Beautiful plates make meals an even more enjoyable experience and can add a creative twist to your table. The best plates don’t have to cost the earth but should be durable and practical as well as stylish.
Whether you’re looking for matching sets or quirky individual pieces we’ve got you covered with plates suitable for everyday use through to special dinner parties. We’ve tested and reviewed each plate – eating from them and making sure they survive their recommended cleaning processes. And with our cheapest option starting at £4, you’ll find a plate to suit every budget.
There are thousands of different options when it comes to buying plates, so how do you know what’s best to go for? Our buying guide below will give you pointers on what to look for when choosing a plate, or alternatively you can just skip straight to our recommendations further down the page.
Best plates: At a glance
How to choose the best plates for you
You might be thinking that one plate is much like the next, but there are a few key factors to consider when choosing.
How much should I spend?
As with most products, the price of plates can vary by quite a bit. It’s to be expected that very cheap plates won’t have as long a lifespan as those you pay more for, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t choose cheaper plates for those you’ll only use occasionally.
We’d recommend spending a little more on your day-to-day plates but none of the options on our list cost more than £20 for an individual plate – although some are sold in sets of four.
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What’s the most durable material for a plate?
Plates come in a variety of materials, but these are some of the most common:
Stoneware – Stoneware plates have a special glaze that gives a smooth finish but also makes plates impermeable. This means they’re ideal for everyday use as they’re extremely tough.
Bone china – Bone china is tougher than fine china, while still giving a more delicate feel to plates. It’s durable, lightweight and also chip-resistant.
Porcelain – Porcelain plates have a non-porous service and are highly durable due to high firing temperatures.
Melamine – Perfect for outdoor use, melamine plates are shatterproof and extremely hard to chip or break.
Anything else I should consider?
Not all plates are dishwasher-safe. Some more delicate plates, or those with painted patterns, can be hand-wash only. While this might be fine for occasional use, you probably want to ensure your everyday plates can go in a dishwasher.
Another thing to consider is that any plates with metallic details won’t be microwave-safe and only a few plates are considered oven-safe. If these are important factors to you, make sure you check the description carefully before purchasing.
We’d also recommend checking that a plate will actually fit in your dishwasher (we’ve done the work on that for you with our recommended plates) and that they’re chip resistant even when stacked in a cupboard. Finally, whilst intricate finishes and glazes look beautiful, do check that the plate doesn’t have too slippery a surface. You don’t want your food ending up on the floor.
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The best plates to buy in 2022
1. Mason Cash Linear Collection Set of 4 Blue Dinner Plates: Best plates for everyday use
Price: £26 | Buy now from Mason Cash
Mason Cash might be better known for its mixing bowls but the brand also offers beautiful stoneware dinner services. This set of four dinner plates comes in a gorgeous shade of blue, is extremely reasonably priced and ideal for everyday use.
The Linear Collection is both dishwasher and microwave-safe and made from robust, chip resistant stoneware. The glazed surface isn’t too slippery, meaning food stays firmly where you place it, and each plate stacks well. They aren’t too heavy either and fit neatly in a dishwasher.
One downside is that each plate has a large, ridged lip which does reduce the overall usable surface area. However, if that’s not a dealbreaker then this beautifully designed set will bring a simple elegance to any table every day of the year.
Key details – Size (LWD): 27 x 27 x 2.5cm; Weight: 760g; Material: Stoneware; Dishwasher Safe: Yes; Microwave safe: Yes; Oven safe: No
Buy now from Mason Cash
2. ProCook Oslo Rim Stoneware Dinner Plate Set of 4: Best large plates
Price: £64 | Buy now from ProCook
This Scandi-style set of plates have a reassuringly solid utilitarian feel to them and offer a slightly larger surface area than most dinner plates, making them the perfect choice for those who like to pile their plates high. They have a contemporary muted oatmeal finish, with the glazed finish to add a touch of elegance to the finished product. They aren’t all style over substance though. In testing, we found them to be extremely functional and well made, meaning you should expect to get many years of use out of them.
Made from durable stoneware, the plates are also dishwasher, microwave and oven-safe. We think they’re particularly suited for eating pizza off – a medium pizza fits neatly on them without any overflow. The plates are a little heavier than other brands, but this just adds to the feeling of good quality in our book.
Key details – Size (LW): 27.5 x 27.5cm; Weight: 950g; Material: Stoneware; Dishwasher Safe: Yes; Microwave safe: Yes; Oven safe: Yes
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3. Le Creuset Stoneware Side Plate: Best premium plate for splashing out
Price: £19 | Buy now from John Lewis