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Old 02-06-2007, 05:06 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Help me find the perfect dishes!

I'm currently using a plastic (melamine ?) set that belonged to my grandmother and places are starting to bubble and flake!

I'm waiting something
1. sturdy (I'm know to break stuff very easily: )
2. light weight
3. fairly cheap
4. average to small (I eat less with smaller plates ) plus I live in a tiny apartment with a tiny kitchen.
5. nuke-able

OK, sounds like Correlle dishes, right, well I also want something
5. Pretty
and correlle just doesn't do it for me. Though if I had to pick the "textured leaves" print is do-able.
http://www.corelle.com/index.asp?pageId=52&pid=294
I like the asian line of dishes, but they are bulky and heavy.

Any suggestions?

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Old 02-06-2007, 07:11 PM
 
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I'd say correlle. I have 4 kids and not one set of complete dishes. I had a complete set of stoneware, but that lasted about a day

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I think Fiestaware meets all but two of your requirements - okay, so that's only 60% but you may as well start somewhere idea-wise, eh? They're not particularly lightweight nor are they particularly cheap but if you're not looking to outfit yourself for a multi-course dinner party for twelve, you should be okay. My husband chips dishes *constantly* and has yet to do any damage to our Fiestaware. My two little ones use it all the time and haven't broken anything either. Price-wise, I've bought a lot of mine at Kohls but you can also get it online at places like Sears and Penney's for what seems to be very reasonable prices. What I think you'd like the best about it is the size of the plates. They are quite small compared to many other dishes. I assume you can nuke the stuff but we don't have a nuker. Good luck finding something that works for you!

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I was going to suggest Corelle.

Not pretty, but I don't think mine are boring either:
http://www.corelle.com/index.asp?pageId=52&pid=313

For pretty, I seriously considered these, but in the end decided it was more formal than I wanted:
http://www.corelle.com/index.asp?pageId=74&pid=317

I like this one too:
http://www.corelle.com/index.asp?pageId=51&pid=366

Sorry, I know this probably wasn't helpful.

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Corelle!

Very simple, nearly unbreakable, and lightweight enough that kiddos can carry them easily. It's a special laminated glass: as lightweight as plastic, but completely, totally nontoxic. We have a 'winter white' set and I looooove it. It's simple and plain, but not at all hard on the eyes
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We switched to "Just White" Corelle dishes six months ago and I LOVE them. I had stonewear before and really liked it, but they kept breaking. I didn't think I'd like the lightweight dishes, but they're really fantastic. Plain white goes with everything, too, so I have prettier table cloths to make up for the plain dishes.
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I was going to say Corelle as well, because I do think they have many pretty patterns, including plain cream dishes. And in addition to all the reasons listed above, they are made in the USA by union labor. I have the Thymless Herbs pattern.
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Thanks guys, yeah Corelle seems like the way to go.

Jennisee - Herb pattern is nice, but out of stock.

annethcz - some of the nicer patterns you mentioned are a thicker model, their Ultra line and are around $80 for a 16 piece set.

Living in an apartment where I have to live with white walls, I don't think I could live with white dishes.

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I've had white corelle for 25 years and still love it. You can pick up colors or patterns in your napkins, tableclothes, place mats, etc.

I had a patterned set for awhile, but got rid of it. I got tired of the pattern.

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I JUST got my Corelle dishes in the mail today. I got the MUSE pattern.

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Jennisee - Herb pattern is nice, but out of stock.
It is out of stock at the Corelle site, but I'm sure you can find it in a ton of online and IRL stores. Lots of department stores carry it, and Amazon even has some right now. Not that you have to get my pattern, of course. I'm fortunate that I live near a Correlle outlet.
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Crate and Barrel Staxx (the smaller sized ones) -- they are great! Attractive to look at, affordable to buy, stack great for storage and I swear they have been dropped dozens of times and not one has broken!
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Correlle receives the vote from me also.

I would like to have some prettier patterns or choices other than white background but I am happy with how well the dishes hold up.
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I was also thinking Corelle or Fiestaware. Our dishes need to be replaced, and we'll probably replace them with Fiestaware. I like some of the new Corelle patterns, too, though. What about the square ones? Might be easier to store with less space:

http://www.corelle.com/index.asp?pageId=93

By the way, I find the customer reviews on Amazon very useful - people will tell you every detail, particularly if the dishes fit or don't fit in cabinets or the dishwasher, whether they chip or get scratched, etc.

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For Christmas all I wanted was a nice set of dishes, something that would last and was pretty. Against my better judgement I decided to get the knockoff FiestaWare looking stuff. Already I have 2 badly chipped plates and 1 bowl. I handwash and don't use the dishwasher even though it says they are dishwasher safe. I am now saving up and hoping to get FiestaWare when it goes on sale, my Birthday is coming up soon too so that should help.
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