Everyday Dishes : Which set should you choose?



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:


ikea// crateandbarrell 


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!

Alternate View

Other Earthenware Sets: 




Caterer's 12-Piece Dinnerware Set

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:


10 Strawberry Street Catering Set, Set of 12



If your’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!

Happy Friday Homelovers!

Looking for another earthenware option? 

Simple and Affordable Everyday Dishes

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Destiny is the founder of Just Destiny Mag, an online publication that focuses on home living and lifestyle. She is a native of the beautiful state of Arizona where she raises her beautiful children right along side with Mr.Right. She believes her destiny is so related with everything beautiful and that those beautiful things can come in experiences, food, fashion, family, photography and laughter to make a beautiful life!

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10 Comments on Everyday Dishes : Which set should you choose?

  1. Andrea
    September 7, 2012 at 9:58 pm (3 years ago)

    oh how i love dishes! the ones we use for everyday are white from bed bath and beyond. we got them as wedding gifts but now 5 years later I would love to add more pieces to them since we only have 4 bowls! but i can’t find the pattern anywhere, I think it’s been discontinued. :)

    • autumn cyler
      November 21, 2014 at 3:55 pm (1 year ago)

      Try eBay.

  2. amanda in kansas
    September 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm (3 years ago)

    I would lose my sanity without Corelle. Seriously–especially for anyone with children (or even just as clumsy as I am!). Some of their patterns are super cute now too.

  3. Joanna
    October 16, 2014 at 9:41 am (1 year ago)

    I found this very helpful. I had a set I thought was stoneware and it chipped instantly, within one year the whole set was trashed. Now I have a new set and am researching how to prevent repeating history. Now I know why they chipped though – they had to have been earthenware, i can see it from your photos that just the style is like the earthenware styles. I think I should have never used it in the microwave or dishwasher even though it said safe. It crazed all over.

  4. Renee
    October 20, 2014 at 9:22 am (1 year ago)

    The Emma Collection from Pottery Barn is stoneware. I called the company because I’m interested in that set, just so you know.

    • Destiny
      October 20, 2014 at 9:45 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Renee, from the research I’ve done, it’s Earthenware. Unless they RECENTLY changed it:)

      • Lisa
        September 12, 2015 at 1:41 pm (2 months ago)

        The Pottery Barn website indicates the Emma items are “made of fine stoneware.” The dinnerware description doesn’t say it, but I can’t imagine they’d make all the serving pieces of a different material.

        • Destiny
          September 12, 2015 at 8:08 pm (2 months ago)

          Thanks for letting me know! This is a post done about 3 years ago so it could have certainly changed. I will update it ASAP! xoxo

  5. Hanselmann Pottery
    April 27, 2015 at 11:41 am (7 months ago)

    We make high quality white stoneware by hand at our studio in Corrales, New Mexico. We’ve worked hard to make our plates durable for everyday use, and agree that white plates makes food look great. All our work is thrown by hand on a pottery wheel, and fired to nearly 2400 degrees, making it microwave, dishwasher, and oven safe. Check us out! http://www.hanselmannpottery.com


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