What Are the Best Water Glasses?

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When it comes to glassware, the sexier vessels — a coupe, a flute, a wineglass — seem to get all the glory. Truth is, though, when it comes to drinking water or juice (or, yes, a G&T), what you really need most is a simple water glass. So we asked a few of our favorite restaurant, beverage, and design experts how they take their H2O. Below, 11 experts weigh in with their favorites.

“I actually just got a new set of water glasses for my country house in Water Mill, and will likely get another set for my Brooklyn apartment, too. They’re perfect for water or a cocktail — it’s a set of two sizes, but both are relatively shorter and more modern. Thinner, hand-blown glasses are all the rage now, but these aren’t scary thin where you feel they could break in your hand at any moment. I love the soft, rounded edge, too.” — Katrina Hernandez, designer, Hernandez Greene

“For water, I use Riedel H2O Classic Bar Highball glasses. The thin glass keeps them lightweight, they feel good in the hand, and I love feeling the temperature of the water through the glass. They’re also not obscenely expensive, so it’s not overly precious.” — Kelly Behun, designer

“I discovered my favorite glass in Japan a few years ago. They’re these insanely thin glass tumblers used at Rocking Chair Bar in Kyoto. The ones I bought have pinch points for your fingers, but you can get versions without them online. The thin glass makes them a pleasure to sip from, and the pinched glass makes them easy to grasp. I like smaller glasses so that the water can be refilled more frequently.” — Jim Meehan, owner, Mixography

“Anchor Hocking make great inexpensive and durable glasses. I started using these types of glasses because they hold enough water to wash something down, but they’re not so big to be obtrusive on the table next to everything else.” — Joshua Goldman, co-owner, Soigné Group

“At the restaurant, we prefer a 9 oz. Old Fashioned Endeavor rocks glass, which has a V-shape for easy stacking. They’re a little better-looking than a traditional drinking glass, and are versatile enough for water or a soft drink, or even a hard beverage.” — Paul Malvone, co-founder, Boston Burger Company

“The CB2 Marta glass has clean, straight lines, and is made of ultrathin glass [editor’s note: Ken Fulk likes these, too.]. The price is deceiving — they look and feel far more expensive than they really are. Definitely a crazy-good bang for your buck! They look as good sitting around on the table as they do on open shelving, which is helpful because that’s what I have at home.” — Athena Calderone, founder, Eye Swoon

“I use Libbey’s highball glass at home. I just think it doesn’t make too much sense to overthink your water glass — it should be durable and not look cheap. This one still looks and feels elegant. Plus, the heavy base makes it easy to carry on a tray, so it’s perfect for breakfast in bed.” — Vincent Mauriello, managing partner, Mr. Purple

“This is the classic tumbler we actually use at Narcissa. The glasses stack, which is a plus, and sit nicely relative to accompanying wine glasses. They also have a nice feel when you hold them in your hand, and are strong without feeling clunky. We’re lucky to have an amazing tabletop stylist who spent hours sourcing these perfect glasses.” — Susan Buckley, EVP of Food and Beverage Operations at Standard International

“I use mint-julep cups by Reed & Barton with that classic julep shape in silver and beading around the base. I think water is always more refreshing when you can pretend it’s bourbon and mint.” — Bronson van Wyck, event designer

“We use the 9 oz. highball glass by Libbey at home, which is stackable, and is a must for a tiny New York apartment. It’s actually the same glass we use at Employees Only, too. They’re thick enough to eliminate breakage, which is especially important for a glass that is most frequently used.” — Igor Hadzismajlovic, co-owner, Employees Only

“At home, I use these 12 oz. Collins glasses. A Collins glass is a tall, handsome vessel for a cocktail — like a Tom Collins, gin fizz, or mojito — but they’re multipurpose enough to use for just plain water, too. I like that it can do double or triple duty.” — Nick Rancone, owner, Corner Table

Note: These Longdrink glasses are sold out, but Spiegelau has some nice classic lager glasses available.

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What Are the Best Water Glasses?