Product Type: Ikea Glassware
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Good quality everyday drinking glasses
Ikea Všnlig Glasses
Member Name: pink_glitter
Ikea Všnlig Glasses
Advantages: good quality, cheap
Disadvantages: not the best looking things ever
*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
Summary: Good for the price