, water can seep through
  • Needs to be dried properly after use as it can grow mould

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4. Diatomite Coasters

Made of natural soil called diatomaceous earth, diatomite coasters are another eco-friendly option! Diatomite coasters are known for their quick-drying properties, so condensation from glasses is taken care of. 

Pros Of Diatomite Coasters

  • Absorbs liquids and evaporates quickly
  • Does not stick to glasses
  • Heat-resistant
  • Eco-friendly and sustainable material 

Cons Of Diatomite Coasters

  • Retains stains from dark liquids
  • Needs to be dried properly after use as it can grow mould

Removing stains from diatomite coasters is the same as cork. Simply scrubbing dish soap onto the stain and rinsing will do.

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5. Wooden Coasters

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Wooden coasters are another popular option for their timeless design that is easy to pair with. Perfect for everyday use, get this if you’re looking for something simple and classic! 

We recommend getting wooden coasters with a coating or finish as this makes them heat resistant, waterproof, and more durable.

Pros Of Wooden Coasters

  • Classic and timeless design
  • Easy to clean, just wipe up condensation collected

Cons Of Wooden Coasters

  • Doesn’t absorb condensation, wooden coasters may stick to glasses or mugs.

6. Marble Coasters

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To style-conscious homeowners looking to make their space more luxurious, this is for you! Be it for a morning coffee or a dinner party with your friends, use marble coasters for a hint of elegance and grandeur.

Pros Of Marble Coasters

  • Complements any style and setting

Cons Of Marble Coasters

  • Heavy
  • Delicate, can chip if dropped
  • May retain stains if not wiped up quickly. Try a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to remove stains from marble coasters. 

Still don’t know which coaster to get? Here are some tips to help:

  • For kids, go with the lightweight and non-fragile coasters like silicone or wood. 
  • If you want your coasters to last long, go for a simple and timeless material like cork or wood.
  • Often drink red wine or coffee? Go for non-absorbent materials like silicone and rattan.
  • Opt for coasters with an anti-slip base or paddings to prevent accidental spills.
  • For earth-conscious people, opt for sustainable rattan or diatomite coasters. 

Which coaster will you be getting? Tell us in the comments below!

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