Top Of The Best Glassware & Stemware Reviewed In 2018
№1 – Sorbus Under Cabinet Wine Glass Rack and Stemware Holder – 3 Rows Holds up to 9 of Your Most Delicate Glassware
№2 – Set of 4 Durable Margarita Glasses Elegant Party Margarita Stemware Glassware Set
№3 – Household Essentials 544 Stemware Storage Box with Lid and Handles | Champagne Glasses | Natural Canvas with Brown Trim
On The Rock Glass With Ice Ball Maker
For those who like their whiskey on the chilled side, this rocks glass is the perfect option. Each set comes with a silicone mold that, when filled and frozen, forms a single solid ice ball that outlasts regular ice cubes. The glass itself also features a shape conducive for the ice ball, allowing the sipper to swirl with ease minus the worry of spillover.
Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge
The warm whiskey burn can end up deterring many from enjoying one of the world’s finest spirits. Here’s a fantastic solution to that obstacle. The Whiskey Wedge is an artful way to chill but not water down the dram, as the wedge is designed to melt at a much lower pace than floating ice cubes.
Orrefors ‘Intermezzo’ Old-Fashioned Glass
Truly one-of-a-kind, each Intermezzo glass features a drop of color in the stem that distinguishes the glass from anything else you’re ever encountered. It’s made from crystal, is dishwasher safe, and designed by Erika Lagerbielke; add a touch of modern to the bar.
Riedel VINUM Whiskey Glasses
World-famous glassmakers produce this fine whiskey vessel that’s made of 2percent lead crystal for enhanced clarity, a capacity of seven ounces, and features a short stem and elongated thistle-shaped body in order to enhance the characteristics of the whiskey for every drinker’s enjoyment.
If you’re more of a dreamer than a doer check out these Matterhorn glasses inspired by the famous mountain in the Alps. Each glass is crafted out of crystal and looks quite impressive when filled with a dram of your favorite whiskey. And while you may never actually hike the famed mountain, at least now you can admire it from afar.
Get your hands on this glass that was just given the green light for production after a successful Kickstarter campaign. It’s a transparent, double-walled sipping vessel formed from a specific glass-blowing technique. The Norlan weighs in at 12grams and features a faceted base to eliminate fingerprints on the bowl.
Dorset Double Old Fashioned Glasses
Getting its name from the photogenic county on England’ southern coastline, each Dorset Double is composed of lead-crystal and reflects light in all directions thanks to the hand-cut fluting on the side of the glass. Pick up a set of these and any cocktail or dram will be presented in a fantastic manner. iittala Ultima Thule
Classy. That’s the one adjective that comes to mind at first glance. Its design produces a more translucent appearance for the glass and even though they may look too delicate to wash after consumption, you’ll be please to know each piece is dishwasher safe. iittala Aarne Double Old Fashioned Glass
Looking a bit like a shot glass rather and your typical Old Fashioned, the wide mouth facilitates a fuller sip capacity without any drip and the whole piece is made from mouth-blown glass, designed by Goran Hongell. Its mid-century design is one of elegance and simplicity, marrying it well with any number of fine whiskeys.
Library Hand-Cut Double Old Fashioned Glass
Suited for a cool winter’s night next to a warm fireplace, the rough-hewn glass makes this vessel a fantastic addition to your wet bar. It’s crafted from molded blown soda glass, boasts a hand-cut design, and comes in a set of six that also includes a shot glass, highball, wine glass, flute, and martini glass as well.
Ox Horn Double Old Fashioned Whiskey Tumbler
If you’re not satisfied with drinking an after-hours pour out of glass then look to this Ox Horn built tumbler. Built from ethically-sourced horns, it hosts ounces of capacity, is polished to a bright finish, and handmade in England. Easily a more macho option for those whiskey drinkers out there.
Blade Runner Whiskey Glasses
If Harrison Ford drank whiskey, which we’re sure he does, he would certainly own a pair of these Blade Runner glasses. They feature a square design with diagonal cuts at the angles and were modeled after the exact same tumblers used by Deckard himself in the movie.
The Lowball Machined Whiskey Tumbler
As a hard working individual you appreciate the time and effort it takes to get something done correctly. The Lowball was conceived with this notion in mind and is crafted for that special moment when the day is done. The interior features CNC Lathe contours to create a perfect hourglass snifter profile and the tumbler boasts optimized geometry so it fits perfectly in your hand.
How we picked and tested
There are plenty of product roundups but we found no pre-existing research on the best qualities of the humble drinking glass, so we did two things: We researched the materials glasses are made out of, and we called up an expert glassblower.
Zachary Rudolph, an instructor at the Bay Area Glass Institute, told us a great glass “can’t be too wide because you want to be able to get your hand around it. It should feel nice in your hand. It shouldn’t be too heavy and when you bring it to your mouth to drink, your lips should just fit right around the rim, and it shouldn’t get in the way of your nose. You also want a nice thick bottom so when you set it down it’s not going to slide off the table.” Many of us have probably seen a lightweight glass hydroplane across a wet table, so this makes sense.
Through research we also decided that a perfect all-purpose drinking vessel should be made of tempered glass, a process that heats and cools the glassware in a way that makes it more durable and break-resistant (read more about that here). And when it does break, it does so in a less dangerous manner than untreated glass, crumbling into dull bits (relatively speaking – it’s still glass), as opposed to shards. This is what a kitchen needs!
We narrowed down the field with these criteria and ruled out restaurant options, like these Anchor Hocking glasses, because no matter where you look for them they’re only available in packs of 32.
A thin-walled, thick-bottomed Schott Zwiesel bar glass was heavy enough to shatter a stone tile.
Duralex is the heritage brand; they’re the Pendleton, Filson, or Heath Ceramics of glassware.
Our favorite all-purpose glass is the Duralex Picardie because using it feels great. But it also has less abstract qualities that make it ideal tableware—it’s made of shatter-resistant tempered glass, it’s lightweight enough that lifting it isn’t a chore, it stacks in cabinets, and it fits in the dishwasher. In the pantheon of drinking vessels, Duralex is the heritage brand; they’re the Pendleton, Filson, or Heath Ceramics of glassware. They also happen to perform better than anything else out there.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
Glass can still break. After all, it’s glass. The fact that we can drop it, heat it, chill it, bump it, topple it, jam it in the dishwasher, toast with it, chuck it in cabinets, and pound it onto a table over and over again for years is kind of an everyday miracle.
The Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar glasses survived all but the most extreme of our drop tests and they are lightweight, dishwasher-safe, and extremely compact when stacked. In fact, they were our former top pick, but over time we’ve come to notice how important the extra attention to detail is on the Picardie.
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Of the four glasses that survived the most extreme drop, two of them were from Bormioli. So if you have finished concrete floors in your house and bump this off a table, there’s a good chance it’ll survive.
The Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar glass hitting concrete from 4inches up.
Care and maintenance
Though we stress-tested our glasses, tempered glass isn’t meant to withstand extreme hot/cold temperature changes, so try to avoid abusing glasses that way. Porcelain and stoneware are better at handling hot liquids, so put your daily cup of coffee in those.
About Plastics and Plastic Care, Clearlyacrylic
Ask any cognac expert what glass you should use to sample the spirit and they will likely tell you the tulip glass. The design of the tulip glass allows the spirit to open up more than most glasses because of the large surface area. Its shape makes for the best way to get the most aroma as well, thereby creating the perfect sensory experience.
Also known as a balloon glass or brandy glass, the snifter is probably the glass you imagine when you think about cognac. This is definitely more commonly used than the tulip glass, but aficionados consider this to be the lesser of the two. It has a short stem and an extremely wide opening that gets smaller as you get closer to the tip. It’s designed to concentrate aroma and add to the overall flavor of the cognac.
If you don’t own any of the aforementioned glasses, don’t go out and buy them. If you already have a rocks glass, go ahead and use it. Nobody is going to judge you here. Plus, if you’re planning to make a cocktail the other two glasses wouldn’t really make much sense. A rocks glass is also great if you want to add some water or an ice cube to open the spirit up.
Riedel Vinum Single Malt Glasses
I was given a set of Riedel Vinum Single Malt Whisky Glasses by my wife for a previous Christmas and I’m a big fan of the glasses. Riedel makes a whole line of glassware and their hallmark, at least in my mind, is that the glass is often high quality and remarkably thin.
From a design perspective, it opens up at the lip rather than closes in. Whereas the Glencairn almost focuses the aroma on your nose, this one doesn’t. The idea behind opening it up like this is so that the spirit “opens up” as it hits your tongue and lips. As a frequent user of the glass, I don’t know that much happens different if it “opens up” for the few millimeters before it gets to me!
What I do like about the glass is that it’s thin, so I don’t feel like I’m carry a bulky glass, and the opening is better suited for my nose. I don’t feel like I’m inhaling everything and so I don’t get an overwhelming nose, which I would get if I was too enthusiastic in sniffing a scotch in a Glencairn.
As was the case with the Glencairn, it’s best to avoid putting ice in this as it’s a more delicate glass and there isn’t really much room. On the downside, it’s more expensive than any other option here.
The NEAT Whiskey Glass
This is a relatively new entrant into the world of whiskey glasses. NEAT stands for Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology, which is hokey and terrible sounding, but by the shape of the glass you can already see that it looks the part.
Old Fashioned Tumblers
An Old Fashioned Tumbler is what most people think of when you talk about a tumbler (or lowball tumbler, as opposed to highball glass). It’s designed for mixed drinks, like the Old Fashioned after which it was named, and for enjoying whisky on the rocks. (Incidentally, an Old Fashioned is a lump of sugar, two dashes of bitters, ice, a lemon-peel, and a jigger of whiskey)
I don’t often enjoy my scotch on the rocks but if I did, I’d go with a tumbler. It’s the only glass where ice “feels” right and there isn’t much of a design here to accentuate any particular aspect of the scotch. I don’t think you lose anything from drinking scotch neat from a tumbler, the other designs just accentuate something that’s already there that you are getting anyway.
Buy Ravenscroft Crystal 10-1/2-Ounce Classic Double Old-Fashioned Glass, Set of (pictured)
The Glencairn, the Riedel, the Copita and the Tumbler are the classics when you think about whisky glassware. There are, however, a million other types of glassware and any one that holds a spirit you could sip near (brandy, bourbon, tequila, etc.) will have properties that make it suitable for drinking scotch.
There are also fun rocking glasses, like these Normann Copenhagen Liqueur Glasses. Rocking (or swirling) glasses can be fun but they always make me nervous, so my case just has the classics.
Susquehanna Glass Brandy Snifter Glasses, 12-Ounce, Set of (pictured)
We won’t try and deny it, we are serious suckers for anything that’s slim and stemless. Drinking wine out of chic glassware feels and looks good. But unfortunately, these fancy glasses usually don’t come cheap, which causes us to opt for spending our money on a bottle of wine and some paper cups instead. So what’s a broke girl with sophisticated sipping tastes to do? Don’t fold and settle for the less pricey plastic, thick-rimmed set, because we’ve got nine alluring and affordable alternatives.
After scouring the available options for stemless wine glasses, we crafted a list of our top choices to keep you looking chic on a budget. Whether you’re in need of a true cup cut for drinking vino or a crafty water tumbler take, the gorgeous products ahead should cover all your stylish sipping bases. But, perhaps most importantly, each option will leave you with enough extra cash to buy a bottle and fill them up.
An inexpensive stemless option
Made from non-leaded crystal, these thin, lightweight stemless wine glasses are a great option for casual wine drinking. (set of eight)
For casual drinking, we recommend the Ravenscroft Crystal Stemless Wine Glasses, which were thinner and lighter than most of the glasses we tested in this category. Though they’re stemless, these glasses retain the elegance of traditional stemware because they are made from non-leaded crystal, have relatively thin lips, and are light weight. Our experts recommend these glasses when enjoying inexpensive but refreshing wines.
How we picked
We turned to our experts to find out which features they look for in the ideal wine glass, including the type and quality of glass, size and shape of the bowl, thinness of the glass and rim, stem length, size of the base, overall balance, weight, and aesthetics.
Optic Twist Wine Glasses
These gorgeous optic twist wine glasses don’t only make your table look better; they actually improve the wine inside. The swirling motion of the glass allows oxygen to circulate within, opening up the wine and allowing its aromas and flavors to come out more prominently. The glasses are domestically made; they are hand-blown in Chicago. Grab a set and impress your lover!
Beer Chemistry Pint Glasses
Did you know there are eight molecules in beer that make up the beverage you love so dearly? These 16-ounce glasses are perfect for the beer lover, science nerd, or beer-loving science nerd in your life. Hey, when it comes to suds, we all geek out a little. Dishwasher safe.
Star Chart Stemless Wine Glass
It’s said that Dom Perignon uttered the phrase, “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” Create your own Dom Perignon-esque moment with this set of shimmery star glassware. Each glass depicts the night sky, one in summer and one in winter, in metallic gold ink, causing the glasses to shimmer in the light and avoid scratches. Holds up to 1ounces and is dishwasher safe. Handmade in America.
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Glencairn Whiskey Glass
Made by the Glencairn Crystal Ltd, the Glencairn Glass was inspired by the style of nosing glasses that is in use in whiskey laboratories. This distinct design has a small, tapered opening which concentrates the aromas arising from the Scotch and gives the drinker a better nosing experience. These are the ideal for anyone who likes to drink their Scotch either neat or with a small amount of water added to open up the flavors.
The traditional whisky tumbler is perhaps the most iconic and recognizable of all whisky glasses, maybe because it is the type of glassware most commonly portrayed on TV and in movies. Although there are some benefits to choosing the classic whisky tumbler, it may not be the best choice when it comes to savoring all of the elements of your favorite Scotch.
While the shot glass may not be the ideal choice for anyone who wants to take their time over their Scotch and savor its unique aromas and flavors, it is perfect for those who want to enjoy a social event or bar experience over the oaky richness of their whisky. Designed to hold a small volume of liquid, these glasses have a thick base to withstand regular use and are perfect for slamming a bourbon straight, or any other quick pour type of alcohol.
If you like to drink whiskey in cocktails, the highball (or hi ball) is perfect. With its simple style and thick base, it is ideal for mixing drinks with its tall profile that gives additional space for extra ingredients and ice. Although the Highball may not be the choice of the average Scotch aficionado, it has a well-earned place among any Scotch glass collection.
On The Rocks With Ice Ball Maker
If you like to drink your whiskey chilled, this will be an ideal choice. Every set comes with its own silicone mold which can be filled and frozen to form a single solid ball of ice that will outlast a standard ice cube. The shape of the glass has also been designed to accommodate the ice ball perfectly, enabling the drinker to swirl their Scotch without having to worry about spillages.
Orrefors Intermezzo Blue
A truly unique design, every Intermezzo glass has a beautiful hint of color to its stem to set it apart from other types of glassware. Created from dishwasher safe crystal, these modern glasses have been designed by Erika Lagerbielke to bring contemporary class to any bar.
Dreamers everywhere will love these attractive whisky glasses that have been inspired by the famous Matterhorn mountain in the Alpine range. Made from fine crystal, each glass looks impressively attractive when filled with your favorite Scotch.
Whiskey Glass Old Fashioned
Perfect for sipping your favorite whiskey in style, these ounce Lancaster Steel old-fashioned Lowball tumblers were designed in Pennsylvania from food grade stainless steel. With their double walled design, they keep your hot drinks warm and cold drinks pleasantly cool for much longer than a regular cup, while preventing build up of condensation on the outside. These glasses also come with an impressive 100 year warranty.
Cristalleria Fratelli Fumo SET
This set of beautiful whisky glasses was made in Italy and makes an attractive addition to any collection. The heavyweight, crystal clear glasses are decorated with a 24K, double sided zig-zag pattern which was inspired by Versace, and which can be seen from both inside and outside. These tumblers are presented in a stylish hard-nested gift box which also contains a “Cristallaria Fratelli Fumo” pamphlet informing the purchaser about the history of the company. This glassware is an ideal gift for any birthday, wedding, housewarming, anniversary or graduation.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Glassware & Stemware wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Glassware & Stemware
- №1 — Sorbus Under Cabinet Wine Glass Rack and Stemware Holder – 3 Rows Holds up to 9 of Your Most Delicate Glassware
- №2 — Set of 4 Durable Margarita Glasses Elegant Party Margarita Stemware Glassware Set
- №3 — Household Essentials 544 Stemware Storage Box with Lid and Handles | Champagne Glasses | Natural Canvas with Brown Trim
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