Besides small kitchen appliances, dinnerware sets are popular wedding and housewarming gifts here in the Philippines. It’s a very practical choice since plates, saucers, bowls, and mugs are used every day at home. It is also a good starting point in collecting heirloom pieces for the family, often reserved for special occasions such as birthdays and the Noche Buena.
Dinnerware sets come in many designs and materials such as porcelain, stoneware, melamine, and Vitrelle glass. Each has its advantages and, of course, a price point based on its qualities. In this article, we prepared a guide and our top 10 recommendations on dinnerware sets that you can purchase online.
A dinnerware set is an essential home item. We use them every day, so durability and functionality are very important. Let us guide you on what to consider before clicking the “add to cart” button.
When shopping for a dinnerware set, it is vital to pick a material based on your household’s needs. Create a checklist to help you evaluate what makes a dinnerware set worth your budget.
Is it non-porous? Is it resistant to breaking or chipping? Is it microwave-safe? Do you need it to be lightweight? Is it for daily use or special events only? Considering these questions will help you narrow down the choices.
Opal glass is a popular dinnerware material that is made from tempered glass. It is shock-resistant, has a smooth surface, and can retain its shine and brightness after many washes.
More importantly, it is non-porous, which means no bacteria will get stuck in the dishes and bowls. It can also be placed inside the refrigerator for storing extra food and is microwave-safe for when you need to reheat.
Vitrelle glass, made famous by the dinnerware brand Corelle, is made at an ultra-high temperature, making it suitable for the wear-and-tear of daily use. Considered as a tempered glass product, it is also non-porous, microwave-safe, and will not chip even when dropped onto the floor.
Melamine is a plastic material that is sturdy, lightweight, and shatterproof - known for being unbreakable. It is BPA-free and is a suitable choice if you have babies and toddlers in your home.
You’ll feel more confident in using this accident-proof dinnerware around small and curious hands. However, note that melamine dinnerware should not be used in heating food in the microwave and oven.
Porcelain is made of a fine-particle clay that is fired at a high temperature. This makes it very hard-wearing and non-porous. It also has a translucent and upscale or high-end appearance and is thinner than other dinnerware materials. Most porcelain pieces contain metallic accents, which makes them not suitable for the microwave.
Meanwhile, Bone China is usually reserved for special occasions and formal gatherings. It is made by combining porcelain clay with bone ash. While it looks and feels delicate, it’s the most durable ceramic dinnerware, and it is lightweight, translucent, and microwave-safe.
Earthenware dishes have a rustic look, are heavy, and often hand-painted with designs or patterns; however, they are prone to chipping and are porous, which means they absorb liquid and are easily stained. These are ideal for dry food and must not be submerged in water for a long period.
On the other hand, stoneware is the more durable variant of a fired ceramic dinnerware. It comes in many finishes, such as matte, shiny, and satin. When compared to porcelain, it is thicker and opaquer. Depending on how it was manufactured, stoneware is typically microwave-safe, but it’s best to check the product descriptions in the online shop.
Aside from the material, it’s also important to select a design or color that will go well your home décor and style preference.
If you want versatility, the best option would be plain white dinnerware because it has the cleanest and the most uncluttered look. It will match any color motif and will never go out of style.
You can use it as your base and then dress up your table with placemats, chargers, and linens. With a white starter set, expanding your collection will not be a problem because it’s easier to find white dishes, serving platters, and bowls.
If you prefer patterns on your dinnerware, go for a set with a nice border or rim detail. It is the best middle ground between having neutral plates that will showcase the food itself and having a bit of personality on your table.
Meanwhile, a pop of color can always uplift the mood. Most of the time, colored plates and bowls are reserved for the holidays because they add a more festive touch to the Noche Buena spread.
Being a complete package is what makes a dinnerware set a great buy. It should include a dinner plate, a dessert or salad plate or saucer, a soup bowl, and a mug or teacup. Before adding one to your cart, always check how many place settings are included in the set.
Typically, a dinnerware set will have 4 place settings to accommodate four people. If you’re living on your own, it’s more practical to purchase a set for two people – one for you and one for a guest.
Whether you’re shopping for your own collection or looking for a perfect gift, here are 10 great dinnerware sets that are available online.
|How many place settings||6 place settings (dinner plate, dessert plate, and deep plate) plus 1 salad bowl|
|Material||Vitrelle glass (plates, bowls) & Stoneware (mugs)|
|Color/Design||White with red geometric patterns on the rim|
|How many place settings||4 place settings (dinner plate, bread & butter plate, soup/cereal bowl, and mug)|
|How many place settings||2 place settings (dinner plate, side plate, soup plate, and mug)|
|How many place settings||4 place settings (dinner plate, side plate, soup bowl, cup, and saucer)|
|Color/Design||Mix of blue, teal, and yellow in geometric patterns|
|How many place settings||2 place settings (dinner plates, bowls, and tumbler)|
|Color/Design||White with gray rim detail|
|How many place settings||2 place settings (dinner plate, dessert plate, soup bowl, and mug)|
|How many place settings||2 place settings (dinner plate, side plate, soup bowl, and mug)|
|Color/Design||Off-white with blue rim detail|
|How many place settings||4 place settings (dinner plate, salad plate, soup plate and mug)|
|Color/Design||White with black rim detail|
|How many place settings||4 place settings (dinner plate, side plate, soup bowl, and cup & saucer)|
|Color/Design||Mix of pink and green|
|How many place settings||2 place settings (dinner plates, bowls, and tumbler)|
Harena White Dinnerware Set
Crimson Trellis Classic Set
Alizah Stoneware Dinner Set
Plain Plano Dinner Set
Soft Geometry Starter Set
Printed Opal Dinnerware
Cloudy Dinner Set
Athens Dove Stoneware Dinner Set
Urban Plano Dinner Set
Sugar Flower Starter Set
Classic, Versatile, and an All-White Plate Set
Just in Time for the Holidays
Something Blue as Your Housewarming Gift
All Set for Breakfast, Lunch, Merienda, and Dinner
Fun Geometric Patterns and Summer Colors for the Kids
Minimalist With a Twist
Timeless and Always Camera-Ready
Charming Addition to Your Plate Collection
For Your 20's-Inspired Table Setting
Perfect for the Dorm
|Material||Opal glass||Vitrelle glass (plates, bowls) & Stoneware (mugs)||Stoneware||Ceramic||Melamine||Opal glass||Porcelain||Stoneware||Ceramic||Melamine|
|Color/Design||White||White with red geometric patterns on the rim||Blue||White||Mix of blue, teal, and yellow in geometric patterns||White with gray rim detail||White||Off-white with blue rim detail||White with black rim detail||Mix of pink and green|
|How many place settings||6 place settings (dinner plate, dessert plate, and deep plate) plus 1 salad bowl||4 place settings (dinner plate, bread & butter plate, soup/cereal bowl, and mug)||2 place settings (dinner plate, side plate, soup plate, and mug)||4 place settings (dinner plate, side plate, soup bowl, cup, and saucer)||2 place settings (dinner plates, bowls, and tumbler)||2 place settings (dinner plate, dessert plate, soup bowl, and mug)||2 place settings (dinner plate, side plate, soup bowl, and mug)||4 place settings (dinner plate, salad plate, soup plate and mug)||4 place settings (dinner plate, side plate, soup bowl, and cup & saucer)||2 place settings (dinner plates, bowls, and tumbler)|
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Dinnerware sets are both practical and sentimental. You can find good-quality pieces that are suitable for casual or everyday dining. On the other hand, you can also invest in more high-end pieces for your collection – something special to pull out during special occasions such as holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries.
Whether shopping for your home or a gift, always consider the material and the inclusions in the set. Be it porcelain, melamine, stoneware, or Vitrelle glass, a dinnerware set should both match your needs and make the dining experience much more memorable.
Author: Ayeza E. Mangulabnan
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