People aren't lying when they say that wine tastes better when sipped from the right glass. There's even a science behind which suit which varieties the best. One type that's becoming more and more popular is the stemless wine glass. Not only are glasses without stems easy to hold, but they also slide into dishwashers and don't knock over as easily.
So whether you're looking for the fine-dining feels of hand-blown crystal for champagne or red wine or the practicality of plastic for outdoors, you're in capable hands. Our top 10 includes the elegant designs of Riedel and Elixir right alongside Oak & Steel's cheap yet indestructible set, all hand-picked from the reliable likes of Amazon, John Lewis and eBay.
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To make your final decision on which set of glasses is the best fit for you, this simple buying guide is here to help. By looking into the different materials and types as well as a few of the finer design notes, you'll be able to make light work of the top 10 below.
Stemless wine glasses may all look fairly similar, but on inspection, you'll find that they are far from designed the same. Like classic stemmed designs, one of the biggest differences is their shape, which will dictate which wine they are suited to.
Wine geeks really get to let loose on this one as glasses from top echelon brands even go as far as to build the perfect glass around certain grape varieties. For instance, a Burgundy's profound acidity is best paired with a glass that steers wine away from the tongue's sides, dazzling the middle-tongue tastebuds instead.
Glasses with smaller bowls, on the other hand, are intended for white wine specifically. For the more casual wine drinkers who enjoy a bit of everything, you can simply choose all-purpose stemless glasses, which are much more readily available and mean that no matter what you pour in them, it's going to taste great.
There's little point in having a fine set of crystal wine glasses only for a well-meaning child or an excitable pet to go and knock one over. Choosing the right material for your set is essential, if only for your sanity and back pocket's sake.
Crystal is the premier material for all types of glassware. Crystal has minerals like lead and zinc oxide, potassium carbonate and silica to give it increased durability that's preferred by glass blowers making thin and delicate shapes. It is, therefore, a lot more expensive when compared to standard glass that requires thicker sides.
If you're worried about easily breakable glassware, consider a toughened plastic or stainless steel set. Both materials are also ideal for parties and taking on excursions as they're pretty much indestructible. Look for stemless types that still hold the curved beauty of wine glasses, but with a heavy-duty edge.
Size matters in the stemless glass world, in terms of both how much you can fit inside and how much room there is for the wine to breathe. Stemless glasses come in a myriad of different shapes and dimensions, which is why capacity is so important as it's a great across-the-board measurement that every glass comes with.
Measured in millilitres, the volume can range from slender champagne flutes at just 250 ml to the plumpest of red wine glasses at 500 ml and beyond. Even among 'standard' stemless glasses, there can be a rather large discrepancy in size, ensuring that a swift check of the volume is essential prior knowledge.
If you're constantly stuck for gift ideas and can never seem to decide what to get your parents or your partner's parents for their anniversary, birthday, Christmas or Hanukkah, then we've got just the ticket. Destined to impress, personalised glass sets put a stamp of forever onto special occasions and events, often at no extra cost.
Otherwise, be sure to look out for sets that come in an elegant gift box. These are ideal for storing your more expensive glassware at home or, as the name suggests, for presenting to someone special. Just imagine your in-laws opening up their Christmas present and you being in the smug position of actually having got them a note-worthy present this year!
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'O' Range Cabernet/Merlot Glasses
An Unbeatable Choice, Wine Connoisseur or Not
John Lewis & Partners
Connoisseur Stemless Red Wine Glasses
High-Grade, Hand-Blown Crystal Glass for Reds
Stemless White Wine Glasses
Enjoy Your Rosés and Whites in Refined Style
Crystal Wine Glass Set
Large Capacity Crystal Hand-Blown by Artisans
Oak & Steel
Stainless Steel Wine Glass Set
Striking Stainless Steel With Silver Finish
D.M Design Master
Stemless Champagne Flute
Elegant, Slender Flutes to Elevate Champagne
Stemless Wine Glass Set
A Stylish, Wide Crystal Set to Let Wine Breathe
All Things Personalised
Personalised Wine Glass
Personalised Glass for a Memorable Present
Stemless Wine Glasses
A Modern, Inexpensive Set for General Use
Plastic Wine Glasses
Shatterproof to Take the Worry Out of Hosting
Widely regarded as the company that set the standards for wine-specific glassware, Riedel has been an innovating force for over 250 years. This particular pair has been designed to enhance the sipping experience of quality Cabernets and Merlots specifically.
Luckily, though, if those reds don't float your boat, there's plenty of other glass types just one click away. This is why Riedel is considered the best – going through each grape variety and perfecting a tailor-made glass is no mean feat. A true leader of the pack that will have your wine tasting better than ever, connoisseur or not.
Crafted from the same fine SON.hyx crystal as LSA International's glasses, John Lewis's red wine stemless collection is at the top of its game. Expertly crafted in Italy, the set has managed to hold onto a classic red wine glass aesthetic but given it a modern twist.
The low-set wide point will help the heavy red-wine hitters of Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon to breathe while the tapered top will direct all the lovely aromas straight to the nose. A premium high-quality set that unsurprisingly doesn't come cheap.
This is another remarkable four-piece set that benefits from a clean, up-to-date style, only this time, it lends itself to white and rosé wines best. The mouthblown glass is a very high-quality SON.hyx crystal that's perfectly weighted with beautiful clarity.
LSA International has designed each continental-style glass with a nice and conserved 370 ml capacity to feel comfortable in the hand, making these a true delight to drink from on those extra special wining and dining evenings.
Moving into the premium arena for stemless glassware, we have Elixir's crystal glass set. Comprising of four 550 ml capacity glasses that have been hand-blown by artisans using traditional methods, you need not worry about the finish on these being anything less than perfect.
The set comes in a very sleek box with minimal Elixir branding, making it a sure-fire hit gift that's destined to impress. The design is undeniably contemporary and would effortlessly suit whites, rosés and reds, ensuring it to be both versatile and distinguished.
Looking to take your wine drinking out of the house? This striking stainless steel four-pack with a mirrored silver finish will certainly turn a few heads. Plus, the set comes with four metal straws and two cleaning brushes, just in case you wanted to sip your wine while reclining.
The set is also presented in a smart gift box, making it an ideal present for someone who is planning their retirement on the road. Of course, it's not what everyone's after, but it is a high-quality set that looks smart, is unbreakable and can house a well-considered 350 ml of wine.
Unlike the previous entry, this champagne flute set is incredibly well-rated and reviewed to give you plenty of shopping confidence. At just 280 ml, the size of each glass is perfectly suited to bubbly, as we all know how quickly it can go to our heads with no portion control.
Made of standard glass and without any mention of a gift box, this set isn't quite cut to the same standards as the higher picks on this list, but gosh, don't they just look great?
With a wide bottom that effortlessly tapers toward the ultra-smooth and thin edge, this is a stylish stemless design to say the least. The pronounced width will also go a long way in letting your wines breathe, and although Amisglass say it's intended for all wine, in our humble opinion it's best for reds.
The only slight concern is the lack of reviews and ratings, making it a bit of a gamble when compared to the more popular sets on this list. However, it's still a very decent set within the mid-range of price and quality that's more than deserving of your consideration.
All Things Personalised are a brand offering a sure-fire way into a loved one's good books. With this set, you can choose any message in any font to engrave a special glass for that special person.
Sure, it's fairly expensive considering we're talking about just the one glass, but we think it's worth it for a gift. It also comes in a delightful presentation box to really rock the socks off Nan and make her birthday that little bit more memorable.
If you're someone who doesn't like getting caught up in all the hoo-ha surrounding wine and just wants some practical, modern stemless glasses for the home, then you've found your set.
Made of standard glass, this selection features six curved glasses, each with a rolled rim to help prevent spills. This is a super popular and inexpensive set that has already pleased plenty of wine lovers online, but they may break more easily owing to the material and low cost.
Branded as being unbreakable and shatterproof, Pukkr's stemless set is a great one for parties. Made of a BPA-free toughened plastic by the name of Tritan, this set will see you through a good few years of picnics, camping trips and al fresco 'dos.
Great for cocktails and other drinks too, each glass fits a commendable 450 ml of wine to ensure that your guests will be topped up for a good while. Even though this is a premium plastic set, at the end of the day it is still plastic, which is why it's down at number 10.
To get you even more excited about the prospect of your glasses arriving, why not stockpile some delectable wines? We've hand-picked the very best English sparkling, Spanish and red wines so that all vino lovers have something special to fill their new favourite vessels with.
No. 1: RIEDEL | 'O' Range Cabernet/Merlot Glasses
No. 2: John Lewis & Partners | Connoisseur Stemless Red Wine Glasses
No. 3: LSA International | Stemless White Wine Glasses
No. 4: Elixir Glassware | Crystal Wine Glass Set
No. 5: Oak & Steel | Stainless Steel Wine Glass Set
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