How to tell if your drinking glasses are good or bad
- by Homew INC
Drinking glasses are like people: not all of them are created equal. Some are made from high-quality materials and construction, while others are cheap and flimsy. But how can you tell the difference?
Here are a few tips:
- Material: The best drinking glasses are made from crystal or borosilicate glass. These materials are durable and produce a clear, brilliant glass. Soda lime glass is less expensive, but it is also less durable and may have a slight blue or green tint.
- Weight: A good quality glass will be weighted at the bottom to prevent it from tipping over easily. It should also be well-balanced, with the weight of the bowl evenly distributed over the stem and base.
- Clarity: A good quality glass will be clear and free of imperfections. Look for glasses that are free of bubbles, scratches, and discolorations.
- Sound: A good quality crystal glass will make a clear, ringing sound when tapped. A soda lime glass will make a duller sound.
- Rim: The rim of the glass should be smooth and even. Avoid glasses with chipped or cracked rims.
- Price: Generally speaking, you get what you pay for with drinking glasses. More expensive glasses are typically made from higher quality materials and construction. However, there are also some good quality glasses available at more affordable prices.
Here are a few tips for choosing the right type of glass for different drinks:
- Wine glasses: Wine glasses should have a tulip-shaped bowl that allows the wine to breathe and the aromas to develop.
- Cocktail glasses: Cocktail glasses should be designed to highlight the different layers of the cocktail and make it easy to drink.
- Beer glasses: Beer glasses should be designed to retain the head of the beer and enhance the flavor and aroma.
- Whiskey glasses: Whiskey glasses should be sturdy and have a wide base to prevent them from tipping over.
- Tumbler glasses: Tumbler glasses are versatile and can be used for a variety of drinks, such as water, juice, and soda.
So, next time you're buying drinking glasses, don't just grab the cheapest ones on the shelf. Take a few minutes to inspect them and make sure they're made from high-quality materials and construction. You'll be glad you did.
P.S. If you're not sure whether a glass is made from crystal or soda lime glass, tap it with your fingernail. A crystal glass will make a clear, ringing sound, while a soda lime glass will make a duller sound.