Fresh flowers are a great way to infuse style and life into your home decor. A quality vase does much more than just hold stems; it also makes a style statement of its own. The best vases are sturdy, made out of materials that complement other decor in your home, and sized correctly for the flowers they hold. Our top pick, the BIGIVACA 8.7 Inch Tall Clear Glass Vase, is well-designed, works with a variety of flowers, and shows the water level at a glance.
While a sleek, stylish vase is a must, it’s also important to consider its ability to hold plenty of water to keep your freshly-cut flowers thriving. “Vases, which display cut floral bouquets, do not have drainage holes,” says Alfred Palomares, Vice President of Merchandising and Resident Plant Dad at 1-800-Flowers. “Cut flowers rely on that constant access to water in order to bloom and stay fresh for as long as possible—sometimes up to three weeks.”
Here are the best vases for displaying your favorite blooms throughout your living space.
BIGIVACA 8.7 Inch Tall Clear Glass Vase
Comes in two sizes
Four translucent colors
Hand wash only
The overall shape of the Bigivaca Tall Clear Glass Vase is timeless and compliments a variety of flowers—and it fits seamlessly in with any aesthetic. It comes in two different sizes, 8.7 inches, and 10 inches. The 8.7-inch vase is tapered at the top with a sturdy base. The 10-inch vase has a slight flare at the top to support longer stems and heavier blossoms.
This vase comes in four different colors, all translucent. The clear glass option is our favorite because it’s so versatile. If you want something more modern, consider the gray. The amber and iridescent options give a softer, romantic look. The major perk of these vases is they’re simple enough to let your flowers be the center of attention, while still imparting a classic look.
Each vase arrives packaged in double layers of foam to protect their delicate nature. The glass is thin, especially as you get further away from the wide base. It’s best to hand wash this vase for the best care.
Price at time of publish: $15
Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 8.66 inches | Weight: 15.5 ounces | Shape: Tapered cylinder
Ikea Pomp Vase
Flared edge supports fresh flowers
Clean, classic style
Not meant to be washed
Wipe clean only
If you’re searching for a sleek vase that can contain floral arrangements and blend in with any aesthetic, all without breaking the bank, Ikea’s Pomp vase is a fantastic fit. This simple-looking vase is actually designed to do double duty, holding flowers both real and faux as well as pillar candles, potpourri, and anything else you want to display in a clear vessel. Made out of glass, it’s a blank canvas you can use in countless ways.
Whether used as a standalone floral-filled vase or a creative centerpiece, you’ll enjoy the timeless style and sturdy construction of this affordable pick. Its weighty base ensures the vase won’t tip over, and it holds water without worry. However, when you’re ready to change up your decor, swap in a fresh bouquet of flowers, or simply clean this sleek and simple glass vase, washing is a bit unusual. You can’t pop it into your dishwasher or hand wash in the sink; rather, it’s recommended that you only wipe the exterior and interior clean with a damp cloth.
Price at time of publish: $6
Dimensions: 7 x 6 inches | Weight: 1.68 pounds | Shape: Flared cylinder
Restoration Hardware Italian Arabescato Vessel
Made of highest quality marble
Available in multiple sizes
Hand wash only
If you want a vase that looks like a piece of art, the Italian Arabescato Vessel from Restoration Hardware fits the bill (and it’s gorgeous, too!) Each vase is made by hand from Arabescato marble from a quarry in Carrarra, Italy and is designed to showcase the marble’s grey and white vein patterns.
Available in three sizes, these vases are very expensive and aren’t sold as sets or pairs. You’ll need to purchase each pricey piece individually. Additionally, not every Restoration Hardware store has them in stock; you may end up waiting for delivery. They do need to be hand washed, which can be tricky as the opening of the vase is quite small. Keep in mind that while stunning as a piece of decor, the vases are also heavy and may be hard to move. The weight ranges from 22 pounds for the small vase to 110 pounds for the largest size.
Price at time of publish: $920 for small
Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5 x 9 inches (small), 10.5 x 10.5 x 12 inches (medium), 12 x 12 x 15 inches (large) | Weight: 22 pounds (small), 66 pounds (medium), 110 pounds (large) | Shape: Vessel
Wade Logan Fogel Metal Table Vase
Does not hold water
The Wade Logan Fogel Metal Table Vase is an openwork vase that makes a statement on any table or sideboard. It’s made of aluminum and designed to mimic branches that twine together to form a tapered cylindrical shape. The vase comes in silver or brass finishes, and no matter which shade you choose, it offers an organic feel while using contemporary metal materials.
Because it is an openwork vase, this Wade Logan Fogel vase doesn’t hold water. You can put fresh flowers in it, but they will dry out quickly. It’s best for using with faux flowers or stems that don’t need water, such as thistles or some roses. You can tuck multiple stems into the openwork design to create a fuller arrangement.
Price at time of publish: $64
Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 14 inches | Weight: 2 pounds | Shape: Tapered cylinder
Pottery Barn Nouvel Handcrafted Recycled Glass Vases
Recycled glass construction
Multiple sizes and shapes
Hand wash only
Lengthy shipping time
Not only are the Pottery Barn Nouvel handcrafted vases beautiful, but they’re also made of recycled glass. Crafted in Mexico out of glass that is lead, BPA, phthalate, and latex-free, they’re eco-minded in their very design. Recycled products are melted in a kiln and hand blown by artisans, so each vase is unique. You can choose from three cylindrical sizes, a bud vase, and a bowl.
Because these glass vases are delicate, they do need to be washed by hand. You may also need to wait for them to ship, depending on demand, because your chosen vase will be made by hand. Fortunately, Pottery Barn shipping information is updated when you order so you’ll know when to expect your new vase.
Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 5.5 inches (bowl), 3.75 x 3.75 x 6 inches (bud vase), 4.25 x 4.25 x 15 inches (medium), 8.75 x 8.75 x 18.5 inches (tall), 7.5 x 7.5 x 22 inches (extra large) | Weight: 3.75 pounds (bowl), 1 pound (bud vase), 1 pound (medium), 5.25 pounds (tall), 9 pounds (extra large) | Shape: Cylinder, bud vase, bowl
Bonne Ambiance Glass Bud Vase Set of 10
Multiple vase designs
Detailed vintage etching
Includes 10 different sizes
Hand wash only
May be hard to clean inside
Not sure which bud vase is right for your flowers? The Bonne Ambiance Glass Bud Vase Set of 10 gives you plenty of options to choose from! All of these vases are designed to hold small stems and buds, and each is etched for a vintage look. The clear glass works with any color and style of flowers. You’ll have a full range of sizes at your disposal, too; the tallest vase is just under 6 inches tall and the shortest is around 3 inches tall.
These bud vases look nice on their own or grouped together. They do require hand washing, which can be tedious if you’re using all 10 vases. You may also need to get a small tool to reach inside, as the openings are all less than two inches wide.
Price at time of publish: $50
Dimensions: 1.57-2.72 x 3.15-5.83 inches | Weight: 5.87 pounds (total) | Shape: Various
Mikasa Blossom 12-Inch Vase
Facets catch the light
Made of lead crystal
Hand wash only
Should be cushioned when stored
Like the name suggests, the Mikasa Blossom vase mimics the beautiful way a flower blooms and opens. It’s tapered in the middle and flares out at the top to let your flowers sit delicately around the edge. Made of lead crystal, this vase becomes a showstopper when placed in sunlight; it sparkles as its etched patterns catch rays of natural light.
Because it is genuine crystal, you’ll definitely want to wash this vase by hand using a mild soap. It’s also important to store it in a protective wrapping, such as bubble wrap, when not in use. While it is heavy and thick, crystal can also be very delicate and breakable. Ultimately, though it’s more expensive than a similarly-sized glass vase, this Mikasa Blossom crystal vase is still a great value thanks to its stunning design and high-end construction.
Price at time of publish: $55
Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 12 inches | Weight: 10.9 pounds | Shape: Flared cylinder
West Elm Melanie Abrantes Hardwood Vase - Tall
Made of hardwood
Different materials available
Made by local artisans
Supports small business
Glass vial included
Hard to wash interior
For a modern and earthy look, consider the Melanie Abrantes hardwood vase from West Elm. Made of sustainable cherry, maple, or walnut in Oakland, California, this vase was designed as part of a partnership with West Elm and local artisans. You’ll be shopping at a large retailer but supporting a small business simultaneously with your purchase.
Available in different wood varieties and one size, each vase is ready to hold fake or real flowers. Inside each one is a glass vial that can be filled with water, without causing any damage to the wood. However, because the opening is just around one inch wide, you may want to get a narrow brush to make sure the interior is clean. You should hand wash the vase and avoid submerging it in water. Instead, wipe it clean when needed. These are quite expensive vases, especially given their small size.
Price at time of publish: $110
Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 6.5 inches | Weight: Not listed | Shape: Cylinder
Sullivans Ceramic Vase Set Distressed White
Multiple color choices
Set includes three sizes
Versatile with any decor
Not ideal for fresh flowers
Over time, ceramic may leak
This set of Sullivans Ceramic Vases goes perfectly with every aesthetic from industrial chic to modern farmhouse decor. It comes in six different color schemes, including distressed white, gray, matte black, white and brown, red, and multicolor. Each vase is the same design, with a cylindrical shape and pinched top. You can use them individually or as a group.
The base is the same on all three vase sizes; only the height varies, stretching between 5 inches for the small and 10 inches for the large. While each vase is watertight, they’re really best for use with faux greenery and flowers rather than fresh ones. They are 100 percent ceramic and may wear faster with water inside. Additionally, ceramic does start to leak if it holds water for more than a few weeks.
Price at time of publish: $30
Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 10 inches (large); 3 x 3 x 7.5 inches (medium); 3 x 3 x 5 inches (small) | Weight: 1 pound (total) | Shape: Cylinder
Best Wall Vase
August Grove Handmade Glass Wall Vase
Set of two vases
Suitable for fresh or faux plants
Great for grouping
Hard to add any water when tube is in holder
Only holds one flower
Small wall vases are a great way to add interest and life to an often-overlooked area. This duo of Handmade Glass Wall Vases from August Grove may be simple, but they're standouts when hung on a bare wall. Each contains a tubular glass vase that’s suspended in a metal frame and hung from a wall-mounted hook. Everything is included, so all you need to do is mount the hardware and find two small plants or single flower stems to display.
Both vases are the same size, and they are somewhat small, measuring 2 inches wide at the opening. However, you'll be able to create a personalized floral display anywhere in your home. Hang them individually or as a pair for a larger statement. Because the tubes are so small, it might be necessary to get a narrow-necked watering can to replenish as needed. You can also take the tube out of the holder, fill with water, and arrange your plants as needed. You can also go beyond flowers alone and use this vase to hold spices, roots, or other displays.
Price at time of publish: $46
Dimensions: 17 x 4.5 x 6.75 inches | Weight: 1.5 pounds | Shape: Tube
Our top pick is the BIGIVACA 8.7 Inch Tall Clear Glass Vase. Its classic shape works with everything from traditional to modern decor, and it comes in multiple glass colors and sizes. For a more budget-friendly option, try the Ikea Pomp Vase, which is a simple, elegant shape that showcases fresh and faux flowers.
What to Look for in a Vase
Size and Shape
Vases come in a variety of sizes, from diminutive single bud vases to large vessels designed for massive centerpiece displays. A medium height vase with a wide opening will allow you to accommodate common flowers such as roses, tulips, daisies, or peonies. If you enjoy bouquets of tall flowers like sunflowers or like to display eucalyptus branches or tall dried flowers such as pampas grass, look for a taller vase that can accommodate them.
A vase is a vessel for holding flowers, but it doubles as a decorative object whether it’s sitting empty on a shelf or sporting a fresh bouquet. Vases come in a variety of styles, from minimal clear glass to whimsical shapes that mimic everything from fish to human bodies. If you want the flowers to be the main event, choose a plain contemporary style. If you want your vase to function as decor when it’s off duty, choose a vase that works with the style of your home, such as an earthenware vase in a modern farmhouse room, or in a contrasting style such as an antique vase in a contemporary interior to add a sense of history.
Vases come in a variety of materials. Inexpensive everyday glass vases allow glass to disappear and create the effect that the flowers are holding up by themselves. Cut crystal vases add a bit of classical bling. But you can also find vases in a range of materials, including ceramics such as porcelain or earthenware, metals such as stainless steel, bronze, or brass, and even rot-proof woods such as teak.
How do you keep flowers fresh in a vase?
Cut flowers were not designed to last forever, but you can help keep cut flowers fresh by changing the water daily. Other methods used to increase the longevity of a bouquet—both proven and unproven—include adding things to the water, such as flower food packets comprised of citric acid, sugar, and bleach; crushed up aspirin; or vodka.
How do you put flowers in a vase?
Arranging flowers is an art with many cultural traditions, from wedding bouquets and centerpieces to the Japanese art of ikebana. If you’re transferring a pre-made bouquet to a vase, simply grip the bouquet with one hand while snipping any twine or elastic holding it together, trim the stems, and place in an appropriate-sized vase. If you’re arranging from scratch, keep it simple by creating a single flower bouquet of tulips, roses, peonies, or your favorite flower, taking care to trim flowers evenly and arranging them from the outside in until the vase is full and they look evenly spaced and effortlessly placed. If you don’t like the final result, simply remove the flowers, and try again.
How do you clean a vase?
While some vases are dishwasher safe, it’s usually a good idea to wash your vase by hand. Use dish soap and water and clean it as you would a wine glass or other delicate piece of glassware. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and wipe dry if the vase is made of glass to avoid water spots. Changing the water in daily will help keep your bouquet fresh, and prevent smelly green sludge from forming in the vase. But if you leave it too long, you can remove stubborn gunk by soaking the vase in warm water and dish soap, or a mix of baking soda and water, before gently scrubbing clean, and drying.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was researched and written by Katie Melynn, a freelance writer specializing in home and family products. She has been writing for The Spruce since 2019. To compile this list, she looked for vases that fit a variety of styles, were made with high-quality materials that enhanced the look of flowers or other items, and were the right size for their purpose. She also talked to the experts at 1-800-Flowers, including Alfred Palomares, Vice President of Merchandising, about what people should look for in a vase for cut flowers.