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These glasses - my nomination for invention of the year!,
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This review is from: Bodum Pavina Double Walled Thermo Glasses 0.35l x 2 (Kitchen & Home)
When I've seen these glasses in some gadget blog, it immediately struck me - "why something so brilliant and simple wasn't widespread yet?!"
After immediately ordering a "trial" pair of these 12 oz ones, I will be replacing now all my bone china mugs with them.
Points worthily noting:
Yes, these glasses are unreally lightweight. So some people think "why are these so light, like cheap plastic?". Two things contribute to this - first, borosilicate glass is a lot lighter than ordinary glass. Secondly, glass wall may appear thick, but it's in fact mostly air sandwiched between two glass layers. That's why you think they a lot lighter than they appear to the eye.
But let not weightlessness discourage you - borosilicate glass a lot more strong than ordinary glass, so even with thin wall these are quite robust (unless you drop them on the hard floor of course).
Because these use borosilicate glass instead of ordinary one, they almost completely immune to heat stresses and cracking, if you, for example, pour boiling water into hot glass. They are 100% dishwasher and microwave safe, even in harshest modes. You can even put them in the oven and they will be fine - in fact, the same borosilicate glass is used for high-grade heat resistant scientific glassware.
Yes, they lose shine quickly by attracting fingerprints, granted, these are no lead crystal. Still, lose of shine just temporary - pop them in the dishwasher, and voila, they shiny and look like new again
Yes, they have small imperfections, but that's only because they are actually mouth-blown. That's being actual handmade items, and not just mass machine-produced - and handmade items worth a price! These small imperfections are in no way blemish they beautiful look - it is always a distinguishing mark of true high-grade glassware art.
The heat isolation is fantastic! Pour boiling water for tea in them, and immediately you can hold glass with you bare hand - outside will be just warm! In fact, you have to be careful because of that - hot drink can be quite scalding while glass feels just lukewarm, also hot drinks will cool quite slowly.
Same with cold drinks, they will not heat as fast and condensation will not form on the glass outside - no need for coasters anymore!
The design of the glasses is good fusion of good modern contemporary look and function. The drink inside double walls produces very cool "levitating liquid" effect.
I've decided to go with 12 oz (300ml) glasses, as these seem of most suitable and universal size to me. They could be used almost with every drink - tea, juices, soft drinks and quite good as wine glasses too. Maybe only for the beer they are somewhat on the small side.
Overall I would very highly recommend these glasses for anybody. I think it is a true glass for 21-century household.