“ Brand: Wilko / Type: Porcelain 12 Piece „
I have spent so much money over the years on dinner sets - usually getting the "cheaper" sets from Argos at around £20, as apposed to the very expensive department store dinner services. However, even at £20 a go it soon adds up when you are a clumsy busy family who regularly drop plates, or chip/crack them whilst washing up.
We had the honour (stress) of hosting Christmas dinner last year for 12 people, and I really didn't want to serve dinner on mis-matched, chipped plates - plus we needed to buy more to account for the extra number of people who were eating with us. I really didn't fancy spending £60 on 3 x £20 dinner sets, so set about looking for something cheaper, and came across the Wilko Everyday Value 12pc dinner set. At only £5 per set, it made my purse very happy walking out with enough plates and bowls for everyone having spent only £15! I thought at the time that even if it wasn't the best quality, it would do for Christmas dinner at least and could be thrown out afterwards without losing too much.
The Wilko dinner set only comes in plain white and made from porcelain, which isn't too thin or too chunky - it doesn't feel like it would break too easily. It has 4 x dinner plates of around 26cm diameter - plenty big enough for lovers of huge portions, although it's quite a "flat" plate so anything too saucy does risk rolling off the edge. There's lso 4 x smaller side plates, and 4 x bowls - which are nice and deep for cereal or soup. Many "value" dinner sets I've come across feel very thin, have tiny plates and shallow bowls. But this is not the case at all with the Wilko's set. I can honestly say I don't notice a difference in quality between this and many of the sets I've paid £20+ on. The only thing I can see to make it "value" is the fact it's plain.
I've been really impressed with the dinner sets, they have held up well since Christmas and we like them so much we threw out all our old plates, so we finally have everything matching. For £5 a set, it'll be easy to replace if anything breaks, and whilst we have young children in the house it seems sensible to keep replacing with a cheap set like this than waste money on anything more expensive. The quality you get for the price can't be beaten in my opinion.
*~*~ Why did I buy the dinner set? ~*~*
In my house we get through plates and bowls at an alarming rate and I look forward to the day when I can have an expensive matched dinner service but for now I will make do with the Wilko Everday Value Dinner Set as it was super cheap (£4.56) not too chunky and doesn't look tacky.
*~*~ What's in the box? ~*~*
Once you get past the super nasty looking yellow everyday value card board packaging the contents are quite good. The box contains four dinner plates (26.5cm) four sandwich plates (19cm) and four bowls (13.9cm x 7cm). Happily I had a Love to Shop voucher for £15 so I brought three dinner sets as I wanted to dispose of my mismatched plates and bowls.
*~*~ Valuable or valueless? ~*~*
Once out of the box I was very pleased with quality of my Value Dinner Set. All the pieces are a lovely white colour, not that strange greyish white some cheaper dinner sets can be. A few of the plates had very minor glazing blemishes, I took them back to Wilko's and they happily swapped them for me.
I gave my mismatched crockery to my Step-Son for his flat and filled my cupboard up with my new set(s).
The dinner plates are a good size and hold the massive meals I cook with ease. My only slight gripe is that the plates could do with being a bit deeper to stop the gravy/sauce escaping from some meals.
The sandwich plates are excellent, no problems, and the bowls are a good size, easily holding a tin of soup or a teenage boy sized serving of cereal.
The dinner set is microwave safe which is great for warming the kids' meals up or making a bowl of porridge. The plates are also ok for popping in the oven to be warmed before serving a meal; I usually warm them at 60c.
The dinner set is quite hardy and has stood up to plenty of washing in the sink; I don't have a dish washer so I can't comment on how they would cope in one. The plates still look like new after nearly a year of use, only a couple of dinner plates have scratches on the glaze.
We have lost a few items to cracks, chipping or just plain old dropping on the floor, but as the set was so cheap in the first place this does not bother me. All the pieces can be brought individually for less than a pound a piece, so they easily replaceable.
When I have made cakes for my friends and family they have commented on the plates and are very surprised when I tell them that it is a value set from Wilko's. As the set is so cheap it does not matter if plates are not returned once the cake is gone.
As you can probably guess by now I thoroughly recommend this dinner set. It is very cheap to buy, wears well and looks more expensive than it is.
Thank you for reading.