Common Questions About Cup Lids
How do I know which lid fits on my cup?
Most cup manufacturers list which drink lids fit their cups so that you can easily match your favorite drinkware to a compatible lid. Most cups have several different lid options, so you are almost certain to find a matching lid in the style you need.
What styles are available for cup lids?
Lids typically come in flat or domed styles, with both having slotted and solid designs. Slotted flat lids are the most popular because they fit over standard soft drinks and hold a straw. These are standard among most fast food restaurants and other quick-serve eateries with drive-thru windows.
Solid flat lids without a straw slot enhance spill protection for to-go drinks and retain more heat than slotted lids, so they are perfect for coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Because solid lids are often used with hot drinks, they sometimes have a tab on the side so that you can remove it from the mug without touching the cup's warm body.
Perfect for garnished drinks that are topped with whipped cream, dome lids are taller than flat lids and leave more room for product. These cup lids can have a hole for a straw or be completely solid to prevent spills. Coffee shops and ice cream parlors often use these because they frequently add toppings to drinks, smoothies, and milkshakes.
Another popular lid type features a slot on the side of the top instead of the middle. This kind is made for sipping without a straw and is standard in coffee shops and other establishments that serve hot drinks.
What are soft drink lids made of?
Most disposable lids are made of standard plastics that won't easily chip, crack, or break, but more eco-friendly lids are made of biopolymer materials that use plant resin in their construction. These tops can also be made of compostable and recyclable materials, pairing well with green drinkware.
What colors do cup lids come in?
Clear drink lids enable customers to see what they're drinking and how much is left in the cup, so they are commonly used in cafés that sell unique drinks. A more popular, economical option, translucent mug lids don't provide any product visibility like clear ones. Lids with this design come in all styles and sizes and are an option for most cups and mugs.