Best Glassware

Good quality glassware can last for years, but only when it’s chosen with care. We decided to track down the very best glassware made in the USA by looking at factors like glass-type, structure, and design. During our search we uncovered high-grade glassware that is stylish for any kitchen and durable enough to last through countless uses. We list off our top picks below and explain our selection process as well.

Our Findings

After our research, we only found two quality glassware companies that are making their products here in the U.S.: Libbey and Anchor Hocking. Not to fear, though. Each of these companies are making some awesome glassware in tons of varieties. We looked at several popular categories like highball glasses, wine glasses, juice glasses, and more. Our picks for each category are listed below along with tons of other information.

Top Recommendations

Best Glassware Best for:
Anchor Hocking Heavy Base Highball Drinking Glasses Highball Glasses
Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate All-Purpose Wine Glass Wine Glasses
Anchor Hocking Wagon Glass Beer Mugs Beer Mugs
Libbey Heavy Base Glass Tumbler Set Tumbler Set
Libbey Heavy Base Rocks Glass Set Rocks Glasses
Anchor Hocking Heavy Base Juice Glasses Juice Glasses

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Below are deeper details on each of our top picks, including a ton of information about each one, what we liked, what we didn’t like, and where to get them.

Best Highball Glasses

Anchor Hocking Heavy Base Highball Drinking Glasses


Highball glasses are widely used for different cocktail drinks and are adored for their elegant shape. We loved the 15 oz. glasses made by Anchor Hocking. These glasses are stain and odor resistant, helping them remain in excellent condition with use after use. They come with a weighted base, so they are pretty sturdy. The sidewalls are also very thick, so these glasses should stick up incredibly well in the dishwasher and over time. They’re the perfect cocktail glass that will fit into your cupboard or under the bar.

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Things we like:

  • Heavy base design
  • Won’t stain
  • Doesn’t absorb odors
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 15 oz. capacity

Things we don’t like:

  • Only available in a set of 12 glasses

 

Best Wine Glasses

Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate All-Purpose Wine Glass


The Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate wine glasses stand out for their classic design and durability. We love that these glasses are made with incredibly thin ClearFire glass that looks stunning, but manages to be tough enough to hold up through regular use. Each glass is lead-free and comes with a reinforced flat foot for good sturdy strength. The one watch out here is that these glasses come with very long stems that keep the glasses from fitting in most standard cupboards, which is something to consider depending on how you store your wine glasses.

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Things we like:

  • Dishwasher safe design
  • Lead-free glass
  • Classic and tall design
  • Built with reinforced flat foot
  • Made from ClearFire glass

Things we don’t like:

  • Might not fit in some cabinets

 

Best Beer Mugs

Anchor Hocking Wagon Glass Beer Mugs


There’s nothing like drinking a nice frosty beer in a thick-walled mug like this Anchor Hocking Wagon beer mug. They are thick-walled with heavy ridges near the bottom and a massive side handle for maximum strength and support. We love that these mugs can take a little bit of abuse without worrying about breaking them, that’s what makes them so good for everyday use. The thick-walled glass also helps to keep drinks cold for longer (pro tip: store these in the freezer before use to get an extra cold glass). Each mug is dishwasher safe and 100% made in the USA.

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Things we like:

  • Oversized 20 oz capacity
  • Thick shaped glass design
  • Heavy
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Very clear

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Tumbler Set

Libbey Heavy Base Glass Tumbler Set


These Libbey Heavy Base glasses are the perfect tumblers for enjoying cool drinks any day of the week. They’re built with a practical 15.5 oz. capacity and hold just enough for most everyday drinks. These glasses are lead-free and good for most beverages. Each comes with a weighted base, making them more tip-resistant and reliable for everyday use. They are thin-walled though, which means that they are breakable. They’re not perfect glasses for children and should be handled with care to keep them in good shape for years after.

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Things we like:

  • Weighted base
  • Lead-free glass
  • 15.5 oz capacity
  • Beautifully clear glass

Things we don’t like:

  • Thin walls

 

Best Rocks Glasses

Libbey Heavy Base Rocks Glass Set


These Libbey Heavy Base Rocks glasses are stout little glasses with an attractive pebbled design. The glasses are short and fat and feature thick sidewalls that make them quite durable. Each of the glasses is lead-free and designed to hold up well. They feature a thick base that’s weighted to give these glasses a nice solid feel. They have an 11 oz. capacity, which is pretty standard for most rocks glasses. They are easy to maintain and should hold up for a long time if cared for properly. Likely a rare issue, but one thing we did notice is that one of our glasses has a slightly warped shape, so it’s important to inspect your glasses closely after purchase.

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Things we like:

  • Heavy construction
  • Tough design
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Lead-free glass
  • 11 oz. capacity

Things we don’t like:

  • Potential inconsistency in production (rare it seems, from reading other customer reviews)

 

Best Juice Glasses

Anchor Hocking Heavy Base Juice Glasses


These Anchor Hocking Heavy Base juice glasses are great for everyday use around the house. The glasses are made from top-quality lead-free glass that’s crystal clear and stain and odor resistant. They are fully dishwasher safe and are simple to maintain. These glasses made from thick glass and surprisingly durable. These are an easy choice as a staple to any kitchen.

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Things we like:

  • Heavy base design
  • Won’t stain
  • Doesn’t absorb odors
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Simple design
  • Truly clear glass

Things we don’t like:

  • None

Factors We Considered

Glass Quality

We looked carefully at the glass used to create the glassware, which is the most important determining factor. There are a few major factors to consider here. A good glass should be:

  • Heat tested
  • Lead-free
  • Odor and stain resistant
  • Thick

Durability

Your glassware should last you a long time, so it needs to withstand the bumps of everyday life. Each of the glasses that we choose is durable and should hold up well in the long term. There are some thin-walled glasses, but they are crafted well helping them to hold up through regular use.

Style

Glassware comes in many shapes and sizes, each for different uses. We looked for glasses that are popular in a ton of American homes today, for everything from normal use for water of juice, to a variety of cocktail glasses.

Easy to Maintain and Dishwasher Safe

Keeping glasses shouldn’t involve extensive work. That’s why every single one of the glasses on our list is dishwasher safe. These glasses can be tossed in for washing without fear. They are built to hold up to that sort of cleaning regularly.