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I grew up seeing and using ceramic dinnerware daily, they hold precious memories with family members and are even more useful presently in running my kitchen and home affairs.

I am sure it’s the same with you. Ceramic dinnerware is divided into three common types; stoneware, porcelain, and earthenware.

Since we want only the most durable and functional dinnerware, we are often perplexed in our hearts and ask; which is better ceramic or porcelain dinnerware?

Before we go on with the answer, there are hardly two dinnerware materials that are the same, it is their distinctions that make them unique and favorable for various dinner settings

Whichever works best for you, it’s fine, what’s more important is that you enjoy your meal and stay healthy!


As I said in the introduction, there are hardly two dinnerware materials or even brands that are the same.

So, generally, in terms of weight, ceramic plates are lighter than Porcelain because ceramic contains less material composition making it less dense than Porcelain that is fired at a higher temperature.

Lightweight Porcelain serving dishes

Therefore, in essence, we can say that ceramic composition and production methods have contributed greatly to the weight disparity between ceramic and porcelain dinnerware.

However, modern dinnerware brands and manufacturing techniques have made it possible to have lightweight Porcelain dinnerware, an example is the 12Pcs Amhomel white porcelain dinner salad plate.

You might ask, does it mean that there aren’t heavy ceramic dinnerware sets or brands?

Sure, traditional ceramic mugs or dinnerware are heavy that’s why they are a great retainer of heat.

Lightweight ceramic dinner plates

In this vein, they are not comfortable for use by the elderly suffering from arthritis instead lightweight dinnerware sets like Corelle, wheat straw or tempered opal glass materials are a better choice.

Finally, to clear the air: an example of a not too heavy ceramic dinnerware set like the heavy traditional ceramic dish is the Artena set of 4 modern serving dessert and salad plates.


which is better ceramic or porcelain dinnerware

Having used both ceramic and Porcelain dinnerware for some time, it is difficult to categorically point out which is better than the other because it is purely based on your choice, budget, and functionality.

However, we can say that based on use; ceramic might be a better option than Porcelain dinnerware and vice versa.

For example, if you need a more durable and finer texture of dinnerware, Porcelain is a better option than traditional ceramic dinnerware.

In terms of less porosity and more resistance to chipping, Porcelain is better the Ceramic.

In terms of affordability, in casual or everyday dining settings, Ceramic is a better option than Porcelain which is often considered for special occasions or formal dining.

So, ultimately the question of which is better between Ceramic and Porcelain is relative because it is dependent on the user’s budget, intended use, and personal preference.


Below are the differences between Porcelain and Ceramic Mugs:

  • Porcelain mugs are fired at a higher temperature during manufacturing than ceramic mugs.
Porcelain Mugs
  • Porcelain mugs are more durable than ceramic mugs.
  • Porcelain mugs are translucent while ceramic mugs are opaque.
  • Porcelain mugs appear much elegant and refined while ceramic mugs come in various patterns and appearances.
Ceramic Large Matte Mug for Coffee
  • Porcelain mugs are more suitable for retaining heat than ceramic mugs.
  • Ceramic mugs are more porous than Porcelain mugs.
  • Ceramic mugs are heavier (appear thick) than Porcelain mugs which sometimes appear thinner (*though not all Porcelain mugs depend on the brand and design).
  • Predominantly, Porcelain mugs are designed with a glossy (shiny) smooth finish while ceramic mugs come in various finishes like matte, textured, and even glazed.

Finally, the sound produced by Porcelain is different from ceramic when gently tapped with a stainless steel spoon or finger.


To begin, durability depends on how you choose to use an item, kind of like a team effort between you and the manufacturer.

It’s about making intentional choices that match what the manufacturer had in mind.

However, on a general note, the manufacturing process which involves Porcelain undergoing a higher firing process contributes to it having a higher durability than ceramic dishes.

Furthermore, the higher firing process contributed to porcelain being non-porous and more resistant to chipping or cracking than ceramic dishes.

So, now that you know this, don’t rough treat your Porcelain dinnerware or use it in whatever manner you like because it will undoubtedly impair its use.

If someone has a good maintenance culture, their ceramic dishes will outlast someone who has a bad maintenance culture.


With so many brands of Porcelain dinnerware available today, it might be tough to choose a good quality Porcelain dinnerware that will meet your demands.

What characteristics do you look for before making a purchase decision? The following are the most significant features to look for:

  • Pay great attention to the Porcelain’s translucency, especially when held up to light; this is an example of high-quality Porcelain tableware.
  • Make certain that the porcelain tableware has a smooth finish and even glazing to avoid effects.
  • Choose porcelain dinnerware with edge chip resistance.
  • The Porcelain must be microwave and dishwasher-safe.
  • In terms of design and style, choose a porcelain design that complements your taste and fits your table aesthetics.
  • Ensure the dinnerware suits your serving needs and storage space.
  • Check if the dinnerware is suitable for both everyday use and special occasions.
  • Consider your budget while balancing quality and features.

Based on the foundation above, below are two examples of Porcelain brands that meet the demands above:


This is one of the most beautiful, shiny finish and lead-free Porcelain dinnerware you will need for your home or that special occasion.

Best Porcelain Dinnerware set

If you have been used to eating with traditional circular plates and bowls, then you need to try this square-shaped high-quality Malacasa Porcelain dinnerware set.

One feature I love about the Malacasa Porcelain dinnerware is the ivory-white color that makes the food attractive and appetizing.

Whether is cold or hot food, this ivory-white glossy finish square porcelain dinnerware will bring the perfect style needed for all your casual and formal dining settings.

You will enjoy this crack-resistant, microwave, and dishwasher-safe dinnerware that is also stackable thereby saving space.

Finally, you have the option to serve dessert, soup, and cereal either for a family get-together, restaurant, formal banquet, housewarming, Wedding, Christmas, Anniversary, Birthday, wedding, Thanksgiving, family reunion, or other parties.


Your friends and family will be amazed when they see this gorgeous Porcelain dinnerware on the table; the size is perfect to accommodate your favorite meals.

Emerson Porcelain Dinnerware set

Fitz and Floyd Emerson Porcelain tableware is a white base with a bright blend of casual and delicate floral motifs that appear feminine.

From everyday meals to having casual brunches with your friends, this high-quality sturdy porcelain dinnerware stands durable for a long time

They are easy to clean, easy to maintain, microwave and dishwasher safe.

I highly recommend this excellent simple but exquisite durable beautiful and versatile set of Porcelain dishes.


Just as I highlighted above, the higher temperature attributed to Porcelain dinnerware makes it stronger, harder, and tougher than ceramic dishes.

Porcelain dishes are less likely to absorb water and are more resistant to water damage than ceramic plates and will survive longer under moderate stress.


It is not easy to say which is better than the other; it all boils down to the individual’s cooking preference, intended use, and care considerations.

Ceramic non-stick cookware sets

For example, I remember my mother making stews, soups, pasta sauces, and casseroles in ceramic cookware because the equal heat distribution aids in simmering and slow cooking, making it great for these dishes.

My mother also enjoyed making the traditional chicken casserole, as well as sautéing chicken, vegetables, and herbs with Porcelain cookware.

During these cooking sessions, I saw that both ceramic and porcelain cookware were nonstick, making them easy to clean after use.

They also required low heat and did not work well with fast temperature changes.


Porcelain items are often considered more valuable than ceramic items due to their durability, non-porous nature, craftsmanship, composition, and the high firing temperature used in their production.

This value has contributed to the use of Porcelain dinnerware or tableware mostly as a luxury item and for formal occasions.

However, the value of an item (either porcelain or ceramic) can also depend on its design, quality, historical significance, rarity, and intended use.

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