When researching dinnerware in the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances & Technology Lab, we evaluated classic ware in a range of prices, weights, and styles. Our picks include best -selling models from long-standing brands, many of which have replacement programs for broken and defective dinnerware.
It drives its price, durability, weight, aesthetic, and functionality. When bone ash is added to porcelain, it becomes a delicate, slightly translucent, and perfectly-constructed material that has a milky white, luminous glaze.
Bone china is lightweight and thin, but it is considered the most durable ceramic dinnerware. Heavier, thicker, less durable, and more porous than bone china and porcelain, stoneware is relatively inexpensive.
The unique pieces may not uniformly stack for storage, especially if they were handmade. Stainless steel utensils often leave marks on lightly glazed stoneware: This is not an imperfection and can be wiped off with commercially available cleaners.
(Earthenware is similar to stoneware in its organic design, but more prone to chipping.) Both are great options for daily use if you don’t mind the extra care required.
Both are great choices for families, outdoor dining, and college students: Laminated glass (also called Michelle) is an incredibly durable (we tested it) material proprietary to the Corell brand.
Recently, mugs have been left out of sets to adjust to modern preferences. Open stock pieces are coordinated to match and it gives you the flexibility of creating your own set based on what you like and need.
Made of bone china, reviewers love that the pieces are light, thin, practically flawless, and stack neatly. Although they look delicate, they are durable enough to withstand the rigor of daily use: You do not have to set them aside only for special occasions.
You can buy different color sets to mix and match or to decorate for the holidays. We also love that the Fiesta brand is committed to sustainability by creating conscious and actionable plans.
It performed well in our tests and this dinnerware set has over 3,000 reviews on Amazon. We highly recommend this set for families that want durable dinnerware, but would prefer not to use plastic.
It not only gives you the perfectly-sized serving piece for any meal, we love that you can use the handy-sized bowls for kitchen prep work. An exclusive to Macy’s, this best -selling dinnerware set is made of light and durable porcelain, perfect for daily use.
Federal Platinum 5-Piece Place SettingLenoxmacys.Comte Leno Federal Platinum dinnerware set has all the characteristics that makes bone china luxurious and perfect for special occasions). Although these are not microwavable (the platinum trim will get damaged), they are made of bone china, the most durable material, and have a simple, timeless design.
We recommend these for special occasions and think the superior quality is well worth the price. Color wave Coupe 4-Piece Place SettingNoritakemacys.these coupe-shaped rimless dinnerware are a soft and creamy off-white shade that is typical of stoneware.
We love the simple clean lines, the matte-textured exterior, and the glossy glazed interior that prevents scratching and food from getting stuck. Some reviewers noted that the pieces get very hot in the microwave over time, and silverware can leave scratch-like markings on the surface.
The set is made of feldspar porcelain, which makes them very durable and smooth. The flat plates feature slightly angled edges, while the bowls have sharper ones that add contrast to the overall design.
Rustic Outdoor Melamine 12-Piece Dinnerware Set Williams Sonomawilliams-sonoma.melamine dinnerware is a great choice for outdoor dining because they will not scratch, chip or break, even when dropped on a hard surface. The Williams Sonoma dinnerware has a rustic look with stylish wide rims reminiscent of stoneware, but they are made of BPA-free melamine.
The collection includes serving platters, bowls, and chargers sold separately to further elevate your outdoor dining experience. We love the rustic free-form rims, slim profile, and rippled organic design of these porcelain pieces.
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Traditionally, a lot of people received their best dinnerware sets as a wedding gift, but with many young people putting off or skipping marriage, that means it’s on you to select a set of plates worthy of a grown-up. Owning a set of matching plates and bowls means you’ve got it together.
Perhaps you’re still using your mom’s dinnerware on loan or you never upgraded from the mishmash of dishes you had in college. These plates only come with a select few dinnerware sets and are ideal if you host dinner parties.
Whether you prefer a minimalist aesthetic, elegant dishes with sophisticated style, or something more geometric and modern, you can find some great options below. Any of these fancy dishes will surely impress friends, family and dates you cook for in the near future.
AmazonBasics offers an affordable and attractive set that has everything you need to serve dinner for six. If you’re looking for affordable basics for everyday life, you’ll want to check AmazonBasics, which makes everything from cheap dinnerware sets to air fryers and yoga mats.
These incredibly lightweight dishes can be used indoors or outdoors thanks to their plastic melamine construction, but they look attractive enough to serve as your main dinnerware, too. When designing your tables cape, you can go for several styles, but the most popular and traditional is light plates against a darker table and metallic decor.
The deep blue ceramic set is offset by golden accents. As an added bonus, these dishes are dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.
These lightweight yet durable dishes are made to blend into your existing kitchenware with their white and black modern design. The DIY Doodle Plates allow you to draw pictures or write sayings on them using the four included markers.
Each plate looks like a piece of notebook paper so that it feels natural to draw on them. The ink only sets once you place the plates in the oven at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.
These plates are neat to have in your home or make a great gift for kids and adults alike. Millennials have given up on the polished silver and fine china used by Baby Boomers in favor of practical, durable and easy-to-clean dishes.
Courtesy of Food52, these matching dishes and bowls come in a variety of pastel colors perfect for the millennial kitchen. Even better, each of the dishes is crafted from sustainable bamboo fiber and non-GMO corn starch.
This top-rated dinnerware set from SPY favorite Corell includes enough plates, bowls and side dishes for an 8-person dinner party. And for under $120, this affordable dinnerware set offers an incredible value to young people still acquiring kitchen essentials.
While this 16-piece dinnerware set is more appropriate for a double date than a full dinner party, it comes with plenty of handsome plates and bowls for your kitchen cupboard. Corell made a splash on the dinnerware scene a few decades ago but has remained popular thanks to the company’s uniquely durable dishes.
This set combines Corell’s signature durability with a trendy terrazzo design that is sure to impress your guests. Blue-and-white is a classic color combination for kitchens, whether we’re talking about the tile beneath your feet or the dishes in your cupboard.
However, this set from Abner takes that color scheme and remixes it with bold patterns. The Durable French Glass Dinnerware set is made in France where it is very popular among starter households.
The dishes themselves are extremely sturdy, and the glassmaking process used ensures they are impact and chip resistant, too. The plates each feature a unique shape that’s not quite round, while the mugs have rivets that run along each edge.
They also boast a reactive glaze finish for an extra touch of class. West Elm has a reputation for chic and modern home decor, and we love this elegant dinnerware set.
While this striking pattern might look delicate, these dishes are perfectly safe for both the microwave and dishwasher. Unlike your mom’s fancy serving plates, you don’t have to wash these by hand.
This set is made in Portugal and has a distinctive glaze that makes each piece unique. You’ve watched Gordon Ramsey verbally abuse chefs with incredible results on TV.
Now bring his attention to detail and perfection to your dining room table with the Royal Moulton Exclusively for Gordon Ramsay Maze 16-Piece Dinnerware Set. These simple white dishes with concentric rings really allow food to take center stage.
This large dinner set from Stone Lain is quite affordable for a 32-piece set and comes in a green and cream color scheme that will match most dinner table color schemes. The two-tone dishes have speckle in them as well for a balance between trendy and classic with an artful design along with a durable construction that’s dishwasher and microwave safe.
Designed and made by food experts Food52, this set is chip-resistant, subtly textured and microwave and dishwasher safe. It’s also neutrally toned, so you can mix and match these dishes with your existing set or add colorful mugs and glass without an issue.