Whether you’re setting the table for a formal dinner party or just need a middle-of-the-night glass of water, you need a sturdy set of drinking glasses to complete your dishware. Here’s how to choose everyday drinking glasses for your home.
Drinking Glass Styles
For a fully stocked kitchen or bar, a good rule of thumb is to have 12 of each type of drinking glass. For smaller families or households that don’t host big gatherings, cut the number in half. Start with the type of drinkware you use most often. Select a complete glassware set or build your collection over time. Glass choices include the following:
• Iced tea and water glasses. These glasses are generally tall and hold about 12 to 16 ounces. Some come with stems for a more sophisticated look.
• Tumblers. These glasses are flat-bottomed without a base or a stem. They come in a variety of heights and are available in glass or plastic.
• Bar glasses. Lowball glasses are short while highballs are tall and thin. They’re used to serve cocktails, but you can also use them for juice. Choose specialty glasses for wine, beer and champagne.
Choose a unique design for visual interest on your table, like bubble glass or etched tumblers. Select colored drinking glasses that complement your decor. Blue drinking glasses bring a sense of calm to a dining room. Or go with ball jar or Mason jar drinking glasses. They’re currently on trend and create an urban farmhouse feel.
For a day at the beach or a drink poolside, choose plastic drinking glasses. A plastic double-walled tumbler keeps drinks hot or cold. Use plastic insulated drinking glasses for cocktail parties around the pool. For a large gathering, you can get stackable plastic tumblers by the case.
A double-walled insulated travel mug with a handle and a lid is perfect for hot coffee on the go. If you’re a sports fan, tumblers with logos are a great way to show your team spirit. The most common sizes are 16 and 24 ounces, and some come with options like travel lids and sports bottle lids.