Plastic drinking glasses are a popular glassware alternative in restaurants and bars because they are durable and economically priced. KaTom carries classic tumblers in shades of red, blue, and clear that are still a popular fixture in diners and family-style restaurants, but acrylic glassware is also available in a variety of traditional and modern styles with designs that can mimic the look of glass without the risk of breakage. This includes plastic stemware to serve wine and margaritas, plastic cocktail glasses for mixed drinks, and plastic beer mugs and pint glasses.
Common Questions About Plastic Drinking Glasses
What are plastic drinking glasses made of?
Acrylic glassware is most commonly made of polycarbonate, SAN (styrene acrylonitrile resin), copolyester, or melamine. Polycarbonate and copolyester are the clearest plastics, but SAN plastic is an economical and BPA-free option. Products made of melamine are opaque and may be white or given a colorful finish; it is most often used for plastic mugs rather than stemware or tumblers.
Why should I use acrylic glassware?
In some areas, local laws prevent glass being used on patios, decks, and other outdoor spaces. Businesses like bars and family restaurants often choose acrylic glassware to avoid the danger and inconvenience caused by glass breakage. Plastic drinking glasses aren't shatter proof, but they are usually more resistant to mechanical shock than traditional glassware.
Can I wash acrylic glassware in the dishmachine?
Most acrylic glassware can be cleaned and sanitized in a commercial dishmachine; however, some materials do not hold up to dishwashing chemicals as well as others. Polycarbonate in particular will likely begin to cloud and show other signs of chemical damage sooner than SAN or copolyester.
Can I put plastic mugs in the microwave?
Most plastic mugs are made of melamine, which can be damaged by microwave use. However, if a plastic mug is made of copolyester, it can withstand microwave temperatures as high as 212 degrees Fahrenheit.