Microwave safe dinnerware doesn't have to sacrifice style and design elements that you love. There are more great dinner plates today that you can use in the microwave and that are also dishwasher safe than ever before. You just need to know what they are and how to find them.
With our "on the go" lives, you may find that microwave-safe dinnerware is a necessity. Most modern dinnerware is made to be microwave safe if it doesn't have platinum, silver, or gold in the pattern, but some dishes that appear to be safe for microwaving are not. This is why it's important to know the difference.
A growing trend in dinnerware sets seems to be whether or not they're microwave safe. This important feature makes dinnerware sets more versatile and convenient for busy households today. Not only can you reheat leftovers quickly, but since you don't need to switch dishes, you can enjoy that hot delicious meal without having to worry about cleaning up the extra mess afterward.
This is why microwave-safe dinnerware sets are invaluable for the modern household. On top of convenience, companies are making their dinnerware looks nicer so it won't look out of place on your dinner table either! By considering all aspects, microwave-safe dinnerware sets make a valuable addition to any kitchen cupboard.
Microwave Safe Dinnerware Sets
Here are some nice sets that are safe for your microwave and can be purchased right from Amazon and shipped to your home. Some porcelain dishes and many glass containers are safe.
Bosmarlin Stoneware Dinnerware Set, Microwave and Dishwasher Safe, Reactive Glaze (Turquoise green)
This gorgeous set is perfectly safe in the microwave and is beautiful enough to use on special occasions.
Corelle Vitrelle 18-Piece Service for 6 Dinnerware Set
Almost all Corelle sets are microwave-safe because they use a special material called Vitrelle. This is a tempered glass product made from two types of glass laminated into three layers. This also makes it unbreakable. These sets are perfect for families with children or anyone prone to dropping things, and they come in many stylish designs.
12pcs Wheat Straw Dinnerware Sets Microwave Safe Lightweight Bowls, Cups, Plates Set-Reusable, Dishwasher Safe
Here's another beautiful set in a cream/off-white color. It's simple enough, and not too fancy, but that makes it a great everyday set for any family.
Gibson Elite Terranea Round Reactive Glaze Terra Cotta Dinnerware Set, Service for Four (12pcs)
I really love the color on this set from Gibson. It has a unique style and pattern to it in addition to the pretty teal color. The glaze makes it look like painted and glazed pottery.
Corelle Vitrelle 18-Piece Service for 6 Dinnerware Set
Here's another Corelle set, also made from Vitrelle. It has a different design and pattern on it and this is a service for 6 set, meaning it has 6 dinner plates, 6 smaller salad plates, and 6 bowls.
Corelle Everyday Expressions 12-Pc Dinnerware Set, Service for 4
This set from Corelle is part of their Everyday Expressions set. It's a 12-piece dinnerware set, service for four, and I love the shades of blue in the fun designs. Again, you cannot go wrong with Corelle because they give you dinnerware sets that are affordable, durable, microwave and dishwasher-safe, and virtually unbreakable.
How to tell if a dish is safe in the microwave?
If you have a set you didn't buy new, how can you tell if it's safe to use in the microwave? Typically, it will be printed on the bottom of the plates, cups, mugs, or bowls. If you don't see "microwave safe" printed or etched into the bottom of it, then it's probably not.
When you're unsure, never put it in the microwave until you try to find out. If you know the model of the dinnerware, you can look it up with the manufacturer. If you don't know, you can do a heat test in the microwave, but always be extra careful when trying this method. Also, be aware that there's a possibility it can break.
Never put anything with metal in the microwave - including gold-rimmed plates or bowls.
Here are brands that make microwave sage dishes:
- American Atelier
- Baum Brothers
- Clay Art
- Emilie Henry
- Franciscan Ware
- Royal Doulton
- Tabletops Unlimited
- Villeroy & Boch
Microwave-safe dishes shouldn't get hot
What is the heat test? Microwave-safe material doesn't get hot. It may be warm from the food inside, but the dish itself can be easily handled with a bare hand. If you put a plate in the microwave and it is too hot to remove it with your bare hand, that plate was not actually microwave-safe.
Glass - Some glass dinnerware is microwave safe and some are not. Many sets are marked on the back of a plate to reveal whether it is dishwasher-proof and/or microwave safe.
Ceramic - Most ceramic and pottery dinnerware is safe to use in the microwave; however, you may find some warnings about microwave use when certain paints or glazes are used in production.
China - Some fine China is claimed to be microwave safe if it doesn't have metallic patterns, but I would never put my fine China in the microwave or the dishwasher. To me, it's better to be safe than sorry.
For me, it is best to have certain dishes for the family to use that are known to be microwave safe. That will avoid the "sparks" and spills of food that has been heated in a dish that is not microwave-safe.
Melamine is Not Microwave Safe
On a final note, melamine can be very useful, especially when you need unbreakable dishes, but it should never be put in the microwave. Melamine dinnerware is NOT microwave-safe. It looks like heavy plastic and somewhat simulates the dishes that were specifically made for the microwave back when microwaves were trendy.
Melamine and Melmac sets are actually made using a scientific method of bonding together melamine and formaldehyde. The material absorbs the radiation put out by the microwave and can get extremely hot.
Do you use the microwave regularly in your family? Do you have a favorite microwave-safe dinnerware set you'd love to tell us about?