How’s your glassware looking? Chipped? Hodgepodge? Nonexistent? If you answer yes to any of the above, it’s time for an upgrade. Some solid (and preferably stylish) everyday drinkware is a kitchen essential on par with nice plates and a good set of pans, and there are options out there for every budget. The thing is, there are arguably too many options available - so here’s a curated list of our favorite high-quality, well-designed drinking vessels. It has bright jewel-toned glassware and ornate mini-goblets as well as a bunch of practical, minimalist options for anyone who likes to understate how tasteful they are. Just follow your heart. You can’t go wrong.
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A Great Colorful Option
These Maison Balzac glasses have seemingly paper-thin walls, yet they still somehow feel sturdy. The tasteful color options are another huge plus (we’re partial to mint), and if you wind up liking these glasses as much as we do, you can grab a matching pitcher.
The Chic Upgrade
Similarly lightweight, just a little taller with a slightly more design-y approach, these Maison Balzac Coucou glasses are perfect for the modern home where people don’t break things.
A Modern Classic
Don’t underestimate a classic. Duralex Gigogne tumblers are sturdy, attractive, reasonably priced, and pleasantly ergonomic. They’re also great for Negronis.
Prefer something a little more angular? Try some sturdy, flared Picardie tumblers from Duralex. They’re classics as well, and they come in a bunch of different sizes.
A New Essential
Our Place is mostly known for their Always Pan, a multi-purpose piece of cookware that we’re pretty big fans of. But they make some other stuff, such as nice porcelain plates and these stackable drinking glasses, which are available in a few different retro-leaning shades.
Glasses From A Startup Favorite
Made In is another cookware startup making some exceptional pots and pans (check out the stainless steel ones, and they also make glasses now. Given what we’ve already tried from this company, these seem like a no-brainer.
Our Low-Profile Choice
Chroma Glassware from Hawkins New York is cool, functional, and just minimalist enough. We especially like the shorter 6oz glasses, which work for everything from water to whiskey.
An Attractive Do-It-All Set
To cover the vast majority of your glassware needs (in style), pick up a complete set of 36 Stackable Bodega Glasses from Bormioli Rocco. The set comes with three different sizes, and the glasses themselves have a timeless aesthetic that should work in any home.
Some Feel-Good Glassware
The proper festive glassware can single-handedly lift your mood. Case in point: these ethereal, jewel-toned Gem Tumblers. Get a set, and make sure they’re visible at all times.
These tulip-shaped Food52 glasses are reminiscent of the Duralex Gigogne tumblers, but with a modern update. They’re also around the same price point, with two different sizes available.
The Design-y Route
Who says glassware needs to be uniform? Some people, probably. But this set from ferm Living derives its charm from the fact that each glass is unique. The smoky grey shade is also great for anyone whose aesthetic is “no vibrant colors,” and you can stack the glasses together.
A Glass That Belongs In A Gallery
If you demand originality and need all of your glasses to function as tiny sculptures, allow us to introduce the Bubble Cup from Brooklyn-based Sticky. Pricey? Yes. But this is art you can drink from.
For The Ceramics Enthusiast
Technically, these aren’t glasses, but if you’re as into ceramics as we are, you should appreciate these glazed stoneware tumblers (handmade in Vermont) with their sturdy, rustic appeal.
An Extremely Charming Tumbler
Once again, not glassware. But we’re huge fans of East Fork in general, and we wanted to share with you this little 6.5oz juice cup. It is, arguably, the most adorable way to drink something, and you can pick from a handful of glazes.
East Fork-Endorsed Glassware
East Fork doesn’t actually make these delicate peach-colored glasses, but they do sell them. Designed by R+D Lab and mouth-blown in Italy, consider them the fashionable glassware counterparts to your equally covetable East Fork plates.
A Subtle Hint Of Color
Maybe you’re just looking for a tiny pop of color. These streamlined glasses from Hay have little golden circles embedded in the base and will provide you your requisite flair.
An Updated Take On The Classics
Classic and understated, with a modern profile, these are some great everyday glasses for all-purpose use. Juice, cocktails, doesn’t matter. You’ll rarely go wrong with Libbey.
Fancy Everyday Glasses
For a little more personality, try these Luigi Bormioli highballs. They’re made in Italy and have subtle ridges around the outside to make your water seem fancier than it is.
Big, Practical Drinking Vessels
Sometimes, you just need something with a big, wide mouth that you can chug orange juice out of when you wake up at 6am and regret being awake. Here’s our suggestion. These glasses are big and no-nonsense, and you’ve probably already seen them in someone’s home.
For When You're Feeling Fancy
Choose elegance. Choose style. Choose these stackable Tower Tumblers from Schott Zwiesel. Fine-dining restaurants tend to use water glasses with stems, and these German glasses offer that same high-end feel.
A Perfectly Minimalist Highball
We’re always on the lookout for exceedingly simple glasses that aren’t too involved and don’t have unnecessarily heavy bases. These ones from Public Goods are exactly that, and they’re relatively inexpensive as well.
Glassware That's Also Decor
We’ve covered a lot of plain-looking glasses thus far (because that’s typically where our tastes gravitate), but if you’re looking for something a little more out of the ordinary, take a look at these Bombay Glasses. They’d fit right in at your next Bridgerton viewing party.
A Universal Option
The majority of cocktail glassware can also be used for everyday stuff (such as water, apple juice, or, if you’re hungover, Gatorade.) And that’s especially true of highballs. So if you’re looking to stock your cupboard without having to buy a bunch of unnecessary glasses, Cocktail Kingdom is a wonderful choice. These tall glasses are perfect for just about everything.
Something To Use On Your Porch
It’s fun to drink out of a glass that’s shaped like a can. That’s reason number one why you should buy these. Libbey’s Classic Can tumblers also look great, they have plenty of capacity, and the tapered tops keep you from spilling.
The Bare Essentials
Let’s say you don’t need anything fancy and you’re offended that we thought you did. There’s nothing wrong with that. This basic set of eight glasses will get you through 90% of your drinking scenarios, at a great price.
For Next-Level Entertaining
At the other end of the spectrum, we have Sophie Lou Jacobsen’s Ripple Glasses. Unlike anything else out there, these colorful, undulating pieces of borosilicate glass will sufficiently impress any guests in your home. Don’t forget to grab a matching pitcher.
Another Statement Piece
Lateral Objects makes some of our favorite glassware - specifically, these hand-blown Gradient Glasses that enhance the appearance of any beverage. They come in a few different color combinations (all of which are worthy of your home), and they look great just sitting empty on a shelf.