The different types of dinnerware materials
Porcelain is traditionally made from kaolin (a silicate material that gives porcelain its plasticity, structure and pentunse) and pottery stone (giving the ceramic its translucency or hardness). Porcelain has a non-porous surface and is fired at 1200 degrees centigrade, meaning it’s resistant to extremely high temperatures. It’s typically dishwasher, microwave and oven safe, however some pieces may have metallic accents, so make sure to check on the product description to ensure it is microwavable safe.
Here at Royal Doulton, we have been manufacturing ceramics and porcelain since 1815, so when it comes to porcelain dinnerware you’re in safe hands. The majority of dinnerware across our collections is made from chip-resistant porcelain and all porcelain pieces are microwave safe and oven safe up to 100C.
Our personal favourites from porcelain collections include:
- 1815 - A vibrant range of durable chip-resistant porcelain dinnerware
- Pacific - Rigorously tested porcelain - durable and perfect for everyday use
Ideal for everyday family use, stoneware dinner sets get set with a special finishing glaze, giving them a smooth look and making them virtually impenetrable when it comes to chipping. However, stoneware cannot be exposed to high heat or freezing temperatures, so it’s important to be careful to maintain your stoneware dinner sets.
Just like Porcelain, our Stoneware dinnerware pieces are all microwavable safe (unless there are any metal patterns or finishes), and also oven-safe up to 100C.
You can browse a lovely range of stoneware dinnerware from our popular Ellen DeGeneres and Gordon Ramsay collections. Some of our personal favourites include:
‘Melamine dinnerware’ refers to any dinnerware that has melamine resin present within it. Melamine resin is created by combining melamine (and organic compound) with formaldehyde using a combination of heat and pressure. Melamine dinnerware is heat resistant, fire resistant, and extremely durable when it comes to drops and breakages.
What is bone china?
Bone china is a durable, lightweight and elegant material that is made from china clay, china stone and bone ash. It was traditionally considered to be the highest quality ceramic used for tableware, and perfect for both everyday use and special occasions due to the fact that it’s chip resistant (as well as stunningly beautiful).
Is bone china microwave safe?
Like the other materials covered in this guide, generally speaking, yes! However, it will depend on whether the pattern or finish contains metal.
If bone china dinnerware is your material of choice, we recommend our friends over at Wedgwood and Royal Albert. Both also part of the Fiskars family, Wedgwood and Royal Albert are world leading manufacturers in Bone China Dinnerware and Teaware so you’ll be spoilt for choice with a range of patterns and exceptional quality!