Most people prefer a wine glass with a stem. And while this model does have many advantages—namely that it keeps your hand from warming chilled wine—it’s not perfect. Stemless wine glasses have a few key advantages over their taller brethren, but they’re also a great way to diversify your glassware.
The main advantage of a stemless wine glass is that it’s less fragile. The stem of a regular wine glass, while great for swirling wine with, can easily snap. Stemless wine glasses are much more compact, as they feature only a bowl that is altered slightly with a flat bottom, so that the glass is less likely to tip over. The other advantage is that these glasses are much shorter, so they be stored in cabinets where stemmed glassware can’t fit
But, at the end of the day, it comes down to preference. Stemless wine glasses have a more casual look to them, so they may be better suited to drinks on the front porch or a casual brunch than to formal dinner parties. Here, four stemless wine glasses available on Amazon that are worth considering.
1. Riedel O Wine Tumbler
Riedel has garnered a reputation for its high-quality stemware—and for good reason. The Austrian outfit creates glasses that not only enhance the character of wine but improve the entire sipping experience. Case in point: the O wine tumbler. Designed by Maximilian Riedel in 2004, this stemless glass offers the craftsmanship that the brand is famous for, though its form is more casual than some of the company’s other products. Crafted from fine crystal, each glass in this set of four can hold up to 21 ounces of wine—great for those who like very generous pours. And because they’re stemless, they’re easy to hold and will seldom get knocked over. Each glass is also dishwasher-safe which means cleaning is a breeze.
2. Tru Blu Steel Stainless-Steel Wine Glasses
If you have young kids around the house, or if you just prefer the polished look of metal to that of glass, then Tru Blu’s set of stainless-steel, stemless wine glasses is for you. Since they’re not made of actual glass, these four containers won’t break easily—great for taking with you on a picnic or for when you want a glass of wine by the pool. Plus, the polished stainless steel is premium grade, looks great and is BPA and toxin free. Of course, if you want your stemless wine glass to look like an actual, well, glass, then you may be out of luck here—though the fact that each can hold a hefty 18 ounces is a plus for those who like a heavy pour.
3. Schott Zwiesel Stemless Burgundy Wine Glass
When it comes to drinking Burgundy, your wine glass should have a large bowl with a narrower top, which directs the wine so you can better experience the flavor. Schott Zwiesel’s set of six glasses do just that, and are designed to be the perfect stemless Burgundy glass. Each is made of strong crystal that resists chipping, scratching and breakage—they can even be thrown in the dishwasher. The design itself also stands out, as the lines of the glass are very crisp and sharp, creating an almost geometric shape. You can drink any wine from them of course—but you’ll find they’re best suited for Burgundy.
4. Bezrat Stemless Wine Glasses
Most stemless wine glasses are just that: Glassware without a stem. Many don’t have any additional flair to them, at least in terms of design. Not so for Bezrat’s set of six crystal glasses, which has a colorful swirl on each. The crystal itself is lead free, which makes the glass far more durable. The downside? Each glass can hold only 12 ounces of wine—which should serve you just fine, but is less than all of the other entries on this list.