The best tumblers for your favourite tipple

Sip your drink in style with our round up of funky and classy tumblers to complement your dinnerware

The best tumblers

A good set of tumblers, along with the likes of your wine glasses, is a glassware staple, and the great thing about tumblers is that they are the most versatile of glasses. Whether it’s a glass of orange juice with breakfast or a cheeky whiskey before bedtime, a strong, sturdy and stylish tumbler is the best way to drink it.  

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We’ve picked out a range of tumblers, from individual quirky ones that make a great gift for someone, to basic sets for everyday use, and luxury sets for special occasions. John Lewis offer some unique and classic designs from brands such as Anthropologie that never go out of style, whereas Made is the place to look right now for the latest modern trends.  

Be sure to check their material (nope, not all tumblers are made from simply glass), as this will determine how delicate they are and whether they will fare well in the dishwasher or not. Other than that, it’s down to personal style and judgement, so we’ll let you take it from here…

Sonje Set of 4 Tumblers, blue

1. Sonje Set of 4 Tumblers

A vibrant set that will stand out on the dinner table

Best for: Vibrant design
Material: Glass
No. of Glasses: 4
Capacity: 330ml
Reasons to buy
+ Enough for the family to dine + Weighty feel 

Adding a pop of colour to your dinner table, these vivid blue tumblers both look good and provide a sturdy vessel for your drink of choice. We recommend not putting them in the dishwasher if you want to keep them intact, but handwashing will keep them bursting with colour and free from chipping so you can expect them to become a staple in your glassware collection.  

Geo Glass Tumblers: faceted glasses with gold detailing

2. Geo Glass Tumblers

A luxurious design for those special drinks

Best for: Cocktails
Material: Hand blown glass
No. of Glasses: 2
Capacity: 330ml
Reasons to buy
+ Perfect for those special occasions + Very delicate 

These hand-blown glass tumblers with gold detailing lend themselves to Art Deco styling, and wouldn’t be out of place in the hands of guests at a Gatsby party. There’s only two in a set, so you may want to keep these for special occasions, or if not, they’ll certainly bring a touch of luxury to your daily dining. They’re hand-blown glass, so understandably very delicate, make sure you hand wash these to keep them looking their best.  

Vibrant Splash glasses with individually coloured bases

3. Vibrant Splash Glasses

A colour for every guest

Best for: Colour coded glasses
Material: Glass
No. of Glasses: 6
Capacity: 277ml
Reasons to buy
+ Great for dinner parties + Weighted bottom for stability 

This large set of six tumblers come in all different colours so the next time you’re at the dinner table there’s no risk of picking up the wrong glass. They have a weighted bottom so you can expect them to feel nice to hold and durable enough to chuck in the dishwasher to avoid masses of cleaning once the party’s over.  

John Lewis Paloma crystal glasses

4. John Lewis Paloma Opera Double Old Fashioned Crystal Glass Tumbler

If you’re partial to a nightcap, nothing does it better than a classic crystal glass tumbler

Best for: Nightcaps
Material: Crystal glass
No. of Glasses: 1
Capacity: 300ml
Reasons to buy
+ Expensive look and feel  + Excellent value for money 

If you like everything to match, then you might find these confetti style tumblers are right for you. They come with matching glassware items to complete a cocktail set so you can show off your mixing skills at your next dinner party.  These are pretty enough to want to keep these on display, or their slim design means they won’t take up too much space in your cupboard.  

Villeroy & Boch dressed up water glasses, each with a different pattern

5. Villeroy & Boch dressed up water

For those who like to go against the grain, these mismatched tumblers are perfectly unique

Best for: Unique patterns
Material: Glass
No. of Glasses: 4
Capacity: 255ml
Reasons to buy
+ Dishwasher safe + Gift boxed 

Matching sets not your thing? Then this set of four different tumblers is a great way to distinguish whose is whose at the dining table. Each one has a different pattern and they come gift boxed if you wanted to give them as a present. Unlike many of the other tumblers on the list, these ones are dishwasher safe, too, so they’re really easy to maintain.  

Artland Coppertino tumblers with hammered copper base

6. Artland Coppertino DOF Tumbler

Copper tumblers that are bang on trend right now

Best for: Copper lovers
Material: Glass, electroplated copper
No. of Glasses: 2
Capacity: 500ml
Reasons to buy
+ Gift boxed  + Large capacity  

Copper is very trendy right now, so if you or someone you know likes to keep up with the latest designs these tumblers could make a nice little gift. They come nicely presented in a box and they’re hand-crafted from mouth-blown glass so you can expect each one to be slightly unique. They’re also dishwasher safe which is a bonus!  

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Anna Cottrell
Anna Cottrell

Anna is Consumer Editor across Future's home brands. She moved to the world of interiors from academic research in the field of English Literature and photography. She is the author of London Writing of the 1930s and has a passion for contemporary home decor and gardening.