Glass bowls complete any table setting, but one measly accident can shatter them into a thousand pieces. Enter these BPA-free Tritan bowls from Ou Premium Design, whose plastic surface is considered unbreakable. Feel free to throw the bowls into your dishwasher, microwave, or freezer—the appliances won’t dent or warp the Tritan! Available on Amazon; $23.99.
Strong as Steel
From poolside lounges to summer camping trips, certain scenarios warrant an ice-cold beverage. Consider sipping your refreshment from one of these brushed stainless steel drinking glasses, which come with a durable rolled rim. The dishwasher-safe glasses resist rust, dents, and fingerprints—and they’re also made without toxins! Available on Amazon; $16.99 for five-piece set.
Winning Wine Glasses
What if your fancy glassware was so durable that it withstood picnic baskets, clumsy kids, and the dishwasher? These Vivocci stemless wine glasses combine both strength and style, so you could break them out for evening cocktails, brunches, birthday parties, and any other occasion. Made of Tritan copolyester, each cup looks and feels convincingly like glass—but without the fragility and breakability. Available at Amazon; $23.45 for a set of four.
Planning a big bash at your house? Then you’ll want glasses that are essentially accident-proof, such as Tossware. The clear 18-ounce glasses resist breaking and shattering, and they also interlock for efficient stacking in your cupboards. If you don’t want to hand-wash and reuse them, simply toss them into the nearest recycling bin. Available on Amazon; $14.99 for 12.
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Sturdy Dinner Set
Most dinnerware eventually succumbs to chips, cracks, and dents. This Fiesta collection, on the other hand, is designed for everyday use. Sealed with a durable glaze, the set is safe for the dishwasher, microwave, oven, and freezer. It also comes with a five year warranty. The reliable Fiesta brand consistently produces the same designs, so if you ever need to replace a mug or plate, you’ll be able to find your pattern. Available on Amazon; $26.39 for a four-piece set.
When dining al fresco, most homeowners hesitate to bring their nice dinnerware outside. At the same time, slumming it with paper plates and plastic cups never feels glamorous. The Gibson Home Dinnerware Set, which is equally great for indoor and outdoor use, is the perfect solution. The sturdy melamine material is surprisingly lightweight, making it ideal for carrying plates between the kitchen and patio. Thanks to its ability to resist breaks, chips, and scratches, the colorful collection will last for many years to come. Available on Amazon ; $25.99.
Made of biodegradable wheat straw, these pastel-toned mugs are lightweight and ergonomic enough for people of all ages. Because each cup is heat-resistant and shatterproof, they're made to last for years. If a mug does break, however, you can get rid of it the green way: recycling. Available on Amazon; $29.99 for a set of four.
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Hearkening back to the confetti-style dinnerware of the 1950s, these colorful melamine salad plates from Zak remain a smart choice today. The BPA-free and dishwasher-safe plates come in a variety of colors, so you can buy a set in your favorite shade or mix and match to brighten up your dinner table. Available on Amazon; $29.99 for a set of six.
Outdoor adventurers have always loved enamel mugs for their lightweight portability and rust-resistant durability. Sure, the ceramic coating may chip here and there, especially with hard use. But the mugs themselves never shatter or crack, because they’re literally made of iron. This set of four comes in an assortment of bright colors, bringing a bold and contemporary twist to a bona fide campground classic. Available at Amazon; $24.99.
You’d be pardoned for assuming that plates and dishes designed for durability don’t deliver much in the way of refinement—but you’d also be wrong. As thin and translucent as fine china, Corelle Livingware looks and feels ultra precious, in part because it’s actually made of a unique, chip- and break-resistant form of tempered glass. Microwave-, dishwasher-, and oven-safe, Corelle sets like this one even come with a three-year warranty! Available at Amazon; $80.
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