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Whether you're grabbing a quick glass of water after a morning jog or serving specialty cocktails for your dinner party guests, no kitchen is complete without a good set of drinking glasses. But today, drinking cups constructed out of traditional glass are no longer the only option. Plastic glasses, which are lightweight and less prone to shattering, have started gaining popularity. Even glass drinkware has evolved: tempered glass, for example, is thermal shock-resistant, can hold both hot and cold beverages, and when it breaks, it does so in small cubes instead of shards. Plus, many glass sets are now lead-free. Of course, there are many shapes and sizes of drinking glasses available in addition to the tumbler shape, such as highball, goblet, cocktail, and more.
To help sift through all the options, here's our list of the best drinking glasses for your home kitchen.
This 16-piece set is all you need for everyday use or for parties. The set includes eight 16.25-ounce glasses and eight shorter 12.25-ounce rocks glasses, so you’ll always have one ready for water, cocktails, iced tea, or water. The shape is classic, with a weighted bottom for stability but a modern simple shape to work with any type of beverage or cocktail. The set is lead-free and made in the USA and is dishwasher safe. Reviewers remark that this is a great set of glasses at an affordable price.
Clear glasses are great for seeing what you’re drinking, but that doesn’t mean they have to lack color completely. These 13.25 ounce glasses each have a different color on the bottom, adding a splash of fun and making it easy for diners to know which glass is theirs when they set it down next to another glass. Since the color is an integral part of the glass, it will never wash off or fade.
The weighted bottoms help keep the glasses stable and make them feel substantial in the hand. Ripples on the bottom of the glass help manage the sweating that occurs with a cold beverage hot day.
The set includes six glasses. They are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. A set of shorter, matching glasses is also available.
For anyone who wants a design classic for their drinking glass, this Picardie tumbler from Duralex is the clear winner. Duralex is a French company that pioneered tempered glass, so you know that this tumbler not only has beautiful vintage-inspired styling, but is also incredibly sturdy. The glasses themselves can withstand thermal shock from -4 degrees Fahrenheit to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. That means that in addition to being dishwasher safe these glasses are okay to be used in the microwave or fridge as well. The Duralex tempered glass is also resistant to stains, odors, and scratching. It’s a long lasting glass to be sure.
This set includes six 12-ounce glasses perfect for water, tea, or any other beverages. Duralex also makes a variety of other sizes including cocktail glasses, espresso cups, and juice glasses. So no matter what your glassware needs, there’s a Picardie style glass that will fit. The glasses are made in France, and we would expect no less from the “original French tumbler.”
Need to outfit your entire glassware cabinet in one fell swoop? This is the set to choose. The 12-piece collection comes with three different sizes of glassware. And you’ll get four glasses in each size. (Which means you might want to order two sets if you know you’ll need eight drinking glasses at any point.) While you might expect plastic for this price point, these are made of high quality glass and come with a raised polka dot pattern. The pattern however is on the glassware’s interior so they won’t help with grip.
Included in the set are 17-ounce highball glasses, 13-ounce double old fashioned glasses, and 7-ounce juice glasses, which means that all your drinking needs are covered in this one set. The glasses are also stackable to save on cabinet space and dishwasher safe to make post-dinner cleanup even easier. Galaxy also has several other sets in case this combination of glassware isn’t right for you. And if you want colors, be sure to check out the rainbow set of highball or juice glasses.
For those who are willing to spend a bit more on their glassware, this set of four drinking glasses from Libbey, is an easy choice. The heavy, weighted bottoms make for sturdy glasses that won't knock over easily while also providing a more refined aesthetic.
The glasses are also on the larger side, holding a full 18 ounces of your favorite beverage. This set only comes with four glasses, so if you want a cabinetful, you'll have to order a few sets. You can feel good about your purchase knowing that all of Libbey's glassware is made in the USA.
Libbey also sells this glass in a tumbler size for juice or cocktails and in a color called smoke, which is a slightly gray tinged glass. Both styles are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
Everyone needs drinking glasses, and this set is both attractive and affordable. The set includes eight shorter 12-ounce glasses and eight taller 16-ounce glasses. The glasses are made in the US and have a distinctive shape that make them look classy and more expensive than their price tag suggests. They’re nice enough for everyday use or for a nice dinner, even if you don’t have a budget.
The heavy base makes them stable and less likely to tip. Since these don’t have a design, they’d match well with any plain glassware, but there are also other sizes of glasses by Anchor Hocking in this same design, if you prefer more of a match.
These are dishwasher safe. If you prefer hand washing, you might need a brush to get inside the taller tumbler, since the mouth is probably too narrow for a hand.
While plastic drinking glasses probably aren’t your number one pick for dinner parties, sometimes they can come in handy for your day to day drinking needs. Whether you like to dine on a patio or porch, or just have a tendency to break your glasses easily, plastic can be a good solution. The fan favorite, Tervis hosts your drinks in a 16 ounce tumbler while also keeping liquids cool (or hot) and the outside sweat-free. They are made of BPA- and Melamine-free construction so they are safe for the whole family to use.
You can order a plain set or get more creative with some of their personalized or more holiday oriented motifs. Whatever you decide—these glasses will be your new favorite and they are guaranteed to last a lifetime.
What to Look for in a Drinking Glass
Dishwasher-safe: While washing glasses in a dishwasher is the easiest option, if you don’t use a lot of glassware, it’s also simple to swish, rinse, and dry your glasses—particularly if you don’t fill the dishwasher every day. Consider if it's important to you that your drinking glasses are dishwasher-safe.
Kid-friendly: If you have kids, it’s wise to consider whether the drinkware you choose will be easy for them to hold—and whether it’s sturdy enough to handle small bumps and accidents.
Design: Of course you’re going to choose drinkware that you like, but if you want to limit the number of glasses you own, it’s a good idea to pick ones you can use every day with your normal dinnerware—and perhaps even with the nice dinnerware that you only bring out for special occasions.