rhubarb trifle with cream and nuts atop with flowers

Best trifle bowls

Whether you're looking for a statement piece for the dining table or a gift, we've rounded up the best trifle bowls to choose from

Trifle bowls are incredibly versatile, and can also be used for other desserts like tiramisu, layered fruit salads, or even dips at a buffet and to display fruit and baked goods. We’ve collated the best trifle bowls on the market in a range of shapes, sizes and designs. Whether you’re looking for a more traditional straight-edged, footed look, a retro style with scallops or a modern, sleek design, we’ve got you covered.


A glass trifle bowl is designed specifically to show off a centrepiece dessert. Trifles are full of colour, flavour and are fun to eat, classically with layers of cream, custard, fruit, jelly and sponge for a perfect balance of sweetness. Once you’ve tried the classic trifle, experiment with different flavours and textures: use Swiss roll, brownies or lemon drizzle cake for your sponge layer, add extra flavour to your custard or soak your sponge in different booze. Our collection of trifle recipes is full of great inspiration, and if it’s a festive occasion, try our range of Christmas trifle recipes, or follow our guide on how to make the ultimate festive trifle with tips and tricks for your dessert for the big day.

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LSA International Serve dessert comport, 31cm

31cm diameter trifle bowl with wide foot

A sophisticated take on a dessert bowl, this French compotier is made from high quality glass, with a wide but shallow body and a low stem. Used to serve a trifle, it would make an impressive centrepiece, or the shallow space also makes it great for a tiramisu or even as a salad bowl.

John Lewis & Partners decorative glass dessert comport, 20cm

trifle bowl with crystal-like texture and a foot

This pressed comport is a great way of showcasing a homemade creation, with added decorative texture and a crystal-like design. This affordable model will add a sparkling touch to your dinner table or as a display feature for fruit.

Simplicity trifle bowl by DRH Collection

Straight sided trifle bowl with a smaller foot

This mouth-blown glass bowl has a simple, contemporary look and feel with a straight-edged design and a large bowl holding approximately 4 litres. Try using it for a modern twist on a classic, such as this peach panna cotta trifle.

Artland Pearl Ridge large glass-footed trifle bowl, 20cm

A timeless classic, this retro-style trifle bowl has scalloped edging and a round foot. Use it for our classic trifle or try our retro trifle loaded with sprinkles, clotted cream and custard cream biscuits.

Ravenhead footed trifle bowl, 20cm

trifle bowl with straight fluted sides and a small foot

With a sleek and contemporary design, this trifle bowl is perfect for both special occasions and everyday use. It has a deep bowl and straight edging, giving the illusion of a fuller and multi-layered dessert. This tall bowl is perfect for piling high with lots of layers: try our rhubarb crumble trifle or apple & raspberry trifle to show off the colourful fruit.

Marks & Spencer trifle bowl, 20cm

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This trifle bowl from M&S is the perfect balance of modern and retro design. It’s affordable, and simply made, with a wide foot and a rounded base, giving it an elegant quality.

Fortuna trifle bowl, 23cm

non-footed wide trifle bowl

We know crystal luxury when we see it! This is a highly impressive, yet simply elegant bowl. It is non-footed and very deep so perfect for a variety of desserts and uses. It could also be personalised through the Dartington service, making it an extra special gift for a loved one.

Available from Dartington crystal (£75)

Conical trifle bowl, 20cm

Flared large trifle bowl with smaller foot

This large-capacity trifle bowl with a wide-angled design is perfect for big family get-togethers, handy for barbecues, birthdays or a Christmas gathering.

Available from Dunelm (£15)

Joules glass trifle bowl

trifle bowl decorated with bees and with a large foot

Wow family and friends with this unique serving bowl. Decorated with bees and with a delicate beaded effect near the rim, a sturdy and wide foot, this bowl will make your desserts look extra special.

Available from Joules (£40)

LSA Serve comport & lid, 22cm

wide trifle bowl with clear lid

This mouth-blown glass dish has the classic flared look. The matching lid acts as a convenient cover for desserts while in the fridge.

Available from Harts of Stur (£50)

Black Toast medium glass trifle bowl

sandblasted text on a trifle bowl with a long foot

Go all-out with his this impressive Emma Bridgewater crystal glass trifle bowl, with its unique sandblasted text: ‘trifle & pears & peaches’. Each bowl is handmade. A lovely gift or investment.

Available from Emma Bridgewater (£150)


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