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Insulated Glasses

Updated on December 21, 2009

Do you hate water drips as much as I do?

I drink a lot of water and iced tea during the day and prefer it to be very cold, over ice. The downside to that is that the outside of my glass is always covered in condensation which then drips all over me and my paperwork when I lift it to drink. I sometimes rubber-band a paper towel around my glass which does help, but it is not a very classy look. But, thanks to the internet, I have discovered insulated glasses! These glasses are made from either glass or plastic and have a double-walled construction that prevents the condensation buildup. They also help keep your drink from warming up as quickly. If you too are tired of damp, drippy glasses, here is your solution. Scroll down for a selection of the best insulated glassware on the market.

Bodum Glassware

The double-walled glasses made by Bodum are made with borosilicate glass, the same type of glass used to make laboratory glassware. Borosilicate glass is lighter, yet stronger than the type of glass used for standard drinking vessels.

Bodum's double-wall fabrication creates a thermal effect, keeping hot beverages hot and cold beverages cold longer than other types of cups or glasses. The insulating effect of the double-wall also prevents condensation from forming on the outside of the glass.

Bodum was the winner of the prestigious European IF Design Award.

More Double Wall Glassware

Here are some additional styles of similarly made double-walled glasses by other manufacturers. They are also thermal in nature.

Plastic Insulated Glassware

Insulated and thermal glasses are also available in less breakable plastic.

Insulated Tervis Tumbler - Island
Insulated Tervis Tumbler - Island

Quench your thirst by drinking from the polycarbonate 16 oz. tumbler set that has clarity, ultrasonically sealed & has double wall insulation to prevent condensation & keep drinks hot or cold longer.

16 oz. Double Wall Insulated Tumblers - Set of 4
16 oz. Double Wall Insulated Tumblers - Set of 4

Double-wall keeps drinks cold from start to finish. Hand-washing recommended.


Insulated Glasses for Those on the Go

Drips are no fun when you are out and about either. So, here are some insulated containers to keep your beverage hot/cold and dry!

Thermos 14-Ounce Insulated Travel Mug, Black
Thermos 14-Ounce Insulated Travel Mug, Black

The Thermos Leak Proof Travel Mug is designed to fit most automotive car holders or can be clipped to a belt, backpack or bag. Product features: Thermax double wall vacuum insulation for maximum temperature retention. Unbreakable stainless steel interior and exterior Leak-proof sealable top. Ergonomically designed soft touch padded handle Comfortable silicone rubber grip. Sweat-proof design won't leave water rings.

Aladdin Blank Canvas Travel Mug 16oz
Aladdin Blank Canvas Travel Mug 16oz

A fun way for the dedicated scrapbooker on the go to enjoy both hot and cold beverages, the 16-ounce Aladdin Scrapbook Traveler can display just anything from family photos to original artwork and more. A customizable insert with free templates is available at the Aladdin web site. This commuting companion can accommodate both hot and cold beverages. The double-wall insulation keeps liquids at just the right temperature. The travel mug includes a comfort-grip handle and convenient snap-shut lid, and fits perfectly in most cup holders. Made of BPA-free plastic, it's dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

Trudeau Board Room 16-Ounce Travel Mug, Black
Trudeau Board Room 16-Ounce Travel Mug, Black

With the Board Room Travel Mug you'll be able to keep your favorite hot or cold beverage with you and keep it hot or cold. This double wall insulated travel mug will keep your hot drink hot, for up to two hours. It has a convenient (and distinctive) design and it will hold up to 16-ounces of your favorite beverage.

Bubba 52 oz mug classic blue
Bubba 52 oz mug classic blue

Bubba KEG brand is a patented line of heavy-duty, super-capacity beverage containers with a signature, one-of-a-kind, keg-shaped design. A genuine Bubba KEG is always Bubba TUFF, manufactured with top quality stainless steel and polypropylene, with Bubba FAT dual-wall foam insulation that guarantees long-lasting temperature control for both hot & cold beverages.


Where do those drips come from anyway?

Those annoying drips on your glass are the result of condensation. What happens is that the air around us contains water vapor. We can't see it, but it is there (when the humidity is high, we can definitely feel it). And, when air hits a surface that is cooler than it is, the water molecules in that air turn from a vapor into a liquid, condensing on that surface.

I can't decide between the Bodum Pavina or Luigi Bormioli glasses shown above. I love how the liquid looks suspended in both of them!

What style of insulated glass is your favorite?

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    • PinkCattleya profile image

      Camile 5 years ago from Doha Qatar

      Wow! this is awesome. I've never heard of this before. All i knew is thermos.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      I have never heard about insulated glasses before. They sure look like very practical solution with annoying drips... Thanks!

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      oztoo lm 6 years ago

      What a great idea. Perfect for when I'm sitting at the computer. So annoying to have those wet patches caused by normal glasses. Blessed.

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      Louis Wery 7 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Interesting collection of drinking ware to deal with the drips! Tervis Tumblers are manufactured near my town of Sarasota.

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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      From one tea drinker to another, I think these are great! I've never seen insulated glasses before, but they look really cool!

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      I like those coke glasses!

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      Wednesday-Elf 8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Good idea using an insulated glass, especially working at a computer table or desk to eliminate those pesky drips! Nice selection here. My son has one of the thermos type travel mugs and carries it with him everywhere.