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We’re Exclusively Eating Off of These Chic (And Under-$20) Microwave-Safe Dinnerware Selects Until Further Notice

Emily Laurence

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The microwave is an emblem of cooking ease. Firing it up means you're not looking to spend a leisurely afternoon in the kitchen. No, it means you want your meal ASAP.

But before you shove those precious leftovers into the microwave, you should know that not every type of material is safe to be heated up in that way. If you're tempted to throw a slice of cold pizza on a paper towel, um, don't. Anything paper could catch fire. Metal, including aluminum foil and china with metallic paint, can also make sparks fly. There are also some concerns about heating plastic containers; if they're not clearly marked as 'Microwave Safe,' the heat from the microwave could cause chemicals (particularly BPA) from the plastic to leach into your food. Not exactly the seasoning you want.

So, what can you stick in there for safe, even zapping? That's where these microwave-safe dinnerware sets come in.

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Even if you're just reheating leftovers, you deserve to eat off pretty plates. Mealtime nourishes the soul as well as the body. The microwave-safe dinnerware sets rounded up here prove you don't have to relegate yourself to plates with Disney characters on them to heat-and-eat microwave-cooked foods. Oh, and they're all dishwasher-safe, too—because ending a self-care moment with dishes just isn't cool.

The 5 microwave-safe dinnerware sets we're loving right now

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Crate & Barrel Aspen-Rimmed Dinnerware — $6.00

Classic white dinnerware lets the food really pop—and that is the star of the show, after all. This set is porcelain but still durable and, of course, safe for the microwave and dishwasher. At just $6 per item, you can decide for yourself how many of each piece fits your needs without worrying too much about the price tag.

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Photo: Aerin
Aerin Panama Dinnerware — $6.00

If you like the idea of a white dinnerware set but want it to be a little less basic, this set could be the one for you. The navy and green pattern around the rim adds just enough color without distracting from the food.

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Photo: Williams & Sonoma
Williams & Sonoma Cyprus Reactive Glaze Dinnerware — $13.00

How stunning is this sea green set? The glossy glaze adds a reflective sheen that makes the ombre colors really shine. Starting at $13 per item, everything is microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe.

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Photo: Home Depot
Noritake Blue Hammock Stripes Rim Dinnerware — $19.00

There is something so soothing about the blue striped rim on these plates—even more so when you layer in the bowls and mugs with the same design. For those that like the stripes but aren’t loving the blue, know that this set also comes in gray and khaki colors.

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Photo: Red Rover
Red Rover Bamboo Kids' Plates — $13.00

Heating up food for your kids? This set is made from natural bamboo fiber—not plastic—and is durable enough to withstand mid-meal temper tantrums. Best part? The whole set is just $13.

As you can see, you don't have to spend a ton of money for a set of pretty dinnerware that will make your leftovers feel just a little bit fancier. Safer (and more environmentally-friendly) than paper plates and far more durable than china, you can count on these pretty serving dishes for everyday use.

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