Drinkware Buying Guide

Prepare to serve thirsty family and friends with a selection of glasses, cups, and mugs in a range of sizes and shapes. Drinkware comes in a variety of styles, materials, and uses, and many have very specific purposes.

Types of Drinkware

Types of Drinkware

Drinking vessels are as varied as the liquids they can hold. Based on what your guests drink, you may need only basic glasses and mugs or a wider assortment of sizes, styles, and materials. Make sure you have the right glasses for the right drinks for successful entertaining.

Drinking Glasses

Tumblers and smaller glasses are versatile enough for any cold drink, from milk to soda pop to iced tea to plain water. Shapes vary but are usually simple and casual for everyday use.

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Artland
$48.99 $40.99

Mouth-blown glass construction createsa trueartisan look and feel. Footed design lends extra stability. Details: Set includes four... 18-oz. iced tea glasses Dishwasher safe Model numbers: Citrine: 50923B Cobalt: 50203B Turquoise: 50503B Clear: 50103B Amber: 50403B Light green: 50803B Sage: 50953B Slate blue: 50943B Plum: 50933B Size: One size. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Glass/Slate. read more

Artland
$48.99 $40.99

Mouth-blown glass construction createsa trueartisan look and feel. Footed design lends extra stability. Details: Set includes four... 18-oz. iced tea glasses Dishwasher safe Model numbers: Citrine: 50923B Cobalt: 50203B Turquoise: 50503B Clear: 50103B Amber: 50403B Light green: 50803B Sage: 50953B Slate blue: 50943B Plum: 50933B Size: One size. Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Glass/Slate. read more

Artland
$48.99 $40.99

Mouth-blown glass construction createsa trueartisan look and feel. Footed design lends extra stability. Details: Set includes four... 18-oz. iced tea glasses Dishwasher safe Model numbers: Citrine: 50923B Cobalt: 50203B Turquoise: 50503B Clear: 50103B Amber: 50403B Light green: 50803B Sage: 50953B Slate blue: 50943B Plum: 50933B Size: One size. Color: Orange. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Glass/Slate. read more

Artland
$48.99 $40.99

Mouth-blown glass construction createsa trueartisan look and feel. Footed design lends extra stability. Details: Set includes four... 18-oz. iced tea glasses Dishwasher safe Model numbers: Citrine: 50923B Cobalt: 50203B Turquoise: 50503B Clear: 50103B Amber: 50403B Light green: 50803B Sage: 50953B Slate blue: 50943B Plum: 50933B Size: One size. Color: Yellow. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Glass/Slate. read more

Beer Glasses

How do you do brew? Choices range from large and hefty handled mugs to curvaceous stemmed pilsner glasses. Goblets maintain a frothy head, and flared pint glasses bring a pub mood home.

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Bambeco
$36.00

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Bambeco
$25.00

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Bambeco
$10.00

Recycled and reborn. Artisans gather glass soda bottles destined for landfills, giving them new life in our 100% recycled glasswar...e. Each glass is hand-blown using techniques passed down through generations so every one is entirely one-of-a-kind,... read more

Bambeco
$36.00

Recycled and reborn. Artisans gather glass soda bottles destined for landfills, giving them new life in our 100% recycled glasswar...e. Each glass is hand-blown using techniques passed down through generations so every one is entirely one-of-a-kind,... read more

Cocktail Glasses

Serve mixed drinks from the appropriate glasses. Old-fashioned or rocks glasses hold 8-12 ounces and are roomy enough for plenty of ice, while V-bowl martini glasses are meant for cocktails served "up." Highball and Collins glasses have a 10- to 16-ounce capacity.

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Coffee Cups and Mugs

To keep coffee hot longer, choose a thick cup or mug with a narrow opening. Paper, plastic, and stainless steel can retain flavors and aromas. Glass and ceramic won't do that, but they can break. Standard cups and mugs range from 12 to 20 ounces; other shapes suit the type of coffee, such as latte or demitasse.

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Tea Cups

The cup is as important as the leaves in the ritual of drinking tea. Classic footed cups of delicate porcelain or bone china usually come with saucers, while flat-bottom cups need none. A white interior showcases the tea's color. Variations include glass infuser mugs and handle-free cast-iron cups that complement Japanese tea.

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Stemware

The shape and size of each type of stemware is designed to present the beverage at its best. Red-wine glasses have a large, wide bowl to capture the wine's aromas. A smaller, narrower glass helps white wine stay cool longer. Sparkling-wine glasses, also known as flutes, are tall and narrow to encourage champagne bubbles to rise. Dessert-wine glasses are small and tapered at the top. The short stem and wide bowl of a brandy snifter helps your palm's heat warm the liquor.

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Bambeco
$21.00

Transforming trash into treasure—old soda bottles rescued from the landfill now grace your table with an explosion of sparkling co...lors. Broken pieces melted down and artfully reformed. Skilled hands create a new chapter, a new story. A sense of history... read more

Bambeco
$12.00

Recycled and reborn. Artisans gather glass soda bottles destined for landfills, giving them new life in our 100% recycled glasswar...e. Each glass is hand-blown using techniques passed down through generations so every one is entirely one-of-a-kind,... read more

Bambeco
$10.99

Beautiful things often come from humble beginnings—once destined for the landfill, old soda bottles are transformed into usable ar...t. Bathe your table in warm, vibrant color. Using techniques passed down through generations, skilled artisans expertly... read more

Bambeco
$8.00

Recycled and reborn. Artisans gather glass soda bottles destined for landfills, giving them new life in our 100% recycled glasswar...e. Each glass is hand-blown using techniques passed down through generations so every one is entirely one-of-a-kind,... read more

Product Features

Product Features

Over the centuries and across world cultures, drinkware has developed to include specialized containers for each beverage as well as types of that beverage -- think of coffee.

Appearance

You will use drinkware every day; shop for pieces that are attractive as well as functional. Manufacturers introduce new styles, tints, and patterns each season to suit any taste or preference.

Material

In general, cold and hot drinks are served from vessels made of different materials. Glass is most common for cold and iced drinks, but look-alike acrylic is practical for outdoor use. Coffee and tea cups and mugs are usually made from heat-retaining china, stoneware, or other fired-clay products. Quality drinkware of any material has a smooth and consistent finish.

Comfort

Well-made drinkware feels balanced and comfortable in the hand. Choose styles that are easy to grip and drink from. A glass with a heavier base is less prone to tipping over.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Because there are so many choices in drinkware, it's important to think of your lifestyle and entertaining habits when shopping for items that meet your needs.

Size

Look for glasses, cups, and mugs that hold an appropriate volume of the liquid you're serving. For parties, it's wise to use containers that are slightly too small instead of too big.

Style

Drinkware is available to match dinnerware patterns, but for casual meals, it's fine to use complementary glasses and cups. Clear glass and white ceramic go with almost everything; novelty-pattern drinkware shows your personal style but may look dated quickly.

Durability

Choose thicker glass or plastic drinkware for increased durability. Except for fragile, handpainted, or metallic-trim items, your glasses, mugs, and cups should be dishwasher-safe.

Drinkware for Children

Choose a size and shape that provides a safe grip to prevent spills and injury. A child will do better with a small juice glass than a half-full tall glass. Specialty toddler glasses are a safe and practical choice.

Storage

Consider how you'll store delicate glassware to avoid breakage. If storage is limited, look for cups and mugs that stack or nest.

Sets or Singles?

Some people like a matching set of cups for tea parties or after-dinner coffee. Others prefer a varied collection that allows each guest or family member to claim his or her favorite.

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