Stock up on coordinating plates and bowls with these innovative dinnerware sets, so you’re always prepared for mealtime, snack time, and beyond
Listen, we’re clinging to our youth, too. But the cold hard truth is, if you’re out here looking for dinnerware sets you’re officially an adult. With adulthood comes the expectation to have a few domestic things in order, like a fresh set of bath towels that haven’t followed you around since college, grown-up sheets, a mattress that doesn’t sit on a box spring on the floor, etc. And, of course, every grown-up kitchen should have a full set of matching dinnerware that could be proudly displayed atop some floating shelves. We’re not talking about that hodgepodge collection of plates you’ve amassed over many moves with many different roommates. If you were under the impression that a proper dinnerware set was something you’d receive as a gift for your wedding/first home/30th birthday but you still find yourself without an unchipped plate to call your own, we’re here to help: We’ve scoured the market for truly solid designs for every type of adult. And actually, there is no better time to invest in dinnerware, because like many other corners of the home market, direct-to-consumer companies have modernized the buying process and offer good deals on stylish sets. Check out our favorites below.
Studio Ro Smit works with artisans in the Kathmandu Valley to build their dinnerware sets. The four-piece earthenware collection, available in white or creme (pictured), is handcrafted with clay indigenous to Nepal, and the brand works to support the use of traditional techniques in the region.
Food52’s in-house line of kitchen and dining goods, Five Two, is…well, really good. From a smart collapsible dish rack to hypoallergenic dryer balls, the collections are thoughtful and beautifully designed. Its dinnerware collection features a sunburst design, which brings a subtle flair to the table and looks just as good when stacked on a shelf.
Snowe is all about dead-easy ways to outfit your home with bedding, bath, and kitchen essentials through discounted bundles. Its porcelain dinnerware is super modern and comes with everything you need, including flatware, making it a no-brainer to buy in a bundle. We’re also big fans of their all-in-one dinner bowls for casual eating.
Another brand that’s thought of it all is Leeway Home, founded in March 2021 by Lyle Maltz and Sam Dumas, which offers several packages that’ll set you up for any mealtime situation. The 44-piece The Full Way includes four settings with the full monty: flatware, mugs, dinner and salad plates, as well as bowls and—perhaps most importantly—elegant stemmed wine glasses. The stoneware dishes are available in solid earth tones or, for a fun twist, with colorful striped rims.
Sustainably made in Portugal with recycled clay and shipped in recyclable packaging, the Canada-based outfit is on a mission to become a zero-waste company and is currently pending B Corp certification. To top it off, its high-quality ceramic pieces come in four shades ranging from light pink to dark blue, and the bundles are mix-and-match if you’d like to change up the coordinating colors.
While they may look delicate, Material’s dining sets, made in partnership with Soil Baker, are solidly crafted with natural Korean soil and feel rugged despite being lightweight. We’ve waxed poetic about Material’s cookware and cutting boards in the past, and we’re pleased to report that the company’s dishes more than live up to expectations.
Made in Asheville, North Carolina, East Fork’s dinnerware has a down-to-earth vibe in refined silhouettes. Choose from a variety of rich neutral tones, including panna cotta and amaro, as well as several set options, from a three-piece set to a seven-piece collection that includes a generous mug.
Another cookware brand gone tabletop, Made In is preparing for dining domination. Available in settings for four or eight, the plateware is made in England and Italy and designed to be restaurant quality. In fact, the brand offers a one-year no-chip guarantee if it doesn’t live up to your dinnertime demands.
Though it may seem a little questionable to include Urban Outfitters in a piece about adulting, this ceramic set is decidedly grown-up (at a college-kid price). The slightly lipped stoneware will look at home on any tablescape, whether in a light sage green (pictured) or subdued gray and white.
Another DTC dinnerware company, Rigby, takes the guesswork out of building a collection by offering solid basics in sets of four. Rigby’s designs are made in Portugal and have a substantial weight to them, perfect for the clumsy diner. Prices start from $38 for a set of four mini bowls and top out at $64 for a set of four dinner plates.
There are few things that make us smile more than Hay’s signature Danish-inspired hues. Its Rainbow series of dinnerware comes in yellow, blue, pink, and green, so you can assemble a kaleidoscopic set to jazz up your dining table. (See? Being an adult can be fun.) Rainbow plates and bowls by Hay are available from $9 each.
For the modern decorator who likes variety, Mud Australia’s dinnerware offers both a clear glaze and natural finish on each sculptural piece. We also love the variety of pastel hues available in the range for a more cheerful table setting.
Splatterware is a centuries-old tradition in ceramics and enamelware, but we love this vibrant modern take from March SF. Handmade and painted in Puglia, Italy, this set is a fun investment that will feed your soul for a lifetime. Prices start at $35 for a soup bowl.
Retro glassware is back in a big way. Mosser has been producing its signature tinted glass pieces in Cambridge, Ohio, since 1970, but for most of us, the look is totally fresh. A set of four medium shallow bowls and a set of four plates starts at $108.
Felt+Fat began making dinnerware for local Philly chefs, and now its handmade designs are available to the public. With smaller spaces in mind, it created the Apartment Set, which is designed to fit in more compact cabinets and comes in a wide range of colors. Included in the set are a salad plate, snack plate, soup bowl, and dessert bowl.
For those who embrace imperfection, there’s this organic-inspired dinnerware collection, which features a slightly asymmetric design for that made-by-hand look. Price listed is for a four-piece set with pasta bowl; other configurations are available.