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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Take a cue from the restaurant world, and you’ll understand why this pint-glass style glass is our top choice. The 17-ounce vessel is incredibly sturdy thanks to the heavy glass base, but isn’t too heavy to hold even when filled to the top. You will notice that they are a little bit bigger than the traditional pint glass, so you’ll want to make sure you have enough cabinet space for them before you click purchase. Made from durable lead-free glass, you won’t have to worry about these shattering... too easily either.
Circleware sells this glass in sets of 10 making it perfect for large families or those who like to entertain often. And they are dishwasher-safe for easy and sanitary clean up. While they might not be the most design minded glasses on our list, they are ideal for anyone who prefers a simple look.
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If you want to up your design sensibility a little bit, you’ll like this set from Bormioli Rocco, the legacy Italian glassware company. This set of 12 glasses has an elegant, rounded tapered design that makes the glasses easy to hold and ensures that they look great on your dinner table. And unlike some lower quality glassware you won’t find a seam on these glasses, meaning they are sturdily constructed and won’t be prone to breaking.
Of course, if you don’t have a ton of cabinet space, you might... consider opting for the shorter water glasses which old 8 ¾ ounces per glass, and which are perfect for stacking in your cabinets. And if you want to round out your set, they also have a rocks glass size for cocktails.
All three sizes in Bormioli Rocco’s Zeno glassware line are dishwasher safe to save you the time and hassle of hand washing. If you want something a bit more design-minded than our top pick, these are the ones to choose.
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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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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.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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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.”
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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 18-ounce water tumblers, and is... also available in a 14-ounce rocks glass if you prefer.
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.