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How to Choose Dinner Sets?


Choosing a dinnerware set is a big decision because it's something you'll use every day and for special occasions-from a morning bowl of cereal to a holiday dinner with family and friends.


Finding a dinnerware pattern you like is important, but factors such as weight and durability should also play a role in your choice.


Before you start shopping, determine how many place settings you want to get and how much you want to spend. We recommend 4 to 6 place settings for a family of two and 8 to 12 place settings for a family of four or five. If you're only entertaining occasionally, you can choose a smaller main set for everyday use and pick up some inexpensive plates as your guest list swells.

Stoneware Solid Color 16pcs Dinner Sets

 Stoneware Solid Color 16pcs Dinner Sets     

Five-piece fine china place settings range in price from a few dollars to several hundred dollars each, depending on quality. Sometimes it's cheaper to bundle items in full place settings or box sets, so be sure to weigh your options. You can find a decent, quality place setting for $30 to $60, which is the price range where you start to see better materials and craftsmanship. Keep in mind that most retailers will lower the price of individual place settings when you buy multiple settings.


You can find dinnerware sold piece by piece (open stock), as individual place settings, or in pre-assembled sets. Some dinnerware collections are available in all three ways.


In general, we prefer open sets because they give you the flexibility to pick and choose pieces, such as a few extra plates for a large holiday dinner. And you can replace individual chipped or broken plates without having to purchase another complete place setting. Purchasing open stock also allows you to add bread and butter plates in addition to the main place settings (if they are available in the collection).

New Bone China Waved Rim Leaf 20pcs Dinner Set

New Bone China Waved Rim Leaf 20pcs Dinner Set

Place settings usually include three, four or five pieces. Many place settings are also available in open stock, and some collections include additional serving pieces sold separately. When you purchase a full set, some retailers will reduce the price of the dinnerware, so doing so is usually cheaper than buying open stock. 

Each manufacturer assembles collections differently, so be sure to double-check each place setting before you buy and then choose the one that fits your lifestyle. In other words, don't buy a dinnerware set with a soup bowl if you're more likely to use a cereal bowl.


Dinnerware box sets are very affordable - many of the 16-piece sets cost less than $100 - but we recommend avoiding them unless dinnerware is also sold in open stock. Without open stock pieces, replacing items will be difficult: If a plate breaks, you'll have to buy another full box set to get a new one - and at the end of the day, you'll still have an incomplete set. 

New Bone China Waved Rim Leaf 20pcs Dinner Set

 New Bone China Waved Rim Leaf 20pcs Dinner Set

You usually can't buy service pieces in addition to the main set, either. In addition, most sets are inexpensive to make and have quality issues, such as uneven edges, pinholes, or dripping glaze.


You always get what you pay for when it comes to dinnerware, so we encourage you to spend as much as you can. But you don't need to buy all your dinnerware at once. If it's expensive, you may prefer to buy just a few pieces at a time until you get the full set. You can also stay strategic in your purchases and wait for post-holiday sales.

If you want to get more information about the best types of plates dishes, welcome to contact us today or request a quote.  

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