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Is Porcelain stronger than Stoneware? This question captures my interest in the durability of these common household goods.

Is your favorite mug at home or dinnerware you received as a present made of porcelain or stoneware?

The strength of these materials goes beyond their appearances. As we go through the popular dinnerware types, we’ll uncover the secrets behind their composition, resilience, and everyday use.

Consider the last time you accidentally knocked over a dish: would it have fared better if it had been made of porcelain or stoneware?

Join us on this journey as we discover what makes these kitchen basics more than just vessels for food and drink, but also enduring parts in our everyday lives.


Just like yesterday, I still remember I was served grilled vegetables and roast chicken in Porcelain dinnerware during Thanksgiving, it was spectacular, a wonder to behold, increased my appetite, and left me wanting more.

Mint Green Porcelain Dinnerware set

This is one of the wonders of using Porcelain dinnerware and this coming Christmas, it is what I will be using to serve my entire guest, am sure you will do the same.

Porcelain dinnerware is not new, According to Britannica; Porcelain was first made in China—in a primitive form during the Tang dynasty (618–907) and in the form best known in the West during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368).

Malacasa Porcelain Square Dinnerware set

It is common knowledge that Porcelain dinnerware is crafted from a type of fine-grained clay called kaolin, which is mixed with other materials like feldspar and quartz.

The mixture is then fired at extremely high temperatures, typically around 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit (1,200 degrees Celsius).

This high firing process gives porcelain its various features and they include:

  • Smooth distinctive Appearance
  • Non-porous surface
  • Translucent quality
  • Elegant Appearance
  • Resistance to staining
  • Comfortable for use for those with sensitive skin or allergies
  • Dishwasher and Microwave oven safe.
White Porcelain Plates and Bowls

They come in various captivating designs; you have the liberty to select from various brands available.

The elegant look of porcelain complements a variety of meals, making it suitable for both casual and formal occasions.

Just like other types of dinnerware materials, Porcelain isn’t an end in itself, Porcelain dinnerware includes:

Finally, Porcelain is durable, versatile, easy to clean, and easy to care for that’s why they are a go-to dinnerware for various occasions and settings.


Is Porcelain Stronger than Stoneware

Porcelain is stronger than stoneware because the firing temperatures differ by roughly 500 degrees Fahrenheit, making Porcelain denser, without pores, and resistant to wear and strain.


Is Porcelain stronger than stoneware for cooking

Yes, Porcelain is stronger than stoneware for cooking because the higher firing temperature and the constituents of Porcelain make it a game changer when it comes to cooking.

This has contributed immensely to its ability to withstand high temperatures in the Oven and its non-porous feature makes it a durable cookware as it won’t absorb the food’s odor or flavor, unlike stoneware cookware.

Porcelain Casserole dish for Oven Baking

For example, in preparing Lasagna or another recipe, we recommend the Made in Porcelain Bakeware that is oven-safe up to 650 degrees Fahrenheit, has a high thermal shock resistance ( can go from freezer to oven and then to table with ease), and made with Pure French Porcelain and experienced craftsmen.


What is more long-lasting? Porcelain or stoneware?

Porcelain is more durable than stoneware because it is fired at a higher temperature, has distinct chemical ingredients, and is non-porous, making it less prone to chipping and discoloration (staining).

Porcelain vs Stoneware Durability

Porcelain is a common choice for decorative items, sinks, and countertops due to its durability.

However, using these dishes for five years has convinced me that how you care for them is essential; poor maintenance and use culture of either stoneware or porcelain will cause them to go bad quickly and vice versa.


Porcelain dinnerware is more scratch-resistant than stoneware because it has a translucent hard durable glass-like surface as a result of the greater firing temperature, which contributes to its capacity to withstand scratches more efficiently.

Stoneware vs Porcelain Scratches

So, if you want something less likely to show scratches over time, porcelain is the better choice.


I have both Porcelain and stoneware dinnerware at home, from my experience, both are awesome in serving various meals, none is better than the other because they are made of different chemical compositions thereby meeting distinct functionality.

However, before you buy one, I usually recommend that you ask yourself some key questions, such as what event it will be used for. What is your budget? Durability? Weight? Etc.

Once these questions are answered, it is easy to know which to go for.

In addition, if you prioritize formal dining gathering, durability, stain resistance, and scratch resistance, porcelain is generally considered the better option but if you consider a casual gathering, rustic, earthy appearance, and less porous dinnerware, then stoneware might be a good choice.

The FINAL VERDICT is this: Consider your preference, lifestyle, and dining setting as determinant factors on which is better for you.

We recommend you also check: which is better Porcelain or Ceramic Dinnerware?


Generally, Porcelain dishes are lighter than earthenware or stoneware but their weight can vary depending on the thickness and design of the manufacturer.


Yes, because of its low porosity, stoneware is prone to breaking; yet, it is more durable than the traditional ceramic and earthenware tableware; we recommend that you do not purposely use it on a hard object or allow it to fall from a height.


Generally, though, porcelain is often considered more expensive than stoneware due to its finer texture and higher firing temperatures during production, presently the cost of stoneware and porcelain dinnerware can vary based on factors like brand, quality, and design.

For example, expensive stoneware dinnerware that is higher than $100 are:

Katachi 16-Piece Dinnerware Stoneware Set

Vancasso Stern Green Reactive Stoneware Dinner Set

Stone by Mercer Project SHOSAI Stoneware 16-Piece Dinnerware Set

Examples of budget-friendly Stoneware Dinnerware sets are:

Elama Round Stoneware Embossed Dinnerware Dish Set

Gibson Home Rockaway Round Stoneware Dinnerware Set

Finally, even Porcelain that is considered expensive, below are a few affordable or budget-friendly Porcelain dinnerware sets for all your dining occasions:

Elama Luna Porcelain Dinnerware Set

Decorated Mod Dot Blue 12 Pieces Porcelain Dinnerware Set.


Bone china is one of the strongest dinnerware materials because it is made from a combination of bone ash and fine china clay, resulting in a durable and chip-resistant product.

The addition of bone ash gives it a high level of strength and translucency, making it a popular choice for fine dining.

That’s the reason we recommend Bone china for daily use more than Porcelain dishes even though Porcelain is durable.

Finally, as a testament to the durability and strength of Bone China, I continue to use the Royal Worcester Made in England Bone China dinnerware that my grandmother gave me.

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