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How Do I Choose the Best Bedside Carafe?

By A. Leverkuhn
Updated May 17, 2024
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One of the first considerations for choosing a bedside carafe is durability. Along with this, shoppers often think about safety issues. For many households, it does not make sense to have a glass carafe in the bedroom, on a table by the bed, especially if the glass is of a thinner and more fragile design. Some harder glass bedside carafes may be okay choices, but for some buyers, the best bedside containers are of a less breakable material, for instance, hard plastic.

When shoppers are scouting around for the most useful bedside carafe designs, it’s also key to look at ease of use. The best models allow users to pour water easily, in a predictable flow into a glass or other container. Inferior designs can cause problems with water splashing out and onto the floor or all over a bed or nearby furnishings.

The best bedside carafes are easy to clean. Some will even be dishwasher safe, which can eliminate some of the challenge with keeping them sanitary over time. Some designs may have interior parts that trap water or sediment, and these should be avoided.

In terms of visual presentation, some of the best bedside carafe designs also have neat and attractive visual designs engraved, etched or embossed on them. An example is the popular monogrammed bedside carafe that displays the user’s initials. These can complement and existing bedroom style.

In addition to monograms and other visual features, shoppers can choose from clear and transparent designs, or those made of tinted glass or other colored materials. Carafes can be picked to go along with a bedroom color scheme. This is another compelling visual element that differs in various bedside carafe models.

There’s more that a buyer can consider for choosing the most useful carafe products. Some newer models are built with extra design features for accommodating the specific bedside uses. One example is a “tumbler-topped” bedside type of carafe. In these designs, a small cup rests on top of the mouth of the carafe; this makes it easy for the user to obtain the glass when it is time to pour. Features like these can significantly improve the quality of use that the buyer gets out of these items, and thinking about how the carafe or water holder is built can help buyers get the most utility from their purchases, while lowering safety risks.

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