Whether you’re entertaining at a backyard barbeque or pouring a cup of joe in the break room, a disposable cup makes it easy to serve yourself or your guests in style. But not all cups are created equal. Beyond the age-old question of paper or plastic, there are considerations of what beverages you’re serving and who’s using them. Disposable cups are typically constructed of Styrofoam, plastic, or paper. That means you can recycle some used containers, and they’re inexpensive. Or at least likely less expensive than the cost of replacing a broken glass. Here’s how you can find the best disposable cups for any home or office setting.
- Drink of Choice: First things first: If you’re opting for colder drinks, you can pretty much use cups made of any material—liquid paperboard, plastic, you name it. But if you’re going to be drinking something warmer, opt for cups made of liquid paperboard, insulated paper, or Styrofoam.
- Volume: If you’re grabbing cups for your office coffee machine, you’ll want to stick with eight-ounce cups. (You can even grab four ounces for espresso shots). For other drinks, you can aim for the 12- to 20-ounce range.
- Environmentally Friendly Options: Want to leave a smaller footprint on the Earth? Avoid cups made from materials like liquid paperboard and Styrofoam and instead opt for compostable cups.
Our Picks for the Best Disposable Cups on Amazon
This insulated item is great for both warm and cold drinks, and it has a non-slip grip. The snap-on tops are simply to lock in, making them ideal to take with you. Dixie
This product makes staying environmentally conscious easy. These are ideal for chilled drinks, and they’re sturdy enough to not lose their shape when you squeeze them. Ball
Great for Warm Drinks: Dixie PerfecTouch 12 Oz Insulated Paper Hot Coffee Cup
Ideal for Groups
Get hundreds of strong containers that keep hands safe while sipping a sizzling beverage. It is also a USDA-Certified Biobased product. Georgia-Pacific
Great for Cold Drinks: Amazon Basics 16-Ounce Disposable Plastic Cups
This no-frills item is ideal for parties. They’re easy to stack, so they won’t take up too much room on a table filled with full jugs and bottles.
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