“ Brand: John Lewis / Product Type: Glass „
I have a set of John Lewis Pyramid Hiball Glasses which I have had for the past year or so. The John Lewis Pyramid Hiball Glasses came in a set of four and cost me £12.00 - which obviously equates to £3.00 per glass. I think this is a pretty good price, but I would like the option of buying them in single form but they only seem to sell these in packs.
The John Lewis Pyramid Hiball Glasses are quite plain, but I think they look like quality glasses and do not look out of place among my best glassware. Each glass is identical and there isn't anything really to make them stand out - except for the fact that they look to be really good quality. Sometimes, elegance is simplicity. The glasses stand 15 cm tall and they are designed to hold 30ml and so they are the ideal size for a shot glass.
Each glass is comparatively heavy to other glasses, but I feel this makes them feel sturdier and better made. The base of the glass is very sturdy because it is quite thick, but the glass does thin out as it moves from the base up towards the rim of the glass. The pyramid shape is in the base of the glass and this adds another dimension. These glasses do not easily crack or chip, but if you drop one then it will break and so you do need to be somewhat careful when using them.
The glasses are dishwasher proof, although I have to say that I actually don't think they wash up very well in the dishwasher and I find they come up more sparkly and clear when they are hand washed. For this reason I tend not to place them in the dishwasher.
Overall, I think these are decent glasses and I would recommend them.
When my husband and I got married last summer, we registered for these glasses from John Lewis. At the time we received our glasses, they were sold in a package of 6. (Now, they have been repackaged and sold as a set of 4 for £10 which, for John Lewis, isn't a bad price.) Upon taking them out of the box, I discovered that, although the bases were quite solid as they appeared in pictures, as the glass gets closer to the rim, it becomes quite thin. Initially, this didn't seem to be a problem and, in general, we have thoroughly enjoyed our glasses. They're very attractive and have proven to be somewhat of a conversation piece as the pyramid cleverly seems to change colour depending on the colour of your beverage. In the 7 months that we've had them, however, 2 have broken. The glass from which these hiballs are constructed is quite fragile - unlike some that are thicker and more durable - and they crack quite easily. In addition, when washed in a dishwasher, water and "gunk" get trapped in the hollowed-out pyramid in the base. So, if you do go for these glasses (which, despite their faults, are still very attractive), I recommend purchasing more than one set so you can replenish your stock if glasses break. Also, to get them really spotless, hand washing seems to be your best bet.
Update as of 6/3/10: And then there were three....