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What are Snowfox products made from?
All Snowfox glasses and barware are made of high-quality, 304 (18/8) food-grade stainless steel. It is one of the most common materials found in kitchens today and is used in everything from cookware to dishware and utensils because it is durable, easy to sanitize and corrosion resistant. Most importantly it is safe to use because there are no chemicals that can migrate into your beverages.
Will the stainless steel change the taste of my drinks?
In terms of actual taste of the wine or other beverage on the taste buds and nose, no. It will not affect the composition of your drink, which is why white wines like sauvignon blanc and "no oak chardonnays" are aged in stainless steel barrels. We have made Snowfox drinkware as similar to glassware as possible so that not only is the taste not affected, but the overall experience, from rim to hold in the hand, is very similar to glassware.
How long will the insulation keep my drink cold?
There are many variables that contribute to the effectiveness of the insulation, including the temperature of the drink to start, the room or outside temperature and the type of beverage itself. We provide the same level of insulation as a top quality stainless steel water bottle, but since Snowfox products are small and thin glasses without a lid, it is not designed to keep a drink cold for 8 hours (and who takes that long to finish a drink!?). Our testing has found that in a warm room (75-80 degrees) a glass of wine or martini will maintain its temperature within a few degrees for 20 minutes to an hour. Our carafe, which has a lid, will keep wine cold for hours, much like stainless steel water bottles.
Can I get a lid for the glasses?
We designed our stainless steel barware be used the same way you would use glassware at home (only better!). Adding a lid would require the glass to be shaped differently and have a thicker rim, without much added benefit, The purpose of lids on other stainless steel cups and tumblers is to keep the drink cold or hot for longer periods of time or to keep coffee from spilling while in the car, etc.
Can I use the wine or beer glasses for other beverages?
Snowfox products are designed to create a similar experience to glass, so just like glassware, you can use them for any kind of beverage. White wine in the Pinot glass… definitely. A cocktail in the beer glass, or champagne in a high ball…it’s all up to you. One thing that makes stainless steel a nicer experience than glass is that no matter what drink you put in it; chilled, iced or even hot, it is comfortable to hold, easy to drink, won’t break and doesn’t sweat.
Can I freeze or chill the glasses before using them?
Putting glasses in the fridge or freezer won’t hurt the glasses, but it isn’t necessary as the steel quickly takes on the temperature of the drink when you pour it in. In addition, if you chill or freeze the glass, it will make the outside of the glass cold, which isn’t comfortable to hold and won’t improve the insulation effectiveness. We recommend chilling your beverage to the desired temperature vs. the glass.
How do I minimize ice melt?
There are a few things you can do to keep your ice cubes from melting while enjoying your drink. First, the larger the ice cube the better. But most importantly, the ices cubes need to be “dry”. If the ice is “wet”, it is already melting. Fill the glass completely with dry ice, and make sure that your mixers are chilled ahead of time. Forgot to chill them? You can wrap them in a wet paper towel and put them in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to get them icy cold.
Why 1mm rims on the glasses?
The top edge of the glass is where your mouth meets your drink. The best wine, champagne and martini glasses have a thin, smooth rim that doesn’t get in the way of the flow to your lips, so you experience the taste of the drink and not the glass. Glasses with thick rims are made that way to avoid chipping and breakage, which isn’t a concern with stainless steel, so we made all of our glasses with a nice thin rim.
Can I put the glasses in the dishwasher?
If you have the plain steel products (no color) yes, they are 100% dishwasher safe. We recommend that you always put them on the top shelf, but other than that, you can wash them just like your everyday glassware.
If you have a color coated glass, the answer is “yes and no”. We have put a high-quality, wear resistant coating on the glasses and had third party testing labs conduct top shelf dishwasher testing using the normal cycle. Under these conditions the glasses were not affected by the dishwasher for 35-55 cycles, after which the coating started to deteriorate (peel). When we used the gentle/fine china cycle the paint lasted for 75 washes (we used a regular wash at 75 and the paint peeled).
We recommend that you hand wash the glasses to maintain their look the longest. But if you want to throw them in the dishwasher once in a while they won’t get damaged….if you did that once or twice a month, the products will maintain their look for a few years based upon our testing. If you do use the dishwasher, put them on the top shelf only, and use the gentle cycle if your dishwasher has one.
How Do I Keep the Glasses Free from Rust?
While the composition of the Stainless Steel is corrosion (and rust) resistant, we suggest not using a harsh, abrasive cleaner or alkaline bleach. Also, if you use them for highly acidic beverages such as grapefruit juice or a cola, rinse the products with water after use if you aren’t going to clean them right away. If you use salt on the rim (like for a marguerita), don’t let it sit for more than 12 hours.
Will the product dent if I drop it?
The outer metal layer is .5mm thick, so it's sturdy but not dent proof. If you drop a glass it has the potential to dent, but it won't affect the performance of the product. We've found that the biggest cause of dents is banging glasses against each other when washing or moving (avoid the rims hitting glasses) vs. day to day use.