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Elevate Your Table with These Beautiful (and Practical) Water Glasses

Soon you'll be looking forward to your daily eight.

January 21, 2023

While the exact amount of water that one should consume every day might be up for scientific debate, there’s no question that proper hydration is a core tenet of good health—and, in our own very non-scientific experience, much easier to maintain with a stylish vessel on hand. So we’ve asked some of our trusted tabletop experts to share their picks for glasses that are chic enough for company but durable enough for everyday use. From hand-blown Egyptian tumblers to etched celestial motifs, these standout designs are perfect for elegant dinner parties, bedside tables, and everywhere in between. They’re sure to stand the test of time—and the dishwasher!

Celerie Kemble

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“These glasses feel so thin in the hand, but they’re weirdly sturdy in real life, and the colors are stunning. I bought a ton to use for my sister’s wedding and now I’ve been using them at home. I stack (!) them on open shelving, toss them in the dishwasher (which my 13-year-old loads like he’s laying sandbags), and make them fully available for kid use, and I’m only down one glass in six months! ” – Celerie Kemble, partner, Kemble Interiors

Twisty Cups by Celerie Kemble for Chairish, set of 6, $330, chairish.com

Olympia and Ariadne Irving

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“This beautiful and versatile jewel-tone glass was handblown in Egypt, a country we adore and have visited as a family over and over again for almost two decades. Perfect for water, this goblet also makes the ideal wine glass or even a beautiful little vase, and the rich blue adds such a wonderful pop of color to all of our tables.” – Olympia and Ariadne Irving, co-founders of Carolina Irving & Daughters

Sapphire Goblet, $24, ci-daughters.com

Sara McCann

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“My favorite water glass is the Juliska tortoiseshell tumbler. It’s the perfect size, the perfect heft, and pops easily into the dishwasher. I love all things tortoiseshell—it’s trending now, but I think it’s timeless.” – Sara McCann, founder of Hive Palm Beach

Juliska Puro Tortoiseshell Large Tumbler, $42, hivepalmbeach.com

Devin Kirk

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“My current favorite water glass is our Paradiso Glass. It’s the perfect size for a generous pour and has a nice chunky hand, but the soft pink color makes it feel special enough for a fancier get together. It’s perfectly elegant but not the least bit fussy! I love it for wine, too.” – Devin Kirk, Chief Creative Officer at Jayson Home

Paradiso Glass, $13, jaysonhome.com

Dara Caponigro

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“I discovered this water glass at Zaytinya, the handsome restaurant at the new Ritz Carlton in Chelsea. It’s modern but warm and textural and really mimicked the vibe of the place.” – Dara Caponigro, Editor in Chief of FREDERIC and Creative Director of Schumacher

Jupiter Double Old Fashioned Glass, $48, surlatable.com

Alexandra Macon

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“These handblown, engraved crystal tumblers have a delicate celestial design etched onto them and are the ultimate gem. They’re functional enough for everyday but formal enough for cocktail hour.” – Alexandra Macon, founder of Over The Moon

Crystal Tumblers with Star Design, set of 6, $113, overthemoon.com

Donna Lennard

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“My favorite water glass, hands down, is the La Riccia simple glass. Made from recycled bottles that the artisan’s neighbors leave at her doorstep, this glass delivers in so many ways. It’s sustainable, elegant, and beautifully shaped—wide at the top and bottom with a lovely central indent. The thickness of the glass and the feel of the edge against your lips is just right and perfectly balanced. It’s my go-to glass for just about everything.” – Donna Lennard, chef, author and co-founder of Il Buco

La Riccia Simple Glass, $72, ilbuco.com

Mary Jeanne Kneen

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“The Alpha tumbler is made from Lobmeyr’s renowned muslin glass; ultra-thin and hand blown, it is both sublimely delicate and remarkable resilient. –Mary Jeanne Kneen, founder of Kneen & Co.

Lobmeyr Alpha Water Tumbler Light Blue, $63, kneenandco.com