No dinner table is complete without a simple, classic drinking glass. From water to cocktails, a classy tumbler serves many purposes for any entertainer. When you need something stylish yet durable, the Anchor Hocking Heavy Base Highball Drinking Glasses make a statement.
Anchor Hocking creates quality kitchenware to meet nearly any needs, including drinkware. The manufacturer utilizes quality, American-made glass to develop healthy, versatile, and resilient products your family can appreciate.
About Anchor Hocking
Isaac Jacob Collins founded the Hocking Glass Company in 1905 to provide the glass that homes need, including bakeware, serveware, and drinkware. Based in Lancaster, Ohio, Collins named the company for the nearby Hocking River.
Though Collins is credited as the founder of Hocking Glass Company, he didn’t do it alone. With friends’ financial aid, including a sizable investment from E.B. Good, Collins set up shop in an old carbon plant.
The old carbon plant, known as the Black Cat, has an equally fascinating history. When the original plant burned down in 1924, it might have doomed the manufacturing company. Instead, Collins and his team raised funds to rebuild on the same spot. The Black Cat still exists today.
The Hocking Glass Company built a name making quality glass pieces for every American. With a team that shared a love of cooking, products revolved around utility, resilience, and an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Interestingly, though Anchor Hocking focused on glass products, the company also dabbled in media. First, the glass manufacturer sponsored a radio crime drama. It also intended to sponsor the first late-night talk show on television, but the star died before it reached the air.
During the 1930s, Anchor Hocking emerged as a major producer of Depression glass. The low-cost glass was popularized during the Great Depression because it could be mass-produced in a range of colors and given away for free or minimal cost. Anchor Hocking produced six colors, including Royal Ruby and Forest Green.
In 1937, The Hocking Glass Company merged with Anchor Cap and Closure Corporation to create Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation. Before the merger, Anchor Cap and Closure Corporation represented one of the oldest glass manufacturers in America, with a collection of facilities strewn across New England and the Midwest.
The merger with Anchor Cap and Closure Corporation may be one of the most notable moves for the company, but it’s not the only one. Hocking Glass Company forged advantageous partnerships and mergers with companies across the Midwest and New England through the 1960s.
In 2012, Anchor Hocking merged with Oneida to form EveryWare Global. Despite several moves, the company filed for bankruptcy three years later. The conglomerate emerged with a new name in 2017, The Oneida Group, which it operates under today.
Despite name changes, acquisitions, and other moves, the company clung to its values. Anchor Hocking retains the three primary values established by its founder on the banks of the Hocking River.
- The genius of utility, meaning every piece uses American-made glass because it’s perfect for all cooking needs, from preparation to preservation.
- Health is a primary concern, so the company chose to use pure glass that doesn’t absorb substances like plastic, making it better for your family and the environment.
- Resilience, aesthetics, and dedication combine for the final Anchor Hocking value. The trio of ideas represents the toughness of tempered glass blended with the aesthetic appeal and rounded out by its dedication to American innovation and craftsmanship.
What We Like Best
Anchor Hocking’s Heavy Base Highball Drinking Glasses look chic and stylish enough for an elegant party, but the sleek, simple design provides a practical option for everyday use. The glasses are slender enough to fit comfortably in your hand but large enough that you don’t require frequent refills.
One of the best features is the weighted base that makes for a sturdy glass and limits tipping. You don’t have to worry about messy spills! These tumblers are BPA-free and made from quality American glass, making them stain and odor-resistant. You can use the same glasses for a glass of water and strong or colorful cocktails without worrying about an aftertaste.
Clean-up is easy since these glasses are dishwasher safe, and the low-profile means they don’t take up too much space. Unlike other glasses, the bottoms are flat, so they don’t collect water when turned upside down in the dishwasher.
When you order this set, you get twelve clear 15-ounce glasses. They arrive packaged in a box with dividers to prevent cracks and breaks during transit.
What We Wish Was Different
There’s no question that these highball drinking glasses have overwhelmingly positive reviews, but no product is perfect. Keep in mind that neither of these issues is necessarily a deal-breaker.
For a company that made a name manufacturing colored glass, it would be nice to see a few color choices. Even a tinted glass could enhance the product’s appeal. Admittedly, clear glasses match everything but imagine how awesome these tumblers would look with a slight blue, green, or rose tint.
Additionally, some reviewers noted issues with quality, primarily that the glasses arrived with imperfections or warped in the dishwasher. The limited number of complaints suggests some intermittent quality control issues, so it may be worthwhile to inspect each glass on arrival.
High-quality, American glass makes them stain resistant, so you can drink anything from water to milk to cocktails without blending flavors.
These glasses make an excellent wedding or housewarming gift. Of course, you can always do something nice for yourself and pick up some proper drinking glasses!