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I bought an 18-piece dinnerware set from AmazonBasics — it’s surprisingly high quality for only $40 |

I bought an 18-piece dinnerware set from AmazonBasics — it’s surprisingly high quality for only $40

One of the few kitchen essentials everyone needs — whether or not they cook — is a dinnerware set.

About a year ago I bought a cheap 18-piece dinnerware set from Amazon’s store band, AmazonBasics. I didn’t go into the $40 purchase expecting ultra-high quality, and it’s definitely not fine china, but the quality is a lot higher than I expected. Amazon also packaged the set with care so that nothing arrived already broken, which is always a concern of mine when ordering anything fragile online.


The porcelain dinnerware set comes with six 5.5″ bowls, six 7.5″ dessert plates, and six 10.5″ dinner plates — the bowls are the perfect size for soup and cereal and the dinner plates are generously sized as well.

Everything in the set is dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe. I don’t have a dishwasher in my apartment, but I’m going to take Amazon at its word since the plates have held up to frequent microwave and freezer use. And even though I use the pieces from this set daily, none of the plates or bowls have chipped, scratched, or cracked.

When I was researching which dinnerware set to buy, two things ultimately sold me on the AmazonBasics set: affordability and versatility. I didn’t want to feel guilty if I broke one of the pieces, and although I live alone, I wanted a set that was good for my everyday use but big enough for entertaining since I like to cook for my friends. AmazonBasics’ set checked both boxes. I could see it also being a great choice for families with kids, recent college graduates, and really anyone who doesn’t want to spend a lot on fine china.

If you’re ready to upgrade from mismatched plates and bowls and don’t want to spend more than $50 on a durable set, you’ll find a lot to like here.

AmazonBasics 18-Piece Dinnerware Set, $40.30, available at Amazon

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