These silicone straws are shorter and have thinner walls than other silicone straws I have. Since my young kids are the primary users of the straws, I prefer this shorter length. Additionally, they have a gentle curve rather than a hard bend like my others, which makes them easier to clean--just not with the included brush. The detachable hearts help to keep the to of the straw above the cup lid. I do wish they were sturdier. The included "brush" is pretty useless because of the thin silicone--pushing the device through is not as easy as it should be. My kids love the colors!