HOME > Chowhound > Cookware >


Where can I buy GIANT glasses?

My oversized husband wants some oversized glasses to drink from. Like 32 oz, or so. I know, unbelievable, but he likes to stay hydrated. Problem: he wants GLASS not plastic (and not lead crystal either) and he prefers no handle (so not like a beer mug.)

You wouldn't think it would be so hard. He had a collection of mammoth glasses from...yes...Walmart, but he eventually broke them all. He is currently drinking from quart Mason jars. I have googled and ebayed the devil out of this to no avail. Everything is plastic/polycarbonate. Please help me *sniff*.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
    1. re: 3MTA3

      Dude, my thoughts exactly :) I don't know if I subliminally read your post, but a vase would be perfect (and a lot thicker than a drinking glass too).

      I'm so taken with that, I might get myself one

      1. re: Soop

        don't you guys think there might be issues with food safety? drinking from a vessel not intended for that purpose? lead, etc?

        1. re: danna

          some vases are made of glass.. if it's crystal, it should be labeled if it contains lead.

          1. re: grnidkjun

            I realize this is a Lazarus thread but since it's back: unless it is very tall, a high-volume round vase is likely to be too wide at the top. Bring it to your lips and it will spill at the sides of your mouth. Better to go with a square one, drinking from the corner. Craft stores like Michael's sell very inexpensive clear glass vases in square shapes.

              1. re: filtered

                That would be too wide for me but it varies according to the shape of one's mouth. Before I bought something like that, I'd try drinking from some bowls, cans, or small saucepans to find out the maximum diameter I could handle. There's also the length of your fingers, if there's no handle and the body of the vase is not tapered.

    2. What about a Pilsner glass? I was just looking at the selection from Crate & Barrel, I don't think they are quite 32oz but OTOH they don't have a handle.


      1. All that comes to mind are the liter-sized beer steins. And, frankly, if you're lifting a liter of liquid, the handle is a necessity.


        2 Replies
        1. re: ferret

          Yeah, I was wondering that too, how you're going to lift a quart of liquid plus the heavy glass easily without a handle. The pilsner type is an idea since they are skinnier and thus allow a decent grip, but they always seem so tipsy to me.

          If all that still doesn't matter, I'd just keep using the Mason jars. They work just fine, except I have no idea how you can get a decent grip with one hand....

          1. re: CrazyOne

            I suppose if he weren't a really big , strong guy...he wouldn't be as concerned w/ consuming mass quantities ;-) The Mason jar rim is drippy, plus it just grates my nerves. And yes, he was drinking out a vase until I made him stop.

            I know I have seen oversized glasses in the shape of pint glass, only huge...but online I can only find it in plastic.

        2. My suggestion is to buy a quart sized beer mug and tell him to get over the handle. There are lots of German style mugs that are quart size.

            1. re: LabRat

              thank you for posting that. I don't know if you noticed the review...but i got a good laugh, and it made me glad the husband is drinking water or juice...

              "It's claim to hold five beers is flat out false, mine only holds four. With that being said, four beers is still a fair amount, and it's a cheap glass that I enjoy using often. "

            2. http://www.americandiscountglassware....

              When I googled it this Weiss 32 oz goblet showed up. I think the stem would make hoisting it easier, too. I didn't shop at all for price and more than one place seems to sell them so if they appeal to you, you have a bit of looking to do.

              32 oz! I could never leave the house. ;)

              1 Reply
              1. re: fern

                Now that I think about it, these would be awfully heavy when full.

              2. You've probably thought of this, but is there some problem with him using a smaller glass and refilling it after he drains its 16 or 20 oz capacity?

                1 Reply
                1. re: taos

                  LOL, I thought the same thing! How about a smaller glass and a pitcher!

                2. How about a 67 oz "beer boot?" No handle which your DH wants. Shaped like a boot (no kidding)...would he consider that a plus, a minus or neutral????


                  1. When we were looking for big glass drinkware a while back, we ended up buying some pyrex cylinders from a science laboratory supply company. You just have to be a little careful to not put your lips too close to the spout when you drink because it tends to spill then.

                    It's just a little more personality than mason jars :)

                    2 Replies
                      1. re: Whosyerkitty

                        Yep, I've had luck finding some awesome large drinking glasses at the local Dollar Tree.

                    1. So whats wrong with drinking out of a vase? Crate and Barrel has one they call the "tuxedo vase", which is quite elegant looking and would be easy to drink from (aside from the weight) <http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family....> and on the same page are "Dublin Glasses" that match enough that you could set a table and let him have his glass there (just don't have a matching one with flowers in the middle of the table).

                      4 Replies
                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                        Wow, nice work KaimukiMan! Very good looking.

                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                          For some reason that link didn't work for me, but while searching for your suggestion at C&B, I discovered these...


                          Glass "watter bottles"! I think the 50oz might be just the thing.

                          And Whosyerkitty, i went to the dollar store yesterday and bought a big glass. (for $1!) Husband as pronounced it not quite the size he hoped for, but an upgrade from the jar. Thanks for the interim piece as i search for the grail ;-)

                          1. re: danna

                            those are fun, look just like water bottles. just gonna need a long bottle brush if he is drinking juice out of them.

                            see if this works

                            if not just type "tuxedo vase" in the C&B search engine

                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                              Also at C&B, search on carafe or decanter. I was in a cafe a couple of days ago that used this, or something close to this for their water carafe:
                              At the time, I thought about this thread, but neglected to post it. I thought this one was good because of the relatively thin lip at the top, and the wider opening around the neck for cleaning.

                          1. re: Caralien

                            handsome, and much more reasonable price than the vase. by the end of the day she will have quite a collection for him.

                            1. re: Caralien

                              Erlenmeyer flasks would be perfect-better than the pilsners. The erlenmeyers are wider on the bottom and range in size from 500ml all the way up to 4L (i.e. a gallon). Also, the pyrex glass is very sturdy.

                              1. re: Jule

                                Seriously, I can't see anyone drinking out of anything this big, whether vase, beer boot, or Erlenmeyer flask.

                                if for whatever odd reason, the gentleman is incapable of refilling his smaller glass after he's done with it (there are pitchers, kitchen taps, water bottles, etc. for that purpose), just run the garden hose inside to his La-z-Boy and be done with it.

                                1. re: Jule

                                  I dunno, he was a chem major...that stuff may bring back bad memories .....

                                  1. re: danna

                                    We saved the blue bottles from some rieslings, removed the labels, and use them as water bottles. I know it's only 750ml and may be considered declasse to some, but they spill less if tipped over, can be next to the bed to quench one's thirst in the middle of the night, are easily stored in the refrigerator (and cleaned) and they drive our cat nuts because he considers them magical (cold water flows from them!)

                                    1. re: Caralien

                                      *love* that idea. I'm one of those who takes a water glass to bed everynight, and I *hate* it when I spill it. Like the idea of keeping it in the fridge during the day; I always fill with ice to make it "cold through the night" Have to go get some riesling :)

                                1. re: Demented

                                  Nice googling. OP seems to have disappeared but I think SAN is plastic which her husband had rejected.

                                2. http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family....

                                  The small ones are almost a pint, the larger ones are 21oz. I've had them for years and love them--very sturdy.

                                  Not quite a quart but...

                                  1. Did you ever find a supplier where a person could order say a case of 32 oz glass tumblers? I am down to my last 3 32 oz glass tumblers. I have had my set for some years now and now discovering the same thing you did it seems. They are nearly impossible to find. Your post gave me a chuckle as I could just see my wife posting the exact same thing in an effort to help me find some. I am a diabetic, as well as other aflictions, where the daily medications require me to consume 1 to 3 gallons of fluids per day. For some reason, ice water or unsweet ice tea, just tastes better from glass than from plastic. So far for me, the only places I have found any at all is from vintage sales both online or at estate sales in person but not in full sets. One here, 3 there, no cases. I have found that tupper ware will sell me all the plastic ones I want to buy, and I have gotten a 24 pc set of them but I am like your husband, I want glass, not plastic. It just tastes better in glass and the ice does not melt as fast either. The glass prevents more heat transfer through it to the environment, allowing the ice to be reused a couple times before I have to make a trip to the freezer for more ice.

                                    4 Replies
                                    1. re: vintagechef

                                      NO!! I never did find anything that was really what I wanted. I did find some vintage classes on EBay that I got 3 of. They are fairly ugly and I had to pay too much for them, but they worked for him. The husband finds glasses that suit him off and on at antique stores, God help me, he bought one that says Miller High Life on it. Coke, I could live with as Americana, the Miller glass was too much. Fortunately, he's aggressive with the dishwasher, so he managed to break that one pretty quick.

                                      Good luck with your search, i'll post if I ever come up with anything attractive.

                                      1. re: danna

                                        As tonka11 says, it is looking like I'll be going back to using a Kerr, Ball, or Mason quart canning jar myself. I have not drank from one of them since my grandfathers shine.... =) or my grandmothers dandylion wine. I may be money ahead with a jar anyways though as I can get a case of a dozen of them for around $10 a case, cheaper if second hand. After several weeks of searching online and in person shopping at stores the bigest case set I've found is 24 oz. It does appear that no glass manufactor currently makes a quart size tumbler and has not for many years. The new generations only use plastic or paper. Just as I have not seen milk in a glass container in 2 or 3 decades now, since the last drive through dairy store closed in my area.

                                        1. re: vintagechef

                                          I found this if anyone wants to split a case with me?!


                                          Not quite as big but might work.

                                          1. re: vintagechef

                                            The Onion's take on the canning jar trend (caution: blue language): http://www.theonion.com/articles/were...

                                      2. My dads favorite Ice Tea glass was a 1 quart Kerr jar.

                                        I don't know if they are in your area but I have bought large glasses at a store called "Garden Ridge"

                                        1. How about a Chemex? The shape makes it easy to grip, plus you could also use it for its intended purpose.

                                          1. I would go with a standard water carafe or just stick with plastic cups from sporting events. Other than that, he can fill'er up.

                                            1. I love to drink out of mason jars, and I save all my tomato sauce 'Atlas Mason' jars just for glasses. I like their heft and the amount they hold. I also save and use Bonne Maman jam jars for things like juice. I can't be bothered with regular glasses. The only glass I'll spend money for is a good wine glass, in which case I like it to be Riedel. Pricey but worth it as they will make even a $4 wine taste good!

                                              1. Get 'em at the grocery store. Best Foods sells 'em already filled with mayo.

                                                1. My husband likes big glasses too. Antique malls have them sometimes and I pick them up when I see them. They are from the 40s-50s. Occasionally find them in thrift shops. I have paid $1-5 for them.

                                                  1. I have the same problem as your husband with wanting larger than standard glasses. I end up using the special edition slurpee cups from 7-eleven. They are made from much thicker plastic than normal because I think you're supposed to collect them, but they give me the volume I want without needing to get up and refill my glass four times throughout dinner.

                                                    I know that you said you don't like him using flower vases, but those are the only options that I know of, made of glass, that come in a size which is large enough. I work at a flower shop and use them for drinking all the time. I'd just go to a flower shop close by and see what they have on hand, or what they could order from their wholesaler. Off the top of my head there are 8" or 10" gathering vases, and 4x12" cylinders which would work.

                                                    If this guy is really as big as it sounds, picking up the weight or getting his hand around the container is not a problem at all. Also, as for the suggestions that he get up and refill his glass when finished, it very annoying to need to do that 3-4 times per meal, and also somewhat rude to the others who are eating with him.

                                                    1. If you don't mind a Bavarian lion and flag crest on your glass, this one holds 1 Liter!


                                                      1. Restaurant supply. Glassware/smallware may include oversize
                                                        drinking glasses or clear glass table vases Where are you?
                                                        Prices will be much better especially if you purchase full dozen, be sure to know your capacity (ounces), most places will carry lines from suppliers and send you to a website - you may want to order direct but the larger web wholesale places will
                                                        supply your local seller.

                                                        Restaurant supply is my first place to check for everything.
                                                        Prices and quality beat everything such as Target etc.

                                                        2 Replies
                                                        1. re: kariin

                                                          I found this if anyone wants to split a case with me?!


                                                          Not quite as big but might work.

                                                          1. re: kariin

                                                            Webstaurant Store online sells 32 oz. glass milk jugs - maybe that will work.

                                                          2. Here is the perfect size glass...BUT it is as fragile as paper so I'm still on the hunt as we go through 1-2 per month. erk.