One of my favorite pastimes is aspirationally watching Architectural Digest’s Open Tour videos, where the AD team interviews celebrities on their home design and decor. However, during a recent YouTube rabbit hole, I was appalled to discover that one of my childhood faves, Hillary Duff, doesn’t use coasters with her drinks, and, as a result, has tons of water rings and damage on her otherwise gorgeous sideboard.
Coasters are great, if not essential. They protect your furniture from condensation marks, heat damage, and scuffs - even if the furniture in question is an IKEA coffee table rather than an intricate wooden piece that likely costs more than my entire rent check. But they also serve as an extension of your taste and personality. If the rest of your decor is chic and minimal, you can use coasters to bring some color or brightness to a room. Or, if you prefer a maximalist aesthetic, you can amp up the chaotic nature of your home’s decor by adding more non-traditional elements, or tie everything together with a sleek, muted set. You can also play with textures when shopping for coasters, since they come in wood, marble, wool, glass, and more.
Also, a great classy coaster simply tells your guests (and yourself) that you’ve got your life together, even if that’s not necessarily the case. By handing your guest a nice coaster that you didn’t just swipe from a bar, you’re showing that you not only have respect for your things and your space, but you’re an elegant host too.
So, if you’re ready to upgrade your standard coasters to something nicer (or if you’re Hillary Duff), here are the best coasters you can buy online, from a classic monogrammed set to a modular tile set that can also act as a trivet.
A Chic Monogrammed Coaster
Nothing says that you have your life together quite like offering a monogrammed coaster to a guest with their drink. This one has a gorgeous abalone shell inlay and brass accents that amp up the fanciness.
Marble And Wood Coasters
These coasters have the perfect mix of elegant and earthy with their marble and wood construction. The rounded edges also lend a softness to their appearance, and the coasters are nice and thick, making them easy to move.
3-Dimensional Coasters That Can Be A Trivet
You’ve probably already seen these at your one friend’s apartment that looks like the MoMa Design Store. These coasters create a 3D cube illusion with various shades and colors, and they can all fit together seamlessly to provide a protective surface for hot pans. You can also mix and match the tiles in various color combinations, but we like the standard multi-pattern to start your collection.
Swirly Porcelain Coasters
These made-to-order porcelain coasters are available in a timeless white-and-navy-blue swirl. Handmade by a ceramist in Upstate New York, the coasters have cork backings to protect your surfaces from both condensation and scratches, and they have a slightly raised rim to help keep your glass in place.
Soft Wool Coasters To Protect Delicate Surfaces
If heavy tile or porcelain coasters aren’t your speed, this merino wool set will absorb any condensation from your drinks, and they’re naturally stain-resistant as well.
Summery Leather Coasters
These leather coasters have vivid yellow stripe patterns to help brighten up your home and are easy to spot for your houseguests. Over time, the leather will develop a beautiful patina and will naturally age with each use, giving these coasters even more character.
Earthy Terracotta Coasters
Inspired by sand dunes, these ridged terracotta coasters have a protective cork backing to save your surfaces from scratches. They also match, but with different colors, which is great for telling drinks apart when everyone is having the same cocktail.
Bright LEGO-Reminiscent Coasters
Want to satisfy your childhood dreams of everything LEGO? Get these bright, tropical-themed coasters with a soft rubber texture and raised round circles that are reminiscent of the iconic interlocking bricks. Aside from protecting your tables from water rings or dings, the rubber coasters are also a breeze to clean and maintain.
A Geometric Twist On Terrazzo Coasters
The terrazzo tile trend is still going strong, and these triangular coasters are a fun departure from your traditional square or round-shaped drink landing zones.
Luminous Coasters That Brighten Up A Room
These pearlescent pink coasters from Flower by Edie Parker just about scream “soft girl aesthetic,” so your houseguests will know that you’re responsible and cool. Plus, they come with their own matching pink coaster holder.
If You Want To Show Off Your Musical Taste
Whether you want to showcase all your favorite bands that no one has heard of yet or display your love for Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour, this Etsy seller can create vinyl coasters with the albums of your choice. You can even ask for a functional Spotify code, which will direct your friends and guests straight to your highly curated album picks.
For A Rustic Cabin Vibe
Because who wouldn’t want to land their drinks onto a tree slice? This coaster would look great in a modern cabin, or just about any other place where you’d want to cultivate cozy vibes.
A Stunning Jade Set
The epitome of elegance and class, each piece of this jade coaster set has a natural marbled pattern to make it perfectly unique, and the gold-toned rim and matching cylindrical case will also help elevate your at-home drinking set up.
Elegantly Embroidered Linen Coasters
If you’re looking to serve a crowd and want to offer extra-classy cloth coasters instead of flimsy paper napkins, these 100% linen coasters from Angela Wickstead come in a 10-pack and have a bright forest-green embroidered border.
Coasters Made From Recycled Chopsticks
These coasters are great for anyone who’d like to show off their love for chopsticks or wants a cool product to display and hold drinks. They’re handmade from recycled bamboo chopsticks, so they’re a solid eco-friendly pick too.
A Not-So-Delicate Balancing Act
If you’re looking for a more structural coaster that will elevate your drinks (literally and figuratively), these brass coasters have you covered.