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Do you often find yourself in a situation where you only have one hand free and have to concentrate fully on one thing for a long period of time? It can easily happen that you don't manage to take a quick sip.

That's over now. Get yourself a proper drink holder and drink when you're thirsty. Whether it's a cup holder for your car, bike or pram. We explain what to look for when buying a good cup holder and how to install it. We look at various quality features such as size, material, design and weight and show you how to classify them so that they fit your needs.

The most important facts

  • You can find a good drink holder from €5 upwards.
  • The assembly can often be done by yourself and, depending on the model, does not even require tools.
  • There are drink holders for the car, pram, bicycle, sofa, wall, boat or pool and many other objects.

The Best Drink Holder: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for drink holders

What criteria should you pay attention to so that your cup holder does not turn out to be a bad buy in the long run? We compared the products and found the following criteria to be particularly important:

Here are the criteria in detail:


Whether you are looking for a drink holder for a bicycle, car or possibly also for a pram, you should always pay attention to the weight. You must bear in mind that in addition to the cup holder, there is also the weight of the drinks. If you then want to install your cup holder, you must be sure that the bar to which you attach the cup holder can withstand the weight.


The design of the drink holder also plays a decisive role in the purchase, as it will be attached to another object. Therefore, you should consider in advance whether the drink holder really fits into the new environment. In addition to the colour, you should also choose a shape that you like.

Size / diameter

Similar to the weight, the size and diameter of the drink holder play a decisive role. Before you choose a cup holder, first measure the maximum dimensions of the cup holder so that you can be sure that it really fits. Especially with bicycles or cars, it can easily happen that the cup holder is much too big and therefore does not fit.

When buying, also pay attention to the diameter of the cup holder. You should then orientate yourself according to the size of your drink. Basically, if you have a large selection of drinks, a larger diameter should be considered so that you can be sure that all drinks will fit into the holder. The exception is the cup holder for bicycles. Here, the diameter of the drink holder should be as close as possible to the diameter of the drink, otherwise the drink may fall out of the holder while riding.


To ensure that your cup holder meets your needs in the long term, you should also pay attention to the material when buying it. Which material is best depends on how it will be used. For example, stainless steel or metal have the advantage that they are very stable and last for a long time, but they can quickly scratch or rust. Plastic or rubber, on the other hand, have the advantage that they do not scratch or rust, but the disadvantage that they can wear out if they are of poor quality or give way when exposed to heat.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about drink holders answered in detail

In the following, we would like to explain the most important questions about cup holders. This will give you a deeper insight into the subject and make it easier for you to make a decision.

Who is a drink holder suitable for?

Basically, a drink holder is suitable for anyone who is often on the road and needs to have a drink quickly to hand, but cannot hold it all the time. This can be while cycling, driving or even walking with a pram. The drink holder makes it possible to have a drink quickly and with one hand without losing focus on the main attraction.

What types of drink holders are there?

The most common cup holder is the one for mounting on a bar. Often permanently mounted on the bike, it provides a strong long-term hold for the cup.


250 ml Pepsi cans suitable for the classic cup holder in the car or truck. (Image source: Ja San Miguel / unsplash)

For quick and short-term use, on the other hand, there is the hanging cup holder. Even though it is not particularly stable, it serves its purpose in the short term and does not require any assembly skills. The clamp-on cup holder is also popular. Here, too, it is quick to assemble and can be dismantled again quickly if necessary.

What does a drink holder cost?

The price of a cup holder depends mainly on its material, brand and design. Depending on your preferences, you can still find a good cup holder for under 10 €.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (5 - 10 €) simple design, few functions, plastic / synthetic, universally usable for standard drinks
Medium-priced (10 - 20 €) More functions, plastic and metal, more versatile use for different drinks
High-priced (from 20 €) special design for niches, noble design, metal / stainless steel

Is the installation of a drink holder difficult?

How difficult it is to install a "cupholder" depends on the model. With the right tools, anyone can attach it to a bicycle or pram. Installing it in a car is more difficult. You should read the instructions and follow them step by step.

If you generally find it difficult to fit things or don't have the tools to do so, you should also take a look at the clamp-on cup holders when you buy them. These are very easy to fit and do not require any tools.


A drink holder makes sense if you often find yourself in situations where you only have one hand free and still want to have a drink without wasting a lot of time looking for it. A simple universal cup holder is often available for less than 10 €. If you attach more importance to functions, design and quality, the prices often rise to over 20 €, but slowly stagnate there. When choosing the right cup holder, you still need to be clear about what you want to use it for.

Important criteria for a purchase decision are the design, as the cup holder should also be visually appealing, and the weight, so that it is not too heavy for the device to be attached to it. The material also plays a very important role. When buying, look for a material that suits your needs. Finally, you should also pay attention to the size of the cup holder and its diameter. Basically, you should know how big the bottles or cups are that you want to put in the holder. Depending on the model, installation is quick and easy and does not even require tools. Nevertheless, you should be aware that for some objects, such as a car, you will not be able to avoid installation.

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