The Best Stemless Wine Glasses We've Tested

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It only takes a few broken stems before any wine lover is stocking up on stemless wine glasses. Easier to hold and durable enough for everyday use, stemless glasses usually don’t require the delicate care of their stemmed counterparts. Thankfully, stemless wine glasses now come in different shapes and materials for all of your wine night needs.

Keep in mind that shape is an important aspect when picking out wine glasses. It can help enhance a wine’s aromatic bouquet while allowing it to balance its tannins and acidity. There’s also the narrow Champagne flute to consider, which creates the visually impressive display of bubbles. If you’re an all-around fan of wine, you should go with a more versatile shape. If you tend to pick up one style more than others, buy wine glasses that will improve your favorites. 

Below, the best stemless wine glasses.

Best Overall: Riedel O Wine Tumbler Cabernet/Merlot

Riedel O Wine Tumbler Cabernet/Merlot, Set of Two

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What We Like
  • Dishwasher safe

  • Large capacity

  • Relatively universal

What We Don't Like
  • Glass is delicate

Who else recommends it? The Strategist also picked the Riedel O Wine Tumbler Cabernet/Merlot, Set of Two.

What do buyers say? 93% of 4,500+ Amazon reviewers rated it 4 stars or above.

If you’re searching for one glass to drink all the wine, you’ll want a shape that’s close to universal—not too round or too narrow. Riedel achieves this one-size-fits-all shape with its cabernet/merlot wine glass. At 4.76 inches tall, these oval-shaped glasses can hold a little over 21 ounces. Our tester appreciated the versatility of these glasses. Pour a splash of bubbles in them, sip a richer Rioja, or serve up a white table wine - the glass held their own in every situation. That shape creates the ideal environment for any wine, from sparkling rosé to full-bodied red wine, while not being too oversized for smaller hands.

Riedel produces these with non-leaded glass, and they're machine-made for consistency. They're sturdier than the brand's stemmed versions, too, making them great for everyday use. Plus, they are safe for the dishwasher.

Price at time of publish: $35

Capacity: 21.16 ounces | Material: Machine-made crystal | Wine Style: Cabernet and merlot


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What Our Testers Say

"While Riedel notes these are for cabernet and merlot, they serve well as an all-purpose glass. Use them for larger bodied reds or crisp whites—these were just as great for a spicy Rioja as they were a soft Chablis. If you’re going to have one set of stemless glasses, let it be these." Kate Dingwall, Product Tester

Best Budget: Govino Go-Anywhere Wine Glasses, Set of 2

Govino Go-Anywhere Wine Glasses, Set of 4

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What We Like
  • Flexible and durable

  • Shatterproof

  • Contoured base and thumb notch

What We Don't Like
  • Can pick up aromas

  • Not as great for showing off flavors

If you’re looking for maximum durability from your stemless wine glass, look no further. Govino’s offerings look great, are virtually shatterproof, and can be reused again and again. The design is particularly clever—a contoured shape and small dent in the side of the glass let your thumb sit comfortably and makes it easier to hold the glass. Plus, for the wine nerds who don’t want to forgo quality, the polymer material has the appeal of real crystal with a brilliant, clear, reflective finish. Our tester found these were excellent for lo-fi drinking situations; going for a nature walk, sipping in a hot tub, or placing on a table where the wine is flowing freely. 

A.J. Ojeda-Pons, a sommelier and the director of operations at Temperance Wine Bar in New York City, notes, “They are great for outings in the park or packing for the beach; they are light, unbreakable and you can wash them.” Though he also says, “Govinos will lose their shape if you wash them in the dishwasher.” So, although they're made from sturdy plastic, you may want to hand wash them to keep them looking their best, and rinse right after use to keep the residue from eating at the plastic. 

Price at time of publish: $15 for Set of 2


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Capacity: 16 ounces | Material: BPA/BPS-free polymer | Wine Style: Red

Good to Know

“I would drink wines with more body and texture in a stemless wine glass,” says Corey Hayes, the director of food and beverage for The Wayfinder Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island. “Wines like a full-bodied Cabernet or a California Chardonnay with larger bowls lend themselves to more full-bodied wines.”

Best for Red Wine: Riedel O Stemless Pinot/Nebbiolo Wine Glass Set

Riedel O Stemless Pinot/Nebbiolo Wine Glass Set

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What We Like
  • Delicate and thin

  • Showcases aromas of delicate reds

  • Dishwasher safe

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't translate well to white varietals

  • Wide surface area slightly awkward to hold

The complexity of a red wine’s tannins, acidity, and bouquet calls for larger glasses. Riedel, one of the authorities on wine glasses, excels at red wine expression with its Pinot/Nebbiolo shape. The rounder burgundy shape, made from non-leaded glass, translates to the glasses measuring 4.25 inches in diameter and 4.33 inches in height. This creates an environment that intensifies the earthy and red fruit aromas while creating a wider surface that encourages your red wine to aerate. Our tester noted that out of all the stemless wine glasses she found, this glass offered the most elevated drinking experience, similar to what you’d find with big Burgundy stemware. She found these glasses are particularly excellent when sipping a big glass of Chantereves Bourgogne by a fire. Each glass can hold up to 24 ounces, is sturdy enough for daily use, and can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Price at time of publish: $57


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Capacity: 24 ounces | Material: Machine-made crystal | Wine Style: Pinot Noir, similar red expressions

What The Experts Say

I would suggest pouring red wine or fortified wines, like port, sherry, and Madeira, into a stemless glass.” — Slava Borisov, Bartender at Travelle at The Langham

Best for White Wine: Riedel O Wine Sauvignon Blanc/Riesling Stemless Glass Set

Riedel O Wine Tumbler Sauvignon Blanc/Riesling Stemless Glass Set

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What We Like
  • Dishwasher safe

  • Easy to store

  • Thin lip

What We Don't Like
  • Delicate

  • Hand heat

Stemless or not, the gentle aromas of popular white wines, such as Riesling, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, are accentuated in tulip-shaped wine glasses. Riedel masters this shape with its Sauvignon Blanc/Riesling offering that's perfect for any white wine. Our tester noted that this glass shined when sipping aromatic white wines - albarinos, viogniers, rieslings, and gewurztraminer.

Measuring 4.25 inches tall with a 13-ounce capacity, the shorter glass allows you to capture a white wine’s subtle aromas, while the smaller bowl helps the wine maintain its acidity. The compact footprint saves space when stored away, too. Riedel’s glasses are made from non-leaded glass and are safe to put in the dishwasher. We noted the glasses retain their clarity after many trips through the dishwasher. She recommends placing these glasses in the freezer for half an hour before drinking to get them nice and chilled.

Price at time of publish: $35


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Capacity: 13 ounces | Material: Machine-made crystal | Wine Style: Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc

Good to Know

What wines are best for a stemless glass? “You can honestly use it with every wine, even sparkling, especially since Riedel has developed different shapes and forms of stemless glasses; the only difference to a stem glass is that the stem is missing,” describes Benjamin Gutenbrunner, the beverage director of New York City's Upper East Side restaurant Blume. “Especially dessert wine. In a stemless glass, it's just beautiful.”

Best for Champagne: Eparé Stemless Sparkling Wine Glasses

Epare Stemless Sparkling Wine Glasses

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What We Like
  • Insulated format

  • Hand-blown glass

  • Dishwasher friendly

What We Don't Like
  • Small capacity

  • Hand-wash to extend life

The exciting bubbles of sparkling wine are exciting for every celebration, from weddings to simply making it through the week, and Eparé’s stemless version of the classic Champagne flute deserves a place in any wine lover’s collection.

This 6.5-inch-tall flute, which holds 5 ounces of wine, is made from hand-blown borosilicate glass that’s resistant to both scratches and shattering. Eparé’s double-walled insulation ensures that your wine will stay cool and helps prevent condensation. Our tester noted that this glass is far more elegant than a standard chunky insulated glass, making it a smart option for ensuring your sparkling wine is icy cold until the very last sip and protects the liquid from the heat of your hand. The flute is durable enough to handle the dishwasher, microwave, and freezer.

Price at time of publish: $30 for Set of 2


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Capacity: 5 ounces | Material: Borosilicate glass | Wine Style: Champagne, sparkling wine

Best for Outdoors: Vivocci Unbreakable Plastic Stemless Wine Glasses

Vivocci Unbreakable Plastic Stemless Wine Glasses

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What We Like
  • Shatterproof

  • Dishwasher safe

  • Feels similar to real glass

What We Don't Like
  • Small capacity

Whether you like to take your evening wine on the porch or spend the summer roughing it in the woods, heading outside with your wine opens up a whole new world of risks. Thankfully, Vivocci Unbreakable Stemless Wine Glasses can help mitigate some of those risks. These glasses checked off a lot of boxes for our tester. They’re durable, virtually unbreakable, and still have the appeal of a larger Nebbiolo glass. Glass in presence, but plastic in durability.

These glasses are made from Tritan copolyester, a premium material that presents like glass, except it’s shatterproof. The rounder tulip shape measures 3.5 inches at its widest diameter and is 4.75 inches tall, which makes these glasses great for all wines. Vivocci’s use of Tritan makes these some of the most durable glasses available. Plus, they're dishwasher safe.

Price at time of publish: $38 for 12.5oz, Set of 6

Capacity: 20 ounces | Material: Tritan copolyester | Wine Style: Universal

Best Bodega-Style: Bormioli Rocco Bodega Mini 7.5-Ounce Glass Tumbler

Bormioli Rocco Mini 7.5-Ounce Drinking Glasses

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What We Like
  • Stackable

  • Can be used for hot drinks

  • Approachable

What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for showcasing aromas

One of Europe’s quaint practices is serving wine in a short and wide, flat-bottomed glass, often referred to as a bodega glass. If that’s the casual look you want, Bormioli Rocco’s bodega-style wine glasses fit the bill. Our tester loved these. She found these practical for small pours of wine, beer, even her morning espresso. They’re versatile and low-effort.

Measuring only 2.25 inches tall and 3.25 inches wide, these tiny glasses still hold 7.5 ounces—enough for the standard 5-ounce pour. The heavy-duty glass means these hard-to-break tumblers can easily be stacked when stored away and are safe for the dishwasher. Even though they're not insulated and don't feature a handle, you can use these mini glasses for hot drinks, like espresso.

Price at time of publish: $40


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Capacity: 7.5 ounces | Material: Tempered glass | Wine Style: Table wine

Final Verdict

You can't go wrong with the versatile Riedel O Wine Tumbler Cabernet/Merlot Wine Glass Set (view at Amazon), which will work for whatever wine you're in the mood to sip. Headed outside for a picnic? Opt for the Vivocci Unbreakable Plastic Stemless Wine Glasses (view at Amazon).

What to Look for in Stemless Wine Glasses


Stemless wine glasses come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. There are flutes for all your bubbly wine needs and rounder glasses for more full-bodied reds. Alternatively, there are more universally shaped glasses for reds, whites, roses, and everything in between.

Best Stemless Wine Glasses

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One of the big draws of a stemless wine glass is they are far less likely to get knocked over. In that regard, many drinkers like to opt for a plastic stemless glass for al fresco drinking. That said, if you just like the feel of a stemless glass, there are stemless options made with whisper-thin crystal.


Nowadays you can purchase both plastic options and finer stemless glasses. If you care about the aromas of a wine, there are plenty of elevated crystal and glass options. Just keep in mind that you will have to hand wash glasses after every wine hour. If you would rather skip the cleanup (an appealing option if you entertain frequently), make sure you are mindful of selecting a dishwasher-safe option. 


How do you hold a stemless wine glass?

Hold a stemless wine glass in whatever way is most comfortable. Just remember that your hand will warm up the wine, so try to avoid leaving it in your grasp for too long.

Stemless Wine Glasses

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How many ounces are in a stemless wine glass?

Depending on the style of wine the glass is made for, stemless glasses can range from 5 to 13 ounces in size. Champagne and white wine glasses are small, while red wine glasses are large.

Why use a stemless wine glass?

“Stemless glasses are way more stable than long-stemmed glassware,” says Travelle at The Langham's Borisov. “It means it is harder to tip stemless glassware over, potentially spilling your wine and ruining your clothes.”

Stemless wine glasses are perfect for drinking just about anything,” says The Wayfinder Hotel's Hayes. “In some ways, it can create a more relaxed experience when drinking wine, but at the same time, it’s perfect for a cocktail or water glass when you want to class it up a bit. Stemless wine glasses are used to take away the stress of holding a normal wine glass. They are much sturdier and less likely to break, which is why they are gaining popularity. They make for an easier drinking experience and take away the worry or pressure of knocking the glass over and making a mess.”

What is the best way to store stemless wine glasses?

While you may be tempted to store the glass upside down to protect them from dust, Thierry Sighel of The Magic Of Wine says, “Keep your glasses facing open to the air (hanging or upside up) to avoid aromas building up.”

Essentially, store a stemless glass the same way you would your regular wine glasses. “It takes up less room in your cabinet, and you don’t need extra height between the shelves,” Borisov says.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Siobhan Wallace has written about food and wine for over a decade. She’s a stemless wine glass fan after breaking one too many wine stems.

Kate Dingwall, who updated this piece, 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. She interviewed four wine experts for this article.

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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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