Whether you are a couple looking to add the perfect gifts to your registry or someone wanting a re-fresh on your kitchenware for the new year, you are most likely spending a large amount of time researching the best dinnerware products.
Depending on your style, budget, and purpose for these pieces, it is best to understand the materials, the making process, and the role they play in quality.
The most common materials for higher-performing dinnerware sets are ceramic and porcelain, which are both made from clay. So what exactly differentiates the two? The type of clay used and the temperature reached when firing creates a different density and durability for both materials.
Ceramic is a dish made from clay, shaped, hardened by heat, and sometimes mixed with other materials and water. Products made from ceramic are overall durable but will chip easier.
Pure, traditional ceramic cookware is safe to use in the oven and microwave because it can handle high temperatures. This means that ceramic can also be used for natural, non-toxic cookware.
Another core difference between ceramic and porcelain are the finishes. Ceramic dishes are usually covered with glazes for a touch of color.