The 10 Best Vases to Decorate Your Space

Our top pick is the WGVI Cylinder Glass Vase

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There’s no easier way to brighten up a room than with some freshly cut flowers, but if you’re going to display them, you’ll need the right vase.

We spent hours researching the best vases available online, considering quality, size, and value. Our favorite, the WGVI Cylinder Glass Vase, is made from thick glass, available in 11 height options, and has a cylindrical shape that will accommodate various types of buds and blooms.

Here are the best vases to display flowers in your home.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: WGVI Cylinder Glass Vase

WGVI Cylinder Clear Glass Vase
What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Various sizes available

  • Multiple uses

What We Don't Like
  • Relatively small diameter

A simple glass vase is a must-have for every household, and this one is stylish and affordable. It’s made from clear glass and comes in several sizes, ranging from 5 to 35 inches tall. All of the various sizes are 5 inches in diameter, making these vases ideal for holding sizable bouquets, plus they have a thickened bottom that ensures they’ll never tip over on you.

Over one thousand happy customers love the quality of this piece for the affordable price. The vase can also be used to display shells, fruit, or other small collections as centerpieces or other table decor. Some even report purchasing for wedding decor and loving the result.

Overall, this product is a classic that you’ll find yourself reaching for time and time again. Just make sure to hand-wash it rather than tossing it in the dishwasher.

Material: Glass | Size: 5-inch diameter with various heights available | Shape: Cylindrical

Best Budget: W Home Cylinder Glass Vase

W Home Cylinder Glass Vase
What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Classic look

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Not as many size options

If you’re looking for an inexpensive vase to keep around the house, the W Home Cylinder Glass Vase has a simple design and a wallet-friendly price tag. It comes in two sizes and it’s made from clear glass in a cylinder shape. These vases are handblown in Poland using a soda-lime glass blowing technique, and they’re great for displaying smaller flower arrangements. The shorter option has a roughly 5-inch diameter, while the taller vase is 5.5 inches across. Their bottoms are slightly thicker for stability.

Material: Glass | Size: 5.1 inches x 8 inches or 5.5 inches x 16 inches | Shape: Cylindrical

Best Floor: Le Present Drop Slim

Le Present Ceramic Floor Vase
What We Like
  • Stable

  • Beautiful design

  • Unique shape

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Floor vases are typically more decorative than functional, but you can still use them to display decorative grass or other faux botanicals. The Le Present Drop Slim vase comes in several colors to match your style, and you can choose between 15.7- and 18.8-inch heights. The vase has a modern teardrop shape with a small opening at the top, and it weighs around 5 pounds, providing even more stability.

Material: Ceramic | Size: 8.5 inches x 8.5 inches x 18.8 inches | Shape: Teardrop

Best Glass: Pottery Barn Nouvel Handcrafted Recycled Glass Vases

Pottery Barn Nouvel Handcrafted Recycled Glass Vase
What We Like
  • Lots of size options

  • Eco-friendly

  • Unique shapes

What We Don't Like
  • Hand wash only

Glass vases are a popular choice, and the Nouvel Handcrafted Recycled Glass Vases come in several shapes and sizes to suit your tastes. These vases are handcrafted from recycled clear glass, making them an eco-conscious choice, and there are 15-, 18.5-, and 22-inch tall options, as well as a small 6-inch bud vase and a squat 5.5-inch bowl shape. The glass has a slight green tint toward the bottom, and the vases should be hand-washed to prevent chipping.

Material: Recycled glass | Size: Various sizes available | Shape: Various shapes available

Best Bud: Pottery Barn Monique Lhuillier Glass Bud Vases, Set of 3

Pottery Barn Monique Lhuillier Glass Bud Vases, Set of 3
What We Like
  • Affordable set

  • Charming design

  • Can be used together or separately

What We Don't Like
  • Difficult to clean

Bud vases are typically quite small—generally just a few inches in height—as they’re designed to hold a few flower buds or small stems. This set of three bud vases would make a charming addition to your kitchen counter or dining table, as they all vary slightly in shape and size to create a sweet little trio. The vases are handblown from clear soda-lime glass, and two feature a teardrop shape, while the third has a ribbed exterior with a more bubbly form. The tallest of the three forms is just 6.25 inches in height, and they all have openings just over 1-inch, allowing you to pop a few flowers in each one.

Material: Soda-lime glass | Size: Various sizes available | Shape: Various shapes available

Best Ceramic: Sullivans White Glossed Vase

Sullivans Ceramic Vase
What We Like
  • Durable

  • Rustic look

  • Muted, classic color

What We Don't Like
  • Not recommended for fresh flowers

Another popular option, ceramic vases tend to be a bit more durable than glass. The Sullivans White Glossed Vase has a versatile medium size with a rustic-white finish and a slightly ribbed texture that makes its glaze stand out. It's 11.5 inches tall and 5 inches in diameter, making it a great size for all sorts of bouquets. This vase would look particularly good in a farmhouse-style home, but keep in mind that the manufacturer doesn’t recommend using it with fresh flowers or water because there's no hole in the vase to drain water.

Material: Ceramic | Size: 5 x 5 x 11.5 inches | Shape: Tapered

Best Crystal: Mikasa Palazzo Crystal Glass Vase

Mikasa Palazzo Crystal Vase
What We Like
  • Expensive look

  • Affordable

  • Perfect for centerpieces

What We Don't Like
  • Fragile

The Mikasa Palazzo Crystal Glass Vase would make a stunning centerpiece, thanks to its ornate design and sparkling crystal construction. The piece is nearly 12 inches tall—the perfect size to display a bouquet—and its exterior has a basket weave pattern that creates a glittering display when light hits it. Plus, despite being made from crystal and looking like a high-end piece, this vase is surprisingly affordable—what’s better than that?

Material: Crystal | Size: 6 inches x 11.75 inches | Shape: Cylindrical, tapered bottom

Best Wood: West Elm Melanie Abrantes Hardwood Vase - Tall

West Elm Melanie Abrantes Hardwood Vase
What We Like
  • Sustainably sourced materials

  • Perfect for fresh flowers

  • Unique finishes

What We Don't Like
  • Difficult to clean

If your style is more mid-century modern, the Melanie Abrantes Hardwood Vase is the perfect decorative accent. It's made from hand-turned wood that’s sustainable and locally sourced, and you can choose from cherry, walnut, or maple hardwood, each of which has a slightly different finish. The vase is 6.5 inches tall and 3 inches in diameter, but it has a small opening to fit one or two stems. It comes with a glass vial so you can display live flowers, and the wood is finished with mineral oil and beeswax for longevity.

Material: Wood | Size: 3 inches x 6.5 inches | Shape: Bud

Best Stoneware: Anthropologie Honeycomb Vase

Anthropologie Honeycomb Vase
What We Like
  • Unique design

  • Textured

  • Two size options

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

The Honeycomb Vase has an artfully textured design that will look lovely in your home, even if there aren’t flowers in it. This stoneware vase comes in two sizes—7.75 or 9.25 inches tall—and it has a somewhat circular shape with a honeycomb-inspired pattern on the exterior. The outer ridges are lined with gold, while the inner cavities have a white finish, creating beautiful contrast, and the rim of the vase has a jagged design for added flair. 

Material: Stoneware | Size: 7 inches x 7.75 inches or 9 inches x 9.25 inches | Shape: Bowl

Best Milk Glass: VIETRI Hibiscus Glass Vase

VIETRI Hibiscus Vases
What We Like
  • Interesting design

  • Multiple size and color options

  • Great for fresh flowers

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Milk glass is a popular collector’s item that’s easily recognizable thanks to its creamy white color. While you’ll have to visit an antique shop to find true milk glass vases, the VIETRI Hibiscus Glass Fluted Vases offer a very similar look. These ornate vases are made from white glass, and they’re available in small and large sizes, which are 7 and 12 inches tall, respectively. They have a ball-shaped base that opens into a ruffled rim—it resembles a beautiful flower, hence the vase’s name.

Material: Milk glass | Size: 6.25 inches x 7 inches | Shape: Fluid silhouette

Final Verdict

Our top pick is the WGVI Cylinder Glass Vase. It comes in various sizes to hold sizable bouquets and has a classic style that makes it seem timeless. If you're looking for a glass alternative, you can't go wrong with the Sullivans White Glossed Vase.

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 that 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 to the equation. 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. Check out The Spruce’s breakdown of the best ways to keep cut flowers fresh for more details on that one.

  • 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 written by Camryn Rabideau, a freelance writer and product tester for The Spruce. She owns a serious collection of vases, including options of many shapes and sizes that she uses to display garden flowers, so she knows firsthand what to look for when shopping for these home decor pieces.

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