Ive bought glass cups in the past and they were those disappointing old pyrex glasses! However these are a more dainty glass and fit snugly into the steel surrounds. Its nice to drink your tea & coffee from them and they also look nice as well. I wouldnt put these glasses in a dishwasher though, the very hot water will rust the metal and cloud the glass or even break the glass! I highly recommend you buy them now, as when a few good reviews are posted on items , then they tend to increase in price very quickly!