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nadiam1000 Dec 31, 2013 07:16 AM

We are moving into a new house and I am replacing my old beat up dinnerware(do not want to move it into new house). I have looked at everything from PB Great White Traditional and Cambria to WS Brasserie and Pantry dinnerware(like the pantry ware not sure of mug handles - they look like ears to me...) and C and B Aspen, BB and B everyday white dishes and also including Ikea, Fiestaware and everything in between. I originally thought I wanted stoneware with a slight rustic feel but am now leaning towards white porcelain as being more versatile to use with all manner of serving pieces. The food looks better on it and it is easier to replace or add to down the road. I think 12" plates are too big(and hard to store) and want 10-11 inch dinner plates. This will serve all our dining needs as I do not have formal China.

I am on research overload and want something classic but modern and durable. Anyone love their dishes and how did you decide on them? Thank you for your input - I want to take advantage of the white sales going on right now and need to make a decision! nadia

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    CookieCookies Dec 31, 2013 08:23 AM

    We use Williams-Sonoma Pantry Dinnerware for daily meals:

    http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

    This is the first complete set we bought for ourselves. We wanted something simple and white. We were able to see and feel this set in the store. We liked it, so it went home with us and got used everyday since then.

    1. tcamp Dec 31, 2013 08:32 AM

      We have Ikea porcelain dinnerware. Household includes clutzy spouse and two teen boys so I like that the ikea stuff is inexpensive, easy to toss in the D/W, and looks attractive.

      I don't have formal china either so we use the ikea whites for everything. I do have some chargers and specialty small plates for dessert, salad, etc.

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        kseiverd Dec 31, 2013 08:41 AM

        Don't have "good chiina" and never really wanted it.

        Have a mess-o Stangl (fruit & flowers)... wedding present from my Grandmother back in 70's. Got it in Flemington, NJ, when they were still making the stuff... there, I think? Took FOREVER for us to find 8 place settings without encountering a chip. Stuff was "seconds"... minor paint imperfections, but mostly small chips. It went into storage bins after an outlet shoppiing trip with SIL.

        Can't remember brand but found a nice set for 8. Less than $50. Never broke/cracked/chipped.

        Kinda ecclectic about dinner & flatware... different is better in my mind. Found a HUGE mess-o what I called "diner dishes" at a yard sale... super cheap. Pyrex stuff. Everything from a few of those oval plates (like for burger, BLT, etc.) to those little dishes that a few pats of butter would come on. A bunch of little "side dish" plates... like for cole slaw... and soup cups/bowls. Knew if dropped would have shattered in a zillion pieces (never happened) but that was really TOUGH stuff. Packed it all up and donated to Good Will when I made a fabulous yard sale find on Fiestaware!

        Generally, I don't spend more than $5 for a YS find unless it's FABULOUS Pulled up to a sale and saw 3-4 FW bowls... like for soup/cereal. Sister had recently started a collection (new stuff) and I figured she could always use spare bowls. Seller said she had a LOT of it... not collectible/vintage, NEW stuff that was in GREAT shape. Went WAY past my limit and spent $50 for the lot. Came home with TWELVE dinner plates, sandwich/salad plates, & mugs... even more bowls. Most in what I call "jewel tones" but a few pastels... the only plates with a smallest signs of use... and ya have to look HARD to see them.

        1. iluvcookies Dec 31, 2013 11:22 AM

          I have the WS Brasserie dishes and love them. I like that they are not too heavy, but are quite durable. The cereal bowls feel nice in the hand and the rimmed soup bowls work nicely for pasta.
          I chose the plain white--they are both elegant and casual. I've had mine for a few years now and they have held up well.

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            mikie Dec 31, 2013 11:52 AM

            Apilco porcelain from WS, is what we recently switched to. The old plates were terribly marked up from the flatware and I couldn't take it anymore. We started with just four plates as a test and after about six months we filled out the set. This is great dinnerware, very robust, no gray marks, and elegant enough for entertaining.

            1. dcrb Dec 31, 2013 01:28 PM

              Just plain old Corelle. Available in many stores and pretty darn durable.

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                westsidegal Dec 31, 2013 01:57 PM

                LOVE LOVE LOVE the corelle.
                prefer the all white, though, as i'm not a fan of cutsey designed.
                the material is the best

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                  autumm Dec 31, 2013 02:00 PM

                  My mom's correlle set is 35 years old. She's broken 2 pieces in all that time. Which means actually my dad dropped a bowl and a plate and broke the bowl and chipped a plate. On a vinyl floor.

                  I've had mine for 10 years now, and I'm only missing a plate, and that's cause my husband left it at work. No knife marks, loves the dishwasher, and toddler friendly. She uses a 6 inch plate while ours are 10. I have a few of the 12 inch, but they seem so big to me

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                    DebinIndiana Dec 31, 2013 05:49 PM

                    +1 on Corelle

                    My mom still has most of the dishes from the set I bought her in 1973 for mothers' day.

                    I love the plain white, too, and have a number of serving bowls in plain white with a thin light green ring.

                    Great stuff!

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                      Kajikit Jan 2, 2014 06:23 PM

                      I'm trying to decide which pattern of corelle to buy... I've wanted a set for YEARS! I love my SIL's corelle - it's so lightweight and supposedly nearly unbreakable. I've got a few plates I got from the thrift store and I would have loved to get a whole set but when I went looking I found out that that particular design is about forty years old! You'd NEVER guess by looking at them - they look like they were bought yesterday.

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                        autumm Jan 2, 2014 08:25 PM

                        Get mostly plain white, and then go crazy with the other patterns as you find them. My mom's border should scream 1976, but it's in such good shape it just doesn't.

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                        CookingForReal Jan 20, 2014 02:27 AM

                        Corelle gets my vote as well. My son is now using my original set from almost 40 years ago. I've lost a few pieces - but never broken one. Many patterns are still available - this is the Olde Towne Blue and I just bought a set of 28 oz deep bowls for him to go with the set. Also some soup bowls. You can't tell the old from the new - it all looks new. If you get (over time) some grey marks from knives or cheap silverware, it will clean off with the Corelle ware cleaner.

                        You can still get the Iris pattern as well, and there are several new patterns I can't remember the names of. Check the World Kitchens Online shops. Corelle can't be beat for durability, and I think it's pretty, too!

                        Some of the newer "coordinates" are not Vitrelle - the coffee mugs spring to mind - but there's an awful lot of Corelle ware out there that is still available. Love the stuff.

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                        Kelli2006 Dec 31, 2013 01:37 PM

                        I have the Everyday White porcelain from BB&B. Its quite durable, the price is reasonable and replacements are easy to find.

                        I have a complete 12 place setting of Noritake china that was a wedding gift but I cannot remember the last time that I used it.

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                          pedalfaster Dec 31, 2013 01:44 PM

                          We use our basic white Wedgewood/Noritake (2 mixed "wedding sets") everyday.
                          Simple, white, and does the job.
                          We toss the stuff in the DW after every meal.
                          Not saving this for posterity and enjoying these daily as we go along.
                          Good luck and best wishes!

                          1. tim irvine Dec 31, 2013 04:18 PM

                            We got Marin from Crate and Barrel in yellow and like it a lot. The mugs and bowls are very well sized and shaped so as not to slosh. I am sure they are mass produced in a factory, but they don't convey that impression. They have some irregularity that is sort of charming.

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                              C. Hamster Feb 26, 2014 04:17 PM

                              Did it come in a bunch of colors?

                              If so that's what I have and it's been super durable. The dinner plate is too big, though

                            2. rmarisco Dec 31, 2013 05:58 PM

                              i have ikea 365 square plates... love them. they are lighter weight and look great with other mix and match dishes.

                              1. alarash Dec 31, 2013 09:09 PM

                                Apilco Tuileries:

                                Classic

                                Elegant

                                Lightweight

                                Durable

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                                  laraffinee Jan 1, 2014 06:02 AM

                                  I am a real fan of Villeroy-Boch dinnerware. I collect china, and I have several dinnerware sets from the company and they have survived many moves and many happy helpers in the kitchen with slippery fingers. They have a pure white set that is lovely. They also make china for restaurants and it is both beautiful and durable. I love it and enjoy using it!

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                                    Kontxesi Jan 1, 2014 04:32 PM

                                    After lots of research, I recently bought the BB&B Everyday White square rimmed plates to replace my ugly hand-me-downs. I was also considering the cobalt Fiestaware, but white ended up winning out.

                                    http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store...

                                    I like them a lot. Very simple, and white is so easy to dress up or down with whatever linens and other dishes you feel like using. I needed something relatively inexpensive, fiance wanted square plates, and I wanted something that didn't come in a set so that I could replace them easily if needed.

                                    The only drawback so far is that they don't fit in my dishwasher quite right. I've been able to get it to work, but I was pretty bummed when I went to wash them the first time.

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                                      ziggylu Jan 1, 2014 06:35 PM

                                      I've been really happy with my SLT whitewear. I like the white(it's white white, not grey white) and the simple shape. I also like that it isn't oversized(I was also looking at Revol when I bought this but didn't like the sizing on those).

                                      There's also lots of choices for shapes, sizes, servewear, etc. I bought mine open stock but there's sets as well if you find one that fits your needs.

                                      I've had mine several years now...no chips, no scratches from flatware. No problems at all. http://www.surlatable.com/category/SC...

                                      1. BobB Jan 2, 2014 08:37 AM

                                        I've been using my Dansk dinnerware daily for about 15 years now and am very impressed with its durability. After all that time, no broken plates and scarcely even a chip to be found anywhere. No problem putting everything in the dishwasher and microwave.

                                        My pattern (Gridworks) is quite modern and elegant, well suited to formal dinner parties as well as everyday use, but long discontinued. Still, odds are their other patterns would wear as well. One thing you might want to look for - these are stamped "Made in Portugal," so clearly their Portuguese factory makes hardy stuff. Not sure if all Dansk dishes come from the same factory.

                                        1. CindyJ Jan 4, 2014 03:35 PM

                                          My everyday dishes are white porcelain -- Dansk Cafe Blanc http://dansk.com/pattern/index.cfm?fu... I've had them for at least 5-6 years and use them just about every day. I don't remember how much I paid for them, but I do recall that I bought them at a Lenox outlet store. They fit nicely in the dishwasher. I wasn't crazy about the mugs that came with the place settings so I gave them away and replaced them with white mugs from Pier 1.

                                          I highly recommend white dinnerware. Most foods look good on them, and when you pair them with other colored dishes and napkins, it makes for a really attractive table.

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                                            bannarak10 Jan 19, 2014 02:02 PM

                                            We have been using the simple white Dansk Cafe Blanc dinnerware for more than 15 years. It has held up well, and only one plate has chipped. I am not fond of the mugs either, but since it is simple and white, it is easy to mix and match different brands. That way I can splurge on something by KPM or some other brand of porcelain whose patterns I like and it all still looks pretty decent together.

                                            1. Caitlin McGrath Jan 20, 2014 01:18 AM

                                              I use Williams-Sonoma Everyday Restaurant Dinnerware, which is very durable, simple and classic, and not oversized (dinner plates around 10"). It's solid feeling but not at all clunky. You can get a set or order open stock in multiples of six (which I did because I only wanted/needed certain pieces). They only sell this line via mail order.

                                              http://www.williams-sonoma.com/m/prod...

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                                                truman Feb 26, 2014 09:18 AM

                                                We've got Noritake Colorwave - it's held up pretty well over almost 7 years. Some of the pieces have small chips on the edge, but only one piece has shattered (my bad... I misjudged the distance from dishwasher to cabinet). Two things I do not like about it: the surface of the dishes show knife/fork scratches, though I think most white dishes do, and the large serving bowls/platters are too big to fit in my cabinets (standard depth wall cabinets).
                                                http://noritakechina.com/colorwave-gr... - also available in white or cream

                                                1. C. Hamster Feb 26, 2014 04:13 PM

                                                  I got intrigued by a recent Fiestaware thread here. I am a small time collector of the vintage stuff, but had none of the modern day offerings.

                                                  I love color so I just waltzed into Macy's and bought 8 new Fiestaware dinner plates in a rainbow of colors. They were having a "one day sale" that they have every day, so it didn't break the bank. Love the stuff.

                                                  They will supplement a set I bought at Crate and Barrel 17 years ago and is going strong.

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                                                    liu Feb 26, 2014 07:58 PM

                                                    C. Hamster, we are also using our newly-purchased multi-colored square Fiesta dinner plates as a supplement to a set of white dishes.

                                                    The white dishes are square and modern, while the Fiesta plates make a colorful and playful table. I love the Fiesta dishes in 12 different color!

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