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Whether you’re striking out on your own, getting married, or just need to replace your mismatched plates, update your dishes by shopping for the best dinnerware sets made in the USA. Dishes made in America reduce the carbon footprint because they’re not shipped from overseas.
American Made Dishes
I’m known in my home as the dish hoarder. My vacation souvenirs include porcelain teacups, a stoneware serving platter, a hand-blown glass pitcher, and an antique Christmas plate.
But what I’m most proud of is the collection of dishes from my home state. I own Fiesta dishes in eight colors and counting. My family amassed them after several pieces from my just-purchased dishes from Target cracked and broke from simple, everyday use.
We have owned our made in-Newell, West Virginia, dishware set for 10 years now, and we use them every single day. The family microwaves in them, stores food in the refrigerator on them, and wash them in the dishwasher. Even with all this use, not a single plate has shattered, nor a mug has broken.
And it’s not just this brand. Over a dozen USA manufacturers produce some of the world’s best dishes.
Why You Should Buy Dishware Sets Made in the USA
Many reasons exist for buying USA-made dishes. Most notable is the personal care put into every place setting. Individuals and companies who make dinnerware want to make you, their customer, happy, with the quality of products they produce. They know customer satisfaction is of utmost importance. That’s why they don’t cut corners in the process. They give painstaking attention to detail. They offer generous warranties or return policies. Maybe most importantly, they’re available to talk to you about your purchase.
Another reason for buying USA made dinnerware is because they’re beautiful. Choose from strong, rustic stoneware, colorful ceramics, or delicate but durable fine china. Discover everyday dishes or specialty settings. Select understated or bold. Go plain or go with patterns. Find exactly what you’re looking for as you imagine gathering friends and family around the table or TV trays.
Types of USA Dishware Sets
You’ll find dishes made in America in each of these categories. Use them every day.
American Made Dinnerware is Safe
With American-made dinnerware, you don’t have to worry about harmful amounts of lead, cadmium, BPA, phthalates, or other toxic chemicals leaching into your food.
You won’t find melamine on our list, but you will find one brand of plastic dishes made in the USA. Even though the manufacturer says they’re safe to use in the microwave in 20-second increments, we say skip the plastic in the microwave. Use a strong microwave-safe glass to heat food, then transfer it onto the plastic plates.
Most USA-Made Dishes Are Eco-Friendly
Eco-friendly items and materials help the earth. Most dinnerware manufacturers in the USA practice sustainability in a number of ways. They use recycled products and materials, including clay and water. They use the same materials in different ways to not be wasteful. Most, if not all, of the companies we list practice some form of sustainability.
Another important eco-friendly consideration is shipping. If dishes are shipped from America’s west coast to the east coast, a shipping truck travels 2,800 miles at the most. Compare that distance to items shipped from China to America. These dishes travel 12,000 miles! That’s 12,000 miles of fuel on jets and cargo ships with emissions poured into the air and oceans. Buying dishes close to home reduces those emissions.
When you buy American-made dishes, you’re helping other Americans put food on their tables for their families. That plate you’re serving your child’s mac and cheese on helps another parent pay for a sick child’s medication. That bowl you’re serving your school-age kid’s breakfast in helps a mom or dad buy school supplies for their kids. Whenever you buy USA-made, you’re helping a neighbor, whether just down the road or miles down the highway, keep a job.
I am confident you'll find the ideal dinnerware set that's perfect for your table and loved ones!
Best Dinnerware Sets Made in the USA
If you're aware of a company that makes dinnerware sets in the USA that we didn't mention, please leave a comment. We'll be sure to check it out!
Anchor Hocking crafts all kinds of glassware in the USA and has been making glass dishes, bakeware, and storage containers since 1905. The company carries a single product line of table dishes, called “Presence.” These pieces are made of clear glass that you can also use as serving ware. We reached out to Anchor Hocking for more information about this line, but we have yet to receive a response. Anchor Hocking products are lead, cadmium, and heavy metal free. They’re also dishwasher and microwave safe. We enjoyed our morning coffee in Anchor Hocking mugs for numerous years. Anchor Hocking is 100% recyclable. Note: While most of the company's glass products are made in the USA, other products may not be, including the stoneware mugs the company sells. If you’re shopping beyond the dishes I mentioned, be sure to check the product description for manufacturing origin. Shop the “Presence” line’s individual dishes at Amazon and Walmart.
Authentic, sustainable, and made in America Annie Glass dinnerware is dreamy. Each piece is edged in 24 karat gold or platinum silver, making each one unique and extravagant. Founder Annie Morhauser developed her own version of the ancient glass forming process, called slumping, in the '80s that marked the beginning of Annieglass.
Bauer Pottery’s Los Angeles roots travel back as far as 1910, but today’s iteration of the business makes replicas of the originals from molds created from existing vintage pieces. This high-quality dinnerware is microwave and dishwasher safe, but the maker encourages hand washing for the best care. You’ll find this dinnerware colorful, fun to look at, and even more fun on which to enjoy your food. Made from earthenware clay, the pieces are lead and uranium free. While you’re at it, pick up matching bowls for your canine family members. Shop the Bauer Pottery website or find select pieces on Amazon.
Potters have been making Bennington Pottery in Vermont for almost 75 years. Each set includes a dinner plate, lunch plate, bowl, and mug, each piece handmade. Choose from 13 different colors and designs in either the Newline or Classic styles, all made for everyday use. Purchase sets or mix and match with complementary, individual pieces. Receive a 10% discount on four or more sets. The company also offers an online gift registry. Bennington Pottery is lead-free and microwave and dishwasher safe.
Corelle has been around seemingly forever and is popular because of its three-layer glass construction. It is no longer an American company, but it does have production facilities inside the United States, which is why I mention Corelle's name. The company confirms its Vitrelle glass plates and bowls are crafted with pride in Corning, New York. 80% of the Vitrelle line of dishes is made from recycled glass, making it eco-friendly. Select from winter white dishes as well as several patterns, and buy separate pieces or entire sets. Shop the Corelle website, Walmart, or Amazon. Note: Only the Vitrelle line of dishes is made in the USA. No mugs are made in the USA.
Emerson Creek Pottery hand makes its stoneware pottery in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Their ceramic pieces have been featured at Mt. Vernon, Monticello, and the Smithsonian Institute. Choose individual pieces, single sets, or sets for four. Each set contains a dinner plate, a smaller plate, a bowl, and a mug. The dinnerware showcases hand painting on both matte and glossy glazes. The dinnerware is free of harmful chemicals and is dishwasher and microwave safe.
You’ve probably spotted dinnerware on television’s home decorating shows that look a lot like Vermont’s Farmhouse Pottery selections. They’re rustic and earthy looking, and even though they’re perfectly handmade, they have a bit of an imperfect look to them. Farmhouse Pottery calls itself “America’s studio pottery” because it employs old techniques and tools in its processes. Its Silo dinnerware comes in white or “pastoral” (neutral tan), while the Agrarian is grey. Buy individual pieces or entire place settings, which come with discounts depending on the amount you purchase. Farmhouse Pottery also offers free shipping on orders of $250.
Walk into your local Kohl’s, Macy’s, Belk, J.C. Penney, or Bed, Bath, and Beyond store, and most likely you’ll find Fiesta Dinnerware. The company’s product accessibility is only one reason Fiesta is my personal favorite dinnerware company. Fiesta has been making its dinnerware in the USA since 1936 and well may be the most collected dishes in the industry. It is located along the Ohio River in Newell, West Virginia. Shop an array of colors; go with a single color, two colors, or mix and match any number of colors. Some of the prettiest place settings feature a mixture of Fiesta’s colors and themes. The dinnerware is chip-resistant, and Fiesta provides a five-year chip replacement warranty. The pieces are dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe, and oven-safe up to 350°F. Read about Fiesta’s commitment to the environment and its sustainability efforts on its website. Shop the Fiesta Dinnerware website or one of the above retailers. Find select items on Amazon.
HF Coors is a full-line manufacturer of high-quality, commercial-grade ceramic dinnerware. Located in Tucson, Arizona, HF Coors dinnerware sources all its materials in the USA, including its master molds, for more than 90 years. The dinnerware is not only highly chip-resistant, but also it's non-porous and lead and cadmium free. The company goes to great efforts to ensure each piece is made well and that it can go from freezer to oven to table, then to the dishwasher. Select from a number of colors, styles, and designs. Check out the gift registry on the HF Coors website.
If you’re looking for bone china, check out Amazon’s few selections of Made in the USA patterns made by Lenox. Once upon a time, Lenox produced much of its china in America, but it no longer does. Lenox made the Hannah Platinum five-piece place setting, pictured, in the USA. NOTE: While shopping on Amazon, be sure to read the product description to ensure your Lenox selection is USA-made.
Liberty Tabletop, a division of Sherrill Manufacturing (New York), carries dinnerware made from several companies I’ve already highlighted, but they’re yet another source for finding USA-made dinnerware. Check them out, as they feature some patterns and styles I’ve not seen on other websites. Sherrill Manufacturing is also known for its flatware, as it’s the only remaining USA maker of these items. Liberty Tabletop has frequent sales and discounts.
Mosser Glass has been manufacturing quality hand-pressed glass for over 30 years. Located in Cambridge, Ohio, the company offers both classic and contemporary dinnerware designs in several colors. Mix and match the cooler colors for a welcoming look. Mosser pulls from its extensive collection of cast iron molds to make each individually-priced item from soda ash, silica sand, and extremely high heat. You can also shop for matching pitchers, cake stands, glassware, and more. Shop on the Mosser website, Amazon, or Food52.
Illinois’ Pickard China is the only remaining fine china manufacturer in the USA. It’s also America’s oldest fine china company, dating back to 1893. The company ranks among the finest china made anywhere in the world. The makers take painstaking measures and skilled handwork to make these top-quality pieces. The creations undergo 21 or more stages of production. You’ll find monogrammed china, custom china, or you can choose from their current collections. Notable dignitaries throughout the world choose Pickard China, including former president Barak Obama. Shop on the Pickard China website, at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Gracious Style, or find a few items on Amazon.
If you’re searching for a melamine alternative or an unbreakable dinnerware source, you’ve found it! Re-Play Family Tableware is an American company making plastic dinnerware from recycled milk jugs and has been doing so for 25 years. You’ll find plastic, reusable dishes both for kids and adults that include a plate, a bowl, and a divided plate. These come in a wonderful variety of colors. The dinnerware is BPA and BPS-free. It’s also dishwasher-safe and microwave-safe (in 20-second increments), although I recommend microwave cooking in glass containers. Shop on the Re-Play Family Tableware website that offers frequent sales, or on Amazon.
Rowe Pottery has been handcrafting pottery in Wisconsin since 1974. I remember Rowe Pottery being ever-so-popular in the 1980s and 90s, and I might have even owned a piece or two. I wish I still owned them! Shop from six different collections where you can purchase individual items or three-piece place settings. These collections have matching serving ware, including pottery charcuterie trays. Check the Rowe Pottery website for frequent sales.
Don’t tell the family yet, but I'm putting Simon Pearce on my gift list. I don’t know how this company does it, but it hand makes very distinctive pottery for its dinnerware collections, pieces that look nothing like other pottery I’ve seen. These selections can go casual or elegant. Actually, the company, founded by its namesake, started with handblown glass that’s still being made in Vermont. As artful as the glassware is, so is the dinnerware. Check the website for everything the company makes as well as for sales.
Stoneware & Co. was established in 1815 and is located in Louisville, Kentucky. One of the oldest American stoneware makers, it makes its stoneware ceramics from a proprietary recipe of 100% American-mined material. Then the company applies a scratch-resistant organic milk glaze to its pieces. The glaze is free from lead and cadmium. This company offers some of the most diverse-looking sets, from rustic to refined, simple to sublime. It’s all made for everyday use. Stoneware & Co. also makes serving ware that matches the dinnerware, such as casserole servers, pitchers, and trays. Sign up for discounts, and check out the online gift registry.
USA Dinnerware Direct sells high-quality, American-made dinnerware from The Fiesta Tableware Company. You can now benefit from using the same robust dinnerware in your home that you've only seen in restaurants and hotels. You'll see all the same collections as on the Fiesta Tableware website and more. View the Foundry, the Closet, Styleline, Terrace, and more, all American-made in Newell, West Virginia.
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Tammy Tilley is a southern transplant living in the Midwest. Growing up in the West Virginia hills, she was surrounded by family and friends who made things with their hands, from a penny whistle carved from the backyard tree’s branches to the hand-hewn wooden cradle gifted to her when her firstborn arrived. As an adult, she continues to be fascinated by the small cottage businesses the Amish and Mennonite communities cultivate in Northern Indiana. Tammy holds a B.A. and M.S. in English/Education.