Crystal wine glasses are coveted luxury items made by adding lead during the production phase to create a softer and more malleable material. They boast several advantages over standard glass vessels, including superior clarity and more detailed patterning, but glass holds a few benefits of its own.
Here are just three reasons why you should consider picking glass wine glasses over crystal wine glasses.
- Superior Durability
Crystal wine glasses can be made thinner than glass wine glasses, but they aren’t nearly as strong. If you drop a wine glass made from crystal, it’s almost certainly going to shatter when it hits the floor. Even if you drop it on deep pile carpet or simply knock one over when it’s sitting on the table, a crack will probably be the result. Standard glass is far more durable, so you won’t need to pick up frequent replacements or feel as nervous when you’re entertaining.
- Lower Cost
Part of the reason why crystal is seen as a more luxurious material than glass is simply because it costs more. Some people are more than willing to swallow the added expense, but it’s worth remembering that you’ll be paying significantly more for a material that doesn’t really have any practical benefits over glass. If you’re buying a lot of wine glasses at once or are faced with a strict budget, glass is probably the way to go.
- Easier Cleaning
Crystal is a porous material. As such, it will absorb chemical aromas and corrode when placed in the dishwasher. The upshot is that all crystal glassware needs to be washed by hand, making it extremely inconvenient for everyday use. Glass is non-porous and inert, so you can pop glass wine glasses in the dishwasher and skip the washing up.