Weighted bottoms for sturdiness
Easy to clean
On the pricier side
Slightly awkward to hold
Drinking glasses may seem like a no-nonsense purchase, but there are still considerations to be made. You’ll want to consider capacity, weight, design, durability, and ease of cleaning, to start. We tried out a set of four Libbey Classic Tumbler Glasses to see if they were ideal for everyday use. Read on to see if the sturdy, extra-large glasses are worth adding to your collection.
Design: On the larger side, which is good and bad
Libbey’s glasses are pretty sharp, but they’re also plain enough to be compatible with almost any style of glassware or dinnerware. If you’re looking for a larger glass, Libbey’s classic tumblers offer an impressive 18-ounce capacity.
The Libbey tumblers are comparable in size to a pint glass and while this may be ideal for a beer, we found they were a little too large for everyday drinking glasses.
With a weight of about 13 ounces each, these glasses are on the heavier side. And after testing them out for a few weeks, we’d say there are pros and cons to their heft. The weighted bottoms make them quite sturdy and balanced; you would have to try to knock them over. At the same point, though, their larger size makes them a bit cumbersome and slightly awkward to hold. The Libbey tumblers are comparable in size to a pint glass and while this may be ideal for a beer, we found they were a little too large for everyday drinking glasses.
While the glasses were a bit big for our household’s use, your choice in glassware will obviously come down to your drinking habits and personal preferences. If you have guests over often, the high-capacity cups will save you from having to constantly refill everyone’s glass, after all. Either way, here’s the good news: Libbey also sells these glasses in a smaller size—a 13-ounce double old-fashioned rocks glass—that’s better suited to juice and cocktails. You can purchase a 16-piece tumbler and rocks glass set so you get the best of both worlds.
Durability: Reviews are mixed
Made with thick, high-quality glass, this set definitely seems like a sturdy choice that will hold up over time. We put them to work over the course of a few weeks and didn’t have any issues with breakage, but we do want to touch on complaints from other reviewers. Although the glasses have a relatively high rating on multiple retailer sites, we did find a significant number of user reviews that reported cracks and breakage after a few months.
Care: A breeze
Another pro to the Libbey tumbler’s large size? The glass is wide enough that you can put your hand all the way in and thoroughly wash it with a sponge. Cleaning our glasses by hand was a breeze, and if you’re short on time (or patience) you can even throw them in the dishwasher. To keep your tumblers in great shape, make sure they’re only used for room temperature or cold beverages. These glasses are not suitable for hot drinks or use in the microwave.
Price: Worth it, but only if a large, high-end drinking glass is a must
At $24.99, the Libbey Classic Tumbler Glasses are pretty pricey for a set of four—especially considering the number of people who report breakage after just a few months. If you’re starting from scratch with your drinkware, you’ll likely have to buy multiple sets—and that could get costly very quickly. As an alternative, you might want to consider a larger set that offers a variety of glassware at a more affordable price point.
Competition: Lots of options to explore
Galaxy Glassware 12-Piece Set: If you’re looking for an entire collection of glassware and don’t want to break the bank, the Galaxy Glassware 12-piece Set will meet your drinking needs without breaking your budget. Retailing for just under $20, this set includes three types of glasses: four 17-ounce highballs, four 13-ounce double old-fashioneds, and four 7-ounce juice glasses. You would probably expect them to be plastic at this price point, but they’re actually made from high-quality glass that earns rave reviews among users.
Anchor Hocking 16-Piece Reality Tumbler Set: The Anchor Hocking 16-Piece Reality Tumbler Set is another affordable contender if you’re looking for a comprehensive glassware set. Anchor Hocking’s selection is slightly more limited than Galaxy’s, though; this set includes eight 12-ounce glasses and eight 16-ounce glasses. These glasses are far more elegant-looking than their sub-$30 price tag suggests.
Duralex Picardie Tumbler Set: If you’d prefer a smaller set but durability is a concern for you, consider this Duralex Picardie Tumbler Set, which retails for about $30. When it comes to standing the test of time, Duralex has a better reputation than Libbey. These glasses have an equally impressive capacity (17.62 ounces) and users say they are built to last.
Worth buying if you prefer large glasses.
If you’re looking for large, high-end drinking glasses that can hold 18-ounces of your favorite beverage, Libbey’s Classic Tumblers are a great option. We thought they were a little too big for everyday glasses, but that distinction really comes down to your personal preference.
- Product Name Classic Tumbler Glasses
- Product Brand Libbey
- MPN 89702
- Price $24.99
- Weight 4.55 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 7.1 x 7.1 x 6.5 in.
- Material Glass