Best punch bowls | BBC Good Food


Punch bowls are a large basins that are usually filled with a fruity drink and paired with a ladle for serving them up. For big celebrations like Halloween and New Year’s Eve parties, adding your drink to a punch bowl makes everything easier. Simply mix your ingredients in the bowl and give it a stir. Check out our best punch bowls below, including sleek glass options and hammered stainless steel buckets.

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Best punch bowls at a glance

  • Best punch bowl set: LSA International rum punch bowl & 6 balloon glass tumblers gift set, £220
  • Best for hot drinks: Calders 8 piece punch bowl set, £48
  • Best extra-large punch bowl: Zodiac stainless steel punch bowl, £64.17
  • Best stylish punch bowl: BarCraft footed metal punch bowl, £42.80
  • Best affordable punch bowl: Glasshop large glass punch bowl, £10.95
  • Best plain punch bowl: ARTLAND Simplicity bowl, £35
  • Best for a big party: Olympia polished stainless steel bowl, £45.22
  • Best dining table centrepiece: John Lewis large hammered stainless steel bucket, £45
  • Best for cold drinks: English Heritage large copper bowl, £50
  • Best luxury punch bowl: Godinger Monterey punch bowl and ladle, £96

Best punch bowls to buy in 2022

LSA International rum punch bowl & 6 balloon glass tumblers gift set

punch bowl with orange juice and six rounded tumblers

Best punch bowl set

A one-stop purchase with everything you need for serving up punch in style. Complete with a glass ladle and six tumblers that mirror the design of the large bowl, they are all made from mouth-blown glass creating a delicate and sophisticated finish.

Calders 8 piece punch bowl set

punch bowl with ladle and green drink

Best for hot drinks

Made from heat-resistant borosilicate glass, this punch bowl works equally well in the winter to serve up a hot spiced apple cider and in the summer to serve up a fruity Pimm’s. At 4.3l, this is a large bowl that is fit for a gathering. Plus, it comes with a plastic ladle that won’t scratch the bowl and six 350ml glasses for serving.

Zodiac stainless steel punch bowl

silver punch bowl

Best extra-large punch bowl

This stainless steel punch bowl makes a stunning and impactful centrepiece – with an incredibly generous 13.5l capacity, you can fill this up to last the whole night. This silver bowl also has two handles which is handy for moving it from kitchen counter to the dining table.

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Available from:
Drinks Stuff (£64.17)

BarCraft footed metal punch bowl

hammered silver punch bowl with two handles

Best stylish punch bowl

Decorated with a hammered effect on the metal that allows the light in the room to bounce off it, this punch bowl has a 1.3l capacity with a wide-footed base for stability.

Glasshop large glass punch bowl

bowl with glass and diamond bits

Best affordable punch bowl

This punch bowl fits a small gathering and is a great value purchase for parties. It is solid and sturdy without being overly chunky and heavy as some glass bowls tend to be, plus the diamond ridges create a wonderful dramatic shadow. When not in party mode, this would double up as a pretty fruit bowl.

ARTLAND Simplicity bowl

glass cylinder bowl

Best plain punch bowl

In a simple cylinder design, this punch bowl is low enough to scoop drinks with your cups but large enough to feel like a centrepiece on the table. It’s versatile too, making a chic salad serving bowl or fruit bowl when not in use for drinks. At just under 5 litres, this is good for a small party.

Olympia polished stainless steel bowl

silver punch bowl

Best for a big party

With a capacity of 12l, this large punch bowl is ideal for a big party. It’s quick and easy to clean so you’ll be able to use it again and again at gatherings, parties and events.

Available from:
Nisbets (£45.22)

John Lewis large hammered stainless steel bucket

soft silver bowl with hammered effect

Best dining table centrepiece

This extra-large goblet is a sturdy, good-quality vessel that works just as well as a champagne bucket as it does for a punch bowl. The hammered metal effect gives it a luminous quality and matches a wider range if you want to kit out your kitchen with the same design.

English Heritage large copper bowl

copper bowl

Best for cold drinks

In a beautiful rose gold hue and copper material, this is designed as a mixing bowl, but we think makes a great sized punch bowl for smaller groups. It has a bright, shiny finish and with a 24cm diameter, it can fit a lot of cocktail mix. Copper can also keep your drinks cooler for longer, especially compared to a plastic bowl.

Available from:
English Heritage Shop (£50)

Godinger Monterey punch bowl and ladle

punch bowl with ladle

Best luxury punch bowl

This iridescent crystal punch bowl has an elegant and simple design with the added joy of ombré colours – ideal if you’re looking for something a little more eye-catching. Fill with your favourite drink concoction for a stunning centrepiece to your nibbles table.

Available from:

Amazon (£93)

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