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Whether round, square, oval or rectangular. Coasters not only serve their purpose, but can also decorate your home. Once you have found the function for your coaster, you can choose from different materials such as wood, cork or raffia. With our large coaster test 2021 we want to help you make the right decision when shopping. To help you quickly find the right coaster for you, we have presented some products and compared them with each other. With comparisons and important information on the topic of coasters, the guide should help you to make the purchase decision as easy as possible.

The most important facts

  • Coasters can be used in the kitchen, living room or garden. For each function, there is the right coaster with the right material.
  • Cork and wood are among the most popular materials. They not only look simple, but are durable and heat-resistant materials.
  • You can bring your home back to life with coasters made of unusual materials. Coasters made of dark teak, glass or silver can decorate boring tablecloths or bare rooms again.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a coaster

What is a coaster?

Basically, a coaster is nothing more than an object that looks like a plate. However, the thing that looks like a plate can do more than you think. A coaster can be used in different areas, for example in gardening, as decoration, in your household or for handicrafts. Depending on what you need a coaster for, for every problem, but also for every vision, you will find the right coaster.

What is a coaster actually suitable for?

In general, you need a coaster when you want to protect the surface of an object. You notice that pans, plates or pots have left marks on your dining table or work surface and want to protect the surface from further damage. In this case, you can choose from coasters that are suitable for kitchen utensils. These are usually made of cork, stainless steel, wood or glass. The heat of the object is absorbed and prevents the surface from being damaged.

Did you know that the tallest tower of beer coasters consisted of 7,000 coasters?

A coaster ensures that any foam that spills over is caught by the coaster's material, cardboard, and does not stick to the surface of the table with beer. Coasters also play an important role for cups and glasses. Coasters for wine glasses have the same function as beer coasters. The red or white wine is caught and the table or tablecloth are spared stains. A coaster for coffee mugs can be used in the same way.


Paper coasters are often used in the catering trade. These prevent the table from sticking to beer because the coaster absorbs the excess liquid.
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In the garden, the coaster also finds its purpose. If you can't find a planter for your plant, you can place a trivet under the flowerpot. Surfaces such as window sills, shelves or the beautiful stone floor in the garden can be spared stains with a saucer.

Since the potting soil of your plant first absorbs the water when you water it and then expels the excess water from the flower pot, the excess water runs out of the pot and thus stains the surfaces.

For the creative among you, the flower pot coaster can also be used as a bird feeder. To give you a little inspiration, we have linked you to a short video: You can also use coasters for decorative purposes. With a small coaster, the liquid wax that runs down the candle is collected and does not dry in an unwanted place. As you know, it is very difficult to remove hard wax. In the same way, you can give your table decoration a certain expression by placing a coaster in the right place.

Can I personalise my coaster?

Oh yes, you can! If you don't know what to get your good friend or your mum for their birthday, this creative idea is sure to put a smile on their face. On websites like HappyFoto or smartphoto you can have a cork coaster printed with a photo and personalise it. Yoursurprise offers a different kind of coaster, made of leather, which you can embellish with your own engraving. With a personal message, you're sure to please the person you're talking to. The company Giffits offers coasters that can be used as promotional material. With this option, you can decorate your office with the logo or name of the company. You can choose from different materials, colours and textures and have your own coaster made for work.

What material can I use to protect my table?

In addition to coasters made of durable materials such as wool, wood or cork, there is a wide range of materials available today. Since many people have hardly any space left in their kitchen because of all the appliances, there are adjustable coasters that can take on different sizes. In this way, you can use the coaster for various objects. Mostly, the adjustable surface protectors are made of stainless steel with extendable elements or of silicone, which can be adapted to the respective object. Silicone is a material that is heat-resistant up to 260 degrees.

Wood is still the most popular material for a coaster, usually oak or walnut. Another option is bamboo, this material is more often made in the form of a grid.

Depending on taste, the different materials of the coasters can be played with and adapted to the style in the home.


With the different materials, you can adapt the new coaster to your décor. With coasters made of raffia or wood, you can give your table a new shine.
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Here we have summarised which materials are best suited for the different functions of a coaster:

Pans and pots Glasses and cups Flower pots
Wood, glass, cork and stainless steel are durable materials and also heat-resistant paper, cork and felt are perfect as coasters for glasses and cups plastic, terracotta and zinc can be used as coasters for the garden, including light and heavy as well as long and short-lasting materials

What are the alternatives to a coaster?

A creative and sometimes cheaper alternative is to simply make and design your own coaster. You can choose from different materials and methods to make a coaster. In the trivia section, we have listed two DIY's that you can make at home. Another alternative to a coaster is a microfibre cloth. However, such a cloth only makes sense if you can't find coasters for glasses or cups. With the microfibre cloth, you can easily wipe away the water marks on the table surface.

Decision: What types of coasters are there and which is the right one for you?

What distinguishes a trivet for pots and pans and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

To ensure that your trivet doesn't let the food cool down immediately when you put it on the table, you should make sure that the trivet is heat-resistant, heat-insulating and non-slip. You should avoid materials such as paper or fabric, but this is not a problem as you can choose from high-quality materials such as cork, wood, glass and stainless steel.

  • Go for coasters made of solid material as they are more durable and heat-resistant
  • Avoid coasters made of fabric or paper, as they cannot retain heat

What are the characteristics of a coaster for glasses and cups and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Glass coasters are available in various designs and materials. In general, a glass coaster is suitable for protecting the table and the tablecloth. With certain coasters, you can prevent the glass or cup from slipping and, in the worst case, shattering into a thousand pieces. You can choose from different fabrics according to personal preference and design.

  • Felt is a water-repellent and non-slip material
  • wood is an easy-care and durable material
  • Felt is also a flame-retardant material

What distinguishes a coaster for flower pots and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

You can also choose from different materials for coasters for flower pots. You can choose between terracotta/clay, zinc or plastic and find the right coaster for your outdoor area.

  • Plastic is a feather-light material
  • terracotta is durable
  • zinc coasters last a long time and are easy
  • Plastic coasters are not durable
  • terracotta is heavy and can leave limescale stains as water evaporates
  • zinc can decompose depending on the weather

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate coasters


Make sure you choose the right material for the category!

As we already told you in the advice section, you can use your coaster in many different ways. Depending on whether you want to buy a coaster for pots and pans, glasses and cups, flower pots, candles or simply as a decorative item, you can find the perfect coaster for every category. Once you have decided on a group, you can see from the quality and material of your product whether the purchase is worthwhile for you.


As we have already mentioned, you should make sure that you choose the right material for the respective function of the coaster. For the garden, materials such as plastic, terracotta or cast iron are best. Plastic and terracotta are lightweight materials and serve their purpose. However, evaporated water can leave lime stains on terracotta. Trivets made of stainless steel, silicone, wood and glass protect the surface of your table and absorb the heat from pans and pots. Materials like these are durable and heat-resistant. To let your creativity run wild, we recommend unusual materials such as glass, silver and teak. Glass can be an eye-catcher on a plain tablecloth because it looks timeless and discreet. Monotonous objects can be brightened up with silver and with teakwood you create a cosy atmosphere in the room.

Facts worth knowing about the topic of coasters

How do I make my own coaster?

There are many different ways you can make your own coaster. With different materials such as wool, lace, metal, wood, felt and felt balls and cork, there are no limits to your creativity. You can try your hand at sewing, knitting, felting, gluing, building and crocheting to create your own coaster.

Instructions for Scrabble coasters

Small gifts made with love and heart put a smile on everyone's face. Here we have put together a short tutorial for a Scrabble coaster. The DIY is super easy and can be done in no time. For this you need:

  1. Scrabble stones
  2. Glue

Arrange the Scrabble stones as you have imagined them. You can work with words of four or more letters. As soon as you have arranged the bricks, you can glue them together. Simply apply glue to the sides and staple them together. If you see any glue residue, you can simply remove it when it dries. And that's how quickly you have your Scrabble coaster!


The Scrabble coasters are quick and easy to make and give your home that certain something. There are no limits to your creativity, let off steam!
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Instructions for felt ball coasters

Was the previous tutorial too easy for you? No problem! In this DIY you can make a coaster out of felt balls. You'll need a bit of flair and patience. But don't worry, no master has fallen from the sky yet. Have fun with this DIY! To make felt balls, you will need the following:

  1. Felt wool
  2. Dry felt needle
  3. Soap suds made from soap with 100 % olive oil
  4. clear water for rinsing

And here is a detailed video on how to connect the felt balls you have made: Image source: Moroz/

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