Updated: November 2017

Dinnerware Set Reviews:

Dinnerware is something that most of us get when we first are married. It's a common item to see on a wedding registry list as new couples often need housewares when they are first getting started together. Since the guests are buying the dinnerware, many couples go with the finer china dinnerware sets on their wedding registry. The top brands are Dansk, Johnson Brothers, Mikasa, Noritake and Lenox. I remember when I signed up with my wife for our dinnerware selection and I had never heard of any of those names (of course she had). We went with the Noritake collection and it was beautiful, although many of the items we received have rarely if ever been used. Chinaroyale.com is a great online dinnerware store with a wide variety, great pricing and they carry it all - 5 piece place settings, dinner plates, salad plates, teacup, tea saucer, rim roup, cereal bowl, chop plate, creamer, sugar bowl, tea pot, coffee pot, vegetable bowl, oval platter small, covered butter, salt & pepper, pitcher, and gravy and stand. You can sign up online for a gift registry and if you need help you can always calls their 800 #.

Pricing is all over the board for fine dinnerware, but we have tried to give you a sample of many items below:
  • Lenox Butterfly Meadow 18-Piece Dinnerware Set ($140)
  • Mikasa Gourmet Basics Sarafin 16-Piece Dinnerware Set ($100)
  • Portmeirion Botanic Garden Exclusive 20pc Starter Set. Service for 4 ($160)
  • Noritake Stoneleigh 20-Piece Dinnerware Place Setting, Service for 4 ($170)
  • Royal Albert Old Country Roses 20-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4 ($400)
  • Dansk - Allegro Blue china - 4-Piece Place Settings ($151)
Most of these china dinnerware sets are both microwave and dishwasher safe which makes caring for them really easy. If a piece of your collection ever becomes broken or cracked beyond repair, you can always go online to Replacements.com and find old and new dinnerware sets for china, stoneware, crystal, and other collectibles. Their 800 # (1-800-REPLACE) makes it easy to check their inventory for your particular dinnerware set. Most likely they can help with 10 million pieces in inventory in 200,000 patterns. When you actually order a dinnerware set, you will need to determine how many place settings you need - will there be service for 4, 8, 12, 16? Can it be casual dinnerware or are you looking for something finer? How often do you entertain in your house? Over the years we have started doing a supper club at our house once a month and so our Noritake dinnerware is beginning to get some use. You can read reviews for most of these name brand dinnerware sets on websites like Amazon.com that sell 100's of them. You can browse the top selling casual dinnerware and fine dinnerware sets here.

Dinnerware Casual :

Casual dinnerware is just like it sounds, nothing too showy or pretentious, but practical plates, bowls, saucers, etc for family occasions. Amazon.com carries a large selection and variety of casual dinnerware in Kitchen/Housewares section. The most popular dinnerware sets are from Corelle as they dominate the top 30 listings. Choose from almost any color or pattern with options like sandstone, country cottage, watercolors, urban red, and cafe black. The 16 piece casual dinnerware sets are the best sellers and most cost from $30 to $65. Our favorite is the Corelle Square 16-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4, Simple Lines - it includes dinner plates, salad plates, cereal bowls, and porcelain mugs. There are literally dozens to choose from and we highly suggest browsing the Corelle dinnerware sets online here.

Best Fine Dinnerware Sets:

Beyond the casual dinnerware sets that most of us have for everyday use, there are some elegant collections that are meant for fine dining. We are talking fine China dinnerware sets - one of the top rated sets is the Portmeirion Botanic Garden New Amazon Exclusive 20pc Starter Set. Service for 4. that features bowls, plates, glasses, and placemats. The garden motif will go well in almost any dining room and all the earthware pieces are completely safe in the freezer, microwave, or dishwasher. Looking for something exquisite, the Mikasa Parchment 58 PC Dinnerware Set is an incredible set with settings for 8. Although the dinnerware is not dishwasher or microwave safe, the additions like the vegetable bowl and round platter make for a solid collection in your home. Mikasa has an excellent reputation in this industry and seeing this product at such a bargain price on Amazon (less than $300), it's worth a look.

Discount Dinnerware:

The Internet is the place to go if you are looking for cheap or discounted dinnerware. Dinnerwarecloseout.com carries brand names like Fiesta, Pfaltzgraff, and Baum Brothers. They offer dozens of dinnerware sets on sale (huge discounts) daily with savings up to 40-80% off manufacturers listings. Get on their newsletter so that you can get emailed when new items go on sale. Discountcupboard is a newer site that too deals in discounted dinnerware sets and their latest additions are Flavia Dinnerware & Tableware and Olivita Dinnerware.