What are the best dinnerware brands for everyday use? Dinnerware is not a purchase many of us want to make too often. However, with a little thought you can choose something durable, dishwasher and microwave-proof, attractive, and reasonably priced. We examine five of the best.
Denby has been producing its cook and homeware pieces for over two hundred years. Its premium stone craft is made from Derbyshire clay, taken from fields local to the factory. Each piece is handcrafted, and finished with one of twenty different glazes. The recipes for these glazes remain a closely-guarded secret. The results are extremely durable; these are not products that scratch, chip, or stain easily. They are also good-looking in an understated fashion: anyone might be proud to have these dinnerware sets on display. Dishwasher and microwave-proof, they are a practical choice for buyers looking for an attractive and hassle-free product. Ranges are rarely discontinued, making it possible to add to a collection over time. Denby promise customers a year’s notice of intended discontinuation. The company also produces an “Intro” range, manufactured overseas. This range is billed as being more trend-led in design, but lower-priced.
A definite modern phenomenon, Ikea’s range extends to everyday dinnerware. The most popular are its plain, white sets, making replacements and additions easy. However, it stocks a range of colours and designs, in a variety of finishes. Everything is dishwasher and microwave-proof, and designed to be both practical and stylish. Its prices are some of the most competitive. This is an obvious choice for the cost-conscious buyer, who is nevertheless concerned with aesthetics.
Selling a range of Japanese-inspired dinnerware, this is an excellent option for a purchaser looking for something a little out of the ordinary. These dishes are made in Hasami, an area in Japan well-known for its stoneware. They are porcelain, and feature traditional Japanese designs. Intended as everyday tableware, and certainly priced as such, they are not dishwasher-proof. Consequently, they may be more suitable as dinnerware for a single person or couple, rather than a family. Muji’s range of UK stores is limited but their stock is available through their online site.
This was founded in 1985, and is known particularly for its brightly-coloured polka dot designs. Emma Bridgewater remains a UK-owned and based ceramics’ manufacturer today. Its Stoke-on-Trent factory makes all of the products. They are sold through two London shops, a factory outlet store, and online. Several large retailers, including John Lewis, also stock their ranges. Taking inspiration from traditional English pottery designs, it remains a hugely popular brand. Its dinnerware, made from Cornish china clay, is bright, and often very beautiful. The company occasionally re-releases discontinued designs in limited runs, to help customers fill gaps in their collections.
Portmeirion earthenware is another British company, based in the pottery heartlands of Stoke-on-Trent. Many items are available in sets of six, making purchasing more cost-effective than buying singly. Plates and bowls are dishwasher, microwave and freezer-proof. They are also safe to use in the oven at temperatures of up to 170C. Designs are ornate, but these are pieces to be seen and admired on a daily basis.
What constitute the best dinnerware brands for everyday use is obviously a personal decision, influenced as much by individual tastes and style, as by cost. You may be seeking something plain, practical and easy to replace, or something a little more distinctive. Whatever you are looking for, there is a manufacturer and a design that is right for you.