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The Best Cheap Dinnerware Sets for an Elegant, But Wallet-Friendly Dinner

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A beautiful set of dinnerware can make a ho-hum dining experience feel like an occasion. And with everyone spending more time at home these days and with the holidays upon us, making simple moments feel special seems like the least we can do. With that said, everyday dinnerware that looks and feels chic shouldn’t cost a fortune. Thankfully, there are hundreds of well-designed, durable dinnerware sets on the market that are surprisingly wallet-friendly. So whether you’re eating supper with a big group, planning a romantic evening for two, or dining solo on the couch, we have found great cheap dinnerware sets that will elevate any occasion.

What to Consider

The set of dinnerware you buy is something that you will see and use every single day, so it’s an important purchase. Keep the following tips in mind before making your final decision and you’ll be living more deliciously in no time.

Number of sets: Most sets are designed for four, but if you have more people at the table, we’ve included a few larger sets in the mix too.

Material: We include durable, dishwasher-friendly dinnerware sets made from lightweight porcelain, heavier earthenware and stoneware, and terracotta.

How We Selected

We wanted to present you with a range of affordable dinnerware sets that didn’t sacrifice design, usability, or style. We scoured hundreds of options, consulted expert and consumer assessments, and rounded up the most highly rated options in a variety of designs and colors. Enjoy!

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Best Retro Set
Timeless Floral & Retro Dot Set
The Pioneer Woman

Key Specs

  • Number of Sets: 4
  • Dimensions: 10.5-inch dinner plate, 8.5-inch salad plate, 6-inch bowl
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Material: Stoneware

These fun-loving and flirty floral and retro dot dinnerware sets will liven up any dinner party. The colorful set—with pops of blue, red, yellow, and green—has a retro vibe that would look at home in any country or vintage home. The set of 12 dishes includes dinner and salad plates and bowls. The plates have scalloped edges, which adds a dash of whimsy. The durable stoneware set is microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

Reviewers say the set is “simply stunning,” and “they make me smile every time I look at them!”

White Minimalist
White Kitchen Dinnerware Set
Gibson Home

Key Specs

  • Number of Sets: 5 full, 10 partial
  • Dimensions: 10.75-inch dinner plates, 8-inch bowls, 16-ounce tumblers, 13-ounce DOF glasses
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Material: Ceramic

This 48-piece set of dinnerware covers all of your bases, and is a fantastic way to instantly create a broad and usable set. The classic white set has a soft square shape, a nicely curved rim, and would look great in any modern home. The set includes 10 dinner plates, 10 bowls, five glass tumblers, five glass DOFs, six dinner forks, six dinner knives, and six dinner spoons. The quality whiteware will match anything you already have for the table, and is dishwasher and microwave safe. 

Reviewers dub “these dishes a great bargain!” Others recommend them for people who “are just starting out and have a limited budget.”

Fanciest Looking
Nature Collection Stoneware Set

Key Specs

  • Number of Sets: 4
  • Dimensions: 10.5-inch dinner plates, 8-inch salad plates, 7.5-inch bowls, 12-ounce mugs
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Material: Stoneware

If you still want a classic dinnerware look, without shelling out a lot of cash, this set from Mainstays is worth checking out. This ivory set of stylish stoneware features a set of plates, bowls, and mugs for a family of four. The set has a textured border that adds elegance and visual interest. This set is durable and can be put in the dishwasher. 

Reviewers love the “beautiful” set, but others warn that they are “super heavy,” which may not be ideal for people with mobility issues.

Think Pink
Chama 16-Piece Full Set
Joss & Main

Key Specs

  • Number of Sets: 4
  • Dimensions: 10.5-inch dinner plates, 7.75-inch salad plates, 5.5-inch rice bowls, 16-ounce mugs
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Material: Earthenware

This earthenware set is crafted from clay, fired, and glazed, for an overall rustic, artisanal feel. The set of dinner and salad plates, bowls, and mugs comes in pink and white, but is also available in blue and white, charcoal and white, and mint and white. This set would look at home in a farmhouse setting. Each piece is dishwasher- and microwave-safe. 

Reviewers say this set makes a “beautiful gift.” Others call them “adorable,” with a “great design.”

Best Mod Set
Amity 16-Piece Dinnerware Set
Mercury Row

Key Specs

  • Number of Sets: 4
  • Dimensions: 11-inch dinner plates, 8-inch salad plates, 6.75-inch bowls, 13-ounce mugs
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Material: Porcelain China

This eye-catching set of dinnerware would look beautiful in an industrial or gritty-chic setting. The white and terrazzo gray patterned set is dishwasher- and microwave-safe, and comes with a great starter set for a family of four. 

Reviewers say it’s “added pleasure” to the dinner table, with its “nice design.” Others praise its sturdiness, saying that overall, they are “very happy” with the purchase. Others say the porcelain dishes are “light weight,” which make them an excellent option for families with young or elderly people living at home.

Faux Marble
16-Piece Dinnerware Set
Safdie & Co.

Key Specs

  • Number of Sets: 4
  • Dimensions: 10.5-inch dinner, 7.5-inch salad, 6-inch bowls, 13-ounce mugs
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Material: Porcelain

This lightweight but durable porcelain set looks like luxurious Italian marble. The microwave-, dishwasher-, and freezer-safe set is sturdy enough for everyday use, even if it looks anything but. The set is perfect for the everyday dinner situation, but is also suitable for a serious dinner party or holiday celebration. It’s not every day that you see a faux marble pattern on a plate, but Safdie manages to pull it off! 

Reviewers say the “sturdy” set looks perfect “with gold cutlery. I’m considering getting another set to have enough for guests.” Another reviewer writes “Omg I freaking love this dinner set,” saying it was also “packed up very well.”

Most Beloved
Coupe Dinnerware Set
Stone Lain

Key Specs

  • Number of Sets: 4
  • Dimensions: 10.25-inch dinner plates, 5-inch salad plates, 6-inch bowls, 12-ounce mugs
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Material: Stoneware

The fashion-forward color makes a statement, and the simple, pared-down futuristic design will look fantastic in any modern or city-inspired setting. The stoneware material exudes artisanal elegance, and is dishwasher- and microwave-safe. 

Reviewers love the “functional” shapes of the dishes, praising their “great size” and “heavyweight feel.” The heaviness of the plates will cut both ways: While they can communicate quality, heavy plates will not be ideal for younger and older family members.

Best "Poppy" of Color
18-Piece Cheap Dinnerware Set
Amazon Basics

Key Specs

  • Number of Sets: 6
  • Dimensions: 10.5-inch dinner plate, 7.5-inch salad plate, 5.5-inch bowl
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Material: Porcelain

This 18-piece porcelain dinnerware set includes enough plates and bowls to serve six. The modern white dishes feature an Instagram-ready red poppy wandering through the space. It is lightweight, but durable, and is dishwasher-, microwave-, and freezer-safe. 

Reviewers love that this set covers “families of six! Whoohoo!” while others praise their “tremendous value,” and “sleek” and “pretty” appearance.

Best Colorful Set
Celia Blue Dinnerware Set
The Pioneer Woman

Key Specs

  • Number of Sets: 4
  • Dimensions: 10.75-inch dinner plates, 8.75-inch salad plates, 6.75-inch bowls
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Material: Stoneware

If you crave a side of color with your dinnerware set, this 12-piece set from the Pioneer Woman will be the tasty treat you need. The bright blue set features floral patterns and a classic scalloped outline. Made from durable stoneware, these are dishwasher- and microwave-safe. 

Reviewers say this set is “absolutely great!,” “gorgeous,” and “delivered promptly.” But one reviewer says they’re not as “durable” as they’d hoped,” with “hairline cracks showing under the glaze.”

Seeing Green
Contempo Mint Dinnerware Set
Gibson Elite

Key Specs

  • Number of Sets: 4
  • Dimensions: 10.5-inch dinner plates, 6.25-inch salad plates, 6.25-inch bowls
  • Dishwasher-safe: Yes
  • Material: Earthenware

This contemporary set of terracotta dinnerware is mint-green, but is also available in sky blue. This set of plates and bowls is perfect for a family of four. The terracotta material adds a rustic touch to the elegant and minimalist design. The plates are finished in a matte glaze, and are both dishwasher- and microwave-safe. Gibson is a family-owned company based in L.A. 

Reviewers love the “beautiful” look and “high class texture.” Some say they are “heavy,” which certain reviewers prefer, but those with mobility issues do not like the extra weight.

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