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If plastic drinkware isn’t your cup of tea, there are durable glass alternatives that hold up surprisingly well in a busy home. Most break-resistant glassware lines were developed to withstand the rigors of the restaurant industry — and I know them well from my days in restaurant supply.  

Break-resistant Glass Drinkware, Tumblers & Highballs

Topping my list of durable, break-resistant glassware Faves & Finds? Duralex Tempered Glassware and Libby Gibralter Annealed Glassware. Both are standouts for style and durability, and both are conveniently available on Amazon, too.

Now don’t be fooled — glass drinkware will never be truly “unbreakable” like high-end plastic glasses, but certain types of real glassware — tempered and annealed — are specifically made to meet the demands of busy restaurants. Not surprisingly, these remarkably sturdy glass drinkware brands also work beautifully in busy homes. So if you like the convenience and safety of plastic, but don’t like the idea of using plastic glasses day-to-day, break-resistant glassware is an ideal choice.

Glass treatments such as annealing, tempering and even infusing with titanium molecules during production create very tough, break-resistant glassware that withstands everyday knocks, bumps, spills and even drops. That means it survives being tipped over on tables, shuffled about in the sink and clanked in the dishwasher — situations where regular glasses and stemware often meet their demise.

Break-resistant Glass Wine Glasses & Stemware

If you’re looking for durable glass stemware like wine glasses, as well as martinis and champagne flutes, you’re in luck, too. The titanium-infused Tritan collection by Schott-Zwiesel and similar durable stemware brands offer gorgeous styling in glass that’s made to hold up far better than plain glass stemware.

Review - Best “Unbreakable” and Break Resistant Glassware
  • Durability -- Very durable by glass standards, but don't throw it on the tile floor!
  • Styling & Finish - Gorgeous styles and finishes, many have a fine crystal look and feel
  • Dishwasher-Safe - Made for restaurants and hotels, so it's all great in the dishwasher
  • Price - $$ to $$$ - Very reasonable, stemware can be pricey but Amazon generally has great deals