The Best Drinking Glasses to Sip in Style
Who hasn't collected a menagerie of drinking glasses over time? Yet, who really finds their mismatched glassware functional, much less appealing? More practical: a set or two of drinking glasses that can accommodate water, cold brew, classic cocktails, and more. To curate the best drinking glasses for various uses, we asked industry professionals which qualities to look for.
Considering factors like volume, material, and versatility, we selected the best drinking glasses in nine categories. The multi-purpose, space-saving Luminarc French Tightrope Stackable Glasses merited our vote for Best Overall. Keep reading to find the best drinking glasses for your needs, from space-saving stackable glasses to everyday large tumblers to decorative glasses fit for special occasions.
Our Top Picks
- Best Overall: Luminarc French Tightrope Stackable Glasses
- Best Everyday Stackable: Duralex Unie Glasses
- Best Everyday Large: Open Kitchen by Williams Sonoma Large Straight Tumblers
- Best Value: Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar Glass Tumbler Set
- Best Variety of Sizes: Borosil Simple Glass Tumblers
- Best for Cocktails: Riedel O Wine Tumbler Whisky Glasses
- Best Acrylic: CB2 Chill Acrylic Double Old-Fashioned Glass
- Best Decorative: West Elm Double Old-Fashioned Essential Stacking Glassware
- Best High-End: Iittala Essence Drinking Glasses
Best Overall: Luminarc French Tightrope Stackable Glasses
Best Everyday Stackable: Duralex Unie Glasses
Best Everyday Large: Open Kitchen by Williams Sonoma Large Straight Tumblers
Best Value: Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar Glass Tumbler Set
Best Variety of Sizes: Borosil Simple Glass Tumblers
Best for Cocktails: Riedel O Wine Tumbler Whisky Glasses
Best Acrylic: CB2 Chill Acrylic Double Old-Fashioned Glass
Best Decorative: West Elm Double Old-Fashioned Essential Stacking Glassware
Best High-End: Iittala Essence Drinking Glasses
When shopping for drinking glasses, material, volume, versatility, and quantity in a set are the most important factors to consider. We recommend deciding which features are most important to you to determine which of these best picks belong in your kitchen. The Luminarc Tightrope Stackable Glasses, our Overall Best, wed beautiful form with practical function. We love that they feel good in the hand, look great on the table, and stack easily in the cupboard. Another favorite, the 16-ounce Large Straight Tumblers from Williams Sonoma's Open Kitchen collection will win over anyone looking for large everyday glasses
Factors to Consider
Building a good glassware collection means buying a set or more. The majority are sold in a set of six. Depending on the number of people in your household and how quickly you wash glassware will determine if you need more than a set or two. Those entertaining often will want to snag a few sets to make sure you have amble glassware for guests.
This is a personal preference. For those primarily looking for great water glasses, and who drink a lot of water in one sitting, you'll want to go with a larger volume of 16 ounces. Most glasses do not hold more than this volume size. But for those who like a smaller glass, 10 to 12 ounces is a solid range for all-purpose use, whether holding a cup of cold brew with cream, a craft cocktail with ice, and enough water to get you through a meal.
Higher-end drinking glasses consist of crystal while more affordable sets are typically made with soda-lime glass or the stronger borosilicate. Consider whether you want a microwave- and freezer-safe glass when looking at glassware, as some materials (like tempered glass) fare better than others. For those with a habit of breaking glassware, or who have toddlers around, consider acrylic.
Are you looking for glassware for just water? Do you want it to also double for cocktails? How about coffee and wine? Consider your beverage needs and your cupboard space. If you need a versatile glassware collection that you can use for a number of drinks, we recommend investing in one of the all-purpose styles that accommodate different beverages.
Q: Are drinking glasses recyclable?
A: Not all glassware can be recycled. As there isn't just one kind of glass, you may need to contact the manufacturer to ask which type of glassware you have and whether it contains additives (like a coating or inclusions that make them temperature-resistant) that may prevent it from being recyclable. Once you have this information, you can check with your local recycling plant to see if they will accept it. Consider repurposing or donating glasses that you can't recycle.
Q: What is the best way to clean drinking glasses?
A: Most drinking glasses are dishwasher safe. Some manufacturers recommend hand-washing to keep the glass shiny and clear and to promote longer life.
Q: Are drinking glasses tempered?
A: Not all drinking glasses are tempered. In this list, three are made of tempered glass. If stronger durability and thermal-shock resistance are a major consideration, go with tempered glass. Crystal is a bit more delicate and is not recommended for use in the microwave or freezer.
Years of tasting and writing about food, wine, and spirits guide Melissa Vogt's research. As a tourist, Vogt seeks out local bars, and she's well acquainted with where to find good libations in her hometown of Santa Rosa, Calif. Read more of her writing on her website and in Napa Valley Life, Very Napa Valley, and Wine Country This Month. These drinking glasses were selected through Melissa's research and conversations with restaurateurs and experts in the drinks business.