Our Top Picks
Best Overall, Red Wine: Bormioli Rocco Restaurant at Amazon
“Wide 18-ounce bowl, and delicate, yet still easy-to-hold stem.”
Best Overall, White Wine: Paksh Italian at Amazon
“Stout bulb that feels comfortable when cradled in the hand.”
Best Budget: Libbey Basics at Amazon
“The heavy-duty glassware is durable, and even better, made in the U.S.A.”
Best High-End: Mikasa Agena Crystal at Amazon
“The design is delicate enough so they look classy and elegant.”
Best Stemless: Royal Stemless at Amazon
“Wide bowl holds 15 ounces and is appropriate for both red and white wine.”
Best for Outdoor Drinking: Govino Flexible Shatterproof at Amazon
“Unique design includes an indentation perfectly positioned for your thumb.”
Best Champagne Flutes: Riedel Champagne at Amazon
“Faceted stems on the flutes make them easier to grip, and less likely to slip.”
01 of 07
Best Overall, Red Wine: Bormioli Rocco Restaurant Red Wine Glass, Set of 4
It should come as no surprise that our number one pick for wine glasses comes from Italy. After all, they know their wine. This set from esteemed glass company Bormioli Rocco is our go-to set for red wine thanks to the wide 18-ounce bowl, and delicate, yet still easy-to-hold stem.
The wine glasses are made from a durable lead-free glass, which Bormioli Rocco has designated "Star Glass." The glasses also include XLT Treatment, which helps protect the glass against the most common causes of breakage.
This four-piece set is the ideal wine glass set for any home, and if you're only going to buy one set of wine glasses opt for these as it is better for the flavor to drink white wine out of a red wine glass than the other way around.
Thanks to their strength, these glasses are dishwasher-safe on the top rack, but if you want to extend their lifespan, it might be better to hand wash them.
02 of 07
Best Overall, White Wine: Paksh Italian White Wine Glasses
These Italian-made wine glasses are shaped for white wine, with a stout bulb that feels comfortable when cradled in the hand to allow the wine to breathe and release aromas.
The glasses are made from the company’s proprietary Star Glass, which is lead-free and crystal clear. They are laser cut for uniformly thin rims and a slender stem. Each glass is finished with a treatment that reinforces the stems and protects them from abrasions, which reduces the chances of most common cause of wine glass breakage.
The set includes four 15-ounce glasses. They are dishwasher safe and shatter resistant, but you might want to hand wash to keep them from jostling around in the dishwasher.
03 of 07
Best Budget: Libbey 3056S4 4 Piece Basics Red Wine Glass, 10-ounce
If you're looking to stock up on wine glasses for a party, or don't want to spend a lot on your stemware because your friends and family are prone to breaking them, these are the glasses for you. At less than $12 for four glasses, you can afford to keep a couple extras on hand.
These 10-ounce red wine goblets are a bit smaller than our top pick, but the heavy-duty glassware is durable, and even better, made in the U.S.A. These might not be the most design-forward glasses, but for anyone on a budget looking to enjoy their Two Buck Chuck, these will fit the bill.
You can save time on cleanup by running these glasses through the dishwasher.
04 of 07
Best High-End: Mikasa Agena Crystal Wine Glass, 9-Ounce, Set of 4
If you’re looking for wine glasses for special occasions, or you’re just looking for something more distinctive than plain, clear glass, these 24% lead crystal glasses might be the perfect fit. The cuts in the glass are supposed to resemble glass blowing in the wind and add a bit of sparkle to the table, but the design is delicate enough so they look classy and elegant, and will fit nicely with most dinnerware patterns, from casual to plain to formal.
These are 9-ounce glasses and come in a set of four. This shape is typically used for white wines, but there are other shapes of glasses with this same pattern, if you want to expand your collection. While these are dishwasher safe, hand washing is recommended.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Best Stemless: Royal Stemless Wine Glass Set, 4-Pack, 15-Ounce Wine Tumbler Set
There are several reasons you might prefer stemless wine glasses—aesthetics, ease of handling, and the guarantee that it will fit in your dishwasher without breaking. If you do prefer to go stemless, these glasses from Royal are the perfect choice.
The wide bowl holds 15 ounces and is appropriate for both red and white wine. Plus, the shatter resistant glass is durable enough to use every day.
Homes with kids might also consider stemless wine glasses as they are harder to knock over meaning fewer red wine stains to clean out of your sofa or carpet.
While these glasses aren't as high-end as the Riedel stemware, they are a solid choice for most households.
06 of 07
Best for Outdoor Drinking: Govino Wine Glass Flexible Shatterproof Recyclable
One of the best things about summer has to be alfresco dining on the patio or in the park. And no outdoor meal would be complete without a bottle of wine. That's where these shatterproof, stemless plastic wine glasses come in handy.
Made in the U.S.A. by GoVino, the unique design includes an indentation perfectly positioned for your thumb, making them easier to grasp and swirl, if you feel so inclined.
And if you do somehow manage to shatter or crack any of the glasses, you can rest easy knowing that they are 100 percent recyclable.
The only drawback for these plastic glasses is that they aren't actually dishwasher safe. The good news is that they are relatively easy to wash, and you won't have to worry about them breaking in the drying rack.
07 of 07
Best Champagne Flutes: Riedel Wine Series Champagne Glass, Set of 2
For festive occasions, nothing beats a glass of bubbly, and the only thing that makes it better is serving it out of a champagne flute. Ideal for sparkling wines of all kinds, these flutes from Riedel have an 8.5-ounce capacity and are made from high-quality, lead-free glass.
The faceted stems on the flutes make them easier to grip, and less likely to slip through your fingers. And while they might not be a budget pick, they are reasonably priced enough that you won't feel bad about having a full set that you only use once a year on New Year's Eve.
While they are technically dishwasher safe, the height of the flutes make them a challenge to fit on the top rack of many dishwashers. You're better off simply washing them by hand.