Cheap Wine Glasses

Great choices in affordable stemware


Now, you might be wondering why on earth I’m suggesting cheap wine glasses as a Christmas gift! Well, the truth is that for many people, fancy stemware can be more of a bother than a convenience.

Just think about it: the finest stemware may take up valuable space in the cabinet, require hand-washing, and be rarely used. While fine stemware makes a great gift, having some great everyday -- and, yes, even cheap -- stemware might be just the thing every wine lover really needs, and wants, but is embarrassed to ask for!

And just think what a great gift some cheap wine glasses would make when paired with a few other treats, like a great corkscrew, decanter, or bottle of wine.

Cheap may be the best choice

Cheap wine glasses don’t have to be bad wine glasses, and for most occasions cheap wine glasses might actually be the best choice. There’s a big difference between drinking wine and tasting and evaluating wine. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I have drunk wine out of simple tumblers -- in fact, as recently as last week in Italy, where I enjoyed one of the finest meals of my life with a bottle of Lambrusco served with a tumbler. Cheap wine glasses make life easier and, depending on the wine you are serving, you may not even notice the difference between your everyday, cheap wine glasses and something a bit more special!

What to look for in a wine glass

So, what should you look for in a wine glass that can make even a cheap wine glass worth buying? It’s simple actually.

1) The bowl should be generous, at least 10 ounces, but I would opt for larger rather than smaller.

2) The shape of the bowl should be properly proportioned for swirling. I prefer a Burgundy bowl for most of my wine, but the classic Bordeaux shape is considered the ideal all-purpose glass.

3) The lip of the glass should be smooth. Heavy, so-called rolled lip glasses tend to be clumsy to drink from.

Where to buy cheap wine glasses: IKEA

There are many options available for cheap wine glasses, some more consistent than others. Hands down, my greatest find for cheap wine glasses have been at IKEA! For as little as $2 a piece, IKEA offers impressive quality stemware that is attractive and functional.


Macy’s is offering super-aggressive pricing on wine glasses this holiday season. I found many great offers online, ranging from a set of six Stolzle Revolution Break-Resistant Classic Wine Glasses (pictured this slide) or Ultra Bordeaux glasses for only $30 to Macy’s own The Cellar Basic White wine glasses, $15 for a set of four (pictured intro slide). I much prefer the proportions of this basic white glass to Macy’s basic red glass, even for drinking red wines.


From the folks who brought you the rabbit wine opener, the Houdini wine stems are fine all-purpose glasses that are usually around at a very good price. I’ve found many offers for these glasses this year at around $20 for a set of four glasses. I like both the basic red and white bowl shape of the Metrokane glasses, but have to say I am not a fan of their Burgundy and Champagne stems.


Spiegelau produces a wide range of wine glasses, including some of the top quality glasses. Its Festival line has been designed specifically to resist the effects of machine dishwashing. The Festival Bordeaux stem features a classic bowl shape, with a shortened stem to allow for clearance in most dishwashers, though at 8.5 inches tall they would be able to squeeze in mine. At $14.99 per pair (at Bloomingdale’s of all places!), they are a good value. I might prefer the Chianti-style glass that makes up part of Spiegelau’s Festival line, though that shape seems more difficult to find and is marginally more expensive at $16 per pair.


These 22-ounce wine glasses, Stolzle’s so-called Classic Red Wine Glasses, are generously sized and well shaped. You might think the price is a bit expensive at $28 for four stems but, as of this moment, Amazon is running a sneaky special. These glasses are eligible for Amazon’s 4-for-3 promotion. Evidently this offer can change at any moment, so while getting these stems at $5.06 is an exceptional value, even $28 for four stems is a deal in my book!

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  • Now this is an area we really have explored - from "some pleasingly weighty Edwardian-looking things" to the wretched little Paris goblet, that hideous little tennis ball of a glass condemned by George Reidel himself as “the enemy of wine”

    Read these before you use cheap wineglasses!

    Dec 01, 2010 at 1:15 PM

  • Snooth User: Chanzie
    77209 3

    I always keep my eyes open for really super bargains at Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshall's. It's amazing what one can find there--I also recommend Cosco for some great buys on stemware.

    Several years ago I bought 12 tall stemmed wide bowl red wine glasses. I only use them at dinners because I hate to wash them (fearing breakage) and I never think to grab one just for sipping a glass...too much trouble to hand wash.

    Dec 01, 2010 at 1:32 PM

  • Snooth User: swinnea
    483269 16

    One other source is a restaurant supply store. Our local store has several styles at about $30/case.

    Dec 01, 2010 at 2:25 PM

  • Another good source for inexpensive glassware is Tuesday Morning. They have both stores and an online presence.

    Dec 01, 2010 at 2:48 PM

  • Snooth User: ichito
    46202 103

    I have over the years explored and walked away with treasures from a local restaurant surplus supply store. There is a large section with a enormous selection of glass stemware.

    Dec 01, 2010 at 3:14 PM

  • Snooth User: glfillion
    357734 3

    You should also add Costco to your list. They have a set of 12 tall, stemmed, leaded crystal glasses, good for either red or white.

    Dec 01, 2010 at 3:29 PM

  • Snooth User: Jenniedbf
    233640 4

    Bought some absolutely beautiful wine glasses at the Dollar Tree which I throw into my dishwasher. Haven't seen that particular kind (not heavy) again - but at $1 each, they are a great bargain and no fears of breaking them.

    Dec 01, 2010 at 4:08 PM

  • No fat rims please. The best inexpensive glasses I have found are at Crate & Barrel. Go there for nice quality, styles to suit all and a great price.

    Dec 01, 2010 at 5:12 PM

  • Snooth User: leecoscia
    508555 2

    Luminarc makes some very affordable and attractive wine glasses as well

    Dec 01, 2010 at 5:38 PM

  • Snooth User: nouser
    582397 88

    I happened across a special sale of Spiegelau on Amazon a couple years back and find these to be wonderful stemware. I purchased the Authentis Bordeaux, Burgundy and Chardonnay stems at a third their MSRP and I highly recommend them. I find these every bit as good as any expensive stemware I've ever used.

    Dec 01, 2010 at 5:58 PM

  • Snooth User: karat
    541180 345

    I'm in the market for some glass beer mugs you can put in the freezer - any suggestions anyone?

    Dec 01, 2010 at 9:59 PM

  • Page is right. Go to Crate & Barrel for cheap, classy glassware. I got some beer and some burgundy-style glass so appealing I couldn't wait to get home to try 'em.

    Dec 02, 2010 at 8:10 PM

  • I agree; inexpensive wine glasses are just easier. You don't have to worry so much about breakage and you can spend what's left on a good bottle of wine. Thanks for the tips on good places to find deals.

    Dec 04, 2010 at 11:56 AM

  • Snooth User: Piper11
    640649 21

    Crate & Barrel, Macy's, Marshall's are all great places for all glassware; affordable, convenient and well stocked.

    Dec 06, 2010 at 1:20 PM

  • I don't feel bad when I or a guest break an inexpensive stem - and it happens a lot at our house for some strange reason. :-)

    Dec 14, 2010 at 5:59 PM

  • My favorite place for inexpensive wine or beer glasses is World Market. They have a big assortment ranging in price from 1.99/ glass to ~$7/glass. They also have some very nice carafes.

    I have also found some nice glasses and carafes at Tuesday Morning. The only rub with Tuesday Morning is that you may not find a complete set, since they sell closeouts.

    Dec 14, 2010 at 9:16 PM

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