The Best Champagne Glasses: Tested by The Spruce Eats

The Riedel Champagne Glass is our top pick

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Champagne, prosecco, cava, Lambrusco: Whatever you’re drinking, a proper Champagne glass is a must. It doesn’t need to be a standard crystal flute, though. You can opt for plastic flutes for picnic sipping, vintage-inspired coupes to add a retro flair to your happy hour, or high-end handblown glasses to showcase the aromas of the Champagne. To help sort through these differences, we tapped an array of experts to select the top Champagne glasses.

Tested & Approved

After rigorous testing, we named the Riedel Champagne Glass our winner because of its light and airy bowl, which is wider than a traditional flute, allowing optimal depth for flavor and aroma. It's also great for other wines and spirits. For a solid budget option, we recommend the ergonomic Govino SafeFlute.

Furthermore, to help you pick the right Champagne glasses for your home bar, we tested them side-by-side and evaluated each on its design, size, durability, and overall value. Champagne and other bubbly beverages were sipped by our home tester to make sure these Champagne glasses are truly the best.

Here are the best Champagne glasses for every occasion, according to our tests.

Best Overall: Riedel Champagne Glass

4.8
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What We Like
  • Ideal for tasting

  • Can be used for other wines

  • Light, airy bowl

What We Don't Like
  • Not a traditional shape

  • Machine-made glass

The Riedel brand has been producing highly-regarded luxury glassware out of Bohemia since 1756, and this glass is no exception. It's "elegant, with a light and airy bowl formed at just the right angle to showcase visual appeal, preserve the bubbles, and really allow the wine to open up for the drinker to properly enjoy all of the aromas and flavors in the glass," says Lea Carelo, formerly the wine and beverage manager at The Register in Nashville, Tennessee. The diamond-shaped machine-made glasses come packed in a set of four and hold 11.5 ounces of bubbly. 

Our tester found this to be a high-quality piece. It's wider than a standard flute and has a more angular bowl, yet it does a beautiful job of showcasing bubbles. The tall shape walks the line between a thin flute and standard wine glass. The thin lip is very comfortable to drink from, and aside from just bubbles, this glass allows you the fresh characteristics of the fruit and a greater depth of aromas.

Our reviewer drank a sparkling Vouvray from the Loire and found the glass highlighted both the electric acidity and the earthy complexity. While it is brilliant and crystal-clear in clarity and sophisticated and graceful in design, the price point is particularly appealing. And far as cleaning goes, this is much easier to wash than a standard flute, thanks to the wide bowl. Our tester was able to fit her hand inside to scrub the leftover syrup from a French 75.

Capacity: 11.5 ounces | Material: Glass | Height: 9 inches

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Testing Takeaway

"This glass is elegant. It sits in a realm between traditional flute and all-purpose glass. It’s smart in design, pleasant to drink from, and still retains the exceptional quality of bubbles. Plus, there’s brilliant clarity—it sparkles, shows off the bubbles beautifully, and holds a generous pour."

Best Budget: Govino 8-Ounce Dishwasher SafeFlute

4.3
Govino 8-Ounce Dishwasher SafeFlute

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What We Like
  • Perfect for outdoor drinking

  • Thumb indent for easy handling

  • Flexible and shatterproof

What We Don't Like
  • Less adept at showcasing flavors

“If you're going outdoors with your bottle, Govino offers a great option for a stemless, shatterproof, stackable wine glass that is both reusable and recyclable,” says Matthew Pridgen, Underbelly Hospitality's wine director. Perfect for parks, picnics, and celebrating with little ones around, this set of budget-friendly flutes is made of Tritan, a thin polymer that makes the glasses almost completely shatterproof. And just because it’s plastic doesn’t mean it skips quality—the flexible, thoughtfully designed pieces are crafted to reflect the wine’s color and display the aromatics.

Our tester found that these are a smart alternative to disposable glasses. They’re sturdy and stemless, so they’re less likely to tip over when sat down. There's even an ergonomic thumb indent and a contoured base designed to sit safely in your hand. Bring them camping, give them to your tipsy aunt—you don’t even have to worry about the plastic cracking. Though they’re the safe alternative, don’t doubt that your bubbly will taste delicious in these. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to clean in the dishwasher. Each kit comes with four 8-ounce flutes.

Capacity: 8 ounces | Material: Tritan | Height: 5 inches

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Testing Takeaway

"If you’re outside at a picnic or camping, this is an ideal way to sip bubbly. The small indent for your thumb provides stability. If you're looking for an alternative to adding plastic to landfills, I like this as an affordable option to a stemless glass—it's serviceable and affordable, but not overly sentimental."

Best Modern: Fferrone May Flute

4.8
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What We Like
  • Beautiful design

  • Very durable

  • Dishwasher safe

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Designed by renowned architect Felicia Ferrone, these glasses were crafted with a designer’s mind. While the glasses have the tall, elongated flute of a standard Champagne glass, the glasses skip the stem of the flute, instead opting for a curving columned base. While they are unique, the glasses don’t skimp on quality—they’re carefully blown by hand without the use of molds. Plus, each is oven-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe. The glasses come in a set of two. 

While this is the most unconventional glass of the bunch, these were our tester’s favorite by far. The glass is sparkling crystal, handblown, and feels like true luxury. Considering this is a statement glass, the lip is still thin and delicate. Since the flute isn't very wide, the bubbles are largely concentrated. You won't get as much flavor or aroma as wider picks, but it's a fun glass to sip from. The stem takes some practice to feel comfortable in your hand, as it's a bit different than a standard thin stem. The entire glass has a lovely light weight to it.

They're pricey, but they’re a beautiful keepsake glass, and you’ll get many compliments, as they look great on display. Our reviewer even knocked them over a few times by accident, and to her surprise, though they clinked loudly, they didn’t break. Overall, the bowl is wide enough that you can give a good scrub to remove any sediment collected at the bottom.

Capacity: 6 ounces | Material: Borosilicate glass | Height: 7 inches

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Testing Takeaway

"The glass is gorgeous—truly a central piece on a table. The glass puts form and function to the forefront, it performs well, and the base is sturdy."

Best Crystal: Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass

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Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass

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What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Durable glass 

  • Dishwasher safe

What We Don't Like
  • Relatively basic design

  • Crystal is quite thick

“The traditional way to drink Champagne is to use coupe-style glasses, but these days flutes are more mainstream,” says Piero Procida, food and beverage director at The London West Hollywood. “For this purpose, I would recommend any flutes by Schott Zwiesel. Schott Zwiesel glasses look very elegant and are much cheaper than standard flutes—you don’t have to worry too much about breakage and can still offer an elegant-looking glass that can work for both restaurants and your home.”

Pick from sets of two, four, or six. Rather than curving outward, the flute shoots straight up, giving it a modern, minimalist appeal. “Sometimes the more simple and elegant-looking the glass, the more the Champagne becomes the focal point and enjoyed more,” Procida says. Each crystal glass is dishwasher safe, holds 7 ounces, and stands 9.9 inches tall. 

Our tester loved that Schott Zwiesel has perfected the tried-and-true flute shape. This feels great in your hand, is refined in design, and can hold a healthy portion of Champagne, cava, sekt, or whatever you’re sipping on. It's incredibly durable and beautifully shaped, though our reviewer found that it does detract from the aromas of the bubbly. The flute is a bit too tapered to enjoy all of the nuances of a higher-end Champagne, instead designed to optimize effervescence.

Capacity: 7.1 ounces | Material: Tritan crystal | Height: 9.9 inches

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Testing Takeaway

"These are fun, design-forward substitutes for standard flutes. They’re appealing in design, let the bubbles shine, and are built to last. They have a high-style design but still offer function. Each flute also features a generous capacity."

Best Design: Mark Thomas Double Bend Champagne Glasses

4.8
Mark Thomas Double Bend Champagne Glasses
What We Like
  • Unique design

  • Designed to retain carbonation and showcase flavors

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

“I love to use the Mark Thomas Double Bend Champagne glasses because they are super lightweight,” says Doreen Winkler, natural wine sommelier and founder of Orange Glou wine club. “Their curved, thin shape makes for a special experience when used with Champagne—you can really feel its layers. These glasses are a splurge but really nice. I think that everyone should have two fancy Champagne glasses in the house.”

If you’re willing to splurge, these are the best option for enjoying sparkling wine. They’re tall and striking but incredibly well-crafted, from the way the bowl joins the stem to the thin lip. They're perfectly designed to accentuate a sparkling wine—and make an excellent home for dessert wines, vermouths, and amaro. It’s really an incredibly pleasant drinking experience that highlights every step of the journey from pour to palate.

Our reviewer was actually quite surprised about how well the double-bend design worked. The bubbles remained persistent a while after opening a bottle, the aromas were present, and the taste shined through. The glass has a wide, slowly arching bowl, which makes it easy to clean. It’s fragile, but it would survive a knock-over or two with ease—it’s crystal after all.

Capacity: 8 ounces | Material: Lead-free crystal | Height: 8.9 inches

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Testing Takeaway

"It’s a beautifully designed glass. It feels like a piece of art, from the way the stem meets the bowl to the clarity of the glass and the way it interacts with your palate. While the Riedel glass offers a similar shape, Mark Thomas really nails the construction. It's my favorite Champagne glass."

Best Disposable: Chateau Plastic Champagne Flute

4.3
Chateau Plastic Champagne Flute

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What We Like
  • Minimal cleanup

  • Affordable

  • Great for crowds

What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for expensive Champagne

Entertaining for a crowd? Whether you’re tying the knot, celebrating a graduation, or toasting to an anniversary, a dash of Champagne is always in order—but who wants to purchase and clean dozens of crystal glasses? This set of plastic Champagne glasses channels all the energy of a traditional flute but without the fuss of real glass. The elegant gold rim and funky glitter design add a little sparkle to any cocktail hour and will look nice in photos.

Our tester found that this glass shines in certain situations. They’re glittering, festive, and fun to sip from, particularly on New Year’s Eve. With a large crowd, these glasses will save you time cleaning and picking up broken glasses. At 6.5 ounces each, there is more than enough room for a celebratory toast in each glass. They're made with heavy-duty durable plastic and have 36 glasses per package. When the night is finished, they can be hand washed for future events or recycled.

Capacity: 6.5 ounces | Material: Plastic | Height: 8.5 ounce

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Testing Takeaway

"If you’re toasting to a wedding, at a party, or in any other sort of celebratory situation, these glasses are just what you need. They’re festive, sparkly, and serve up plenty of room for a full glass of bubbles."

Final Verdict

The Riedel Champagne Glass is our top pick because it showcases the flavors and aromas of the beverage it houses, whether that's bubbly, another wine, or a spirit. We recommend the Govino SafeFlute as a budget-friendly option.

How We Tested

We sent all of the Champagne glasses on this roundup to our experienced product tester and drinks expert, who tried each out with an array of wines and bubbly beverages. Each Champagne glass was rated on its design, size, durability, and overall value. Our tester then offered additional insights on each Champagne glass's strengths and weaknesses.

What to Look for in Champagne Glasses

Material

Material plays a huge role in your Champagne glasses. If you want to fully experience the nuances of sparkling wine, look to crystal—it’s whisper-thin to properly showcase aromas and flavors and will deliver the liquid directly to your palate. That said, if you’re looking for more affordable Champagne glasses that can be served to a crowd, a plastic option may make more sense (plus, it will survive through rowdier happy hours).

Capacity

Champagne glasses can range from a few ounces to a larger size. The former is perfect for casual toasts, while the latter is ideal for enjoying a full glass of bubbles.

Ease of Cleaning

Crystal glasses require care. You must hand wash and polish each glass after using it. If you want a lower-effort option, consider a dishwasher-safe glass alternative.

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FAQs

How do you hold a Champagne glass?

Always hold the glass from the stem. This will ensure the heat of your hands is not warming up the Champagne. 

How full should a Champagne glass be?

A pour should be 5 ounces, ensuring you get exactly five glasses out of a bottle of wine. That said, feel free to enjoy whatever size glass you prefer. Just make sure you have at least an ounce left of space in the glass to account for sloshing.

What is the proper way to pour Champagne?

Pour Champagne slowly and steadily with the glass at a 45-degree angle to avoid major foaming.

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Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Kate Dingwall is an experienced wine writer and working sommelier. She's also a huge nerd for bubbles. She interviewed seven Champagne experts for this article and tested every Champagne glass with everything from bright peachy pet-nats to sparkling Lambruscos to more refined French cremants.

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