Like many buying decisions for your home, choosing the right drinking glasses is predominantly a question of aesthetics — that and how much cabinet space you have available. There are myriad drinking glasses in every imaginable shape, color, and even design available. And while most of them will serve the purpose you need — holding all your favorite beverages — they are not all created equal.
Once you’ve found a few glassware sets that you like, it’s important to consider the material they are... made of, whether they are sturdy or will break easily, and whether or not they can go in the dishwasher. With those considerations in mind, here are six of the best glassware sets on the market today.
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This 16-piece set is all you need for everyday use or for parties. The set includes eight 18-ounce glasses and eight shorter 13-ounce 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. The glasses are a smoky color that is darker on the bottom, fading to almost-clear at the top, adding flair to your table setting without clashing colors. The set is made in the USA and is dishwasher safe.
While the smoky... color isn’t so dark that you won’t see the drink, it will mute colors if you intend on using them for fancy colored or layered cocktails that you want to show off.
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Clear glasses are great for seeing what you’re drinking, but that doesn’t mean they have to lack color completely. These 13 1/4 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.
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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.
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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.”Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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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.
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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.
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While plastic drinking glasses probably aren’t your number one pick for dinner parties, sometimes they can come in handy for day to day drinking. 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. This premium acrylic tumbler set might even fool you into thinking it’s glass at first glance thanks to the solid base and what appears to be cut glass detailing. The set comes with four 14-ounce water tumblers.
The acrylic... itself is BPA-free and dishwasher safe on the top rack. You won’t have to worry about them breaking easily either, as they are shatter-resistant. So if you’re ready to ditch the red Solo cups at your backyard dinner parties, it’s time to invest in a set of these plastic tumblers. One final point in their favor, these tumblers are all made in the USA.
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