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Feb 21, 2010 07:49 AM

Plates, Dishes?

Hello all-

My wife and I selected an "everyday" pattern from Crate and Barrel a few years ago when we were registering for our wedding. From the start it began to chip and after a few years of everyday use the set is looking pretty shoddy. Does anyone have a recommendation for a pattern, set, or brand that holds up a bit better than others? Thanks for any help you can offer!


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  1. I, too, bought a set of everyday dishes from Crate & Barrel, and they chipped right away also. They had that clear shiny glaze on them. Other items I had with that sort of glaze chipped too, so I have since stayed away from that. I now have Noritake Colorwave dishes that have a sort of satin finish to them and they have held up beautifully. It's similar to traditional Pfaltzgraff dishes, which seem to last forever.

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    1. re: jacquelyncoffey

      I live a few minutes away from a Pfaltzgraff outlet. A few years ago I was in a pinch where I desperately needed a new set of dishes but didn't have much money to spend (having just completed a renovation on our kitchen.) I ended up buying a set of plain, cream-colored dishes from the outlet for almost nothing.

      Well, now it's about 10 years later and the dishes still look like new. A few got broken here and there because they got dropped on a tile floor but I bought service for like 16 because they were so cheap, so I still have plenty of them. I almost wish they WOULD just up and die already because I would love to replace them wtih buffalo china. But I just can't justify the expense at the moment when the darn dishes still look so good! ;)

    2. My Bennington Pottery is 25+ years chips, no dings, no dingy fading... looks as good as the day I bought it. Cannot recommend it highly enough...

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        1. fruitbooter, Of all the plates and bowls we have gone through over the 38 years that we have been married, hands down the most durable have been the Dansk ones that say "NR/VRM PORTUGAL" (Printemp pattern) or "NR/PORTUGAL"(Bayberry pattern) on the bottom. They are porcelain, and surely can be defeated by a drop from a high place to a stone floor, but mere shuffling of the dishes within the cupboard (we always put the dishes we take out of the diswasher onto the botom of the stack in the cupboard, and take dishes out of the cupboard for meals from the top of the stack) or rattling against each other in the dishwasher will not chip them.

          Although the patterns we have are probably discontinued, the current Concerto Allegro series look to be the same shapes and type.

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          1. re: Politeness

            Ditto that - we have the Dansk Gridworks pattern, also made in Portugal, also discontinued. We have a total of over 100 pieces (16 basic settings plus some extras and serving pieces), close to ten years old, and maybe 3 or 4 small dings altogether despite daily use from the microwave to the dishwasher.

            Label on the bottom says "BAS/NR PORTUGAL." I don't know what that stands for but it means durability in my book.

          2. Hi, FB. Is your current pattern stoneware? I would stay away from stoneware and stick with porcelain. Mine is from Mikasa and I was fortunate enough to find it at Homegoods/TJ Maxx for a very affordable price.

            I bought small "Bistro" bowles at CB to complete my set. So far, I have no problem. No chips etc. They are made in Vietnam.

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            1. re: hobbybaker

              If durabillity is the issue, my suggestion is Fiestaware. Classic styling and loads of colors -- don't get all the same color.

              1. re: hobbybaker

                I'd like to add some clarification to this discussion. Ironstone, pottery, and earthenware are all the least durable dinnerware selections. Ironstone was given that name well over a hundred years ago and it got the name to imply that it was sturdy, not so. All three of those are easily chipped and cracked. The clay is porous and you have the potential for microbial growth. Next up is stoneware. This is totally different and the dinnerware or whatever the mfg. is producing is fired at a high enough heat that it is vitrified. It is extremely durable. Pfaltzgraf is a good example of this. Royal Doulton has made it, Wedgwood etc. They are more casual patterns and made for everyday use. If you break a piece be very careful, you can get a nasty cut because it is very sharp. Next in line is fine china and bone china. This is the top of the line believe it or not for sturdiness and durability. The clay used is very fine and capable of producing very thin dinnerware. Fine china can be both casual and dining room quality Lenox's dining room quality fine china has a creamy background instead of white. Almost all of the well known companies produce a fine china line. There is also porcelain. You will notice the body has a slightly greyish cast. Royal Worcester Evesham for example. Bone china at the top of the heap uses very fine clay with bone ash added to it to give it that beautiful white color and aids in durability. It is usually quite thin and delicate looking. Don't let that fool you. jillp who post here can tell you that her Wedgwood White (bone china) that she has used almost daily for over 20 years has had only one plate chip. She and I are dinnerware junkies and i used to be a china buyer. Between us we could open a china shop. We both have a dozen dinner plates in undecorated white. Hers is Wedgwood, as i said. Mine is by Royal Doulton. When we need we combine so we can serve 24. They are almost indistinguishable. One thing I always told brides or couples shopping for dinnerware, don't buy sets. Always go for open stock. If you do break a piece you should be able to replace it.

                Hope this clears up any confusion out there.

                1. re: Candy

                  Thank you Candy; It has been several years since you posted this. I have fine china & looking to replace my everyday casual. I really appreciate your information so I purchase quality. My other concern was the clays that they are made from,& it being safe to eat from. Thanks again for giving me clarity & valuable info. !