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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Best trifle bowls at a glance
Best french-style trifle bowl: LSA International Serve dessert comport, £70
Best decorative trifle bowl: John Lewis & Partners decorative glass dessert comport, £20
Best contemporary trifle bowl: Simplicity trifle bowl by DRH Collection, £36.45
Best retro trifle bowl: Artland Pearl Ridge large glass-footed trifle bowl, £34.99
Best large trifle bowl: Ravenhead footed trifle bowl, £22.75
Best budget trifle bowl: Marks & Spencer trifle bowl, £19.50
Best high end trifle bowl: Fortuna trifle bowl, £75
Best trifle bowl with a wide base: Joules, £40
Best trifle bowl with lid: LSA Serve comport & lid, £40
LSA International Serve dessert comport, 31cm
Best french-style trifle bowl
- Available from John Lewis (£70)
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
Best decorative trifle bowl
- Available from John Lewis (£20)
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, 19.5cm
Best contemporary trifle bowl
- Available from Wayfair (£36.45)
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
Best retro trifle bowl
- Available from Lakeland (£34.99)
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
Best large trifle bowl
- Available from Amazon (£28)
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
Best budget trifle bowl
- Available from M&S (£19.50)
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
Best high end trifle bowl
- Available from Dartington Crystal (£75)
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.
Joules glass trifle bowl, 19cm
Best trifle bowl with a wide base
- Available from Joules (£40)
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.
LSA Serve comport & lid, 22cm
Best trifle bowl with lid
- Available from Black by Design (£40)
This mouth-blown glass dish has the classic flared look. The matching lid acts as a convenient cover for desserts while in the fridge.