You'll be tempted to get a huge stack of plates and bowls. It's important to find a crockery pattern that you love, but factors such as weight and durability should also influence your choice. This buying guide includes a basic overview of materials, design and durability so you can buy with confidence. Beyond that, we suggest that you start your search by looking at the tableware in person if you can, it's difficult to determine what the pieces look like from worn images online.
Many stores have sample sets available to handle, and that will tell you a lot about the weight, look and feel of the individual pieces. If you need help getting started, we have recommendations on Chinese porcelain and white porcelain tableware in our guide to the best tableware. You can see where this is going. The number of chairs at your table is just the beginning of the number of plates, bowls, glasses, spoons, forks, etc.
that you need to have on hand. My general rule is an additional 4 of everything. This is valid regardless of the shape or size of your plates, bowls or cutlery. A person must have at least 3 plates.
Some estimates go up to 10 plates for those who frequently entertain guests. However, having at least 3 plates ensures that you're not washing the dishes after every meal. Melaware is a generic term for any hard plastic resin tableware made from melamine-formaldehyde resin. As a kitchen editor for Wirecutter, I have reviewed all types of tableware items, including wine glasses, champagne glasses, drinking glasses and cutlery, as well as other kitchen utensils and equipment.