The Best Drinking Glasses For All Your Beverages

Sip in style with these top tumblers and other drinkware, including our Allstars’ favorite, the CB2 Marta Glasses.

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Every household needs quality glassware suitable for different drinks, from juice to wine to whiskey cocktails. But with so many options on the market, you'll want to consider what's best for your family's needs and beverage preferences. We polled Allrecipes Allstars to see what qualities they consider in glassware, and most of them agree that aspects like shape, size, and intended use, as well as the weight and feel, are important.

"Is the base too heavy or not heavy enough, how thin or thick is the glass, is it dishwasher safe?" says Allstar Chrissie Knudsen, a self-described glassware collector.

Another Allstar, Sharon Garofalow, adds that, for her, form, function, and value are top of mind. "I think of how they look, but also if they are easy to store in my kitchen," she explains. "I love to buy the best quality at the lowest price. I don't love to spend money on things I don't need and try to buy things that I won't need to replace."

From everyday water glasses to Champagne flutes to wine glasses, these are the best drinking glasses, starting with our first choice, the CB2 Marta Glasses.

Our Favorites

Best Overall: CB2 Marta Glasses


Why It's Great

  • Stackable
  • Versatile
  • Available in different sizes
  • Great size and shape

Grain of Salt

  • Delicate

For everyday drinking glasses and more, Allstar Sharon Garofalow reaches for the Marta line from CB2. "We have the cooler size as well as the double old-fashioned and the tasting glass," she tells us. "They stack well, look nice, and can be used for cocktails and wine, too."

Beyond the 3.5 x 4.75-inch cooler glass, the 3.25 x 3.5-inch old-fashioned glass, and the 3 x 2.5-inch tasting glass Sharon loves, the Marta barware collection includes a 2.75 x 5-inch juice glass—so there's truly something for every beverage need, whether a glass of water by your workstation during the day or a cider or beer at night.

But that versatility doesn't translate into boring and basic. We love the sleek, modern style and lightweight feel. They're sold as a set or individually—great for stocking your cupboard with exactly what you need or replacing the ones that break.

The Details: Glass; set of 6; 3.5 x 4.75 inches; 16-ounce capacity

Best Budget: Ball Wide Mouth Mason Jars

Ball, Glass Mason Jars

Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Why It's Great

  • Budget-friendly
  • Versatile
  • Freezer-safe

Grain of Salt

  • Large set may take up a lot of space

Drinking glasses needn't be labeled as such, and they needn't cost a pretty penny either! When it comes to her glassware, Allstar Ashley Berger says she prefers Ball's wide-mouth, 16-ounce mason jars. "Not only are they drinkable, but you can also use them for everything under the sun!" she says.

We love the idea of serving an afternoon glass of sweet tea or an evening cocktail inside these simple vessels. Plus, thanks to the included lids and bands, they're easy to seal and take with you in the car or on a picnic.

The affordable price is a major draw (no major loss if one breaks!), especially since mason jars are incredibly versatile: Use them for everything from pickling veggies to sealing up syrups, sauces, and even marinades and dressings.

The Details: Glass; set of 12; 6.1 x 3.5 inches; 16-ounce capacity

Best Unbreakable: Tervis Clear & Colorful Insulated Tumblers

Tervis Made in USA Double Walled Clear & Colorful Tabletop Insulated Tumbler

Also available at Walmart.

Why It's Great

  • Plastic construction great for families and outdoor use
  • Insulated design keeps drinks cool
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Available in fun colors

Grain of Salt

  • A bit casual for some situations

When you are using a tumbler daily, you want one that can withstand a lot of use and not chip, crack, or break apart if it slips out of your hands and onto the floor. These double-wall insulated tumblers keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot and are safe everywhere from the microwave to the freezer.

"I've been using these Tervis tumblers for over 10 years," says Allstar Pat Bernitt. Bernitt is a big fan of the brand's quality and lifetime guarantee. "They're multi-purpose because you can use them with hot beverages (morning coffee), and they're great to take out by the pool with iced beverages. I like the plain tumblers, but Tervis has plenty of graphics, and even college and professional sports logos."

As a bonus, they don't "sweat," so you don't need to worry about beverage glass rings on your furniture.

The Details: Plastic; set of 4; 7.06 x 7 x 6.13 inches; 16-ounce capacity

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Best for Bourbon and Whiskey: Glencairn Whisky Glass

Glencairn Whisky Glass

Also available at Crate & Barrel and Walmart.

Why It's Great

  • Tapered style enhances flavors
  • Dishwasher safe

Grain of Salt

  • Clumsy to hold if hands are large

Serious whiskey tasters will want to have the right glass in order to capture the ultimate flavor nuances in their whiskey. This tapered style isn't only attractive to look at, but it's also the ideal design for capturing and accentuating all the aromas and flavors of the spirit inside the glass. As aficionados know, sometimes it's more than the spirit they are drinking, but how they drink it, and this glass will get you the most out of whatever your whiskey of choice may be.

The tapered pedestal base makes it easier to nestle in your hand for those long thoughtful tastings. You'll want to wash this beautiful glass in order to maintain quality and clarity.

The Details: Glass; set of 4; 10 x 4.49 x 2.48 inches; 6-ounce capacity

Best for Beer: Bormioli Rocco Bodega Collection Glassware

Bormioli Rocco Stackable Bodega Glasses

Also available at West Elm.

Why It's Great

  • Made of tempered, chip-resistant glass
  • Stackable for easy storage
  • Dishwasher safe

Grain of Salt

  • Lip is a little thick

There's nothing like enjoying a pint on a summer afternoon, and these durable glasses are made with tempered glass and a sturdy base, making them ideal for your IPAs and lagers. They'll stand up to a long night of brews and are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup at the end of a fun night.

When choosing a beer glass, you really want to have a high degree of clarity to the glass, because people will want to be able to see the beer inside. Is it a dark stout? A pale amber pilsner? This crystal clear glass will leave no doubt. All the same, it remains simple and understated, just like our favorite beers. Those with limited cabinet space will love that these pint glasses stack, clearing the way for your other glassware.

The Details: Glass; set of 12; 3.54 x 3.54 x 3.54 inches, 12-ounce capacity

Best for Wine: Elixir Glassware Crystal Wine Glasses

Elixir Glassware Crystal Wine Glasses

Also available at Walmart.

Why It's Great

  • Bold, sophisticated design
  • Ample bowl size for large pours
  • Dishwasher safe

Grain of Salt

  • Fragile

Make a drink at home feel a bit more like a fancy wine bar with these affordable glasses. They come in a large size which is great for red wines and generous pours. The unique rectangular design is sophisticated and modern and brings a touch of elegance to even the most casual and laid-back at-home happy hours. Due to their delicate nature, these won't fare well if they fall or are knocked over, so treat them with lots of love and care. Happily, the gorgeous lead-free crystal set is dishwasher safe, saving you from struggling with a sponge or dish brush.

The Details: Glass; set of 4; 3.15 x 3.15 x 8.66 inches; 14-ounce capacity

Related: 8 Insulated Wine Tumblers Guaranteed to Keep Your Drinks Cold and Hands Dry

Best Juice Glasses: Libbey Vintage Juice Glasses

Libbey Vintage Juice Glasses

Also available at Wayfair.

Why It's Great

  • Cute, retro design
  • Durable
  • Dishwasher safe

Grain of Salt

  • Base is heavy

Juice glasses need to be durable enough to stand up to kids rushing through breakfast and snack time but also cute and welcoming. With its fun and bright design, this Libbey set offers all that. For those of us who crave a touch of nostalgia, these glasses feel like something we may have seen in our mom's or grandma's kitchen a decade or two ago.

Allstar Rosanne Robinson regularly reaches for Libbey products, and it's easy to see why. They're made in the USA, durably constructed, and come at a price that is easy on the budget. Despite the retro feel, the glasses in this set have all the modern features we require of everyday glassware, including a sturdy structure that is dishwasher safe and difficult to chip or break.

The Details: Glass; set of 4; 2.88 x 2.88 x 5.25 inches; 11-ounce capacity

Best Champagne Glasses: Fiore Coupe Glasses

Fiore Coupe Glasses
Williams Sonoma

Also available at Havenly.

Why It's Great

  • Stunning style
  • Versatile shape
  • Dishwasher safe

Grain of Salt

  • Risk of shattering

Regency-era looks are hot right now, thanks to Bridgerton, and these vintage-inspired cut glass coupe glasses inspire us to celebrate. The classic coupe glass is a more surprising choice for a Champagne toast than the traditional flute style. Plus, the style and shape lends itself to all sorts of cocktails, from martinis to Manhattans, so you'll get more use out of these glasses as well. Don't be fooled by the crystal-like appearance: When the merrymaking is finished, these glasses can be unceremoniously placed in the dishwasher.

The Details: Glass; set of 2; 4 ¾ x 6 ½ inches; 12-ounce capacity

Related: What's the Best Glass for Sipping Champagne? You May Be Surprised

Our Takeaway

After trying a variety of types of drinking glasses, the CB2 Marta Glasses stood above the rest for its creative and unique design but also versatility in function. It is easy to hold onto for long stretches while sipping, and then simple to clean at the end of the night.

How to Pick the Right Drinking Glasses

Type of Glassware

You might just need everyday glasses for morning milk or juice or water throughout the day. Or perhaps you are trying to upgrade your home bar and need wine or beer or even Champagne or martini glasses. Taking stock of the type of glasses you need before going shopping will help you make the best choice.


Next, you'll want to decide on the material that makes up your glasses. Are you looking for clear and brilliant crystal destined to impress at our next dinner party or simple, durable glasses that will be hard to break and stand up to daily use? Drinking glasses are often made out of glass, but you may also opt for plastic, which is more friendly for outdoor use, or stainless steel, which is great for retaining cold or hot temperatures in beverages.


Dishwasher-safe glasses may be the best bet for a busy household, but hand-washing is sometimes better for avoiding hard water smudges or protecting delicate stemware. Wine glasses can go in the dishwasher generally (always follow packaging specifications), but you'll usually want to keep them on the top rack so they aren't going through a bunch of rough and tumble while being washed, which could lead to chips. You can of course wash by hand, also, but you may want to get a dish brush to get into those nooks and crannies.


Maybe you don't want to own water glasses and juice glasses and cocktail glasses. Sometimes the easiest way to go is to get a versatile everyday glass like our Best Overall pick that can fulfill multiple purposes as the occasion arises.

Common Questions

How do you clean cloudy or foggy drinking glasses?

Crystal clear glass is always ideal when serving drinks to guests. But sometimes glasses look cloudy, foggy, or dirty even after they've just been washed. Often this is the result of hard water minerals causing a buildup on your glass. It looks like smudges, but it is actually stains that come from washing in certain types of water.

Glasses that have these cloudy or foggy hard water stains can be soaked in white vinegar, which will help to dissolve that mineral buildup. Then, be sure to rinse well. No one wants to have a vinegar taste in their drinking water!

How are drinking glasses made?

Glasses are normally made by heating glass to very high temperatures and then molding them into shape. But not all drinking glasses are made of glass, they are also made of less breakable materials, such as plastic, which are often created by a machine process.

Why Take Our Word for It?

This piece was written by Aly Walansky, a food and spirits writer. Aly's work has been featured on, Forbes, Food Network, Food & Wine, and more. Part of being a food and spirits writer is not only eating a lot of food but drinking a lot of drinks, and that requires finding the right glassware to affordably keep your drinks cold and maintain the flavor of spirits, while also being easy to clean, maintain and store.

For this piece, we consulted our brand ambassadors, the Allrecipes Allstars, to find out what drinkware they've tried and trust on a daily basis in their own homes.

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