Best Wine Glasses (Overall)

As of June 2020


The 90-day average price on Amazon is $60.73 as of 08/31/2020, according to data from Keepa. Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change.


Amazon prices tend to fluctuate around the $60 mark but Wine Enthusiast consistently sells them for $59. However, free shipping only kicks in above $149 for Wine Enthusiast and there is no further discount for buying more than one at a time. We’ve scoured the internet and it’s extremely rare to find these anywhere at a deep discount.


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what we like

  • Best suited for: The more hardcore wine drinker who doesn’t mind paying up for a better overall experience. For more casual wine drinkers, click here for our top value pick
  • Extremely versatile and works for basically any wine type
  • Thin glass around the rim which maximizes the scent and flavors of the wine
  • Thin stem, as well, which allows the glass to feel really good in your hand as you are swirling and drinking it
  • Dishwasher safe! – You would think glasses this nice and fragile would be hand wash only but these can and should be placed carefully in the dishwasher

keep in mind

  • Stating the obvious here: they aren’t cheap and are almost 6x more expensive than our value pick
  • The thin glass means you must be careful with these as they are fragile
  • Otherwise, these are very clearly #worththehype


There is no question that these glasses represent the gold standard in wine drinking. Ask any sommelier or hardcore wine collector what their preferred go-to glass is and I would bet it’s almost unanimous agreement for Zaltos. Issue is they cost about 6x more than our favorite value choice for wine glasses. So, are they worth it?


The answer to that is pretty straightforward:


Are you the type of person who casually enjoys wine but never spends more than $30-40, max, on a bottle and just need some durable glasses which provide a solid enough experience to impress others while entertaining without breaking the bank? In that case we recommend checking out our top value pick.


However, if wine really does it for you and you are regularly buying/storing more expensive bottles, then there really is only one obvious choice and that’s the Zalto Universal Glass.


I recently asked a close friend of mine, Scott, who is one of the most seasoned wine collectors/tasters I know and exclusively drinks wine from Zaltos, to tell me the top 3 things he likes the most about them:

  1. “The Zalto Universal is really quite suitable for every wine.”  
  2. “Glass has one goal: Don’t get in the way of the aromas and flavors of the wine.  The Zalto uses the most subtle curvature (mirrors natural angles found in the curves of the earth) and is incredibly thin, which lets the wine show at its brightest.  Rather than get in the way of the wine, the Zalto makes every wine pop!” 
  3. “Every Zalto glass just feels great in your hand; it’s balanced and comfortable and a delight to hold and swirl.”


The fact that the Zaltos are dishwasher safe is just icing on the cake. The shape and performance of these are one of those things you really just need to experience first hand to believe. If you’ve found yourself drinking more and more wine as you get older and want to take the experience up a notch, these are certainly worth it. They also make an incredible gift under $100 for anyone in your life who also fits that description. 

Sizing Tips & FAQs

Are they dishwasher safe?

Yes! Thank God. In fact, it’s recommended you dishwash them instead of hand wash them. Here is the exact wording from Wine Enthusiast:


“It is recommended that Zalto glasses be cleaned in a dishwasher. Hand-washing can add pressure and torque to the bowl, stem and base which can cause breakage and potential injury.


When placing the glasses into the dishwasher, do so carefully so there is enough space between glasses and they are secure.


Use minimal dishwasher detergent to avoid buildup of residue. The glasses themselves will never cloud with repeated washes. If residue buildup occurs, soak the glasses carefully in water that has denture cleaner in it. The glasses should not be exposed to prolonged amounts of hot steam once the wash cycle is over. Open the door to let the steam out. The glasses can be polished with a dry cotton dish towel or microfiber towel. Drying the glasses should be done carefully and without causing pressure or most importantly torque. Twisting the bowl while holding the base is likely to cause breakage.”


I’m not sure if these will fit in my cabinet. What are the dimensions?

9-3/5″ x 3-9/16″

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Scott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Wine Glasses

This is our top pick for favorite value wine glass as described here. The price and durability are great but the performance is definitely step below that of the Zaltos for anyone who is a more experienced wine drinker.


Zalto Denk’Art Burgundy

Obviously not as versatile as the Universal Glass but still one of the best glasses on the market. Our wine friend, Scott, had this to say about the Burgundy glasses: “The Zalto Burgundy is so incredible at making a wine pop that it really magnifies flaws.  As a result, some tasters prefer not to use the Zalto Burgundy and only use the Zalto Universal and the Zalto Bordeaux.  This is another reason why the Zalto Universal is the best all around glass.”


Gabriel-Glas -Austrian Crystal Wine Glass – “StandArt” Edition – Set of 2

These are pricier than the Schott Zwiesels but still cheaper than Zaltos. They provide a nice bulb shape which creates a better drinking experience than the Schott Zwiesels. But the stem is still thicker than the Zalt. If you are already in the $30+ range for a glass you might be inclined to just go all the way for the Zaltos themselves. However, if you’d like a nice gift set of 2 glasses for under $100 you will like these.


Riedel Sommeliers Burgundy Grand Cru Wine Glass, Set of 2

These are excellent glasses but like all of the Riedels we have bought, they are extremely fragile. They also aren’t as versatile as the Universal Glass. For almost the identical price point, you are better off going with the Zalto.

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