Yes, You Should Have Matching Dinnerware — Here Are 11 of Our Fave Sets

published Jun 2, 2023
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There’s nothing that screams “I’ve got my life together” like a complete dinnerware set — a matching set that you can use daily for takeout, leftovers, thrown-together lunches, and elevated dinners alike. Whether you’re looking for sturdy ceramic, lightweight melamine, or classic porcelain, the right collection of plates, bowls, and even blates (aka plate/bowl hybrids) can elevate any meal

But buying a whole set of dishes can admittedly be daunting — it’s a major style and financial commitment! So to help set your table, we’ve scoured our favorite stores for the best dishware sets under $300 that’ll hold up to late-night snacks or your next big dinner party. Cheers to that!

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West Elm

The Sway Stoneware Pasta Bowl Set at West Elm is sophisticated and edgy all at the same time. The two prints are reminiscent of abstract art with hues pulled from nature. These wide “blates” (bowl plates) are superb for heaps of cacio e pepe or a spaghetti Bolognese, and the versatile design means you can get away with only having to clean one dish, too.

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Who says dinner has to be boring? Jonathan Adler’s KIT Helsinki 5-piece Dinnerware Set is for those who want the convenience of a dinnerware set without the stuffiness. Bright, modern, and fun, this set is chip-resistant, BPA-free, and suitable for your microwave and dishwasher. A 5-piece set is under $120, so it’s ideal for small households looking to jazz up the dining table.

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Whimsical, enchanting, unique, Food52’s Mosser Colored Glass Dinnerware is a bright addition to any tablescape. Each piece is handcrafted at Mosser’s family-owned Ohio factory, so a full set is definitely an investment. Collect as you go or mix and match a few to add major cottagecore charm to your table.

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Le Creuset
was $250.00

Beloved enamel cookware brand Le Creuset’s 16-Piece Dinnerware Set is simultaneously elegant and durable. The iconic glaze makes each color pop and shine, even after nightly use. The set is an investment at $250, but considering that Le Creuset pieces withstand the test of time and shifting of trends, consider it an investment.

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Crate & Barrel

Crate and Barrel’s 18th Street 16-Piece Dinnerware Set is near and dear to my heart because it was part of my wedding registry. Eleven years later, my plates, bowls, and mugs still look great. I’ve even spotted these ceramic dishes at fancy restaurants! It’s no wonder they’re popular; ceramicist Kathy Ertman’s vivid black glaze with the spotted interior gives naturally luxe vibes. If you think about cost-per-wear (err, meal?), given how long mine have lasted, the upfront investment is well worth it.

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Eco-friendly, lightweight, and affordable at just $80, Corelle’s Tranquil Reflection 12-piece dinnerware set is perfect for entertaining up to four or for simple, everyday meals. Although they may look delicate with their artistic brush strokes, the triple-layer strong glass plates and bowls are resistant to cracks and chips. Additionally, they stack easily, are dishwasher- and microwave-safe, and come with a three-year warranty.

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West Elm
was $152.00

West Elm’s best-selling Kaloh Melamine Outdoor Dinner Set offers a timeless, laid-back style. Designed by Aaron Probyn, this dinner set has a lightly textured exterior with a high-gloss interior for a subtle contrast. You can’t go wrong with colors like Celadon, Charleston Gray, White and Black, and sets range from four, eight, or 16 pieces so you can set your table however you’d like.

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Pottery Barn

Named after breathtaking beaches, Pottery Barn’s Los Cabos Dinnerware Set evokes the ease of a stunning sunset and shoreline walk. Each piece is crafted in colorful glass, but don’t let the looks fool you — they’re dishwasher- and microwave-safe, and reasonably priced at just $149 for a set of 16. Choose from Clear, Cobalt, Lagoon, Ginger Root, or Pink, and go on vacation with every meal.

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Home Depot

When I think of Home Depot, I don’t often think of dinnerware. But the Trenblay Melamine Dinnerware Set has changed that. The 12 piece-set serves four, and comes in Natural Beige or Charcoal Black. No matter which color you choose, though, the set is sophisticated enough for a fancy indoor meal and casual enough for outdoor festivities. Under $40, this set is approachable, modern, and versatile.

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Year & Day

If you’re searching for a robust dinnerware set that will last for years to come, look no further than Year&Day. It has a wide range of California-designed, European-crafted dinner sets, but the Outdoor Core Set stands out because each piece is made of biodegradable natural plant fibers that can also withstand outdoor use. Bamboo flecking makes each piece beautifully unique, and the Canyon, Moon, and Palm colors are super dreamy. The 16-piece set is $240, and you can always add more à la carte.

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Ballard Designs
was $276.00

Embrace maximalism with Bunny Williams’s 20-Piece Campbell House Dinnerware Set. According to designer Bunny Williams, blue is the perfect color for a plate because no food is blue, so every dish pops! Made of porcelain and perfect for layering, this set makes every meal infinitely more beautiful.