What is the difference between ceramic and melamine tableware?

When it comes to choosing dinnerware, ceramic is often the go-to choice simply because many people don’t realise the range of benefits that come with melamine tableware. Investing in melamine tableware can help you save money and bring a whole new lease of life to your table settings, especially when you go bespoke with Melamaster. You might feel apprehensive about straying away from your ceramic kitchenware buying habits and venturing into the world of melamine tableware, not knowing exactly what it is. To help you broaden your horizons and try something new, we’ve put together a few key differences between ceramic and melamine tableware to help you decide which one is perfect for you.

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What’s more practical, ceramic or melamine tableware?

When purchasing new tableware, it’s important to think about the usability of the product so you can buy a more practical option for you. Whether it’s ceramic or melamine tableware you go for, both are extremely practical choices when it comes to cleaning. Both options are dishwasher safe, something that many people don’t know is that melamine can withstand high heats making washing up much easier for you. However, as melamine contains heat-resistant properties, this means that the dinnerware is likely to dry much quicker than ceramic products after it has been washed. With heat resistance and cold insulation, melamine is also the ideal choice for keeping cold foods colder for longer and at Melamaster, we have the perfect products for creating the coolest buffets from sandwich trays to melamine plates and melamine kitchen boards, you can keep your food fresh and tasty with melamine tableware.

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How does it look?

Appearance can be the main deciding factor for many when choosing between ceramic or melamine tableware, and when comparing the two there is only a slight difference in appearance. Some people go for ceramic due to it’s classic and often expensive look, however development in melamine tableware production means that the products look just as good as ceramic, providing perfect china and ceramic-like imitation. In comparison to ceramic dinnerware, melamine is much more cost-efficient, meaning you can get more for your money, without compromising on appearance. Off the shelf options for ceramic dinnerware can be limited but when you choose Melamaster, you can create your very own bespoke melamine products. Our team can help you from design to purchase and will send out a sample of your product to make sure you are happy with it. Choosing melamine tableware means you can put a stamp on your dinnerware with the ultimate personalisation to wow your guests.

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Durability: ceramic vs melamine tableware

When you invest in new tableware, you want to know it’s going to last so you’re not wasting money on products that quickly need replacing. Ceramic dishes are not known for their strength and are often prone to chipping. Melamine tableware is designed with shatter-resistant properties and strengthened resin, making it extremely durable and scratch-resistant. This is ideal for restaurant owners who find that they are going through dishes quickly and losing money replacing them, those with children or simply anyone prone to dropping things!

Now that you know the benefits of melamine tableware compared to ceramics, what are you waiting for? Contact Melamaster today for your bespoke melamine consultation.