The 10 most popular dinnerware sets for everyday use
These bowls and plates will upgrade any meal.
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One thing I’ve been thinking about lately is dinnerware sets. And by thinking I mean they’ve been consuming my thoughts. Now that I’ve spent so much time during the pandemic cooking my own meals, I’ve decided I need to spend more time expertly plating my dishes. But to do that I need good dinnerware. I’m talking about nice bowls, smooth plates that don’t chip or scratch easily, beautiful speckled designs, and the like. Just call me a novice food blogger.
My new obsession with dinnerware has naturally led me to research the best ones so I can begin my own robust collection. Good dinnerware is not only stylish but durable as well. You should invest in something that will last you for years to come—but you need to pick something you won’t mind looking at for all those years. Below you’ll find 10 of the most popular dinnerware sets that will definitely upgrade whatever you're making for dinner.
1. A crisp set of chip-resistant dinnerware
Corelle plates are popular for a reason. They’re chip-resistant, sleek, and the frost white color is the perfect backdrop for any meal. This 18-piece dinnerware set has earned more than 8,500 reviews and a 4.7-star rating on Amazon and comes with six dinner plates, six bread plates, and six bowls. They’re dishwasher safe, reviewers agree that they’re durable, and you can opt to get them in some fancy designs if white isn’t your style.
2. Dinnerware from the makers of the Always Pan
Our Place has become a household name thanks to its amazing Always Pan (a.k.a. the pan that does it all). But did you know that the brand also offers stylish dinnerware? Offered in the colors spice, steam, and char, these speckled plates match the aesthetic of the terracotta cookware. The set comes with four plates and four bowls, which have a near-perfect 5-star rating from nearly 500 reviews. Reviewers say the dinnerware is gorgeous and easy to stack. Bonus: they’re dishwasher-, microwave-, and oven-safe.
3. A luxurious 5-piece place setting
This place setting was made for an elegant brunch. This crisp white dinnerware from Wedgwood is a great luxury option that’s also microwave-, dishwasher-, and oven-safe. The set includes a dinner plate, salad plate, bread and butter plate, teacup, and tea saucer, so it was made for entertaining. It’s thin and light, but still quite durable, meaning your arms won’t be sore after setting the extravagant table.
4. An affordable set of colorful dinnerware
On the flip side, you can get this highly-rated four-piece set from Fiesta for under $40. It’s available in a wide variety of hues like cobalt blue, mulberry, sunflower, and white to match your style—or you can get funky and mix and match the pieces. The chip-resistant set comes with a dinner plate, salad plate, bowl, and mug and has a 4.8-star rating from more than 400 reviews at Bed Bath and Beyond. With a five-year warranty, reviewers say that though it’s a bit heavy, this dinnerware adds a pop of color to their kitchen.
5. A simple, inexpensive dinnerware set
Ikea is known for its affordable furniture and decor and that extends to its dinnerware. The 18-piece set costs only $20 and comes with six plates, six side plates, and six bowls. It comes highly rated on the Ikea site with a 4.4-star rating from over 200 reviews. People particularly love the size of these plates and that they’re made of microwave- and dishwasher-safe stoneware.
6. Speckled dinnerware that brings a splash of color
This splattered dinnerware set from Crow Canyon comes recommended by our cooking editor, Madison Trapkin. Available in seven different speckled hues, she says they’re just as stunning in person and she gets complimented on them all the time. The only drawbacks of the enamel-coated dinnerware are that it’s not microwavable and might chip if dropped. The 16-piece set comes with four plates, four salad plates, four footed bowls, and four mugs.
7. Heavier dinnerware you’d find in a restaurant
Restaurant dinnerware is typically thick and durable, which is what you’ll find in this set from Williams Sonoma. Made of porcelain, you can opt for a 5-piece place setting featuring a dinner plate, a salad plate, a soup bowl, and a cup with saucer, a 20-piece set with four 5-piece place settings, or a 16-piece set with four 4-piece place settings and no included saucer. The classic white or blue rim color options are completely timeless with one reviewer saying they still have the set they bought in 1995.
8. A gorgeous golden set of tableware
This dinnerware set from Honeycomb Studio is absolutely stunning. Each dish is handmade from porcelain with a high gloss glaze and features two decorative, hand-drawn 22k gold lines. That’s one way to elevate your meal. The full set includes a dinner plate, salad plate, breakfast bowl, and tumbler. Reviewers love the feel and weight of the plates, which is why they have more than 600 5-star reviews.
9. A dinnerware set you can customize
Why stay limited to just 5-piece or 16-piece sets? With Crate and Barrel’s open stock dinnerware you can choose based on what you’ll use the most. Like say, two dinner plates and four side plates—or you can grab eight of the same for a bulk discount. The Mercer collection is particularly stunning with unique, imperfect edges that give it a rustic feel. The dinnerware is also dishwasher-, microwave-, and oven-safe for worry-free usage.
10. A solid stoneware set
Available in five different color options, this stoneware set from Wayfair is a nice upgrade to your current dinnerware. The 16-piece set comes with four dinner plates, four salad plates, four cereal bowls, and four mugs, which is really all you need. You’ll be happy to know the pieces are microwave safe and both chip- and scratch-resistant. Reviewers particularly adore this set as it has a 4.6-star rating from more than 2,500 reviews, though they mention the colored sets appear nicer looking than the white one.
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