They feel more refined than most other drinking glasses. This makes them suitable for entertaining but not so fancy that you feel stupid drinking juice from them in your pajamas. The Duralex Picardie tumbler is so versatile that if I could only own one glass, this would be it.
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We love the look and feel of the classic French bistro-style Duralex Picardie glass. This tempered glass is slightly heavier than our main pick and sometimes sticks when stacked, but its shape is more refined.
The Duralex Picardie tumbler has remained one of our favorite go-anywhere glasses since 2014. It’s more expensive than the other picks we recommend, but its streamlined shape is nice to hold. The relatively thin lip makes this glass more elegant than many other drinking glasses, which tend to be utilitarian and bulky. The Picardie glasses also fit together perfectly (although they sometimes get stuck and require a slight movement to free them).
We also love that the Picardie comes in a range of sizes, from 3 to 17 ounces. But we think the 12⅝ ounce glasses are a great all-around size (foodies may prefer the 16 ounce size). I have several Picardy sizes. Still, I particularly like to use the versatile 4 ½ ounce glass for juice in the morning or a gin martini before dinner in the evening. The Picardie is also available in several color options, with limited sizes in navy or a set of six 8-ounce glasses in a mix of colors from the MoMA Design Store.
Made of tempered glass, the Picardie is more resistant to extreme temperature changes, so it can be used for a variety of cold and hot beverages and it is dishwasher safe. It is also much more durable than regular soda lime glass. It wasn’t last man standing in our drop tests, but the same glass impressively survived eight 3-foot drops onto marble floors without breaking. In comparison, all the soda lime glasses we tested broke on first impact.
There is no doubt that the timeless design of the Duralex Picardie is part of the reason why it has remained a staple on family tables and in French bistros for decades. According to its website, Duralex began producing glassware in 1945. The company has changed hands several times over the years, but its glasses continue to be made in France.