The Best Affordable Glassware Sets Look Deceptively Expensive
A $20 foursome of Italian martini coupes is just one of our favorites.
Updated Sep 19, 2023 4:13 PM
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The desire to own elegant (okay, pricey) drinking glasses is at odds with the reality that such precious vessels will often, inevitably, meet a shattered end. Unless you possess otherworldly poise and endless funds to shell out on stemware—or are just really into thick and chunky coupes—the alternative to this dilemma is finding affordable glassware that looks deceptively expensive. As design editors and online-shopping experts, we’ve sussed out enough drinkware to know the good budget-friendly buys from the bad, chintzy duds. Below are our findings for the best affordable glassware sets on the Internet.
All included sets come reviewer- or editor-approved, clock in under $100, and range from pairs of crystal highballs to etched-flute foursomes. There are sixers of stackable wineglasses and collections containing eight elegant martini coupes. (We even tossed in a few singles between $2 and $10 a pop for good measure.) While we’ve distinguished our best overall editors’ pick for each affordable glassware category, the accompanying sets are just as compelling.
Our Favorite Affordable Glassware Sets
- Best wine: Bormioli Rocco Hosteria Stackable Glasses, Set of 6
- Best martini: Crate & Barrel Aspen Martini Glasses, Set of 8
- Best cocktail coupe: Libbey Paneled Coupe Cocktail Glasses, Set of 4
- Best champagne flute: OKA Ranelagh Etched Champagne Flutes, Set of 4
- Best highball: Viski Raye Pearl Diver Crystal Highball Glasses, Set of 2
- Best tumbler: LSA Gio Line Tumblers, Set of 4
- Best colored: Ichendorf Milano Blue Tap Tumblers, Set of 4
- Best carafe: Amazon Carafe Water Tumbler Set
Best Affordable Wineglasses
Our favorite affordable wineglasses are all of the stem persuasion—but what they lack in stemless stability they more than make up for in timeless elegance. Our top pick for the category is a classic Domino-favorite set by Italian glassware giant Bormioli Rocco, thanks to a design that affords stackable convenience and grape-variety versatility. Honorable mention goes to H&M Home’s single $10 stemmed glass with a rich green-tinted base.
Best Affordable Martini Glasses
Whether you’re looking for something chunky and minimal, funky and modern, or sharp and classic, we found an affordable martini set to match. While first place goes to Crate & Barrel’s enduring Aspen silhouette, our runner-up favorites are making incredibly compelling cases—particularly the $25 set of four Z-stem glasses (the ’90s are back, baby) and an extra-tall martini duo we found hiding on Amazon.
Best Affordable Cocktail Coupes
These little drinkware vessels offer big vintage charm. Our favorites span quirky colored-glass sets to fresh cocktail saucer styles to (our winner) a foursome of paneled coupes that Wayfair reviewers have rated 4.9 out of 5 stars for being sturdy yet delicate. “Thrilled with these glasses,” one such reviewer raves. “Superstylish. Large enough to hold a generous pour. Sturdy enough that I’m confident they won’t break easily. If they could cook and clean, I’d consider marrying them.” High praise.
Best Affordable Champagne Flutes
Although stemless recycled Moroccan glasses gave our ultimate winner a run for its money, we simply couldn’t resist crowning OKA’s regal set of four etched champagne flutes as the best affordable winner. The aesthetic feels distinctly heirloom—aka expensive—and we adore the subtle fluted silhouette. Runner-ups include a blue-tinted and textural set of four from Anthropologie and a classic duo by Swedish glassware maker Orrefors.
Best Affordable Highball Glasses
Highballs are, perhaps, the most versatile of all the affordable glassware on our list; they look good serving just about any drink you can think of, from water to whiskey to rum punch. While they might not be the most exciting stylistically, we found four sets that afford a little more pizzazz. Think of details such as grid-etched edges, elegant footed bases, a 50% off amber-tinted foursome, and—our personal favorite—rippled pedestal silhouettes. Viski’s Raye Pearl Diver glasses are crafted from a crystal that reviewers describe as lovely yet sturdy and compliment winning.
Best Affordable Tumblers
Use these cuties for water, juice, or table wine—pick your poison. Our favorite set from LSA beat out the competition due to the subtly ribbed exterior and stackable shape. We’d be remiss not to mention, however, Crate & Barrel’s iconic Bodega glasses (a personal favorite) for those who are in need of a full 12-piece set. If you’re in the market for something with a little more stylistic soul, then shapely pink-tinged or crinkle-textured tumblers might do the trick. We’re also digging Ichendorf Milano’s handmade borosilicate cups accented with a dot of color and Anthropologie’s currently on-sale set of recycled stained soda glasses.
Best Affordable Tinted Glassware
We love a set made from amber and green soda-lime glass. Our favorites cover these and more, with the top set splashing into the blue-tinted category. Italian glassware brand Ichendorf Milano is a boon for affordable glassware featuring very unique shapes, sizes, and colors. Made in collaboration with Swiss designer Michel Carlot, the $45 foursome is handcrafted from flame-worked glass in a petro-blue tint.
Best Affordable Carafe Sets
Whether you choose to use your carafe as a convenient bedside water station or a decanter for your evening wine pour, we rustled up several stackable sets that will do the trick for under $50. Our favorite, a top-rated Amazon pick, exhibits elegant clean lines with a slightly tapered mouth. Reviewers have awarded the under-$20 design much praise, ranging from “functional and chic” to “classy and durable”—in other words, it’s the perfect combo of form, function, and affordability. Our other favorites follow suit: a recycled Moroccan set with a softly dimpled shape, a $15 handblown classic from CB2, and one incredibly cute mini wineglass-decanter duo by Lenox.