When it comes to the types of dinnerware materials out there, from earthenware and stoneware to fine china and porcelain, there is always a plethora of choices. And on top of that, you also need to decide on the colors and patterns, sizes and shapes, and more — the possibilities are endless!
Wondering what’s the most durable type of dinnerware? Go for melamine — a stylish yet practical alternative to fine porcelain and ceramic.
Today, melamine is seeing a rise in popularity, and for good reason. Why? Because not only are designer melamine products fire and heat-resistant, easy to clean and virtually unbreakable, but it still serves as an elegant alternative to fine porcelain and ceramic.
Here are the top benefits of choosing melamine dinnerware.
1. Durable and virtually unbreakable
Let’s take a step back and ask: what exactly is melamine? Melamine is an organic-based, nitrogen-rich compound used to manufacture cooking utensils, plates, plastic products, and more. Melamine resin makes it very durable and shatter-resistant, making melamine products more desirable than other plastic housewares. Q Squared's restaurant-grade melamine can withstand the rigors of everyday use and is also more resistant to scratch marks and use and abuse over time.
2. Looks and feels like fine porcelain and ceramic
3. Best quality food-safe plastic and BPA free
People often wonder if melamine is safe. However, the FDA Safety and Risk Assessment of Melamine states that this kind of plastic is absolutely safe for use. Q Squared in particular sets high standards for safety and is certified BPA-free. Conventional oven and microwave use, however, is avoided due to high oven temperatures and microwaves causing damage to the integrity of the material.
4. Perfect for indoor and outdoor entertaining
Unlike fine porcelain and ceramic, melamine dinnerware and serveware is versatile enough for indoor, everyday dining as well as outdoor entertaining. Use melamine dinnerware at outdoor parties and events, outdoor barbecues, poolside dining, patio entertaining and yes, even outdoor weddings — without worrying about breakage and chipping.
5. Elegant yet affordable
No other type of dinnerware offers sophistication and practicality than melamine dinnerware — and for a reasonable price. Melamine dinnerware is virtually indestructible and chip-resistant, yet it can be used for formal events such as weddings and dinner gatherings. It also makes great wedding gifts and presents for ‘first home’ couples, as well as for parents with young children who enjoy hosting kid-friendly dinner parties — without sacrificing style.
6. Easy to clean and dishwasher safe
Melamine tableware makes cleanup fast and easy. Since it’s nonporous, melamine is stain-resistant and easy to rinse. Melamine dinnerware is also top and bottom rack dishwasher safe, making dining and entertaining effortless.
7. Comes in stylish colors and unique patterns
Melamine dinnerware comes in a range of colors, shapes and patterns. Choose from tropical leaf-shaped melamine platters or hand-drawn floral serveware. Entertain in style with dreamy blue plates and platters, like our Heritage melamine collection or Talavera patterns. Host a large family gathering with our modern Diamond Square melamine whiteware melamine dinner sets. With melamine dinnerware, you can show off your sense of style, however you see fit!
Ready to purchase your new melamine dinnerware set? Shop all Q Squared collections here.