If you’re looking for the best RV dishes for your motorhome or camper, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the selections on the market. And, because RVs don’t have much space nor can afford extra weight, you’ll need to be conscious in finding dinnerware that is lightweight yet serve their purpose.
When we first started RVing, we thought we could just take some of our dishes from our house and put them in our RV. However, we ran into several issues. Our dinnerware was heavy ceramic, chipped easily, and really wasn’t conducive to our mobile lifestyle. Plus, vineyard-themed colors of purple and olive green didn’t really coordinate with our RV interior.
We set out to find the best dinner dishes, lunch plates and breakfast bowls that are more in line with our RV living. What we found though is these dinner ware sets we found aren’t just for RVs and campers but can be used for cruising too!
So, let’s see what we learned and share what dinnerware sets are perfect for your motorhome, camper or boat!
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Best Dishes for RVs, Campers and Boats
Before we see which dishes and dinnerware we’ve selected, let’s first see the different types of dishes and whether or not they are appropriate for RV living.
Type of Dishes and Dinnerware
You can find plastic dishes everywhere; from big box stores to boutiques. Plastic dishes are lightweight and are perfect for RV living and camping outdoors, They are great for families because they are unbreakable and inexpensive. When plastic dishes are unserviceable, they can just be tossed into recycling (verify that!).
However, plastic dishes may not be the best suggestion should you want to reheat your leftovers or thaw out foods. Certain plastics and other chemicals used in the manufacturing process may leach toxins into food. Plus, using sharp utensils can scratch or gouge leaving unsightly marks that may collect food particles and not wash as easily.
So, if you’re going to opt for plastic dinnerware plates, bowls and cups, stick to serving only refrigerated foods such as salads and sandwiches just to err on the side of caution.
Melamine products are the best quality plastic for serving food. It too, is lightweight, durable and easy to clean. We also learned that melamine dishes have antibacterial properties. And today’s dinnerware market, manufacturers of melamine serving ware products are becoming more stylish and colorful.
We’ve found that they are a better alternative to glass and ceramic without having to sacrifice attractiveness. The downside of melamine plates and bowls is they are not microwavable or oven safe.
Bamboo dinnerware has become quite popular as they are fashionable and considered hip. They are processed by special high-tech technology to extract cellulose in bamboo, and is made of mixed plant fiber.
However, we share important safety information about some bamboo tableware products because we care about our readers.
According to Bioplastics News, “Fashionable but not trivial, bamboo-based cookware or tableware could release toxic substances into your food.” While you may think bamboo plates, bowls and cups may be safe because they are considered natural you may want to think twice, not necessarily if you’ll use them but how you’ll use them.
Some bamboo dinnerware manufacturers (not all) may use a plastic melamine-formaldehyde resin (melamine) as a binder to the natural bamboo fibers. Melamine is normally harmless. However, in poor quality products and if heated, it may release toxic components into food. And, that’s why most bamboo dinner pieces are not microwavable or oven safe.
First, they may crack or split due to high heat. But, more importantly, they may leach toxins into your cooked food. I’m not ever saying you shouldn’t buy bamboo dinnerware. But I am just giving you a heads up on product usage.
And since I personally love bamboo tableware, I’d opt to use them for cold foods such as salads, cold sandwiches and refrigerated desserts. All of that said, I will include a few reputable bamboo tableware manufacturers dish sets. Just, buyers be aware. As with any product we recommend or write about in our blog, read the manufacturing specs to ensure you’re getting a safe product.
Wheat Straw Fiber Dishes
Wheat straw fiber dishes are fairly new to the market. These dishes are made of natural organic wheat straw fiber, 100% BPA free, non-toxic, odorless and are environmentally friendly. The bowls and dinner plates are made with durable and light material that protects the plate when dropped. So, no worry that it may break once falling.
These microwave safe dinnerware pieces are very easy to clean to either hand wash or dishwasher. They work great in microwaves without getting too hot. The manufacturer recommends the heating temperature of the microwave oven should not exceed 230° F.
The downside of wheat straw fiber dishes is they’ve not been on the market long. Therefore human and environmental impact isn’t well known at the moment. These natural fiber dishes and bowls are not oven safe.
But, these dishes are great for desserts, snacks, salads, pastas and fruits, or as dinner plates. And the bowls are deep enough for cereal, soups, rice and noodles.
Corelle® tableware products have been popular since the 1980’s. They are made of a thermally-bonded tempered glass called Vitrelle. Their dishes, bows and cups are scratch, chip and break resistant. The material used in making Corelle dinnerware is safe for microwave use and in pre-heated conventional ovens up to 350° F (176° C).
Personally, I love Corelle® because they are classy yet affordable, simple and practical as well as durable. This glass tableware is perfect for RVs, campers and boats because the plates are not thick like ceramic. They stack thinly so they don’t take up much space.
However, there are downsides of Corelle® is they are breakable. Trust me when I say, when they break, you’ll know it. They will shatter in a million pieces.
And, while Corelle® has been successfully marketing for fifty years, we highly recommend not serving or eating food off any Corelle® products manufactured prior to 2005 as they used to contain lead as the primary substance. I’ve found that Lead Safe Mama goes into depth on these findings.
But, like anything we use, we encourage you to just use good discretion on what products and how you use them according to manufacturer’s recommendations and orders.
Most dishes we are all familiar with are ceramic dinnerware. Ceramic dishes are typical of what most homeowners use in their kitchens and on their tables. You can get most any color, pattern, shape and design in ceramic dinnerware.
However, the downside is that ceramic dinnerware can be easily chipped or broken. And lastly and most importantly, ceramic dinnerware is very heavy which is not conducive to RV living. Those extra pounds count against your RV’s GVWR. If you’re driving a tag axel big rig motorhome where weight isn’t that much of an issue, then you can enjoy your ceramic dishes.
But, for the lighter weight smaller motorhomes and towable RVs of all sizes, weight is critical. So, you may want to forgo ceramic dinnerware all together and look into any of the other dish types mentioned above. In fact, in this article, I didn’t include it in any of our selections.
So, now that we’ve set the table showing you all the different types of dishes, let’s see which place settings are perfect for your RV, boat and camping picnic table!
Plastic Dishes and Dinnerware Sets
Youngever Plastic Dinnerware Set
|This 18 piece Youngever plastic BPA-free dinnerware is kid safe, microwave safe and dishwasher safe. This dish set includes 6 each: plates, bowls, and tumblers. These dishes come in three colors; urban, rainbow or coastal to coordinate to your RV kitchen decor. And because they are plastic, they are unbreakable which makes them perfect for RVing, boating, and camping.|
CreativeWare Navy Plastic Dish Set
|This CreativeWare Dish Set is perfect for the solo RVer or van traveler. These 13 piece contemporary, lightweight and shatterproof plastic place settings are super affordable. Each dish set comes in Navy with 1 serving bowl and 4 each; plates, bowls and tumblers. The super bonus is these dishes are made in the U.S.A.|
Kid’s Dishes and Dinnerware Sets
PLASKIDY™ Plastic Dinnerware Set for Kids
|PLASKIDY™ plastic dinnerware set for kids is made to provide parents with a full dinner and snack set for their children. This 36-Piece Kids Plastic Dinner Set is BPA-free, top-rack only dishwasher safe and kid tested. They are microwave-safe up to 212° F. No harmful chemicals are released during the heating process. Each set of dishes includes: 6 plastic cups, 6 plastic bowls, 6 plastic plates, 18 knives, forks, and spoons. And the fun, bright colors will help distinguish between your children’s plates.|
Youngever Coastal Plastic Kids Dinnerware Set
|Got lots of kids? This Younger Coastal Kids Dinnerware Set is perfect for large families on the go! This set totals 54 pieces; 9 complete sets that includes eating utensils, bowls, plates and cups. These kid-safe, BPA-free, plastic dishes are 100% non-toxic; even can be used in the microwave to reheat their meals. They are perfect for kids of all ages from toddlers to teens.|
Melamine Dishes and Dinnerware Sets
Gibson Home Soho Grayson Square Melamine Dish Set
|Gibson Home Soho Grayson service for 4 melamine dish set includes: dinner and salad plates, bowls, and tumblers. These durable dishes are BPA-free melamine that’s versatile for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks. They are perfect for indoor or outdoor dining, cruisers, RV living, and camping.|
TP Melamine Dinnerware Set
|This TP Melamine dinnerware set is perfect for RV kitchens, boat galleys and outdoor dining!. These tableware pieces are practical yet add elegance to your table. This set comes with six each: bowls, dinner and salad plates. These dishes are food safe and BPA-free and offer 4 color options: red/black, teal, pure white or ivory.|
Moroccan Melamine Dinnerware Set
|This trendy Moroccan Melamine Dinnerware Set is welcoming with brilliant colors and vibrant patterns. These dishes are BPA-free and FDA approved. This service for four includes dinner plates, lunch or salad plates, and soup bowls. Compliment these dishes with coordinating colorful, clear iceberg 24 oz. plastic tumblers to finish your place settings.|
Corelle Dishes and Dinnerware Sets
Corelle Winter Frost White Dinnerware Set
|This Corelle Winter Frost White Dinnerware Set service for 6 has all you need to go from everyday meals to special occasions. Its’ classic white to modern, stylish design coordinates with any decor letting food take center stage. This dish set includes matching serving bowls.|
Corelle Cherish Embossed Dinnerware Set
|This delicately embossed square 16 piece Corelle dinner set comprises: 4 each of dinner plates, lunch plates, soup/cereal bowls and mugs. Mugs are made from porcelain to perfectly complement the plates and bowls. These place settings will bring a touch of romance and subtle sophistication to your RV or boat.|
Bamboo Dishes and Dinnerware Sets
Camping Theme Eco-Friendly Bamboo Dish Set
|This camper-theme ecological and durable tableware set is made of natural materials such as bamboo, wheat and rice shells. This dish set is perfect for the camping enthusiast. Decorated with a vintage trailer pattern, these dishes will brighten up your picnic table. Coordinate with matching dish towels too!|
LEKOCH Eco-friendly Bamboo Dinnerware Set
|The LEKOCH Eco-Friendly Bamboo dinnerware set is made of highest quality bamboo fiber fibers. These lightweight modern dishes are a perfect choice for outdoor dining, boats and RVs. This contemporary dish set comes in 3 colors; rich white, light blue and light green. Pair with a set Tervis tumblers!|
BAMBOO LAND Bamboo Fiber Tableware
|BAMBOO LAND tableware is made of high quality bamboo fiber material. This 16-piece dish set is easy to clean. Being lightweight makes them ideal for RVs, boats and camping. Each place setting comes with a dinner and salad plate, bowl and tumbler. They come in 4 different colors: khaki, blue, green, and pink.|
Wheat Straw Fiber Dishes and Dinnerware Sets
Colorful Wheat Straw Fiber Dishes
|This wheat straw fiber plate and bowl set design features a high lip with a wide base and shallower depth are easier to hold even by tiny hands. The plates are perfect for lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks. The bowls are deep enough for cereal, rice and noodles. This dish set is great for your RV kitchen, outdoor camping and even boating!|
Teivio Kitchen Wheat Straw Dinner Set
|The Teivio wheat straw dinner set is a modern and healthy alternative. This 20-piece wheat straw dinnerware set can be stacked well to save space. They are convenient for indoor or outdoor use making them perfect for camping, your RV kitchen or boat galley.|
Elizabeth James Home Eco Friendly Wheat Straw Dinnerware Set
|This Elizabeth James Home 12-piece Dinnerware Set is the perfect meeting place between contemporary style and everyday functionality. Every piece has a soft matte finish. This dinnerware set is eco-friendly, BPA-free and unbreakable. The set offers service for four. The classic ivory beige color will coordinate with any table service and place settings.|
Metal Dishes and Dinnerware
Perhaps we should have included metal dishes above in our descriptions. But, we certainly didn’t want to leave out this traditional speckled metal dinnerware set that screams ‘let’s go camping’!
Stansport Deluxe Enamel Tableware Set
Enjoy every meal in the great outdoors with the classic look of this Stansport Deluxe Enamel Tableware Set. This charming set features metal construction with a beautiful enamel finish and stainless steel edges. Dishes, cups and cutlery are all dishwasher safe. They come in green or blue.
And for you coffee and tea drinkers, double-wall stainless steel mugs that will keep your hot toddy, coffee and tea at a comfortable hot temperature much longer than ceramic or plastic mugs.
All are indestructible, shatterproof and will last a lifetime. And, these tumblers and mugs will look great on any table, around the campfire and in your hands!
Check out our product review: Best Unbreakable Coffee Mug for RV or Camper
That’s a wrap on RV dishes!
So, this wraps up this article on our Best Dishes for RVs, Campers and Boats that are also great for camping, cottages and cabins! Because they are all lightweight and virtually maintenance-free, there’s no worry of going over your RV’s weight limit. Lastly, because they’re all economical, they won’t break your wallet; leaving you more money for your culinary creations.