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Coasters offer much more than a place to leave a drink: they will protect your table from condensation, prevent glasses from slipping and add personality to your drinking experience. There are even high-tech options that measure out your cocktails for you. Here are the best coasters across a range of styles, including marble, wood and silicone options.
Best Overall: Slab Porcelain Trivet & Coasters
This is the ultimate host’s coaster set. Along with four slab coasters, it comes with a matching trivet, which is perfect for placing an ice bucket without condensation spreading on surfaces. Or, place a skillet from the oven and a cup of hot coffee on it.
Handmade in upstate New York, each of the four, cork-backed coasters is 3.5 inches in diameter, while the trivet is 7 inches in diameter. Plus, when you’re done drinking and dining, the swirling water design of the coasters look just as good on a table as they do under a drink.
Best Marble: Fire Road Carrara Marble Coasters
Each of these four coasters is handmade in San Francisco out of Italian Carrara marble. They are on the pricier side, but the beauty is in the details. Cork pads on the bottom of these coasters keep them from shifting and slipping around. There are also expertly dovetailed edges that, when joined together, form a trivet for placing hot pots and pans. When the coasters are not in use, they stack neatly in a tailor-made walnut stand. Note that these coasters need to be kept away from lemon juice and ammonia-based cleaning products to avoid deteriorating the marble.
Best High-Tech: Barsys Patrón Smart Coaster
Barsys describes itself as the future of drink-making, with technology-driven cocktail kits and drink accessories, and its new coaster collaboration with Patrón demonstrates just that. Through the coaster’s Bluetooth-connected app, users pick a cocktail to make (the signature is a margarita, though it offers 2,000 other recipes), then the lights on the coaster change color to indicate when to start and stop pouring each ingredient. Even more, a built-in scale calculates ingredients by weight.
In addition to the coasters, this set includes two glasses, a lime squeezer, salt rimmer and shaker—everything you need to whip up your favorite drinks. Note that the coaster needs to be plugged in, so it’s not ideal for resting drinks on for a long period of time.
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Most Unique: Upcycled Record Coasters
Music lovers, take note: these small coasters are made of repurposed vintage records, sealed in a protectant to guard them against condensation and water. Each 4-inch coaster features the label from a different vinyl or single collected by record enthusiast Jeff Davis—making for great conversation starters.
While these are fun options for the audiophile, note that they don't absorb water so be cautious when using them on expensive furniture. Still, the coasters will protect your tables from any scratches or nicks from a bottle or glass. Though each set of six comes with six different options, you won't get to pick which record you'll get.
Best Metal: Orrefors Peak Non-Slip Coasters
When making these coasters, designer Martti Rytk?nen was inspired by his favorite drinking moments, from glittering metropolitan soirees to cozy scenes at his favorite local pubs. The result is a coaster that will look just as good on a mid-century modern coffee table as it will on an old-school wooden bar.
Best Wood: Neighborwoods Map Coasters
Rep your city with these unique coasters that feature designs of your favorite neighborhoods. Graphic designer Aymie Spitzer carves in four different sections of a city into hand-finished pieces of cedar, finishing off each coaster with the city’s name and established date. Pick the neighborhood you live in, memorialize where you met your partner or simply honor your roots. Places like Manhattan, New Orleans, Portland and more are currently offered. An excellent gift option, this set includes four coasters that each measure 3.5 inches in diameter.
Best Silicone: Blomus Lareto Coaster Set
Silicone coasters are a great, no-fuss option: the flexible material won’t stick to your glass or leave a ring of water on your table. It’s also impossible to break, and to clean, just rinse with water.
Made with non-slip silicone, this set of six, minimalist coasters comes with a stainless steel holder. If your furniture is on the pricier side, silicone coasters are a smart pick, as the thin design won’t scratch surfaces and the material protects tables from water. Each coaster measures 4.5 inches in diameter.
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Best Personalized: Monogram Leather Coasters
Handcrafted leather tends to be on the pricier side, but this is an affordable option that can also be customized. Better yet, the coaster's pale leather material will change over time, adopting an elegant patina and an aged appeal (plus, it will look particularly excellent with a glass of scotch sitting on it). For gifting, (think weddings, birthdays or housewarming moments), the coasters can be finished with hand-pressed monogrammed lettering. Choose up to two initials per coaster.
This set of four, 3.75-inch coasters come wrapped in an organic linen gift bag. They are crafted by artisan Celina Mancurti, who uses organic fibers and textiles to craft charming household linens and leathers.
Best Fabric: Graf Lantz Felt Coasters
Fabric may seem like an odd material for coasters, but felted merino wool coasters have been used by Bavarian beer fans for centuries. The thick-cut, durable construction was designed specifically to hold Bavarian beer mugs—beer drinkers dubbed them "bierfilzl," or "beer felt."
The naturally water-resistant material won’t stain, but if it does catch spills, simply spot clean with a bit of soap and water. Handmade in Los Angeles, the coasters are available in a range of colors, including charcoal, turmeric and heather white, as well as shapes like round or square. The set comes with four coasters, each measuring 4 inches in diameter.