Dinner time in any family is time to bond and share a meal while catching up with each other’s lives – it is a very significant time. The set used to serve dinner is also equally important as dinner sets make a statement, especially when having guests over. To have a great dinner set compliments meal times and makes them more fun and engaging. Choosing dinnerware can be confusing owing to the variety in the market, but if you consider a few factors, it should not be that difficult in the long run.
Every shopping journey begins with a budget as a determining factor. Armed with your budget, then it is easier to look for the dinnerware set options that are within your reach. The size of the dinnerware set that you intend to purchase is also important. It is good to put into consideration the size of your family and buy a set that will meet those needs.
Best Dinnerware Sets in 2017
The material used to make the dinnerware set is also worth noting. This determines the durability of your set and also determines if getting a replacement is possible, should you lose a piece to breakage. The most common materials used for dinnerware sets are; stoneware, porcelain, polycarbonate, earthenware, bone china, ironstone, melamine or glass. All these materials are unique in one way or the other as they possess different properties and characteristics, and it is good to choose one that matches your needs.These are the best 10 dinnerware sets in the market currently.
- 10. Red Vanilla Everytime White 24-Piece Dinnerware Set
- 9. Melange Dinnerware Nantucket Weave Porcelain 40-Piece Place Setting
- 8. Gordon Ramsay 16-Piece Bread Street Dinnerware Set, Slate
- 7. Corelle Livingware 16-Piece Dinnerware Set, South Beach, Service
- 6. Sango Nova Brown Stoneware Dinnerware Set 40 Piece.
- 5. Pfaltzgraff 32 Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 8
- 4. Corelle Livingware 18-Piece Dinnerware Set, Winter Frost White
- 3. Corelle Impressions 16-Piece Dinnerware Set, Watercolors, Service
- 2. Gibson Elite Pueblo Springs 16-Piece Dinnerware set, Multicolor.
- 1. American Atelier 16-Piece Markham Square Dinnerware Set
10. Red Vanilla Everytime White 24-Piece Dinnerware Set
This is a dinnerware set that is simple, yet modern, that is built from long lasting porcelain. This 24-piece white dinnerware set is made to serve up to 6 diners comfortably, and the set includes; 6 coupe dinner plates, 6 salad plates, 6 soup or cereal bowls and 6 mugs. Porcelain makes for easy cleaning as food does not stick to it due to its smooth nature. Furthermore, this set is dishwasher safe as well as microwave safe. The set is round which is the standard dinnerware set shape although there are a few sets that take different shapes.
This set has a slight design problem. The plates are quite large, but the base of the plate is too small. This means that the plate can tip off easily if not on an even surface.
9. Melange Dinnerware Nantucket Weave Porcelain 40-Piece Place Setting
This is a sophisticated looking yet functional white dinnerware set that is made from porcelain and is built for everyday use. The mugs that come with Malange Dinnerware set are extra large and perfect for morning coffee while the plates, bowls and salad plates can be used commercially be it in a buffet or a ceremony. The set is packaged in sets of 8 which includes; dinner plates that are 27.5cms, 22cm salad plates, soup bowls, cups, and saucers. They are round in shape and specially designed to avoid chipping on the edges. When it comes to storage, they do not take up much space, and the plates can be stacked on top of each other comfortably.
The plates in this dinnerware set are a bit too shallow and cannot hold much food. The dinnerware set is also extremely light and thin.
8. Gordon Ramsay 16-Piece Bread Street Dinnerware Set, Slate
Designed by world renowned chef Gordon Ramsey, this 16 piece set was built with a casual dinner setting in mind. Each piece has been made both for individual portions or sharing and the material used is stoneware. This set is simple and stylish and will look superb on any dinner table. Stoneware is a strong material making this set durable and not prone to breakages compared to porcelain, china and glass dinnerware. The finishing of this set is stylish and has been mixed with stain and high gloss with contrasting edge lines and well-rounded edges, making the set quite striking.
On delivery, some customers came across a few damaged pieces, and some complained that the set was too brittle and not advisable to buy if one had young kids.
7. Corelle Livingware 16-Piece Dinnerware Set, South Beach, Service
The Corelle Livingware dinnerware set comfortably serves 4 and has all the essentials that a dinner table would need for a standard dinner. The set is designed with a solid white color with fun polka dots that can blend in with any tablecloth or dining room décor. The bowls can be used for soup or breakfast cereal, and the entire set can be stacked to save on storage space. The pattern on the plates has a reactive glaze to protect it from scratches and stains and made from durable glass that is chip resistant.
The set is lenitive if you are hosting more than 4 people, while the plates and bowls appear a little bit too thin for some customers liking.
6. Sango Nova Brown Stoneware Dinnerware Set 40 Piece.
This is a designer unique rustic brown stoneware 40-piece set that serves 8 diners comfortably. The set is ideal for both formal and informal dinners and is dishwasher and microwave safe. The Sango Nova Brown set is an excellent choice if you need to upgrade to the next level of dinnerware sets. With the largest piece being around 11.25 inches, storage should not be such a huge hassle as the set can be stacked together and put away safely for use on another day.
This set cracks easily with continued use. It starts with small hairline cracks and then spreads. This is after 5 years or so, though.
5. Pfaltzgraff 32 Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 8
This is a solid white design that serves eight people and can be used on a daily basis. The set is elegantly styled and can match with any diner décor. The beauty of this set is for example when it comes to the plates; they can hold a huge amount of food. This makes this set ideal for buffets and banquets. The mugs, on the other hand, have an excellent holding ability of up to 14oz. For durability, the set is made from long-lasting porcelain that is chip and stain resistant.
One plate in this collection was found not to be level, and this was noticeable when the plates are stacked together.
4. Corelle Livingware 18-Piece Dinnerware Set, Winter Frost White
This set comes packed with 6 pieces each of dinner plates, bread and butter plates and soup and cereal bowls, which can serve 6 diners with no worries. They have a long-lasting pattern that holds even when subjected to a dishwasher, and their fine round shapes are chip resistant. With a circumference of 10.25cms, the plates are easy to store and do not take up a lot of space. The Corelle Livingware dinnerware set comes with a 3-year replacement warranty which indicates that this set was made to last.
There was concern over the soup and cereal bowls which according to some customers are extremely small.
3. Corelle Impressions 16-Piece Dinnerware Set, Watercolors, Service
The Corelle Impressions Dinnerware set is light, thin, elegantly designed yet a durable glass set. It comes with a 3-year warranty and is made with scratch and breaks resistant Vitrelle glass technology. It comes with an exquisite pattern that does not wear out even with continued washing. The set serves 4 people and includes 4 dinner plates, 4 lunch plates, 4 bowls and 4 mugs, the colors that are imprinted on this set are; black, white, yellow, red, tortilla, light green, and light purple. Storage is also not an issue as the set can be easily stacked together.
Despite the guarantee of a none- scratch pattern, one customer found that the colors started to wear off after only 10 hand washes with gentle soap.
2. Gibson Elite Pueblo Springs 16-Piece Dinnerware set, Multicolor.
This is an extremely colorful and vibrant looking set that is brightly designed, very pronounced and striking. The hand painted design of this is inspired by Spanish culture and can also be bought by collectors. The Gibson Elite dinnerware set serves 4 and includes dinner plates, salad plates, mugs and bowls, all matching. The material used to make this unique dinnerware set is a resin with a glazed finish which makes cleaning easier.
Beauty notwithstanding, the Gibson Elite set chips easily, and it seems that this set was not built for everyday use, but for those special occasions.
1. American Atelier 16-Piece Markham Square Dinnerware Set
Due to the high demand of this set, it goes out of stock quite often but just by looking at how it is designed; it becomes evident why. Made from stoneware and adorned with cultural colors, this set is the number one recommended set for any household. The 16-piece set serves 4 while the brown color brings a bold feel to your dinner table. With the plates measuring 11 inches, storage is not an issue as the set takes minimal space. It is made from earthenware and is a great set for those special events.
Apart from one customer who did not like the red stripe around the inside of the set, there were no other cons with this dinnerware set.
If you are ever confused about which dinnerware set to buy, it is always recommended to pick the white porcelains sets. One can never go wrong with white; they can fit with any décor, occasion, and setting. Most white porcelain sets are also reasonably priced, and there is always a set that will suit your budget. It would not do any harm though to have at least one elegant set. Our review above acts as an eye opener, and if you pick any of the highlighted sets, you would have made a wise decision. Good luck!