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Bowls Buying Guide

A dinnerware necessity from morning oatmeal to dinnertime soup, bowls come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and materials.

Types of Bowls

Types of Bowls

Versatile bowls have been a dining staple since humans first learned to shape clay and hollow out wood. Functionally, a bowl is a bowl is a bowl. But common sense suggests that some bowls work better than others, depending on what you're serving and whether the meal is casual or formal.

Soup

Soup bowls are made to suit different types of soup -- wide, shallow bowls (sometimes called soup plates) for chunky, thick soups; deeper bowls to help pureed soups stay warm. Boullion and cream soup bowls are sold with companion saucers. Covered soup bowls keep onion soup or other clear soups at the perfect temperature between the kitchen and the table. In fine-dining situations, use an underplate to protect the table from heat and spills. In traditional table services, soup bowls may resemble mini tureens with one or two thumb handles. Bowls for chili have much the same shape, but their extra depth makes it easy to add cheese and other toppings to each serving. Soup bowls can also be used for oatmeal or cold cereal in casual situations.

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The Spice Hunter
$13.50
at Amazon

The Spice Hunter chicken noodle soup bowl comes in 1.4 ounce containers. Rich chicken flavor in a satisfying broth with tender noo...dles. The Spice Hunter in convenient, "just add water" single serve cups perfect for deskside dining or easy meals on the go. All products are all natural. The Spice Hunter offers 100 percent organic herbs and spices as well. read more

Noritake
$50.79
at Amazon

Noriake's Yardsley has tiny, white, playful and animated flowers that decorate this pattern in youthful exuberance. The softness ...of the coloration adds to the delicate design. read more

Excellant

Excellanté 12-Ounce soup bowl - two tone shell color. The elegantly designed Nautilus pattern of plates come in a ridged pattern f...or realism and style. The soup bowl is perfect for personal sized soups and looks particularly nice when complimented by seafood soups. It is perfect for any restaurant, household, dinner set, party, or special occasion. This product is molded out of 100-Percent melamine, non-toxic, dishwasher safe, and National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) approved. However, it is not for microwave or oven use. Furthermore, our melamine products are break and scratch resistant and are heat resistant up to 212 degrees fahrenheit/100 degrees celsius. read more

Le Souk Ceramique
$36.56
at Amazon

With its aqua, sea green and coveted cobalt blue hues, Aqua Fish is one of our most popular patterns.

Pasta

Look for a bowl that has a low profile, a moderately deep well, and a broad rim to catch sauce that may drop.

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BonJour
$24.99
at Target

Find Dinnerware at Target.com! Family and guests will love servings of lobster bisque or ricotta gnocchi served in the BonJour Fru...itful Nectar Porcelain 4-Piece Soup/Pasta Bowl Set. Crafted from durable porcelain to provide years of dining and entertaining, the heirloom-quality soup and pasta bowl set is graced with soft aqua borders encircling elegant silver and bronze floral and hummingbird motifs. The 8.5-inch bowls are poised to serve culinary delights for any meal, from traditional French onion soup or luscious clam chowder to sweet potato ravioli or spaghetti Bolognese. Blending exquisite style with contemporary convenience, each bowl is safe for the... Color: Multi-Colored. read more

Frontgate

Hand-formed of the finest terra cotta stoneware. Hand-applied, two-step glaze process adds subtle variations in shade and finish. ...In Leaf, Cloud, Surf. Salt and Pepper, Large Oval Platter, Large Shallow Serving Bowl, Round Dipping Bowl come in Cloud only. Mug holds 12 oz. liquid. Handcrafted from the strongest Italian stoneware, the Vietri Forma Dinnerware instantly livens up your tablescape with fresh color. Hand-dipped in a rich glaze, different layers and depths of paint create a unique look on each piece. . . . . . Dishwasher, microwave, freezer and oven safe up to 400 degrees . Handmade in Italy. read more

Frontgate

100% melamine. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Shatterproof and food-safe. Dishwasher safe. The Allegra Melamine Dinnerware, w...ith its rich reds and greens, accented in ochre and turquoise, sets a festive and beautiful table indoors or out. Crafted of lightweight melamine, each piece is shatterproof, food and dishwasher safe. . . . . read more

Frontgate

Designed by Vietri exclusively for Frontgate. 100% ceramic. Hand painted. Handpainted birds commingle with lush flora on the Tropi...cale Pasta Bowls. Inspired by nature, this ceramic assortment delicately captures each bird's silhouette. Dishwasher and microwave safe, Tropicale is durable enough for daily use. . . . Made in Italy. read more

Salad

Wood, bamboo, or acrylic salad bowls are often sold in a set with a companion large salad-mixing bowl.

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Portmeirion
$28.13
at Amazon

Portmeirion continues to build on the legacy of it's iconic Botanic Garden pattern first introduced in 1972. Artist Susan Williams... Ellis created Botanic Garden to depict a full range of flowers as found in English gardens from antique botanical books. Now, this new range branches out to include beautiful and vibrantly colored tropical flowers. Each piece in this new collections coordinates perfectly with traditional Botanic Garden, both in shape and design. read more

Pillivuyt
$35.95
at Amazon

Pillivuyt?s Sancerre Collection is classic and refined design, defined. Great for formal dining or every day use. The Sancerre 6"... Bowl exemplifies the collection and explains why the Sancerre Collection is sought after and coveted. Enduring design, lovely, versatile and Pillivuyt. Whether it?s for fine dining or every day use, discerning cooks and consumers know that it?s got to be Pillivuyt. Pillivuyt is beautiful and durable. Their porcelain is microwave and oven-safe, even for broiling. Take your Pillivuyt directly from the freezer to the oven without concern or worry that your beautiful porcelain will break, because it won?t, if it?s Pillivuyt. It offers a simple, white design that complements any kitchen or tabletop decor and is attractive enough to sit alongside fine china. Pillivuyt porcelain offers excellent heat retention to keep food warm at the table and its impenetrable glaze will not craze or stain and is hygienic and easy to clean. All Pillivuyt porcelain products are dishwasher-safe and resistant to scratching and chipping. They are also lead and cadmium-free and guaranteed 100% food-safe. Pillivuyt porcelain is hand-crafted by artisans in a French factory that was family-founded in 1818. read more

Lipper International
$11.65
at Amazon

Lipper International has developed a complete line of woodenware products consisting of tableware, salad bowls, storage items, pan...tryware and home organization items. These collections are continually refined and expanded. Whether it's a party of eight, servware from Lipper International enhances the beauty of any dining presentation. Dramatic serving bowls, trays and more provide added beauty and are easy to care for and easy to integrate with any table setting. read more

Dansk
$11.95
at Amazon

This Kristal All Purpose Bowl by Dansk is a keeper. Use it with other Kristal pieces or mix and match with other dinnerware for an... eclectic table setting. read more

Dessert

Don't worry about finding a dessert bowl that matches your dinnerware. It's more impressive to serve colorful fruit, pudding, or baked crumble in a footed glass or metal vessel called a compote.

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GG Collection

GG Collection Four Dessert Bowls Details Handcrafted of ceramic. Dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe. Set of four; each, 6Dia. x ...2.25T. Imported. Designer About GG Collection: GG Collection is the brainchild of two friends, Dixie Harrigan and Leigh Anne Baysinger, who wanted to make accessories for those who prefer classical decor to modern influences. Together they started a movement for the revival of the classic European style, beginning with Tuscan-inspired canisters and spice jars, then expanding to include dinnerware and other decor. Their creative combination of metal, stoneware, and mouth-blown glass achieves the relaxed European-country style they were striving to create. Color: Ivory. Material: CERAMIC. read more

Other Types of Bowls

Custard, flan, creme brulee, and souffle are baked and served in a straight-side ramekin. The classic rice bowl has a footed design. Mini bowls are handy for condiments and toppings: bacon bits, sour cream, and scallions for baked potatoes; nuts, chocolate chips, and cookie pieces for make-your-own ice cream sundaes. These small, shallow bowls are also good for dipping sauces for spring rolls or chicken tenders. For serving bowls, see our serveware buying guide.

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Le Creuset

Perfect for staging ingredients, individual portions, pot pies, desserts, and much more, this ramekin also offers the exceptional ...durability and performance you expect from Le Creuset. The easy-stack design makes it a cinch to store. read more

Winco
$21.60
at Amazon

Winco has been a trusted and reliable brand in professional kitchens for over 20 years. Our commercial lines of products, ranging ...from tabletop to kitchen utensils to food preparation supplies, are used by all foodservice and hospitality industry experts worldwide. While our products are made to meet the high demands of a restaurant kitchen, we are excited to now make them available for the serious home chef. read more

Now Designs
$25.49
at Amazon

This colorful ramekin set by Now Designs is made from 100% porcelain and features a stylish graduated color theme. Each ramekin ha...s a 7 ounce capacity and stacks for convenient storage. Oven safe: use these ramekins to serve creme brulee or for showcasing condiments and appetizers. Simple care: dishwasher safe. read more

Revol
$16.58
at Amazon

Inspired by traditional French culinary ware, Revol's Grand's Classiques collection is a reflection of times past. Favored by the ...greatest culinary professionals, yet accessible to all, Grand's Classiques are designed for intensive cook and serve use. From kitchen to table, you'll find that traditional is still very much in-vogue. Made of culinary grade porcelain, Grand's Classiques pieces are oven safe to 572 degrees Fahrenheit and are microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. Revol is a leading French culinary porcelain manufacturer. Revol is considered the experts in the porcelain industry. Revol porcelain is fired at very high temperatures, making for exceptionally hard enamel that is easy to clean and highly resistant to chipping and thermal and mechanical shocks. These features, coupled with the style and beauty of each piece make it a must-have for professionals and enthusiasts alike. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Casual dinnerware sets may include matching soup or cereal bowls. You can also buy additional or supplemental bowls in the same pattern as open-stock pieces, or choose bowls in a complementary style or color to help that course stand out.

Shape and Size

In general, match the shape and size of a bowl to the type and portion of food it will contain. Entree soups, stews, and pastas are most conveniently served from larger bowls than those used for rice or dessert. Contemporary square bowls are a stylish choice for dry snacks, while traditional round or oval bowls have gently sloping sides -- ideal for foods eaten with a spoon.

Material

Ceramic bowls such as stoneware and porcelain retain heat longer. Wood or plastic bowls are fine for salads and other cold or room-temperature foods. Clear glass bowls show off pretty desserts. Also keep in mind which materials are microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

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Lenox
$479.95 $686.00
at Lenox

The Rutledge Vegetable Bowl serves your entertaining needs as its lid keeps vegetables and side dishes warm at your table. Crafted... in the classic Rutledge pattern this dinnerware brings a touch of bright elegance to the most formal dining occasions. read more

Rutledge Vegetable Bowl
Oriental Furniture
$89.00 $127.99
at Cymax

NOTE: This bowl was photographed with the stand for display purposes only; all stands sold separately. To purchase a fitted base a...s shown, please select the 6.5 size of our Rosewood Pedestal Stand , our Rosewood Carved Stand , or our Rosewood Vase Stand . Large size table top fruit bowl with a lovely Ming dynasty style courtesan design. Crafted from top quality, high temperature Chinese vitreous porcelain ceramic. Whimsical decorative accessory and a uniquely attractive home décor gift idea. Large size decorative fruit bowl read more

14 Inch Ladies Blue and White Porcelain Bowl, Width - 14 Inches
Oriental Furniture
$89.00 $127.99
at Cymax

NOTE: This bowl was photographed with the stand for display purposes only; all stands sold separately. To purchase a fitted base a...s shown, please select the 6.5 size of our Rosewood Pedestal Stand , our Rosewood Carved Stand , or our Rosewood Vase Stand . A large bowl crafted from top quality, durable, Chinese porcelain. The authentic style Ming era flower and vine design is finished with an antiqued ice crackle glaze. Display on a formal dining table, buffet, or server, filled with faux fruit or potpourri, or empty to allow the design to show. Decorated with a classic Chinese export porcelain pattern. Distinctive displayed alone or in pairs. Matching vases, jars, and decorative plates also available, all imported. Part of one of the web's largest selections of Asian porcelains. read more

14 Inch Porcelain Bowl Blue and White Floral, Width - 14 Inches
Lenox
$71.96 $111.96
at Hayneedle

A wide, deep bowl like the Dansk Christianshavn Blue Individual Pasta Bowl - Set of 4 is a must-have for breakfast, lunch, dinner,... or dessert. Each bowl in this set is crafted from durable porcelain and is microwave- and dishwasher-safe.About Lenox CorporationLenox Corporation is an industry leader in premium tabletops, giftware, and collectibles. The company markets its products under the Lenox, Dansk, and Gorham brands, propelled by a shared commitment to quality and design that makes the brands among the best known and respected in the industry. Collectively, the three brands share 340 years of tabletop and giftware expertise. read more

Dansk Christianshavn Blue Individual Pasta Bowl - Set of 4 - LNOX846 LNOX846
Lenox
$63.96 $103.96
at Hayneedle

From the first course to the last, the Dansk Christianshavn Blue Fruit/Cereal Bowl - Set of 4 is going to be a must-have piece at ...the front of your cupboard. Each of the four bowls is crafted from porcelain and is dishwasher- and microwave-safe.About Lenox CorporationLenox Corporation is an industry leader in premium tabletops, giftware, and collectibles. The company markets its products under the Lenox, Dansk, and Gorham brands, propelled by a shared commitment to quality and design that makes the brands among the best known and respected in the industry. Collectively, the three brands share 340 years of tabletop and giftware expertise. read more

Dansk Christianshavn Blue Fruit/Cereal Bowl - Set of 4 - LNOX845 LNOX845
Crate & Barrel
$12.97 $39.95
at Crate & Barrel

Indulge your zeal for gorgeous color in this recycled glass bowl colored to a brilliant orange. An ideal serving piece for festive... gatherings. -Handcrafted -Recycled glass -Hand wash -Not for use with hot liquids -Made in Mexico read more

Zeal Bowl
Lenox
$67.96 $107.96
at Hayneedle

Versatile bowl for everyday use. Porcelain body with white-and-blue-trimmed finish. Microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Perfect for ce...real or soups. 12-oz. capacity. From Lucky Charms to chunky soup, the Dansk Christianshavn Blue Soup/Cereal Bowl - Set of 4 is the kind of bowl that's going to be part of your daily routine. Each bowl in this set is crafted from porcelain with a white and blue finish that's dishwasher- and microwave-safe.About Lenox CorporationLenox Corporation is an industry leader in premium tabletops, giftware, and collectibles. The company markets its products under the Lenox, Dansk, and Gorham brands, propelled by a shared commitment to quality and design that makes the brands among the best known and respected in the industry. Collectively, the three brands share 340 years of tabletop and giftware expertise. read more

Dansk Christianshavn Blue Soup/Cereal Bowl - Set of 4 - LNOX842 LNOX842
Threshold
$7.98 $15.99
at Target

Find Serving Dishes, Trays And Food Stands at Target.com! Make a statement and serve snacks in style with the Threshold Mini Bowl ...Set of 4. This coordinating set of square, stoneware serving bowls features 4 pieces, each with a white interior and a pretty exterior pattern over either orange or gray. They're the perfect size for serving party essentials like dips and salsas. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Color: Grey. read more

Threshold Mini Bowl Set of 4 - Gray
Libbey
$19.19 $23.99
at Target

Find Dinnerware at Target.com! Libbey Cereal Bowl Set of 6 - Clear Color: Clear.

Cereal Bowl Set of 6 - Clear

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