As far as straws go, the Hummingbird Glass Straws are absolutely gorgeous and perfect for Instagram. The clear, glass material is stylish and will look good with whatever your drinking. Its slight bent design makes it easy for sipping and its larger circumference makes it ideal for drinking smoothies or frappes with.
The glass also doesn’t get too cold when drinking iced drinks and is essentially tasteless, so it won’t change the flavor of what your drinking. Like the other reusable straws, the Hummingbird comes with an easy-to-use cleaning brush and, because of its clear material, it's easy to make sure the entire straw is free of coffee and smoothie bits.
They're not the most portable items in the world (what reusable straw is?), but you can easily toss one in your bag if you want to use it on-the-go. Despite being made of glass, I still found this straw to be sturdy and difficult to break, if handled correctly. At more than $20 for four straws, it’s a bit of an investment but definitely worth it if you want to decrease your plastic use. Plus, you can recycle them, if you ever feel the need to get rid of them.
It should be noted that while the Hummingbird straws do seem durable, they are made of glass, meaning they are more susceptible to breaking and are probably not the best straws for young children. After performing some additional drop tests where we dropped the straw from hip height, we found that the glass straws stood up to landing on carpet and tile, but immediately shattered on concrete.
Although it didn't break the first time after dropping it on pour-on epoxy flooring, pieces chipped off after the forth time of dropping it a row, so it will break if you continually drop it overtime. "Glass may look perfectly smooth, but under a microscope, you'd see hundreds of imperfections. So the first time you drop it, the straw will look fine, but it's accumulated damage you can't see," explained Jon Chan, our Senior Lab Technician.