Melamine plates are the most practical option for eating outdoors.
This type of tableware is ideal for picnics, evening entertaining in the garden or camping.
In this article I’ll show you 10 recommended Melamine sets to suit all occasions and budgets.
Let’s get started!
The benefits of Melamine
Melamine is shatterproof unlike traditional tableware. It’s also much lighter which makes transporting it easier.
Melamine dinnerware sets come in all styles from basic to beautifully patterned designs. It’s an eco-friendly option as it is durable and lasts for ages.
It can be washed and reused again and again, unlike disposable plastic or paper plates.
Whether you’re looking for designer outdoor tableware for garden dinner parties or practical caravan crockery, there are so many melamine options out there.
What to consider when choosing the best melamine plates
Check the construction of the plates. Make sure you choose ones that are made of melamine and are durable so will stand the test of time.
Choose sets which are easily stackable and pack away nicely when not in use.
Choose plates which come in a dinnerware set with bowls, saucers or any other utensils. They will be much more versatile and you can then cater for different occasions.
Choose sets which can be put in the dishwasher or can be washed easily. This will save time and effort.
What will you mainly be using your melamine plates for? If its for garden dining and entertaining, you may want to think about the style and pattern on the plates. If you want them for camping or picnics a more basic and simple design may work for you.
There are plenty of great deals on melamine plates of high quality, which won’t break the bank. Make the most of your budget and choose a set that’s right for you.
Here are our Top 10 outdoor tableware sets. We’ve also included a couple of bamboo and eco-fibre alternatives.
The best for entertaining
Auntie Morags Epicurean Rio Medallion Melamine Dinnerware
Both durable and lightweight this Rio, Moroccan ceramic style melamine set is ideal for outdoor entertaining. Dishwasher safe. Terracotta print with multi colours available in sets for 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8 people.
Flamefield Granite 12 Piece Melamine Dining Set – Grey
Contemporary granite effect dual colour melamine set, ideal for elegant dining and 100% melamine. Break resistant and dishwasher safe.
The best for everyday use
Parhoma White Melamine Home Dinnerware Set, 12-Piece Service for 4
This 12-piece melamine set is ideal for people who prefer the convenience and ease of chip-resistant and stain-proof dinnerware indoors. Perfect for families with kids.
The best for camping and picnics
Flamefield Camper Smiles 12 Piece Melamine Dining Set with Cooler Bag
Campervan fans will love this set which includes 12 piece melamine dinner set with matching 16 litre cooler bag. Cooler bag keeps contents cool and fresh for up to 4 hours. The perfect plates for picnics.
EDGO 16 Piece Melamine Dinner Set (Safari)
Contemporary safari theme designs which will bring sass to your picnics or camping trips. EDGO Melamine Set offers a conveniently stackable design for compact storage in kitchen cupboards.
The best for value
AmazonBasics 18-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 6
Elegant white finish affordable basic melamine set. Safe in your microwave, oven, and freezer as well as dishwasher-safe.
The best ‘splurge’
Q Squared Heritage 12-Piece Professional Grade, BPA-Free, Shatterproof, Melamine Dinnerware Set
Stylish and highest-quality melamine for your outdoor entertaining, the Q Squared Heritage collection is the best option for unbreakable dinnerware.
The best alternatives
Nicola Spring 6 Piece Eco-Friendly Bamboo Dinner Plates Set
Crafted from natural bamboo fibre, which is an environmentally-conscious, renewable alternative to plastic and paper. Tropical leaf design to transform your table into an exotic paradise.
LEKOCH 8 Pieces Ink Painting Serie Bio Bamboo Dinnerware Set for 2 (Green & White)
Stylish set made of renewable resources such as organic bamboo fibers, corn starch, wood fibers, with food-grade resin, food safe approved by LFGB, BPA free. This bamboo tableware set is including dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl and cup, which are great for both indoor and outdoor use. Dishwasher safe.
Wheat Straw Plate 4 Pack
You don’t need to worry about dropping these plates. These eco-friendly plates are made from natural wheat straw fibre with food grade PP; and free from BPA and other harmful chemical materials. Light weight and durable they’re perfect for picnics, camping, caravans, garden dining and also an eco-friendly version of children’s party plates.
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