Whether it’s for yourself or someone else, a dinnerware set is something both beautiful and practical. Since so many choices are available, it can be overwhelming trying to select just one set. HF Coors lists how to choose a dinnerware set.

If you are concerned about keeping jobs in the USA, then choose dishes made in the USA. These are usually labeled prominently on the front of the dinnerware box.

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You can also check out the website The American List, which features hundreds of products made in the USA.

Consider how you will be using the dinnerware. Do you want it just for special occasions, or for every day? Will it be used in the microwave? Some materials, like porcelain or melamine, cannot be used in the microwave. Earthenware or bone china are both safe for the microwave.

Also, consider how you will be cleaning the dinnerware. Do you have a dishwasher, or will you be washing plates by hand? Some materials cannot be placed in the dishwasher, like painted stoneware.

After you make these important choices, you can focus on fun aspects like color, pattern, and shape. Not all dinnerware sets are round. Measure your cabinet space to make sure you have room for your new dinnerware set.