Top 5 Best Drinking Glasses

Drinking glasses

When it comes to glassware(Drinking glass), the sexier vessels — a coupe, a flute, a wineglass — seem to get all the glory. But a simple water glass (which can be just as appropriate for juice, wine, iced coffee, or, yes, a G&T) gets used more than any of those options — and is just as worthy of praise. Whether you’re in the market for a basic, stackable matching set or for something bolder to spruce up your dinner table, the choices are many. To help you in your search, we asked 23 of our favourite restaurant, beverage, and interior-design experts how they take their H2O. I’ve included in this blog the top five drinking glasses.

Our Top PicksRate(when Published)
Libbey Polaris 16-Piece Tumbler and Rocks Glass Set$44.99
Vibrant Splash Water, Beverage Highball Glasses$30.99
Libbey Ascent 16-Piece Tumbler and Rocks Glass Set$32.50
Riedel Drink Specific Glassware Nick & Nora Cocktail Glass$40.00
Bormioli Rocco Essential Decor Glassware$37.98
Libbey Polaris 16-Piece Tumbler and Rocks Glass Set
Drinking glasses

 Libbey’s all-purpose tumbler set checks off a lot of boxes: There are enough glasses to serve 16 people total, the glasses feel durable in your hand, and the curving design makes them feel far more elevated than the price tag suggests. 

This 16-piece set includes eight 17.75-ounce tumbler glasses and eight 15-ounce rocks glasses. Both sizes have a classic design, so they won’t feel dated in a few years. The slightly rounded bottom gives the glass a lightweight look, though it’s weighted, so it provides stability. This lead-free set is American-made, affordable, dishwasher-safe, and fits into any setting. 

Material: Glass | Number of Pieces: 16 | Dimensions: 3 x 6.34 inches (tumbler), 3.3 x 4.23 inches (rocks glass) | Capacity: 17.75 ounces (tumbler) 15 ounces (rocks glass) | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes


1. Dishwasher-safe
2. Durable quality
3. Affordable
Drinking Glasses

 Vibrant 13.25-ounce glasses all feature a different color on the bottom, which is great for two reasons: It adds a little fun to your glass, while not being overwhelming in design, and it’s easy to tell whose glass is whose. Since the hues are infused into the bottom, it won’t fade or wear out over time, either. When I added sparkling water to the glass, I liked that it made the drink shimmer ever so slightly with the color of the glass, whether red, orange, yellow, green, blue, or purple.

While the top of the glass feels delicate and elegant, the weighted bottom stabilizes the glass, giving it a nice feel in your hand and making it less likely to tip over when you set it down. Ripples on the bottom of the glass help manage any condensation that happens with a cold beverage on a hot day. Six glasses are included in the set, and all are dishwasher-safe. If you’re looking for consistency, Red Co. also makes a set of matching lowball glasses. 

Material: Glass | Number of Pieces: 6 | Dimensions: 2.75 inches x 5.75 inches | Capacity: 13.25 ounces | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes


1. Great for larger households
2. Easy to clean
3. Elegant yet functional design
Libbey Ascent 16-Piece Tumbler and Rocks Glass Set
Drinking glasses

Libbey’s Ascent glassware set is a particularly appealing option if you’re stocking your glassware cabinet for the first time—perhaps after a move or for your very first apartment. There are 16 glasses in a set, including eight rocks glasses and eight rounded highball glasses.The rocks glasses hold 13.3 ounces and the highball glasses hold 16 ounces. Note the chunkier, angular base: It makes the glass feel stable in your hand. The large capacity on both the rocks and highball glasses means you can make generously-sized drinks. 

These are excellent everyday drinking glasses, and for the price, it might be wise to stock up and use them as your go-to party glasses, as you’ll never fear if you drop or crack one. In fact, I’d be surprised if one did actually crack because they’re surprisingly durable. These low-effort, high-design glasses match any home design and are incredibly versatile. Use them for ice water or mix cocktails, mocktail recipes. All are dishwasher-safe for quick cleanup.

Material: Glass | Number of Pieces: 16 | Dimensions: 3 x 5.9 inches (tumbler), 3.5 x 3.7 inches (rocks glass) | Capacity: 16 ounces (tumbler), 13.3 ounces (rocks glass) | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes


1. Versatile
2. Built to last
3. Holds condensation well
Riedel Drink Specific Glassware Nick & Nora Cocktail Glass
Drinking glasses

Riedel’s chic Nick & Nora Cocktail Glasses are bartender-approved. These glasses’ design is a very clean, classic style, but they’re also purposely built, so you can get excellent usage from the set in any bar program without having to sacrifice quality for durability.

While they look expensive and fragile, they’re affordable and dishwasher-safe. The top of the glass is light and airy, while the base is nicely weighted. It’s surprisingly resilient to drops and varying temperatures too.

As for design standouts, I liked the whisper-thin glass upper construction and durable base for stability. Thanks to the curve of the glass, the drink flows straight to the middle of your palate, letting the flavors of the cocktail hit in all the right places. On the contrary, there are some noticeable seams on the stem, which aren’t exactly a deal-breaker. 

Material: Glass | Number of Pieces: 2 | Dimensions: 3.03 x 6.02 inches | Capacity: 4.94oz ounces | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes


1. Elegant
2. Affordable
3. Surprisingly sturdy
Bormioli Rocco Essential Decor Glassware
Drinking glasses

These drinking glasses are ideal for anything and everything. Even though they look light and delicate, they’re made with tough tempered glass, making them resistant to thermal shock, breakage, chips, and everyday wear. This means they also lend well to stacking. During my tests, I observed that they fit neatly inside each other for easy cleanup and storage. The minimal desi

gn will match everything in your glassware and kitchenware cabinets, including the most colorful of place settings.

These glasses come in 12 to a set, and each holds 7.5 ounces of everything from wine and water to coffee and desserts. When you’re done with them, pop them in the dishwasher. The tempered finish protects them from getting a cloudy finish.

The glass is thicker, which some folks may not love, but to me, it had the draw of a low-effort glass served on a patio in Italy. Use these to dole out Negronis, small portions of beer, sparkling water, or your favourite house wine when friends roll up. The low profile and durable glass ensure these vessels are versatile. The thicker glass also protects your hand from the chill of ice.

Material: Glass | Number of Pieces: 12 | Dimensions: 3.25 x 2.25 inches | Capacity: 7.5 ounces | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes


1.High-end but low-effort appearance
2. Made with tough tempered glass
3. Beautiful and simple


1. How do you clean cloudy drinking glasses?

If your glasses are coming out of the dishwasher cloudy, this is likely because of hard water. Hard water has a high mineral content, which leaves a buildup of calcium and minerals on your glasses. Luckily, the fix is easy. Make a quick solution with white vinegar and water (some folks use nail polish remover, as well) and use it to gently clean the glasses with a dishcloth. Alternatively, you could let the glasses soak in a bucket of vinegar and water solution for 30 minutes.

If a vinegar solution does not help remove the film, the fogginess may actually be etching caused by excessive washing. Unfortunately, there’s no remedy to this, so if you want to keep your glasses in pristine condition, always wash crystal and higher-end glasses by hand.

2. Are drinking glasses recyclable?

This may come as a surprise, but drinking glasses are not recyclable. The majority of drinking glasses have various additives to make them safe to drink out of, which changes the melting point of the glass—so most municipal recycling facilities are not equipped to process them.

That doesn’t mean the glasses can’t be upcycled. Consider donating your unwanted glasses to a local thrift shop. While they may be old for you, they may feel new to someone else.

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