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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Frontier Soups
$6.00 $5.39

Homemade In Minutes all natural soup mixes from Frontier Soups provide a short cut to homemade and offer good nutrition without sa...crificing the taste of herbs, spices, dehydrated vegetables, dried beans, peas, and other legumes. Each mix yields four or five meal-size servings in 30 to 45 minutes and contains no added salt, preservatives or MSG. The home cook can create gourmet results by adding optional fresh or pantry items to the carefully spiced and pre-measured dry ingredients. To maximize the flavor and freshness of all ingredients, store these packaged soup mixes in a cool, dry, dark location. For extended storage or hot, humid climates, zip each package inside a freezer bag and place it in your freezer. read more

Denby
$42.57 $37.95

Urban style for home living, the Jet collection combines matt and gloss finishes for a contemporary look with timeless appeal. Whe...ther serving coffee or hosting a dinner party, Denby Jet adds eye catching style. If you like Jet, you'll also love Jet Dots. Anyone who owns Denby will tell you how versatile it is and how good it feels. Every piece has been designed for cooking, serving and eating food � from the �gravy rim� on our plates to the space on our saucers for biscuits. Our tableware is made for real food, not just for show. It�s for sharing, for fingers, for chopsticks, for barbeques, for kitchens�you choose. Denby can handle itself in the busiest kitchens. From the smallest cup to the biggest casserole, all our pieces can be used with confidence in the microwave, dishwasher and freezer. We've got over 5000 glazes, all harder than steel. It's taken us 180 years to get our glazes as flawless as they are, meaning our tableware washes more easily, but chips less easily. Denby is smashing stuff! Our tableware is really much harder to crack than other tableware. Each Denby piece is unique. It passes through 25 pairs of hands before reaching yours, including a test to make it as comfortable as possible to hold. read more

Mikasa®
$14.99

With a clean white surface and a striated line design around the rims, the simple elegance of Swirl Bone dinnerware will enhance t...he look of any stemware or flatware pattern. Stylish and understated, it's also versatile enough for either casual or formal dining. Constructed of durable, chip resistant bone china. Microwave and dishwasher safe. You'll find yourself using this bowl at every meal. It's perfect for cereal in the morning, salad at lunch and ice cream for dessert. Soup bowl measures 5-1/2 inch diameter and holds 26 ounces. read more

Mikasa®
$17.99

Unrehearsed glamour. The elegant platinum trim easily sets a luxurious stage for your dining pleasure ... revealing a dramatic acc...ent for that special setting. An elegant rim shape accented by a simple yet classic platinum band. Coordinates perfectly with formal stemware and flatware. Made of high quality porcelain. Dishwasher safe but not microwave safe. Rim soup bowl measures 8-3/4 inch diameter and holds 14 ounces. read more

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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Denby
$28.39 $21.99

See the light with the Denby White collection, a stunning range of cool chic tableware to enhance any style of food and fit any st...yle of home. Presentation is everything so treat yourself to Denby White - a minimalist look for maximum effect. White by Denby reflects the purity and simplicity expected from a white collection while offering contemporary shapes that could only come from the Denby design team. White Squares is an accent which offers an alternative to the soft, rounded shapes of White. Mix and match to give your table an added twist. Anyone who owns Denby will tell you how versatile it is and how good it feels. Every piece has been designed for cooking, serving and eating food � from the �gravy rim� on our plates to the space on our saucers for biscuits. Our tableware is made for real food, not just for show. It�s for sharing, for fingers, for chopsticks, for barbeques, for kitchens�you choose. Denby can handle itself in the busiest kitchens. From the smallest cup to the biggest casserole, all our pieces can be used with confidence in the microwave, dishwasher and freezer. We've got over 5000 glazes, all harder than steel. It's taken us 180 years to get our glazes as flawless as they are, meaning our tableware washes more easily, but chips less easily. Denby is smashing stuff! Our tableware is really much harder to crack than other tableware. Each Denby piece is unique. It passes through 25 pairs of hands before reaching yours, including a test to make it as comfortable as possible to hold. read more

GSD
$178.32

Life can be so simple: enjoying it with household appliances that not only make the work easier but which are attractive looking, ...have the best possible handling, last longer and are reasonably priced. GSD has made a concept out of it: appliances have been created that are fun to use on a daily basis, appliances that the buyer gladly acquires, appliances at the right price. That means for you: a wide acceptance on the market and a secure Product future. Makes your life easier too: by an attractive Bundle of marketing aids. At GSD, quality and service are just right. Includes all the essential items for producing homemade pasta using your very own selected ingredients. The gift set includes a pasta machine, spaghetti making attachment, ten hole ravioli mould tray and a wooden rolling pin and pasta rack. The pasta machine is easy to use and maintain with a detachable handle. The small beech wood rolling pin is included to assist in sealing and cutting the ravioli into individual shapes. Makes tagliatelle (0,08 inch) and fettuccine (0,26 inch). read more

Denby
$54.64

A stylish addition to any table. The Malmo collection was inspired by the bold, simple lines of Scandinavian design.

Denby
$37.00 $36.43

Vintage wine, classic cars, some things just get better with time. Regency Green is one of Denby's most well known ranges whose su...btle natural green watercolours are as fresh and invigorating today as they ever were. 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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Pfaltzgraff® Everyday
$8.99

Crafted of Stoneware, featuring a reactive glaze. Due to the nature and hand-crafted qualities of reactive glaze, no two pieces ar...e exactly alike and will exhibit unique variations in color and pattern. Product may slightly differ from image shown. You'll love this piece! A cross between a plate and a bowl, it's great for pasta , but you'll use it for everything from salad to stir fry and soup. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Individual pasta salad bowl measures 7-3/4 inch diameter and holds 24 ounces. read more

Pfaltzgraff®
$14.99

The perfect server for any type of pasta or salad. The wide shape allows you to cut your food, while the higher sides keep dressin...g where it should be -- on your salad. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Individual pasta salad bowl measures 8 inch diameter x 2-3/8 inch high and holds 38 ounces. read more

Pfaltzgraff® Everyday
$8.99

Crafted of Stoneware, featuring a reactive glaze. Due to the nature and hand-crafted qualities of reactive glaze, no two pieces ar...e exactly alike and will exhibit unique variations in color and pattern. Product may slightly differ from image shown. You'll love this piece! A cross between a plate and a bowl, it's great for pasta , but you'll use it for everything from salad to stir fry and soup. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Individual pasta salad bowl measures 7-3/4 inch diameter x 2-1/2 inch high and holds 32 ounces. read more

Pfaltzgraff® Everyday
$8.99

Crafted of Stoneware, featuring a reactive glaze. Due to the nature and hand-crafted qualities of reactive glaze, no two pieces ar...e exactly alike and will exhibit unique variations in color and pattern. Product may slightly differ from image shown. A cross between a plate and a bowl, it's great for pasta , but you'll use it for everything from salad to stir fry and soup. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Individual pasta salad bowl measures 7-3/4 inch diameter and holds 32 ounces. 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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Lenox
$36.23

Designed with simple sophistication and clean lines, the around the table stripe 4-Piece dessert bowl set is destined to create go...od times with friends and family. Crafted of creamy white stoneware and decorated with chalkboard black and bright Red, Yellow, Pink, and turquoise Stripes, this contemporary dinnerware is inviting and fun. Perfect for a casual get together and also makes a wonderful gift. read more

Pfaltzgraff®
$29.99

These dessert bowls can handle homemade ice cream, pudding, cobbler, and desserts just as easily as peach melba or cherries jubile...e. You'll love the versatility. Crafted of earthenware. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Set of 4 dessert bowls, each 4 inch diameter and holds 8 ounces. read more

Pfaltzgraff®
$7.99

This dessert bowl can handle homemade ice cream, pudding, cobbler, and desserts just as easily as peach melba or cherries jubilee.... You'll love its versatility. Constructed of earthenware. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Dessert bowl holds 8 ounces. 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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Sur La Table
$8.00 $.01

Our rustic Pumpkin ramekin makes it easy to bake up individual portions of classic soufflés, mac and cheese, cobblers, crè me br...ûlée and more. Our versatile stoneware ramekin goes from oven to table, adding a touch of fall cheer to Thanksgiving dinner or any harvest gathering. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. read more

Sur La Table
$10.00

Perfect for mini quiches, soufflés, crème brûlée and more, our stoneware ramekins are ideal for cooking a variety of dishes, a...nd their simple, classic style makes them a great choice for tabletop presentation. Set includes two six-ounce ramekins. read more

All-Clad
$79.95

These versatile ramekins are ideal for making a variety of sweet or savory favorites. Perfect for treating guests to individual po...rtions or enjoying a solo dinner at home.Catalog and website only.Manufacturer: All-CladIncludes: Two stainless steel ramekinsCare: Dishwasher safeUse: Oven safe to 500°FDimensions: 4½" round x 2 ¼"H (excluding handles)Capacity: ½ quartMaterial: Stainless steel and aluminumWarranty: Limited lifetime warrantyMade in ChinaBENEFITS:3-ply bonded stainless steel construction ensures even heating18/10 stainless steel interior will not react with foodsProfessional-quality pans maintain precise shape for a lifetime of serviceErgonomic side handles ensure easy transport from oven to table for beautiful presentation read more

Sur La Table
$8.00 $5.56

Designed to charm with embossed lemons and greenery against a crisp white background, our exclusive Lemon collection brings a clas...sic touch of sunshine to any table. This sturdy earthenware ramekin is great for preparing and serving citrus-infused desserts, soups, individual pot pies and more. 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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$14.88 $9.71

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$14.88 $10.02

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Better Homes and Gardens 7.6" Melamine Cereal Bowl, Reactive Green:Dimensions: 7.6"L x 7.6"W x 2"H (19.304 cm x 19.304 cm x 5.08 c...m)Matching dinnerware is availableMaterial Content: 100 percent MelamineBPA-freeBreak-resistantTop-rack dishwasher-safe read more

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Better Homes and Gardens 7.6" Melamine Cereal Bowl, Damask:Dimensions: 7.6"L x 7.6"W x 2"H (19.304 cm x 19.304 cm x 5.08 cm)Matchi...ng dinnerware is availableMaterial Content: 100 percent MelamineBPA-freeBreak-resistantTop-rack dishwasher-safe read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$2.00 $1.78

Better Homes and Gardens 7.6" Melamine Cereal Bowl, Reactive Blue:Dimensions: 7.6"L x 7.6"W x 2"H (19.304 cm x 19.304 cm x 5.08 cm...)Matching dinnerware is availableMaterial Content: 100 percent MelamineBPA-freeBreak-resistantTop-rack dishwasher-safe read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$14.88 $11.08

Better Homes and Gardens 6pk Ikat Cereal Bowl, Blue:Dimensions: 7.50"L x 7.50"W x 2.375"HBPA free, Ikat printMatching salad plates... and dinner plates availableAdditional coordinating drinkware, dinnerware and serveware availableMaterial content: MelamineCare instructions: top rack dishwasher safe, do not microwave read more

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