How To Choose A Sugar Bowl And Creamer

Is there really anything that brings people together more than sitting over a steaming cup of freshly ground coffee or lovely aromatic tea? Having a sugar bowl and a creamer lets you relax into the conversation and not worry about going back and forth to the refrigerator or pantry for milk, cream or sugar.

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Why should I choose a sugar bowl and creamer?

A sugar bowl is a little bowl designed to hold a bit of sugar, along with a small serving spoon, so that your guests are able to help themselves to the amount of sugar that they want. Many people choose a sugar bowl over a sugar dispenser that pours the sugar into their drink because it allows you to better control the amount of sugar you are adding.

You and your guests might enjoy a splash of milk or cream in your coffee or tea, and the perfect way to do that, without leaving a jug out, is a lovely creamer. These are crafted with a spout and handle for easy pouring, making your coffee or tea prep much easier and cutting down on spills.

What materials are available for my sugar bowl and creamer?

Though most often made of earthenware or glass, there are still many options in materials, colors, shapes and sizes to choose from for your sugar bowl and creamer. There is quite a variety of matched sets available for purchase, or perhaps you would prefer a mismatched set to add a bit of the Mad Hatter's whimsy to your tea or coffee service.

  • Earthenware has a lot of options to suit your serving set. It comes in a wide range of colors and sizes. It is both dishwasher and microwave safe. Because of that versatility, earthenware will easily fit into your serving set.
Ceramic White Sugar and Creamer Set
Ceramic Green Oriental Sugar Creamer Set
Ceramic Yellow Gold Sugar and Creamer Set
Ceramic White Farmhouse Style Sugar Creamer Set
Ceramic Blue Sugar Creamer Set
Elegant Ceramic Sugar and Creamer Set
  • Crystal is a heavier and beautiful material, perfect for traditional settings, but comes with certain drawbacks. Crystal could crack if put into a microwave and should be hand washed with warm soapy water only. If that's not a problem, crystal will surely add a magical touch to your serving set.
Clear Crystal Sugar Creamer Set
Sophisticated Crystal Sugar Creamer Set
Beautiful Classic Sugar and Creamer Set
Silver Clear Classic Sugar Bowl
Ols-style Stylish Sugar Creamer Set
Elegant Red Hand-made Sugar Bowl
  • Glass can be put in the dishwasher or microwave (double-check before making your purchase), but is prone to cracking if not handled with care. With all of the wonderful colors that glass comes in, it should be easy to seamlessly blend in with any serving set.
High Quality Sugar Creamer Set
Classic Glass Sugar Bowl with Lid
Milk Carton Glass Milk Creamer
Elegant Simple Cream and Sugar Set
Dishwasher Safe Glass Sugar Bowl with Lid
  • Porcelain and Bone China are quite popular because of the traditional look they provide and set. Bone china is resistant to chips and cracks, but can be expensive because of its longevity. Ceramic and porcelain are beautiful alternatives if you are budget conscious, but you lose some of the strength and durability. Any of the three will look spectacular with any of your coffee mugs or teacups.
Ceramic Porcelain China Red Sugar and Creamer Set
Beautiful Covered Sugar Bowl with Lid
Simple Elegant Sugar Creamer Set
Traditional Style Porcelain China Sugar Bowl Creamer Set
Floral Peacock Pattern Sugar and Creamer Set
White Minimalistic Sugar Creamer Set
  • Silver and Stainless steel add a shiny element to your setting. Stainless steel is a wonderful and less expensive alternative to silver. It is also rust and corrosion resistant, and will not mold. Silver does tarnish, but can easily be polished without much difficulty. These would be lovely in any Steampunk gathering.
Stainless Steel Sugar Bowl with Spoon
Contemporary Stainless Steel Sugar Bowl with Spoon
Modern Elegant Sugar Creamer Set
2 Piece Stainless Steel Sugar and Creamer Set
Versatile Sugar Bowl with Steel Lid
Modern Stainless Steel Sugar Bowl with Lid
  • Plastic, Acrylic and Melamine are lightweight options that are less expensive than some of the other materials. They come in a rainbow of colors and are easy to maintain, being dishwasher safe. Stronger and more heat resistant, acrylic will last and last. These impact-resistant materials are handy if there will be small children in attendance, so they can feel fancy too.
Melamine Old-style Vintage Sugar Dispenser
Acrylic Green Sugar Bowl with Lid
Black Plastic Sugar Packet Caddy
Clear Simple Sugar Packet Caddy
Glass Aluminum Gold Sugar Bowl
  • Bamboo is a highly sustainable wood which brings not only a modern touch of elegance, but also some peace of mind to those concerned with the environment. Naturally antibacterial, this wood is known for its fresh, clean appearance. Not dishwasher or microwave safe, these items are best paired with china that has a picture of bamboo or with a cast iron carafe.

PRO tip: Make sure the creamer has a wide base, specially made to keep the creamer from being knocked over onto your table.