When it comes to hosting an impressive dinner party, the beauty is often in the finer details. Of course, the food is important, but what you serve it on will also get noticed.
The good news is, you don’t have to splash piles of cash to get top-quality tableware. The best affordable dinner plate sets will be durable, robust and practical while also oozing style and impeccable taste.
Functionality and versatility are important, ensuring you don’t have to save your plates for best, and are able to use them for everyday life, too; all of the dinner plate sets in our list are microwave and dishwasher-proof, while some are also oven-safe.
But back to the fun part: looks. There’s a whole host of styles to choose from, so all tastes are catered for. If you’re on the lookout for glass dinner plate sets, Next has an ultra-chic vintage-vibe fluted option; head over to Habitat and H&M Home for modern dinner plate sets that blend seamlessly into a contemporary decor; John Lewis is a great one-stop shop for square dinner plate sets; and B&M has you covered if you’re searching for glamorous marble dinner plate sets.
For cheap white dinner plates sets, you can’t go wrong at Argos and Amazon, while La Redoute, Dunelm, Ikea and Very have rustic-charm and boho grey dinner plate sets sorted.
Whether you’re looking for dinner sets for six people or four people, we’ve rounded up our favourite affordable dinner plate set options below so you can raise your tablescape game without breaking the bank. Ready? You’ve been served…
Dinera 18-piece dinner set - Ikea
Set includes: six plates, six side plates, six bowls
Regular entertainer? Host with the most? You’ll need a large six-person dinner set and a cool grey hue is always chic. Ikea’s Dinera set is on-point and affordable, and the plus point? You can mix and match with other colours in the same range (dark grey, beige, light pink) if you like an eclectic look - they’re all stackable and microwave and dishwasher-safe.
Horciag dinner plates in sandstone
Set includes: fourâ plates
There’s something so charming and of-the-now about earthy stone tableware. This sandstone grey dinner plate set ticks all the boxes as we embrace the back-to-nature trend, merging a sense of traditional earthenware with modern kitchen and dining style. Functional (dishwasher and microwave-safe) and fashionable yet timeless, we’re very much here for this rustic-luxe look.
Habitat Atkinson stoneware 12 piece dinner setâ
Set includes: four dinner plates, four side plates and four cereal bowls
If you are looking for something polished and pretty this speckled set from Habitat will make a dapper dinner service. Hand decorated in Portugal and crafted from earthenware, the soft pink or blue tones and earthy greys will be a pleasing canvas for bright green salads and Mediterranean veggies.
H&M Home Four-pack ceramic plates
Set includes: four plates
Proof, if it were needed, that you don’t need to spend wince-inducing prices on your ceramicware to get a chic and stylish set. This black dinner plate set is sleek, simple and modern and would perfectly suit any minimal, industrial-style, or pared-back home.
AmazonBasics 18-Piece Dinnerware Set
Set includes: six dinner plates, six dessert plates, six bowls
Been searching for a cheap white dinner plate set that doesn’t compromise on style? Call off the search. This 18-piece dinner set for six will cover the whole family for breakfast, dinner and dessert. Not only does it look classic and chic, it can also beat the heat and handle the cold, being microwave, dishwasher, freezer and oven-safe. That’s the power of porcelain - and it doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag.
Multi Folky Animal Print Dinner Set 12 Piece
Set includes: four dinner plates, four side plates, four bowls
This monochrome marvel is a super-stylish dinner set that belies its affordable price tag. The dishwasher-safe set will see you through the teatime rush but is also nice enough to be brought out for supper with friends. The lovely detail is all in the folksy print.
Marble effect 16 piece dinner set - B&M
Set includes: four dinner plates, four side plates, four bowls, four mugs
Up the glamour stakes with an ultra-chic marble dinner plate set that’s also perfectly practical. How? Because it’s not real marble (shhh! We won’t tell). The plates are crafted from durable porcelain, making this a great set for formal dinner parties as well as daily dinner duties.
Argos Home 18 Piece Porcelain Dinner Set
Set includes: six dinner plates, six side plates, six side bowls
If you need to feed the five thousand and you require a reliable, robust, and cheap white dinner set for six, this budget-friendly option from Argos is fantastic. Ideal for everyday use and stylish enough for dinner parties, it’s a versatile set. What’s more, classic white is totally timeless and will go with any home decor scheme.
Stoneware 12 Piece Cool Grey Dinner Set
Set includes: four dinner plates, four side plates, four bowls
Modern, stylish, sleek and chic, this cool grey dinner set is totally fine and Scandi. Boasting an earthy ‘griege’ hue, its natural tones will make for an elegant supper soiree but will work equally well for family feasts, whether it’s a special occasion or a sofa-surfing kind of dinner.
House by John Lewis 26cm square dinner plates
Set includes: four dinner plates
The House by John Lewis collection takes a refreshing approach to its pieces, focusing on functionality, affordability and beauty - the holy grail of design for consumers. Contemporary-chic fans will want to get their mitts on this white square dinner plate set, which is modern yet timeless and will look fantastic on any table. Did we mention they’re also dishwasher, microwave and freezer-safe as well as oven-safe to 220°C? Dining style, squared.
M&S Home 12 Piece Lemons Dinner Set
Set includes: four bowls, four side plates and four dinner plates
Serving up cheerful freshness, M&S’s 12-piece set is just the thing for al-fresco dining in the spring sunshine. The tableware features a pretty lemon design and colour, adding a pop of vibrant colour to mealtimes.
Anyone with a pared-back but contemporary home will love Maxwell & Williams boho dinner plate set for adding a subtle yet stylish touch of print to the room. The modern boho trend will inject a relaxed yet refined feel to your tablescape. Looking for a plain option? Ikea’s Dinera set for six will ensure you’re prepared for lots of guests and a gorgeous grey hue is always on-trend.