How To Choose Dinner Plates

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Sure, it's the food served on them that matters the most, but beautiful dinner plates that complement your table and room can immediately set your meal off to a great start!

Have you already thought about practical matters such as whether or not they're dishwasher-safe? Let us share our best tips on how to choose dinner plates that actually match your needs.

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Should I Choose Individual Dinner Plates or a Set?

First things first!

What Is the Right Size & Shape for Dinner Plates?

The average dinner plate is 10.5" in diameter. Bigger plates allow you to frame the food more effectively and turn your dinners into restaurant-worthy experiences, but smaller ones are ideal if you're tight on space in your cupboard, table or dishwasher.

As for shape, well… there's a reason why the classic round plates have stood the test of time: they're practical and space-optimizing! They can either be:

Rim-shaped Dinner Plate in White and Brown
Round Dinner Plate in Aqua Blue
Round Decorative Dinner Plate
White Oval 2 Piece Dinner Plate Set
Grey Coupe-shaped Dinner Plate
Coupe-shaped Dinner Plate in Rustic Brown

However, if you want to try something different:

Small Square Dinner Plates
Small Decorative Square Dinner Plates
Big Rectangular White Dinner Plate
White Rectangular Dinner Plate
White Triangular Dinner Plate
Green Leaf Triangular Dinner Plate

What Is the Best Material for Dinner Plates?

Consider washability and durability as well as your kitchen's or dining room's décor: to make sure that your plates stand out, choose a hue that contrasts against your table or cloth, perhaps in your room's accent color.

Porcelain China Dinner Plate in White and Blue
Porcelain China Dinner Plate in White
Classic Bone China Dinner Plate
Double Bone China Dinner Plate
Tricolor Stoneware Dinner Plate
Colorful Stoneware Dinner Plate
White Glazed Melamine Dinner Plate
Traditional Styled Melamine Dinner Plate
Melamine Dinner Plate in Blue
Round Melamine Dinner Plate in Sea Blue
Ribbon Round Melamine Dinner Plate White
Floral Melamine Dinner Plate
Dark Brown Wood Dinner Plate
Round Wood Dinner Plate
Square Bamboo Dinner Plate
Gold Glass Dinner Plate
Reflective Glass Dinner Plate
Round Glass Dinner Plate in Blue and Yellow

Don't forget that, while some materials are usually dishwasher/oven/microwave-safe, it's always better to double-check when browsing individual sets, as some might differ from the majority.

Stainless Steel Dinner Plate
Square Stainless Steel Dinner Plate
Black and White Enamelware Dinner Plate
White and Blue Enamelware Dinner Plate
Lobster Enamelware Dinner Plate
Dark Blue Enamelware Dinner Plate

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