Sango Ceramics Dinnerware: Sets & Separates

Sango Stoneware and Ceramic dinnerware has become a popular choice for many families due to their effortlessly stylish designs and sturdy feel. Although it can be difficult to locate Sango dinnerware products in stores, Macy’s and Wal-Mart are good places to start looking.

One thing you’ll notice right away about Sango dinnerware is that many of their sets have a very earthy, natural look and feel. Browns, greens, and other earthy tones make up the bulk of their place setting designs. If you like the classic white sets or bright modern place settings, Sango dinnerware may not be for you. On the other hand, if you like that crunchy, earthy vibe, you’ll love what’s below.

If you have more Sango suggestions, let us know in the comments.

Denby Dinnerware

If you’re not familiar with Denby dinnerware, it’s an company that manufactures stoneware dinnerware in England, and they’ve been doing it for over 200 years now. In addition to their commitment to manufacturing their products in a relatively high-cost location (rather than outsourcing to Asia), Denby dinnerware is also committed to safety, offering the following statement on their website: “No intentionally added lead is used in the manufacture of any Denby ceramic item sold in the USA. No intentionally added cadmium* is used in the manufacture of any Denby Ceramic item sold in the USA (*statement applicable to food contact surfaces only). All Denby products meet the metal release requirements of the USA FDA and no product sold requires a Proposition 65 warning.”

Many Denby dinnerware sets are safe for dishwasher, microwave, freezer, and even the oven.

Denby dinnerware is typically sold at nice department stores, and you can click any of the links below to find out more about purchasing Denby place settings that interest you.

Square Dinnerware

I’m not sure just how far square dinnerware goes back in history, but I do love the sleek, often modern look it can lend to the dinner table. Although square plates and dishes are occasionally associated with high-end modern dinnerware lines, a number of companies produce square dishes at very affordable prices.

In addition to looking great, square dinnerware can also save a little room on the table. Because their surface area is larger, square plates and bowls can hold more while measuring slightly less distance across. If you’re planning a party where you may have too many dishes on the table, try using square plates and bowls to ease the crowding a bit.

Portmeirion Dinnerware Sets

If you’re a fan of sweet, simple, and feminine dishes, you’ll love Portmeirion Dinnerware. If you’re not already familiar with Portmeirion dinnerware, know that it comes from the same company that brings us the Spode and Royal Worcester brands. Portmeirion place settings tend to relatively high end and expensive, but they’re great if you’re prepared to make a serious long-term dinnerware investment.

Portmeirion dinnerware is a British brand, and you can kind of see it in the designs. Portmeirion place settings have a distinctly classic look, and they lean towards more feminine designs. Birds, floral motifs, and lighter colors are very common among their dinnerware pieces. They also have classic plain white designs, if you like to keep things very simple and elegant.

Many, if not all of the nicer dinnerware sets from Portmeirion are dishwasher and microwave safe. Take care to check before you buy, though, as things can always change. I think my personal favorite Portmeirion pieces are the bird and hummingbird sets, though their simple colored place settings are also very nice.

NotNeutral Dinnerware Sets

So much of the dinnerware you see is, to put it politely, neutral. Visit any department store and you’ll find a sea of mostly very tasteful, understated designs. NotNeutral dinnerware does not fall into that category (as the name implies). NotNeutral dinnerware designs are bright, colorful, and thoroughly modern. In addition to some very simple, modern place settings, they’re also very well known for a series of city map plates.

You can see both types of NotNeutral dinnerware below. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Espana Dinnerware by Tabletops Unlimited

Espana Dinnerware is a line produced by the kitchen and housewares manufacturer Tabletops Unlimited. Tabletops Unlimited has a history of creating high-quality china, and Espana is no exception. Espana’s pieces are often bright and eye-catching, and they make great everyday dishes. They’re also reasonably affordable, which makes them very popular with young families and 20-something singles.

It is also be worth noting that the Espana line of dinnerware is exclusive to Macy’s department stores and their website, though you can occasionally find the pieces in closeout stores, as well. To explore more Espana dinnerware, click any of the links below.

Gibson Dinnerware

Gibson Dinnerware is a popular brand found in department and specialty stores throughout the United States. Their place settings make great everyday dinnerware, and their styles range from rustic to contemporary to classic. Unless you’re looking for something ultra-modern or extremely ornate and expensive, you can probably find something you like in Gibson’s dinnerware collections.

Cobalt Blue Dinnerware

If you’re looking for cobalt blue, it’s likely that you’re not going to be happy with any other shade of blue. Pastels aren’t strong enough, and ultra bright blues may not offer the sophistication you’re looking for. Even worse, most places don’t label their cobalt blue place settings as such, so it’s even harder to find than it should be.

Below, we’ve located a number of great cobalt and near cobalt blue dinnerware pieces and sets. Enjoy!

White Dinnerware & Place Settings

While patterned china can be amazing, there are definitely times when simple white dinnerware is most appropriate. Whether you decide on round, oval, or even square dinnerware, classic white plates and bowls can make a statement. They carry a message of purity, cleanliness, and simplicity, which is something that’s often loss in a visual sea of patterns.

White dinnerware can look great alone for a simple place setting, or it can be paired with brightly colored or patterned chargers. It’s also very appropriate in restaurants, as restaurants serve a wide variety of dishes and need dinnerware that makes the food look its best. Indeed, nearly all dishes will look more colorful when placed on white dinnerware (except maybe cauliflower). So, whether you’re shopping for restaurant dishes or home use, enjoy our picks for the best white dinnerware.

If these white place settings aren’t exactly what you’re looking for, check out the rest of our site. We’ve covered tons of different types of dinnerware, and we’re sure you’ll find something you like.

Corelle Plates & Dinnerware Sets

Corelle has been providing families with high-quality, attractive, and affordable dinnerware for decades. A typical set of Corelle dishes will cost between $30-60, so while they’re not cheap, they are very reasonable for most families.

The best thing about Corelle dinnerware, though, is the fact that it doesn’t chip. You can break it (though not very easily), but I’ve yet to see a Corelle dish chip. So, even though you may find other dinnerware that’s a little bit cheaper, the fact that Corelle dinnerware doesn’t chip makes it a better bargain than the price tag lets on.


If you’re not totally sold on the Corelle dishes here, check out some of the other categories here on our site. You can also check out some of our favorite dinnerware retailers below.