My backstory: I hate people who try to help out at a dinner party by, ::GASP:: stacking dishes near your sink. My husband seems to enjoy stacking dishes that are washed on the counter.
Noticing he had some dishes for years that get marks on the bottoms, but don’t chip like our very expensive ones do. Attractive and affordable, earthenware is a common ceramic material used in pottery that has been fired to make it hard.
Watertight when glazed, this decorative dinnerware is more porous than stoneware but less durable and strong. With its natural appearance earthenware is an extremely popular choice for casual dining.
Unlike stoneware, earthenware dishes can be made with thinner walls and have a similar appearance to bone china but are also prone to cracks and chips. Quite porous, which means it could stain or absorb liquid, so avoid leaving it submerged in water.
Check with the manufacturer, but most glazed earthenware is dishwasher safe and can be used in the microwave. It is less porous and is made harder by vitreous (glass) material added to it for strength.
It is more opaque than porcelain, and its dense body resists scratching better than earthenware. It can go in the microwave, dishwasher, oven, and freezer (of course, check with the manufacturer for the specific qualities of your dinnerware).
Porcelain is made by firing (or heating) materials like clay and can be tempered for extra durability. While porcelain is a great choice for restaurants and catering businesses, it is easier to break than other dinnerware materials.
Sometimes referred to as china, porcelain is crafted from ceramic materials and fired at a very high temperature resulting in a product with superb strength, durability, and a translucent “shell-like” quality. Porcelain is a popular, high-end dinnerware option as it offers a superior white body that is resistant to thermal shock and has excellent insulator properties.
Porcelain and china are both terms that refer to dinnerware made of a fine-particle clay, typically comprised of feldspar, kaolin, and quartz, that is fired at a higher temperature. This makes the resulting dinnerware extremely durable and nonporous.
The term “china” comes from its country of origin, and the word “porcelain” is Latin, meaning seashell. The term “porcelain” is preferred in Europe while “china” is favored in the United States.
Creating a translucent appearance, as well as allowing for shaped details to be incorporated into the design of the body. China that has a gold, silver or platinum border should not be microwaved, and lemon- or citrus-scented detergent might damage metal accents.
This produces a material that is very lightweight, translucent and delicate in feel, with a milky appearance. Despite its fragile appearance, this is actually the strongest and most durable ceramic dinnerware.
Most bone china is dishwasher safe and, unless it has metallic banding, it can go in the microwave and oven as well. Bone china, as with porcelain, can be used daily or reserved for a more formal dining occasion.
Vitrified glass is safe to use in the dishwasher and microwave, and is ideal for children or outdoor use because of its durability. Examples of Different Types of Vitrified Glass: Durable has been manufacturing tempered glassware in France since 1929.
Corell takes up less space in cabinets than conventional ceramic plates and bowls. What makes Corell truly special is the innovative technology embedded in each piece of dinnerware and bakeware.
This unique glass called Vitrelle® is made with a proprietary mix of raw materials (including recycled Michelle, for you eco-conscious consumers). The glass enables Corell dinnerware to be as thin and translucent as fine china, yet dramatically stronger.
But the concept makes more sense after you understand Corell dinnerware ’s unique composition of three heat-strengthened layers. This creates dinnerware that’s lightweight but strong, thin but nonporous.
Assuming there is no plastic or toxic chemicals in the manufacturing process, this would be the winner. Dinnerware pieces made with SAN are usually best for quick serve restaurants, buffets, and cafeterias.
SAN yellows more quickly than other types of plastic dinnerware. Melamine is nearly unbreakable and is a common choice in healthcare industries, hotels, and even restaurants.
Because Melamine is lighter than porcelain (easier for the wait staff to carry) and can still be made into many colors and designs. This plastic material is lightweight but has a sturdy, inflexible feel and a glossy finish.
It’s been a year since I originally published this post and I wanted to give you all a dish update. The perfect amount of safety, durability, and what I call the ability to consistently look brand spanking new.
The burden of knowing which dinnerware would last long is one that most homemakers do not want to bear. To this end, many folks have bought dinnerware set that did not stand the test of time.
This piece is going to discuss in details, different materials that dinnerware sets are made of, their attributes, advantages and disadvantages. An understanding of the aforementioned would help you buy long-lasting dinnerware sets.
These features mean that a porcelain dinnerware set is oven, dishwasher and microwave safe. If a porcelain dinnerware set has borders made of metal accent (whether gold, silver or platinum) then it should be hand-washed.
To this end, it is best to consult your user manual or manufacturer’s instruction for washing. Restaurants would do well with dinnerware sets made of porcelain, but we do not recommend it for every day dining at home.
But it is ideal that every homemaker has a porcelain dinnerware set or two for when you want to make mealtimes extra special or when you have guests over. The downside is the delicate nature which makes it prone to chipping and breakage.
Another disadvantage of earthenware is its porous nature; this makes it susceptible to stain and absorption of liquids. Dinnerware or products made of stoneware are usually thicker and more dusky (opaque) than other materials such as porcelain or bone china.
The body of stoneware is thicker and more opaque than finer materials like porcelain and China and can be finished with a variety of glaze textures such as shiny, satin, or matte. Stoneware is ideal for everyday use especially if it is good quality because it is easy to use and maintain and also multi-functional.
Dinnerware made from stoneware should not be subjected to sudden and/or extreme change in temperature because of thermal shock. It feels lightweight, delicate and looks translucent but these belie its durability and hardiness.
The above features make Bone China to be rated as the highest quality of material that a dinnerware can be made of. Of all the ceramic or clay derivatives, bone china is the strongest and longest lasting material.
Truth be told, all this is in theory as you would find that most manufacturers insist that you wash your bone china dinnerware set by hand. Although some people would argue that bone china dinnerware can be used daily we are of the opinion that they are best suited for formal occasions.
Yes they are quite durable, but there are other materials that are better suited for everyday use and also come at cheaper price points. Most restaurants and catering establishments love to use glass dinnerware for colorful meals such as salads.
That said however, we would look at some types of plastic materials and how they have been reworked to provide greater value to the user. All the plastic materials we would discuss hereafter are great options for folks with growing kids.
These types come in handy for high risk parties (functions that you know can tend to get rowdy and would give you heart palpitations if you use your fine china). This is a common plastic material and many fast food restaurants and cafeterias love to use dinnerware set made with it.
They are highly durable and cost effective, but they tend to yellow faster than other types of plastic materials. It can either be transparent or come in a wide variety of colors, Polycarbonate is mostly used in making bottles, food containers and drink ware.
Since BPA constitutes a health concern, many people stay away from products that contain polycarbonate. It is favored by many establishments such as hotels restaurants, healthcare centers and hospitals.
This is mainly because it is lightweight and can be carried easily by waiters and caregivers or even invalids or senior citizens. The downside of Melamine however, is that it can be stained by some type of foods such as tomatoes if you leave it on the plate for long.