Product Type: Tesco in Homeware
Newest Review: ... poor quality and so I was expecting these to be quite flimsy. Although they are quite thick and don't bend too much when you put a lot on... more
Tesco Value Paper Plates
Member Name: kat1234
Tesco Value Paper Plates
Advantages: cheap, do the job
Disadvantages: quite flimsy
There are only two times of year I really buy paper plates - birthdays (well, my son's) and Christmas. This is because we have lots of guests and more mouths to feed than usual. Whilst we do have a dishwasher, we lack enough plates to go around and I just find it easier to have disposable plates that we can get rid of afterwards. Not the most environmentally friendly approach I appreciate!
I usually buy decorated plates with kiddies designs or something a bit festive but we had so many guests this year that this would have worked out quite expensive as these are generally available in packs of 10 so we would have needed several. Instead I opted for these plain paper plates from the Tesco Value range which cost £1.20 for a pack of 50 plates - so we would have more than enough. I opted for some festive napkins so it really didn't matter that the plates were plain.
The plates come stacked and simply wrapped in a see through plastic layer. The top has a sticker on labelling the product. This obviously means that the plates are not well protected and I had to hunt around the stock for the pack with the least damaged edges. Not that a bit of damage really matters as it was only the edges that were affected. The plates are 22cm, so a pretty decent size and more than suited our needs as they were just for buffet food.
The edges are slightly raised so they acted well to keep food on the plate. In our experience, they could hold a fair amount of food although they were slightly weaker than plates I have previously used and so would bend much easier. I probably wouldn't want to use these for anything other than a buffet as I think they would struggle to cope with heavier food eg from a barbecue. We didn't use much 'wet' food on these, although there were a few plates with a bit of dip or sauce on and they seemed to cope ok, although I am unconvinced that they would stand up to much of this very well! They certainly did the job for which they were purchased for though and I had no complaints.
Overall a cheap alternative to more expensive paper plates but I think I will still stick to slightly dearer ones, particularly for children's party. I think we will keep the ones we had over as emergency supplies though. At the end of the day, you use them once and then discard of them so it's not worth being too picky - and these do the job at an exceptionally low price!
Summary: cheap solution