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Jul 5, 2007 08:38 AM

Everyday dinnerware

I need to buy new every day dinnerware and have been looking on the internet to see what's out there. I really don't want to spend a day shopping going from store to store. I want something that I can use in the microwave, or keep warm in the oven. Something that I can put in the dishwasher too.

I found some gray, simple stuff at IKEA for $20 a set but they are made in China and I'm trying to avoid that if at all possible. I know I might have to spend $20 a plate elsewhere but it's okay as long as it lasts and I like it.

Quality-wise, Villeroy & Boch and Portmeirion look good. Maybe Denby. White is a bit boring but there is no conflict with the food then so perhaps it's a good idea. Potrmeirion is botanical but it does seem sturdy so I could live with the pattern. (I originally wanted something plain.)

So what do you all like? By the way, I am in Chicago.

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  1. A few years ago my husband and I decided we were the ones we should treat to the best so we replace our dinnerware with Wedgwood Nantucket Basket for our everyday use.

    It is bone china without a metal trim so we do all the things you mentioned. It has worn like iron. We have only had one or two breaks (and we have slate floors in our kitchen) and then it is easy to buy a replacement piece.

    I like to look of food on a white bone china surface. Most of the fine china companies have one or more simple pattern that you might consider.

    Here is our choice

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    1. re: BostonZest

      I love Nantucket Baket and the other plain white Wdegwood designs.You can dress it up or down. I'd love to come up with justifiction for buying NB but I have a set of very plain white so I'd need to pass those on. The Strawberry and Vine is quite nice too.

      1. re: BostonZest

        This is very pretty. I've been doing a lot of food photography lately, and there's no denying that most food looks best on a white plate! Do all of the crevices in this pattern make it difficult to clean?

        1. re: pikawicca

          Nope, we'll go over the out-let in Ohop or Pegeon Ford or Lake Michigan. Bone white does a womedrful job in the DW

          1. re: Candy

            I shulld not be up late respondng to a note on Chowhound. The Nantuckt basket can go ito the dishwasher with no pronlem at all. There outlet shops for Wedgwood/Waterford in Pigeon Forge and Michigan City. They are all over the place and you can get a pretty good deal at them. I got my plain white bone china at a Royal Doulton outlet. They were on clearance so I bought a dozen at $5.00/plate

        2. re: BostonZest

          I have some Wedgwood Strawberry & Vine that I use every day, and I agree that it wears well. Some scratching, but that's just part of life. Just one bowl has broken.

          I also have some Portmeirion I use every day. It has worn very well, but I'd say just be careful of the glaze--mine is a bit rough, not a smooth surface. (I forget what it's called--it's glazed & overglazed, not the pattern you're talking about.)

        3. I've been very happy with my Villeroy and Boch dinnerware - we've had it for about 11 years now, and other than a minor chip or two and one or two knife marks, it's held up very well. Unfortunately our pattern is no longer made, but I've been able to fill in pieces from ebay.

          1. We're very fond of our Fiestaware which we get from Amazon, mostly. Very sturdy stuff, does everything you mentioned wanting to do with your dishes and comes in great colors. We got service for 4 in red and service for 4 in black and various other pieces in assorted colors. We can do one color, or just two if we want a table that looks a bit more thought out, or just have fun with it and have a very cool looking multi colored table.

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            1. re: ccbweb

              We got into Fiestaware too, but we bought 12 4 piece settings all different colors. We like the never know which color you're getting thing.

              1. re: ccbweb

                I've been using Fiesta for years now. I have everything they've made in the non-vintage colors. Most look as good as new, other than the very light colors. I haven't broken a single piece yet, but even if I do, nearly all of it is still available to be replaced. I love all the various accessories, the variety of colors (they look great in my glass cabinets) and the durability.

                This website is the best source I've found yet:

                1. re: sivyaleah

                  My everyday stuff is also Fiesta. It's black and white, although I have serving pieces in other colors. I'm hard on dishes, so having started out with eight place settings 16 years ago, I'm down to five of everything except cups and saucers. (Don't use them much, so I don't have as much occasion to break them.) My mom has some actual antique Fiesta stuff she inherited from a great-aunt 40 years ago. She, wisely, doesn't let me touch it. It ain't cheap, but I like it. I'm going to pick up some more pieces one of these days, but we normally have only two or maybe three people eating here, so it hasn't really been enough of an issue to mess with.

              2. I have used my Bennington Pottery daily for over 20 years...does everything you list, doesn't chip (at least not so far), really good looking, hand-made in their Vermont pottery...I especially love their mugs....


                1. I used to have a set of the IKEA dinner plates and I gave them away after a year of them staying at the bottom of the plate pile. When you scrape a fork against it (like if you were trying to scoop up a bit of potatoes or corn or whatever) it made this awful noise akin to nails on a chalkboard. It gives me goosbumps just thinking about it.

                  We use cheapy Corelle plates or glass plates from Cost Plus. I have some Villeroy & Boch serving pieces and they are very nice.

                  I've also seen some nice looking china at Sears Essentials (the old KMart). I don't know what brand is on them, but the set I was looking at was white china with a Tiffany-blue border around them. It was very simple but classy and clean. They had other patterns, too. It might be worth a look?

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                  1. re: leanneabe

                    I just bought some La Rochere 10" Glass Plates with a "Bee" on them from a Retailer on ebay and love them. Amazon has them also. They are inexpensive and made in France. Just an idea or "alternative" to conventional everyday Dinnerware, and plain for sure! I paid $50 (US$) for 6 Plates, or a little less than $10 per plate.