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The Very Best Insulated Wine Tumblers, According to Our Very Scientific Testing

published Jul 20, 2021
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I am a notoriously slow wine drinker. And while this isn’t an issue with red wines, it does become a problem with whites, rosés, and sparkling wines. All of which should be enjoyed cold (and they definitely warm up after a half hour-plus of my slow sipping).

Enter: insulated wine tumblers. These wine cups are sturdier and, well, more insulated than standard wine glasses, promising to keep your wine colder, longer. They’re usually shatterproof and also come with lids to help with that insulation, and to keep insects out of your vino. These cups are made for drinkers like me but also for anyone who just wants to enjoy a glass of wine outside.

With temps soaring all around the country these last few weeks, I decided to see which wine tumbler really works best. All but one of the ones I tested came with a lid and they were all made from stainless steel. Here’s what I found out.

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How I Tested the Wine Tumblers

To test each insulated wine tumbler, I poured a half cup of chilled wine (the wine was at 43°F — right out of the fridge) into each. I took the temperature of the wine in each tumbler every 10 minutes for an hour, which seemed like more than enough time to drink a half-glass of wine. I also evaluated how easy they were to hold and drink from.

Before getting further into things, I wanted to say all of the winning wine tumblers kept wine cold and were, genuinely, pretty great. There were some factors that set them apart from one another, but I don’t think you can go wrong buying any of the ones on this list — truly.

The ratings: Each method received an overall rating, with 1 being my least favorite and 5 being the best. Like the rest of our showdowns, this one considered the final results, ease, cleanup, and price. Keep reading — along with the rating, you’ll find more detailed notes.

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Insulated Wine Tumbler: S’well

  • Cold retention: 4
  • Usability: 3
  • Price: 4 ($25 for one tumbler)
  • Rating: 3.5

This tumbler was the only one that didn’t come with a lid, which, I’ll be honest, was a bummer. Without a lid, wine is more likely to spill. And what if you took it to the beach? A lid could prevent sand from getting in your wine! Still, this tumbler did keep wine cold enough for a full hour (a lid would have helped it stay cool even longer!) and it was comfortable to hold and drink from. If you’re looking for durable drinkware for your next outdoor gathering and don’t care about a lid, this tumbler would definitely fit the bill.

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Insulated Wine Tumbler: Corkcicle

  • Cold retention: 5
  • Usability: 4
  • Price: 4 ($24.95 for one tumbler)
  • Rating: 4.5

This tumbler is an editor favorite here at Kitchn, and for good reason: Its flat-sided design makes it very comfortable to hold. It also kept wine cold — only raising six degrees in an hour — and its lid makes it spill-resistant. I did think the lid’s thick lip made it tougher to drink out of. I liked that the lid has a slider that reveals the sipping hole. Overall, this is a great wine tumbler. I also love that it comes in so many different colors. (Corkcicle is always releasing limited-edition options, too!)

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Insulated Wine Tumbler: Hydro Flask

  • Cold retention: 5
  • Usability: 5
  • Price: 4 ($24.95 for one)
  • Rating: 5

Hydro Flask makes amazing water bottles (they’re so good, we featured them in Kitchn Essentials!), so why would their wine tumbler be any different? Spoiler: It wasn’t! This tumbler kept wine cold, only allowing for a five-degree raise in an hour. It also has a comfortable lid that, I thought, felt the most natural out of all the tumblers to drink from, with a small, curved opening and a lip that was almost flush to the top of the cup. Although it holds the same amount as some of the other tumblers (10 ounces), it feels small in your hand. My husband, who is 6’8″ and has appropriately-sized, large hands, preferred a larger tumbler. That said, I loved this one.

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Insulated Wine Tumbler: Ello

  • Cold retention: 5
  • Usability: 5
  • Price: 5 ($12.99 for one)
  • Rating: 5

This wine tumbler from Ello is half the price of the other models and worked just as well! Like other tumblers, it kept wine cold, only allowing a five-degree raise in an hour. I love its silicone boot, which makes the tumbler non-slip and acts like a built-in coaster. I did find the lid opening (a half-moon shape) a bit less natural to drink from, but, overall, I think this is a fantastic, well-priced wine tumbler. It comes in a handful of pretty, metallic shades, like pink, blue, and light green. There are a couple of more colors available on Ello’s website, too.

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Insulated Wine Tumbler: YETI

  • Cold retention: 5
  • Usability: 5
  • Price: 4 ($24.99 for one tumbler)
  • Rating: 5

If you want a cold-retaining, durable, incredibly easy-to-use wine tumbler, I adored the YETI. The tumbler’s “Magslider lid” is so smooth and secure to use and, when closed, makes the tumbler spill-resistant. It kept wine impressively cold, only allowing for a four-degree raise in one hour. It comes in a few fun colors and has a grainy surface that’s pleasant to hold and provides a somewhat textured grip. It’s a phenomenal tumbler for all of your wine-drinking needs — for the summertime and beyond.

Do you have a favorite insulated wine tumbler? Let us know in the comments!