Some pros of acrylic glassware include its durability and lighter weight than glass of a similar size and thickness, but its cons include a tendency to split, causing fine lines to appear throughout the surface of the glass and possible leakage. While acrylic glassware shares a similar type of transparency with glass, it does not have the glossiness of real glass and is prone to spotting.
The primary benefit of acrylic glassware is its resiliency, which allows it to withstand rough handling and hot foods. It is UV-resistant, and exposure to sunlight does not cause shattering, fading or discoloration. It offers the convenience of plastic in a form that is reusable and recyclable. Acrylic glassware comes in a variety of shapes, styles and colors, and does not lose its color over time. However, it cannot withstand cleaning with abrasive items and has a tendency to chip easily with accidental dropping.
Acrylic glassware is resistant to most commonly used chemicals, but dishwasher cleaning agents and exposure to the high heat of a dishwasher can cause splitting of its surface. It is also best to avoid using it in a microwave. If it is necessary to remove sticker residue from acrylic glassware, a good option is vegetable oil. Nail polish remover or similar cleaning products can damage the surface of acrylic products.