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Neat "green" idea...I love them, but they have a few problems...
on May 19, 2010
I was soooo excited to get these in the mail because I have never heard of stainless steel straws before. I ordered them the second I saw them and have been checking the door ever since (sometimes things get delivered sooner since I live a few miles away from Amazon's headquarters). When they did finally come in, I washed them immediately and put them to use.
My first problem with them is their appearance. While I don't really mind this, it makes them look like I robbed a plumber and am using his pipes to drink out of. Most bendy straws have a wrinkled section in the bend making the straw flexible. These are bent to allow you to drink without tipping the cup, but they don't have the decorative wrinkled section like some other (slightly more expensive) stainless steel straws do. Just a slightly flattened section where a machine bent the metal. I don't terribly care about this, but like I said, they do kind of look funny without that.
Second problem, washing them in the dishwasher. They keep falling through the holes in my silverware tray inside the dishwasher. To fix this, I have to use a holder designed to hold parts for a childs sippy cup. This works fine and isn't really a hassle, but something to mention. Because they are stainless steel, it really isn't a big deal if they fall down to the bottom by the heating element, not like they are going to melt...but a hassle to fish them out.
Third and last problem. I don't have any sensitivities to stainless steel, but cannot drink water out of these because it tastes a little funny. This doesn't happen to any other drinks, just water.
Overall...I think this is an awesome idea to keep from throwing away straws all of the time...plus they look kinda cool and are bite-proof (my kids tend to tear up straws a lot thinking they are chewable for some reason). Even though they look a bit cheap compared to other brands with the decorative wrinkled section...a great deal for under ten bucks!