“ Brand: Ikea / Product Type: Glass „
Recently I needed to buy some new glasses, and having fallen in love with Ikea earlier this year when refurnishing after a home swap, I decided to go have a look in there, since I knew prices were generally budget friendly. I came out with a set of 6 48cl Vanlig glasses for £4 (also available in 22cl for £2, or 33cl for £3)
These are clear glass which is thick and very solid feeling - not the kind of thing that will chip easily when putting in on the shelf. The glasses have straight sides, narrowing in towards the bottom with horizontal ridges running round the bottom part of the glass giving a slight element of decoration, and also enabling these to be stacked together without sticking together, which I find to be a problem with glasses that are entirely smooth sided. The ridges and narrowing also help the glasses feel secure to grip.
These glasses are a good size for water, milk, or bottled beers. However, they are unfortunately a little too small to accommodate a full can of beer. The glasses have a good heaviness to them, and aren't too easy to knock over.
The glasses are dishwasher safe.
I like these glasses - sturdy, weighty, and not too frilly in design. I would have liked to have seen them available in other colours perhaps, even if that had cost a little more. But as basic drinking glasses go, I really don't think you can go wrong with these!
It's absolutely essential, without a collection of standard sized glasses in the kitchen cabinet many of the reasons for entering the kitchen in the first place are deprived of validity. Drinking juice, milk, squash, or anything else served cold from a mug is utter madness and should not be tolerated by the thirst afflicted beholder. There just isn't the same experience experienced as with glass. The taste I'm sure alters, the chemical compound born between liquid and solid is soddenised as all that was previously sweet (and later nostalgic) is ruthlessly ripped from tasteality (tasty-reality). Or am I looking too deeply at the issue, my mind laden with memory of that fateful summers eve 10 years prior in which I was served a refreshing beverage, only to find it confound to the perimeter of a cheaply purchased plastic cup - a plastic vessel bound for the nearest bin (and a century of decomposing beyond that). Who knows about these things... Wait, I know, I know about these things. Plastic and pottery are pathetic substitutes for glass.
It was 1 week ago that it happened. On searching my cupboard for a suitable drinking container I came across not a few, but ONE item of suitable glass-wear remaining at my disposal. Suddenly crisis mode was engaged. I knew I needed that solid, smooth sensation to be plentiful in my kitchen again, I knew I needed GLASSES, and I knew there was only one place that had them, only one place. OK, many places did, but I felt obliged to retreat to THE one place, IKEA - a place of furniture worship also known to dabble in the art of glass-wear development. I soon found the whereabouts of these 'Vanlig' glasses and fell in love with their looks, their grip, their weight, and their price. After getting them home I felt words of descriptive opinion forming in the depths of my mind, and this is what followed...
The styling of the glass-wear is minimalistic, and the shape is simple and practical because of this. The edge runs steeply towards the opening, increasing the width of the glass at the top and compensating for the narrow bottom (which is slightly inverted and contains a riveted surface). The textured/riveted section helps with grip and gives the glass a groovy twist at odds with its otherwise plain form. Vanlig glasses have a comfortable look befitting of most kitchen cabinets, a look which promotes the clean and contemporary, helping to create that kind of an environment.
The glass is reasonably thick, 'chunky' is the word. It's smooth to behold, but the glasses form stops it slipping from your grip when fully loaded with liquid. When the exterior is wet your grip is lessened, but only when holding it upside down is there any real danger of a fatal drop. I'd say these glasses (due to their thickness) are far more likely to bounce than smash when dropped from waste height. On the bottom of the glass is the IKEA logo engraved faintly, but otherwise the surface of the product is unmarked - it won't scratch easily either which is good to know.
The glasses come in packs of 6 (packaged in a cardboard box with simple health warnings) and can be purchased at the size/price combinations listed below:
- 220ml = £2.00 (blue: £2.75)
- 330ml = £3.00 (blue: £3.75)
- 480ml = £4.00 (blue: £4.75)
IKEA also produce the glasses with a faint blue tint (the glasses have the same physical styling). They come in packs of 6 again, but each pack is 75 pence more - I've included these prices in brackets.
With IKEA's online system you can order items for collection from your local store, making it quick, easy and practical for the consumer to get the best experience whilst still having to make the trek. I think the idea behind this is to get you walking round the store even if you've ordered online, so that you hopefully buy more things. Also, a lot of stuff from IKEA is large and would cost a lot to deliver.
I am very pleased with the overall quality of the glass and the machine workmanship applied to put it together. There is only a slight line visible where the glass has been connected, and all 6 of the glasses I purchased are identical in form, constructed to the same European quality controls. The glasses also adhere to British Standards and are safe for use by anyone!
Overall, I'm very glad I bought these glasses! Now however, I wish I'd chosen the blue ones as they look slightly nicer in my opinion! A recommended product to anyone needing to clench their thirst in the correct manner and for a reasonable price!
PRICE: £2 - £4.75
AVAILABILITY: Online IKEA / In-store
Thanks for reading!
For some reason drinking glasses always get smashed in our house. If I buy a new set then the full set probably only lasts for a fortnight or so, after that you can guarantee that one or more glasses from the set will have been smashed. As a result of this I always just buy cheap drinking glasses, it is expensive enough just buying cheap glasses, as we go through so many!
More often than not I always end up buying some from Ikea. I've recently bought glasses from the Vanlig range. The range consists of three different sizes: 22cl, 33cl and 48cl, all of which are available in clear glass, or slightly blue tinted glass. There is also a 1 litre jug available in the range, but just in the clear version.
The glasses all come in 6 packs, and are the following prices;
22cl - clear £1.99, blue tint £2.69
33cl - clear £2.99, blue tint £3.69
48cl - clear £3.99, blue tint £4.69
1 litre jug - £1.99
I bought a set of each size in clear glass, and the matching jug. I bought these back at the start of December, and so far the breakages only total three, that's good for us!
These drinking glasses seem to be really sturdy, they are made from quite thick substantial glass, and so will probably be ideal for us! A slight drawback to this though is that the glasses are quite heavy, I will happily live with this though if they last longer.
They are quite plain, they taper in towards the bottom, and the botoms of the glasses have ridges all the way around. This is kind of like somewhere to grip if the glass is wet, to stop it slipping through your hands.
I like having the matching glasses in different sizes, especially for setting the table with them. I think that these are a staple item in Ikea, so even when we've smashed most of ours, I can replace them with the same, to match my remaining ones.
They are dishwasher safe, and they are stackable which saves space in your kitchen cupboards when storing them.
All in all I'm pleased with these, and I will probably be off to buy some more fairly soon!
We don't live that close to Ikea, so when we do get to our nearest store we tend to go with a list of things that we need in the house. On a recent trip to Ikea we needed to stock up on glasses for our kitchen, since I have a tendency to drop/smash glasses due to my clumsy nature. This was another reason we were keen to pick up glasses in Ikea, as we didn't want to pay too much for everyday glassware that has the potential (with me!) to be broken.
One set of glasses that immediately caught our eye were these Ikea Vanlig Glasses, which currently retail at an extremely reasonable £1.99 for a set of 6 glasses. There are three sizes of these glasses, however I am reviewing the 22cl size glass. With the other two sizes you can expect to pay slightly more for a set.
These glasses come in two main colours - clear and blue tinted. As much as I loved the blue tinted ones, my husband preferred the clear and he won in the end.
What immediately caught my eye with these glasses, apart from the price, were the shape. These are stackable glasses which is useful when you have limited kitchen cupboard space, but also there is a lovely rimmed bottom part to each glass, making them slightly more interesting that a plain glass. It also makes them look more expensive than they are.
Amazingly so far, I haven't broke any of these glasses! Whether or not that is coincidence or whether there is slightly more to these glasses than others I have had in the past, time will tell.
All in all, for the very reasonable price of £1.99, this is great value for 6 beautiful glasses, that are stackable and look well finished. A great product, and if I do end up breaking a glass, it hasn't broke the bank!
*First I should note that these are called Vanlig not Vanglig as Dooyoo have listed it, but I've asked them to change it
Drinking glasses may seem an odd topic to review, but I figure everyone needs them, and since students will soon be looking for cheap homewares, I am hoping that this review will come in useful for someone!
It was actually my boyfriend who suggested we buy these. I do seem to own a lot of glasses, however they are mainly wine glasses or pint glasses (I've no idea why, as I can't remember the last time I drank a pint!). I did have a lovely set of patterned hi-ball glasses, but despite the fact they were reasonably expensive, the glass didn't seem particularly thick and coupled with me being accident prone, my set of six soon became a set of two.
The Vanlig (which I believe translates as 'everyday') glasses come in three sizes. There are the small 10cm/22cl glasses (we didn't see these in store, but I think they are shot glasses), the medium 12cm/33cl glasses (whisky tumbler size) and then the large 15cm/48cl glasses (everyday, juice/water type glasses). We bought the larger of the three sizes which is what this review will be based on.
The glasses come in two colour options, the standard clear ones and then a set with a blue tint. Although the blue tinted ones cost a few pence more, we decided to get them as we both felt that they looked more interesting. I didn't really consider that we don't have anything else in our kitchen which is blue, but I don't suppose that matters too much.
You get six glasses in a pack and they are simply packed in cardboard, and the first thing I noticed when I took them out was how heavy they were. They are not unreasonably heavy, don't get me wrong, but they do have a bit of weight to them. The glass is also fairly thick, which reassured me they would not be as susceptible to breakage as my last short-lived set were.
The design of the glasses is as basic as could be, they taper outwards and have slight ridges around the base, which not only add a bit of interest visually, but aid grip. They are quite wide, so I do find that I have to hold them from the bottom, rather than the top, and if you have little ones who are at an age where they can be trusted to drink from a glass, they may find they struggle to hold these.
One big plus point about these is the fact that they are stackable. Since having my kitchen refitted I have limited space, and it's really helpful to be able to stack these on top of each other, as I'd really be struggling to fit them all into the cupboard if I had to stand them side by side.
One thing I have noticed about the glasses, is that most of them have a few bubbles in the glass. It annoyed me at first as every time I washed up I thought the bubble was a mark, and got frustrated when I couldn't wash it off! Despite these flaws the glasses are all smooth to the touch, and on the subject of washing I should note that they are also dishwasher safe. As I don't have a dishwasher myself I have always washed them by hand, and they come up well with a drop of Fairy liquid and haven't scratched or anything like that.
At the end of the day, these are glasses and of course they are not unbreakable, but I have found them durable. In fact, whilst writing this review, I put the glass on the floor (I'm always being told not to do that) and then accidentally kicked it over (cue, rushing round trying to soak up water with a tea towel), and there's not a chip, scratch or mark on the glass. Of course they will not live forever, but the thickness of the glass gives me confidence that they will have a reasonable lifespan.
Prices are as follows:
Small - £2.03 clear/£2.65 blue tint
Medium - £3.05 clear/£3.67 blue tint
Large - £4.07 clear/£4.69 blue tint
Of course, being an IKEA brand product, this is the only place that they can be purchased. Although I am well aware that you can get drinking glasses cheaper than this (many supermarkets have value sets for around £1), for the quality you are getting here, I find the prices very reasonable.
Overall, I am very pleased with these glasses. They may be basic, and not as pretty as some of the patterned sets available, but they are good quality considering the price, and I would certainly recommend them.
*Also posted on Ciao under username pink_champagne