Every home today has various types and brands of dinnerware sets. Dinnerware sets can be used for various purposes apart from serving meals. They are useful for decorative purposes and will make great gift ideas for newly married couples.
There are two brands of dinnerware sets that stand out in the dinner family, they are Opalware and Ceramic sets. Let’s dive in to know the differences and comparisons between Opalware vs Ceramic dinnerware sets.
OPALWARE DINNER SET REVIEW
All Opalware dinnerware is carefully designed under strict German technology as per European standards, they are Bacteria-free and non-porous dinner sets.
Opalware is produced under high standards, they are generally hygienic for your family, 100% vegetarian, bone ash-free, and made of green material that is thermal resistant.
Opalware during production is heated up to recrystallization and then rapidly cooled at various temperatures. Opalware doesn’t crack when you heat food with it in the microwave.
Opalware is chip, break, and scratch-resistant. Designed for everyday use, Opalware is Dishwasher, microwave safe, and easily stackable.
Opalware is easy to clean, recyclable has a smooth surface, and is super white!
Finally, before Opalware is introduced to the public, it passes through various tests like the drop ball test, chip test, thermo-resistant test, and scratch-resistant test.
OPALWARE VS CERAMIC
There are numerous types and brands of dinnerware that exist today, among the popular ones are the ceramic and opalware dinner sets. Below are differences and comparisons between opalware vs ceramic;
Ceramic is basically non-metallic tableware. Ceramic is made up of various types of clay. To create ceramic tableware or dinnerware, different types of clays are burnt at various temperatures for a period of time.
While Opalware is made up of high tempered glass material whose thermal treatment gives it mechanical resistance of up to three times more than other tableware.
Ceramic wares are thick, this thickness has the ability to retain heat inside. As a result of this, it is recommended for use in serving and consuming hot meals. Ceramic should be handled with care.
While Opalware is lightweight and has the ability to serve both hot and cold meals, highly durable and can be used over a long period of time.
Ceramic is more expensive than the melamine dinnerware set. Ceramic dinnerware sets and Opalware are mostly oven and microwave safe unless it is written by the manufacturer that it isn’t microwave and oven safe.
The Use of Ceramic and Opalware is very popular among health-conscious people because they don’t react to cold or hot food.
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OPALWARE MATERIAL IS GLASS OR PLASTIC?
Opalware material is made up of tempered glass and not plastic. It is a melamine dinnerware material that is made up of hard plastic resin material.
Opalware means tableware (CROCKERY) made up of natural sorted materials like bone ash and green material that is bacteria-free, non-porous, and 100% hygienic for the family.
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MELAMINE VS CERAMIC
Below is the difference between melamine and Ceramic dinnerware sets;
|Melamine is a hard plastic, a type of hard resin. Melamine is lightweight, durable, has a great shine since it is made up of plastic.||Ceramic is basically non-metallic tableware. Ceramic is made up of various types of clay.|
|Melamine can’t be recycled, once it is broken, it is thrown away.||Ceramic is suitable for serving and consuming hot meals.|
|Melamine is scratch-resistant and can be used for a long time.||Ceramic is quite heavy because of this quality, it is difficult to maintain, once it falls, it breaks.|
|Melamine cannot be used in the Oven. Melamine is not safe for Microwave use unless it is written or labeled Microwave safe.||Ceramic dinner sets are very thick, this quality makes them retain heat so well.|
|Melamine dinnerware cannot bear temperatures of more than 71 degrees centigrade, due to this property, health-conscious people do not prefer to use Melamine dinner plates.||Most Ceramic dinner sets are microwave-safe except written otherwise by the Manufacturers.|
|Never serve very hot food in Melamine dinner sets because of the reaction between the plastic and the food, plastic can leach into the meal.||Ceramic dinnerware sets are safe (non-toxic) and ideal for serving both hot and cold food. Ceramic plates don’t react with hot or cold food.|
|Melamine dinner plates are affordable, so light that children can carry it around.||Ceramic is expensive than Melamine.|
LARAH BY BOROSIL BLUE EVE SILK SERIES OPALWARE DINNER SET
The Larah by Borosil Opalware dinner set is 100% vegetarian, made with bone ash-free material.
The Larah Borosil Opalware is thermal resistant, offers no cracks on heating the dinner set in the microwave, and can directly move from the microwave into the refrigerator.
Ideal for use daily, break, chip and scratch-resistant. Made with fully tempered glass, it is 100% hygienic. We recommend this high-quality Opalware dinner set.
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CELLO IMPERIAL POT POURRI OPALWARE DINNER SET
The Cello Imperial Opalware dinnerware set is another brand of Opalware that has vibrant designs that make dazzling white wares look beautiful.
The Cello Imperial Opalware is fully tempered, making them 3X stronger, recyclable, and easy to clean.
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STONE LAIN CERAMIC COUPE DINNERWARE SET
An example of ceramic dinnerware is the 32 piece stoneware stone lain brand. It is made of fashionable brown matte.
The material has an earthly, organic feel. These home essentials are expertly crafted, artfully designed, and reminiscent of celebrity after-parties. 100% dishwasher and microwave safe for easy cleaning and durability.
These pieces go great in a kitchen, dining, or outdoor setting. Layout your most stylish tablecloth, cutlery, and stemware, and let the Stone Lain 32 piece stoneware dishes set do the rest. Stone Lain creates unforgettable dinnerware to make every occasion memorable.
The stone Lain dinnerware service for 8 includes 8 round dinner plates, 8 salad plates, 8 bowls and 8 handled mugs. All with a post-modern-lipped rim design! We highly recommend this ceramic (stoneware) dinner set today!
OPALWARE VS MELAMINE
Below is the difference between Opalware vs Melamine;
|Opalware is made up of high tempered glass material whose thermal treatment gives it mechanical resistance of up to three times more than other tableware.||Melamine is a hard plastic, a type of hard resin. Melamine is lightweight, durable, has a great shine since it is made up of plastic.|
|Opalware is lightweight and has the ability to serve both hot and cold meals, is highly durable, and can be used over a long period of time.||Never serve very hot food in Melamine dinner sets because of the reaction between the plastic and the food, plastic can leach into the meal.|
|Opalware is mostly oven and microwave safe unless it is written by the manufacturer that it isn’t microwave and oven safe.||Melamine cannot be used in the Oven. Melamine is not safe for Microwave use unless it is written or labeled Microwave safe.|
|Opalware is very popular among health-conscious people because they don’t react to cold or hot food.||Melamine dinnerware cannot bear temperatures of more than 71 degrees centigrade, due to this property, health-conscious people do not prefer to use Melamine dinner plates.|
|Opalware is easy to clean, recyclable has a smooth surface, and is super white!||Melamine is also easy to use and clean but not recyclable and is not always white, made up of various colors.|
MELAMINE VS BONE CHINA
Melamine was first introduced in World War II, It is used as an alternative to steel tableware both in a commercial and residential environment.
Melamine is hard plastic, made with melamine a type of hard resin. The hard plastic is made of melamine and other reinforcing agents.
While Bone china is a kind of clay product in which bone ashes, feldspar, kaolin, clay, quartz, and other ingredients are mixed together and baked at 1200 degrees Celsius. High temperature and a combination of various clays result in the formation of a glaze on the surface of Bone china.
Melamine is very lightweight. Melamine is very durable and has a bright shine. Since Melamine is made up of plastic, it can take various shapes and colors.
While Bone china is bright and well made, it is less thick compared to ceramic tableware. Because of the color and brightness of Bone china, it is popular in the homes of the Elite.
Apart from being lightweight, Melamine is also scratch-resistant and can be used for a long time. Melamine shouldn’t be used in the oven unless it is labeled microwave safe.
While Bone china is ideal for serving food, though Bone china appears to be fragile, it is microwave and oven safe. Again, as I always recommend, always check the manufacturer’s label to know if it’s microwave and oven safe.
Melamine cannot bear temperatures of more than 71 degrees centigrade. Due to this, we recommend you stay clear from using Melamine for very high-temperature purposes as this can pose a risk to your health.
While Phosphate in Bone china gives it, its vivid color and glaze. Bone china consists of bone ashes up to 30%. Sometimes finer bone china can have between 40 – 45% bone ashes.
Be careful when serving food with melamine, kindly desist from serving very hot food/meal in or with melamine dinnerware sets. This is to prevent the reaction of the melamine plastic to leach into the food.
While Bone china is readily available in the market, the price range is extremely wide. There are no harsh chemicals in Bone china that reacts with hot or cold food so therefore there is no side effect, health-conscious people prefer Bone china dinnerware sets.
In plastic or resin coding, melamine has got no 7. The no 7 indicates that once Melamine is broken, it should be thrown away. It cannot be recycled.
Melamine lightweight benefit allows easy handle for children and it’s affordable.
Bone China is mostly carefully written on the bottom of the body of the dinnerware or tableware. It could be a plate, bowl, or mug.
Bone china is a bit expensive and difficult to maintain, a little carelessness when handling the Bone china may cause it to break. People always handle and use Bone china with extra care.
WHICH IS BETTER MELAMINE OR OPALWARE?
Based on the difference between Melamine and Opalware dinnerware above, we can confidently say that Opalware dinner set is better than Melamine because Opalware dinnerware does not react with food either hot or cold as they are made up of natural non-toxic materials safe for consumption.
IS MELAMINE MICROWAVE SAFE?
Melamine dinnerware sets do not microwave safe because the hard resin plastic material it is made up of has the ability to react with the food when placed inside the microwave oven, plastic can leach into the meal.
However, unless the melamine dinnerware set is labeled Microwave safe by the Manufacturer.
CARIBBEAN MELAMINE DINNERWARE SET
The Caribbean Melamine dinnerware set is a heavyweight and durable dinnerware set. This Melamine dinner set is perfect for both indoor and outdoor entertaining.
It is made up of 100% Melamine material, it is also dishwasher safe. It is NOT FOR USE IN THE MICROWAVE OR OVEN.
It includes, (4) 10.9″ Dinner Plate (460gm) (4) 8.9″ Salad Plate (280gm) and (4) 7.4″ Bowl (260gm).
MIKASA SAMANTHA BONE CHINA DINNERWARE SET
The Mikasa Samantha is our top recommended Bone china dinnerware set for everyday use. It is Lightweight, chip-resistant, Dishwasher, Microwave, and oven safe.
The design of the Mikasa Bone china is on a sleek round coupe shape with a raised rim. This beautiful collection is perfect for formal or everyday dining.
Finally, this crafted high-quality Bone china 16 piece dinnerware set, service for four, includes (4) each: 10-1/2 inch dinner plate, 8-1/4 inch salad plate, 6-inch cereal bowl, and 13-ounce mug.
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CORELLE VS PORCELAIN
Porcelain is generally made from kaolin clay, feldspar, silica, and quartz fired at high temperature as high as 2, 600 degrees Fahrenheit while Corelle is made in the USA, Corelle’s unique sandwich construction bonds three-layer Vitrelle glass that confers lightweight and durability on Corelle, allowing it to resist breaking, chipping and cracking.
Porcelain tends to be more expensive than traditional Ceramic dinnerware, hand washing is preferable. While Corelle is microwave, oven safe and versatile, consumer safe and easy to clean. Slim with stackable compact storage ability for kitchen with small space and comes in a wide range of shapes.
Porcelain is a popular, high-end dinnerware option as it offers a superior white body that is resistant to thermal shock and has excellent insulator properties.
Corelle’s non-porous material provides a food-safe and hygienic surface, preventing any absorption of food particles or liquids that may form bacteria over time.
Porcelain is sometimes referred to as china, porcelain is crafted from ceramic materials and fired at a very high temperature resulting in a product with superb strength, durability, and a translucent “shell-like” quality.
Porcelain is fancy and translucent while Ceramic as a whole is durable. While Corelle dinnerware is light, sturdy, and attractive for everyday use.
Corelle dinnerware is thinner than the Porcelain dinnerware sets.
Porcelain vitrifies (means to convert into a glass or glass-like substance, typically by exposure to heat) during firing so the surface will be non-absorbent this makes an exceptionally white translucent ceramic allowing light to show through.
Corelle is the perfect canvas to serve any kind of food on any occasion!
WHICH DINNERWARE SET MATERIAL IS BEST FOR HEALTH?
The best dinnerware set material for your health is the plain white bone china because it has no decorative glaze on it which makes it lead and cadmium-free.
It is easy to tell if a dinnerware set material is good for your health just by the appearance, if it is highly colored then it contains toxins that can leak into your food this is why I stick to the white dinnerware set materials.
They are very durable too, dishwasher and microwave safe (not all of them, check to see if it is dishwasher safe at the bottom).
IS OPALWARE SAFE FOR HEALTH?
Opalware sets are safe for health because they are made out of opal glass, they contain no glaze that can leak into your food.
They are 100% safe for dishes, dinnerware set that is safe for health is made of opal glass, because of its material it does not absorb food particles curtailing bacterial formation.