There are certain purchases you make at the beginning of adulthood. Buying a bed frame, a washing machine and a new car are the things we think define “adulting,” but one thing people rarely discuss is dinnerware.
Owning a set of matching plates and bowls means you’ve got it together. Whether you’re hosting a huge holiday dinner or trying to impress a date, having your own dinnerware can be the difference between a classy affair and something that feels like a frat-thrown dinner party.
Perhaps you’re still using your mom’s dinnerware on loan or you never upgraded from the mish mash of dishes you had in college. Whatever the reason, now, with the holidays on the horizon, is the perfect time to get your own set of dinnerware. Picking out a set that suits you is as simple as choosing the number of settings you need (usually four, six or eight) and the pattern you like most.
Below, we’ve listed the top ten dinnerware sets of this year. Any of these will surely impress friends, family and dates you cook for in the near future.
1. Pranav 16-Piece Stoneware Dinnerware Set
You could have dinnerware that is the same color in every piece. Or you could bring pattern and contrast to your dining table with the Pranav 16-Piece Stoneware Dinnerware Set. Each piece in these settings has a different pattern in the same color scheme, inspired by tilework of Morocco. Put them all together, and you get an eye-catching dinner table that is sure to impress all of your guests. This set comes with four dinner plates, four salad plates, four mugs and four rice bowls. It’s also dishwasher and microwave safe.
2. AmazonBasics 18-Piece Square Dinnerware Set
If you need a dinnerware set for a group but don’t want to spend a lot of money to get it, consider the AmazonBasics 18-Piece Square Dinnerware Set. These lightweight yet durable dishes are made to blend into your existing kitchenware with their white and black modern design. The set includes six dinner plates, six salad plates and six bowls to feed a sizeable group.
3. Craft & Kin 12-Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set
The Craft & Kin 12-Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set has the unique distinction of being the only plastic dinnerware set on our list. These incredibly lightweight dishes can be used indoors or outdoors thanks to their plastic melamine construction, but they look attractive enough to be your main dinnerware. This set includes four dinner plates, four salad plates and four bowls, and it can be paired with the company’s polished flatware for a complete dinner service.
4. Sango Resona Moss 16-Piece Dinnerware Set
Described as “simple and sophisticated,” the Sango Resona Moss 16-Piece Dinnerware Set is perfectly on trend for the tail end of the 2010s. The light face isn’t boring white yet it gives these dishes a very clean look. Plus, the stoneware material used to make the dishes is heavy in your hand, chip resistant and dishwasher safe. This set comes with four dinner plates, four salad bowls, four app bowls and four cereal bowls.
5. Fiesta 4-Piece Place Setting
Bring a little color to your dinner table with the Fiesta 4-Piece Place Setting. These fun dishes come in 21 different bright colors and boast a mono-color design along with a ribbed texture around the edge. The dishes themselves are made from porcelain china and are microwave, oven and dishwasher safe. They’re also chip resistant. Each setting comes with one dinner plate, one salad plate, one mug and one bowl. Order four of the same color for a complete dinnerware set or mix and match between colors for a super unique dinner table.
6. Corelle 18-Piece Dinnerware Set
Corelle made a splash on the dinnerware scene a few decades ago but has remained popular thanks to the company’s uniquely durable dishes. Each dish is made from three layers of glass, making them especially resistant to cracks and chips and ensuring the set will be useful for years. These dishes are also dishwasher safe and come in a range of patterns. This particular set has six dinner plates, six salad plates and six bowls.
7. Gibson Elite Casa Estebana 16-Piece Dinnerware Set
Whether your kitchen is full of warm tones and you want a dinnerware set to match, or you want a dinnerware set specifically for Thanksgiving and the holidays, the Gibson Elite Casa Estebana 16-Piece Dinnerware Set fits the bill. These microwave and dishwasher-safe dishes come in beige with a gold with red patterning around the edge. They also boast a reactive glaze finish for an extra touch of class. This set includes four dinner plates, four salad plates, four bowls and four mugs.
8. Wrought Jove 16-Piece Dinnerware Set
The Wrought Jove 16-Piece Dinnerware Set includes dishes that can transition easily from every night meals to a formal dinner party. The square design and deep colors are especially modern, while the glossy finish provides an elegant appearance. This microwave and dishwasher-safe set includes service for four with four dinner plates, four salad plates, four cereal bowls and four mugs.
9. Stone Lain Stoneware 32-Piece Dinnerware Set
Not only is the Stone Lain Stoneware Dinnerware Set extremely trendy thanks to its stoneware construction and natural-looking finish. This set is also the largest service on our list with dishes for a group of eight. The set includes eight dinner plates, eight salad plates, eight mugs and eight bowls in the cream and green design. In addition, these rustic dishes are all microwave and dishwasher safe, making party cleanup a breeze.
10. Royal Doulton X Gordon Ramsey Maze 16-Piece Set
You’ve watched Gordon Ramsey verbally abuse chefs with incredible results on TV. Now bring his attention to detail and perfection to your dining room table with the Royal Doulton Exclusively for Gordon Ramsay Maze 16-Piece Dinnerware Set. These simple white dishes with concentric rings really allow food to take center stage. Furthermore, each piece in this set is chip resistant and dishwasher safe, and the set includes four dinner plates, four salad plates, four cereal bowls and four mugs.