Have you ever wondered if there’s a difference between all those dishes you see at your local Target or department store? Besides the obvious dish education your receive when you sign up for your registry, there’s actually some differences that could help you decide on the best everyday or causal dish sets. I’ve been scoring books and the internet to check out these differences because I wanted to see if there was something I didn’t know and I guess I found a few things worth sharing:0)
Basically everyday dinnerware comes in a few different materials which include earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, glass or plastic. The most expensive everyday dinnerware sets are going to boast features such as chip resistant and made of the most durable porcelain and stoneware. The most versatile color choice when buying would be white or off white set because it’s easy to coordinate, showcases your food a whole lot better, and most likely won’t fade. One thing I suggest when upgrading your everyday china or choosing a set for the first time it to get something that’s timeless. Meaning something that will last you a few decades or so or even forever. Think of something that would be a great hand me down to your daughters or granddaughters or any other dish lover in the family.
My everyday dishes are from JcPenny’s Chris Madden line and are highlighted by vintage scrolls, a sturdy rustic aesthetic and are considered stoneware. Stoneware is a lot more-chip resistant than earthenware because it is fired at higher temperatures. Its always going to be less white then other materials because its made out of clay that’s brown and gray but it can be glazed for a much whiter look. I’ve had my set for about 3 years and they have really held up. I pretty much throw them in the sink at times and between back in forth to the dishwasher, cabinet, table and sink, I’ve only noticed a few chips.
Other stoneware sets:
Although earthenware is not as sturdy as stoneware it is budget friendly and perfect for those who aren’t ready to invest in a more durable set. Earthenware dishes do chip easily but because of the thinner material they allow for some beautiful details like this Emma Set from Pottery Barn that I love!
Other Earthenware Sets:
Porcelain is also a great option for your everyday dishes. I must admit when I hear the word porcelain I immediately think delicate and fragile. But when it comes to everyday use, porcelain is the strongest and most durable material there is when it comes to dishes. From my understanding as long as you purchase the dishes in white vs a porcelain with patterns ,you won’t see any fading. Many restaurants and hotels use similar sets for their durability and longevity.
The set pictured above is from Pottery Barn and is chip resistant and is also dishwasher and microwave safe. I think these would coordinate beautifully with other colorful dinnerware for a spectacular holiday setting. These pieces are an investment, ranging in prices from $200.00-$1500.00 for a full set.
The tablescape below is beautiful and features the very popular Pillivuyt dinnerware set from William Sonoma.
Other Porcelain Sets:
If you’re still not sure if you can handle the everyday use of these materials,glass and plastic are another alternative that can get you through the years until your ready. Some cons you might want to think about it is the ability to use them in the microwave and dishwasher.
So no matter what material you choose for your everyday dinnerware set you want to make sure that it’s microwave and dishwasher safe. If chipping bothers you then look into a white porcelain or stoneware. If your on a budget ,are pretty careful when it comes to handling or plan on upgrading in a few years check out earthenware or glass for your everyday set!
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