Need LIGHT weight, quality dish set - help?
The time has come to replace my cheery Fiestaware, and normally, I'd have a zillion options. But my better half is disabled and his life would be so much easier with lightweight plates and bowls. I need something dishwasher safe and at least a third of the weight of the Fiestaware. The lighter the better, so long as it's not terribly fragile. This is for every day use. Suggestions for brands would be so appreciated!
Well, you have suggestions for light weight, but you did also mention quality. I don't think you can beat Corelle for light weight and decent looks. I'm not a fan of melamine unless you really have a breakage issue, like little kids that push the dishes off the table, kind of issues. They don't hold up as well when cutting on them as other products do. I think Corelle may be your best bet.
However, for quality, and lighter than Fiestaware but perhaps not light enough, I would suggest porcelin such as Apilco. They don't chip easily, they don't mar from fork and knife contact, they are safe in the freezer, microwave, oven, and dishwasher, and they are thinner and lighter than pottery or earthenware, but probably not a third of the weight. But they are quality!
How about Corelle? It's come a long way since the days of harvest-gold flowers and blue butterflies -- it's lightweight, can be used in the dishwasher or microwave (it says oven and freezer, too, but I've never done either!) -- and inexpensive and easy to replace if something does happen.