The Best Highball Glasses for Your Home Bar: Tested by The Spruce Eats

The LSA Borough Highballs are our winner

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Despite their simplicity, the highballs might be the most misunderstood drinks in the cocktail world. A highball is really just a drink made with any base spirit and combined with roughly twice as much of a nonalcoholic mixer served over ice—and maybe a fruit garnish if you're fancy (we are). So, a whiskey soda is a highball, but so are a gin and tonic and rum and Coke.  

Tested & Approved

Our tester named the LSA Borough Highball Glass our winner because it's gorgeous and delicate with brilliant clarity but has a weighted base to ward off any toppling over. For something tester- and bartender-approved, we recommend the Riedel Drink Specific Glassware Highball Glass.

A good set of highball glasses are essential for any home bar, so to help you find the perfect set for yours, we enlisted the help of our drinks expert and seasoned home tester, who tested them side-by-side and evaluated each on their design, durability, quality, and overall value. Many drinks, from water to cocktails, were enjoyed in order to make sure these highball glasses are truly the best.

Here are the best highball glasses, according to our tests.

Best Overall: LSA Borough Highball Glasses, Set of 4

4.8
LSA-borough-highball-glasses

Courtesy of LSA

Our Ratings
  • Design
    5/5
  • Durability
    4.5/5
  • Quality
    5/5
  • Overall Value
    4.5/5
What We Like
  • Beautiful simplicity

  • Dishwasher safe

  • Classic design

What We Don't Like
  • Some drinkers may find them too slender

The beauty of these LSA Borough Highballs is in their simplicity. The shape of the glasses is crisp, simple, and elegant. The 14.2-ounce capacity is ideal for the perfect whiskey and soda or any iced-down beverage, really. Our tester found that while the capacity is generous, it almost feels too large for a standard highball (though this style of glass can range anywhere from 8 to 16 ounces). Designed in London and made in Slovakia, this option is dishwasher safe and offers a clear window into the heart of your cocktail and all its splendor. The glasses are made from lead-free crystalline glass and come in a set of four. Our tester found these made a particularly great vessel for a refreshing paloma.

Capacity: 14 ounces | Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.2 x 18.4 centimeters | Material: Glass | Number in Set: 4

LSA Borough Highball 3

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What Our Testers Say

"These are gorgeous, slim glasses that do a beautiful job of showcasing the drink and amplifying the aromas and subtleties of a highball. The thin lip, brilliant clarity, generous capacity, and weighted base come together for the perfect highball glass." Kate Dingwall, Product Tester

Best Textured: Godinger Carson Modern Vintage Highball Glasses, Set of 4

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Courtesy of Macy's

Our Ratings
  • Design
    3.5/5
  • Durability
    4.5/5
  • Quality
    4/5
  • Overall Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Great texture

  • Dishwasher safe

  • Versatile

  • Sloped sides allow more aromas

What We Don't Like
  • Sloped sides don't contain carbonation as well

These Carson highball glasses from Godinger, as their name implies, manage to feel both modern and vintage at the same time—a rare feat. The twill-cut pattern’s texture on the side also manages to feel both luxe and everyday, another line that’s hard to straddle, but they do it successfully. It also adds a bit of friction, so even as the glass sweats, it’s easy to hold. Made from non-leaded crystal, these 12-ounce highballs are dishwasher safe and come in either clear or pink, in case you like drinking through rose-colored glasses. Our tester notes that while you can certainly drink carbonated beverages from this glass, its curved shape doesn’t retain the carbonation of a drink as well as a traditional highball glass. That said, the wider mouth of these glasses allow your nose to absorb more nuances, such as juniper and citrus in gin or agave notes in tequila.

Capacity: 12 ounces | Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 x 13 centimeters | Material: Glass | Number in Set: 4

Godinger Carson Modern Vintage Highball Glasses, Set of 4 1

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What Our Testers Say

"Godinger's heavy glasses offer vintage pizzazz without asking you to dig through an antique shop to find a matching set. They feel heavy in hand and have a versatile design that'll instantly level up any bar cart." Kate Dingwall, Product Tester

Bartender’s Choice: Riedel Drink Specific Glassware Highball Glass

4.4
Riedel Drink Specific Glassware Highball Glass

Riedel

Our Ratings
  • Design
    4.5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Quality
    4/5
  • Overall Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Perfect for highballs

  • Ideal capacity

  • Dishwasher safe

  • Fits large ice cubes

What We Don't Like
  • A little pricey

To make the drink-specific collection, Riedel tapped spirits expert Zane Harris to craft the perfect cocktail glasses for every single style of drink (he also has glasses for flips, on-the-rocks drinks, and Nick and Nora beverages). Harris considers every part of a highball, from how to maintain effervescence to the diameter of the cup. Our tester appreciated the wider diameter, which allowed her to fit large-format ice. She found the glasses simple yet elegant and excellent for a range of drinks.

The design balances new and old with modern crystal construction (read: durable) and the subtle etchings of a cut crystal glass. Plus, each glass is dishwasher safe. This set makes an excellent housewarming gift, or try it yourself with a Japanese whisky highball.

Capacity: 10.4 ounces | Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 6 inches | Material: Crystal | Number in Set: 2

Riedel Drink Specific Highball 2

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What Our Testers Say

"If you love old-school crystal but don't love the unpredictability of buying vintage, Riedel's drink-specific highballs check a lot of boxes: cut crystal design, larger capacity, high quality, and the ability to clean via dishwasher. Plus, the capacity perfectly fits large cubes and a bountiful highball." Kate Dingwall, Product Tester

Best Crystal: Nude Design Studio Big Top Glassware Highball Glasses

4.1
Design Within Reach Big Top Glassware
Our Ratings
  • Design
    5/5
  • Durability
    3/5
  • Quality
    4.5/5
  • Overall Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Elegant design

  • Thin lip

What We Don't Like
  • Rounded bottom

  • Small diameter

  • Pricey

This brand is a favorite amongst liquor nerds, and one sip from this glass will explain why. They command a wide variety of ultra-thin, high-design crystal glasses for every cocktail in your repertoire. This highball glass from their Big Top collection features vertical fluting around the exterior of the glass and a gently inwardly sloped base. While the 11.5-ounce glass is perfect for a standard highball, you can upgrade to the 14.5-ounce version if you prefer a stiffer pour. While our tester loves the look and feel of the glass, she found it was delicate—she broke one while hand washing, so handle with care. She also noted that the angled bottom and small circumference of the glass means these aren’t the most stable glasses, so be careful putting it down, as well.

Capacity: 11.5 ounces | Dimensions:  2.44 x 5.71 inches | Material: Lead-free crystal | Number in Set: 4

Nude Highball Glasses 3

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What Our Testers Say

"This glass is the perfect size for a standard highball: 2 ounces of your preferred spirit, 5 ounces of sparkling soda, and a heaping amount of ice. It's ultra-thin, lead-free, and perfect for highballs, waters, G&Ts, and beyond." Kate Dingwall, Product Tester

Best Personalized: Schott Zwiesel Classico Cocktail Glasses

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Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Our Ratings
  • Design
    3/5
  • Durability
    4.5/5
  • Quality
    4.5/5
  • Overall Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Great for gifting

  • Fairly durable

  • Dishwasher safe

What We Don't Like
  • Somewhat pricey with monogram

If you’re the type of person who likes their barware monogrammed, we’re going to guess that you likely also prefer glasses with classic shape and style. Enter the Schott Zwiesel Classico Collection. Made in Germany from break-resistant Tritan crystal, these highballs are simple and customizable in a variety of fonts with the option for a three-letter monogram or single initial (at checkout). They hold a nice 8.6 ounces (our tester found these are on the small side) and can handle cleaning in the dishwasher. Our tester appreciated that these felt incredibly durable while still remaining well-made enough to not deter from the drinking experience. These would make a great smaller highball, nice water or juice glass, or vessel for small pours of beer. 

Capacity: 8.6 ounces | Dimensions: 6.4 x 6.4 x 11.7 centimeters | Material: Glass | Number in Set: 6

Schott Zwiesel Classico Cocktail Glasses 2

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What Our Testers Say

"Though these have a tiny capacity, these glasses offer a sturdy, weighted base and high-quality glass. The clarity is lovely, and the lip is nice and thin, resulting in a pleasant drinking experience for juice, beer, and beyond." Kate Dingwall, Product Tester

Compare

Overall Rating Design Durability Quality Overall Value
LSA-borough-highball-glasses
Best Overall:
LSA Borough Highball Glasses, Set of 4
4.8
5 4.5 5 4.5
godinger-carson-highball-glasses
Best Textured:
Godinger Carson Modern Vintage Highball Glasses, Set of 4
4
3.5 4.5 4 4
Riedel Drink Specific Glassware Highball Glass
Bartender’s Choice:
Riedel Drink Specific Glassware Highball Glass
4.4
4.5 5 4 4
Design Within Reach Big Top Glassware
Best Crystal:
Nude Design Studio Big Top Glassware Highball Glasses
4.1
5 3 4.5 4
scott-zwiesel-classico-cocktail-glasses
Best Personalized:
Schott Zwiesel Classico Cocktail Glasses
4
3 4.5 4.5 4
Final Verdict

The LSA Borough Highball Glasses are a classic choice: reasonably priced, easy to clean, and a good size. If you're going to be entertaining outdoors, we recommend the DuraClear Tritan Multicolored Highball Glasses (view at Williams Sonoma), which are plastic. For a bartender-approved pick, we recommend the tried-and-true Riedel Drink Specific Glassware Highball Glass.

How We Tested

We sent all of the highball glasses on this roundup to our drinks expert and seasoned home tester, who tried each out with water, cocktails, fizzy drinks, and more to determine which highball glasses are truly the best. Each highball glass was rated on design, durability, quality, and overall value. Our tester then offered additional insights on each highball glass' strengths and weaknesses.

Other Options We Tested

  • DuraClear Tritan Outdoor Highball Glasses: If you have a pool or like to host outdoor soirees, a durable set of plastic drinkware can be a useful purchase. This multicolor set is made from Tritan and is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. Best yet, each cup offers a generous 17-ounce capacity, making ample room to add lots of ice or craft a bloody mary with all the fixings. While these are plastic, our tester appreciated that they had nice quality and weight. That said, she thought they were too pricey for what they are and would only buy them if they were discounted or on sale.
DuraClear Tritan Multicolored Highball Glasses, Set of 6 4

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What to Look for in Highball Glasses

Ease of Cleaning

It’s our opinion that everyday glassware should be dishwasher safe. Sometimes crystal and hand-painted glasses add some sparkle to a special occasion, but just make sure you factor the cleaning method into your selection. If you'll be pulling your highballs out on special occasions only, hand washing won't matter as much.

Size

Highball glasses should be at least 12 ounces, so you can add a healthy portion of ice and mixer to your drink. Bigger can be better, but if you aren’t measuring your drink components, you risk over-serving yourself. 

Design

Choosing a design is an expression of personal aesthetics. Be you. In terms of material, it really comes down to what you like and how you're going to use the glasses. For pool parties, we think plastic works well. A standard blown-glass highball would be nice for a gin and tonic at brunch. Crystal might be better suited for serving your in-laws a holiday tipple. 

Price

Like with pretty much everything, there's a range depending on what you want—from about $5 all the way up to $100 per glass. For everyday barware, anything under $15 a glass is pretty reasonable. 

FAQs

What other names is a highball glass called?

Highball glasses are also known as tumblers, drinking glasses, water glasses, and everyday glasses.

What is a highball drink?

A highball is a cocktail made with only two ingredients—one is alcohol, the other is a nonalcoholic beverage—and served over ice. It can also include a garnish of fruit or herbs.

What are some popular highballs?

Some examples of classic highball drinks include rum and Coke, gin and tonic, whiskey and ginger, vodka and cranberry, and Scotch and soda.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Nicholas McClelland is a freelance writer and product tester who covers whisk(e)y and spirits for The Spruce Eats. His work has appeared in Men’s Journal, Fatherly, Inside Hook, TIME, and more.

Kate Dingwall, who updated this roundup, is an experienced wine writer and working sommelier. She personally tested each highball glass on this roundup.

Updated by
Sharon Lockley
Sharon Lockley
Sharon Lockley has over 20 years of experience as an editor and writer and has been contributing to The Spruce Eats since 2019.
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Additional reporting by
Kate Dingwall
Kate Dingwall
Kate Dingwall is a freelance writer whose work focuses on food, drinks, and travel. She is based in Toronto and holds a Wine & Spirits Education Trust Level III qualification.
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