30 Types Of Bowls (Dining Uses, Materials & Styles)

Have you ever wondered about all the types of bowls for dining? See the different styles, their uses, materials, pros and cons, bowl shapes, and which ones are microwave-safe.
Dining table with spoons, plates, and bowlsOne of the most important pieces of kitchenware you can make sure to have at home is a set of bowls. These pieces are not new to any household but they don’t really get that much attention in the first place. And if you’re working on your plating skills, it’s even more important to know everything about bowls and explore all aspects of it.

Bowls have been existing in homes as far back as 20,000 years ago during the bronze age. In fact, they are believed to come and have been used before plates and other utensils ever existed.

With how they are designed, they can accommodate more than just food. Considered the oldest kitchen utensil, bowls are becoming more popular since people are shifting from formal to more casual eating styles. 

When it comes to different types of bowls, there is a specific one for a certain occasion or need. These are some of the bowls you can choose for specific purposes.

Soup Bowls

Soup bowl for dining roomsUse: Serving and drinking soup 

Official Purpose: Both formal and informal 

The soup bowl is the most common type of bowl used in households. This particular bowl is versatile in its use and can come in different sizes and styles. From a bowl meant for clam chowder to a bowl used for ramen and other noodle-oriented dishes. 

If you’re looking for a standard bowl that can serve many purposes, this is a good option to consider. These bowls come with or without handles, depending on what you prefer. If you value quality and durability, professional-grade porcelain is an excellent material for it. 

Check out the following types of soup bowls you can consider. 

Soup Plate

Cook pouring hot soup onto a soup plateOfficial Purpose: Formal dinner service

Soup types of plates are shallow and wide kitchenware with an estimated depth of 1.5 inches. It also measures around 1 to 2 inches in width, 9 to 10 inches in diameter, and 6 to 7 inches across.

Design-wise, soup plates are made for the bourgeois, which is precisely why they are perfect for fancy and formal use. It is very shallow bottom and prominent rim are its most popular features. It is deep enough to be used for soup but also shallow enough to be considered a plate. 

Soup plates are technically not a great option if you’re looking forward to sipping on soup. Despite being a good option both for thin and thick soups, it is only a great consideration if you pair it with rolls, buns, and crackers you put on the rim. They also come with heavy price tags so make sure you’re prepared for that. 

Coupe Soup Bowl

Coupe soup bowl for dining roomsOfficial Purpose: Informal dining 

Very similar to a saucer, a coupe soup bowl measures around 6 to 9 inches across. Without really a specific shape type it identifies with, the coupe soup bowl is known for being a plain bowl without handles or rims.

They can come in shallow insides and large diameters, as well as deep insides and small diameters so it can be difficult to differentiate them from soup plates and lug soup bowls.

A coupe soup bowl, ideal for informal dinner service, is just the perfect choice if you’re looking for something that’s not too fancy but can be used for soup. 

Soup & Cereal Bowl

Soup and cereal bowl for dining roomsOfficial Purpose: Informal dining

Also known as an oatmeal bowl, the soup & cereal bowl is used for eating dishes that use a fork, including pasta and salad. It is deeper and narrower than both the soup plate and the coupe soup bowl, approximately 5.75 to 8.75 inches in diameter.  

The soup & cereal bowl is only used in an informal dinner service and can come with or without a rim, depending on its design and maker. Read more about dinner plate sizes here.

Cream Soup Bowl

Plate with cream soup bowl, spoon, and breadOfficial Purpose: Formal dinner service 

The cream soup bowl is the type of soup bowl used during light meals, particularly when pureed soups are served during the first course of the meal. Measuring 4 to 5 inches in diameter, this type of bowl usually comes with two handles and a shallow bottom.

Cream soups are generally served with large round spoons. Clear soups on the other hand are served with large oval spoons. See our guide to the different types of silverware for more on what utensils to use.

Lug Soup Bowl

Lug soup bowl and spoon for dining roomsOfficial Purpose: Formal/informal dinner service (Basically for onion soup)

A lug soup bowl is a type of bowl that handles heavy-duty soup, including French onion and other similar soups. In fact, it is also known as the onion soup bowl because of this and it’s also depicted through its colloquial name which refers to individual French onion soup servings. 

It comes with either one or two handles (depending on preference) and most of the time oven-safe, capable of withstanding high temperatures.

Lug soup bowls measure 2.5-inch deep and 4.5 to 5.5 inches in diameter. And the great thing about them is that they are easy to carry around and are structured to last for a long time. 

Bouillion Cup

Bouillon cup for dining roomsOfficial Purpose: Formal dinner service

A bouillon cup usually comes with a 5.5-inch saucer and measures 3.75 inches in diameter. Also known as broth bowls, these bouillon cups look similar to mugs. These small serving bowls are used for dishes like chili, custard, and pudding. 

This type of soup bowl is called a cup for a reason and it’s because you can drink entirely from the cup if you prefer that rather than sipping from a spoon. And since this is used in formal dinner service, excellent table manners dictate that you choose just 1 method of eating your soup and never both.  


Porcelain tureen for dining roomsOfficial Purpose: Formal dinner service

The tureen is an old-fashioned elegant serving dish that can be used for warm and wet dishes like stews and soups. Normally made from ceramic or porcelain, this serving dish has an oval shape, broad mouth, deep interiors, and handles. These features make serving and ladling easier for hot dishes. 

Some tureens can also be made from silver and stainless steel, depending on the manufacturers. Some of the well-known components that the tureen is notable for being are the following:

Footed bottom: To avoid tablecloths from being burned

Domed lid or cover: To keep the contents hot and fresh

Knob or handles (Located at its tallest point): To ensure that the lid can be removed without burning anyone

Salad Bowls

A pair of salad bowls and a fork for dining roomsUse: Mixing and serving (sometimes) salad

Official Purpose: Both formal & informal

Most usually in glass, wood, or metal, salad bowls are solely for mixing salad in and tossing the ingredients around to better mix them together. If you want more sophistication for your salad bowl, especially since you’re hosting a formal meal, going for ceramic or porcelain might be a great consideration. 

In using salad bowls, you have the option of taking a portion from the bowl and transferring it to your plate or transferring everything to another bowl from the salad bowl for serving. The bowl is for mixing and creating the salad but not for actual eating. 

Cereal Bowls

Kitchen table with cereal bowl, bottle of milk, and spoonUse: Eating cereals

Official Purpose: Informal dining

Cereal bowls are a standard in many American homes’ mornings since cereals are also a big part of their lives. If you want to make the most out of your breakfast, use this type of bowl in the morning. They are also bowls that you can eat practically anything in. 

Cereal bowls can come in glass, ceramic, melamine, and other materials, the options are widely varied and there’s no right material for it.

They also come in different sizes and if you enjoy a full breakfast with cereals, getting an extra large is even possible. But if you want a formal breakfast every day, you might need to change your routine and breakfast meal preference. 

Pasta Bowls

Pasta bowl for dining roomsUse: Serving pasta

Official Purpose: Informal/formal dining

Most types of bowls are pretty much straightforward and they are named based on their uses. Pasta bowls are a staple in Italian homes and if you love Italian foods, you may also prepare this kitchenware for yourself. 

Differentiating pasta bowls from other types of bowls is easy since they have this distinct look and shape that include wide rims and shallow bottoms. You can use these bowls to serve pasta on the table, from simple spaghetti to other types of pasta like fettuccine and rigatoni.

You can also use it for other courses like curries, stews, and stir-fries. And to level up your dining experience for a sophisticated meal, pair them with wine. Visit this page for more ideas about dining room essentials.

Rice Bowls

Rice bowl for residential dining roomsUse: Eating rice

Official Purpose: Informal dining

Just as they are named, rice bowls are used for eating rice dishes and not serving them. While common worldwide, they are more staple in Asian countries because of their high inclinations and the cultural preference for eating rice dishes, including South Korea and Japan. 

Rice bowls have become more popular though not just in Asian countries because of the rising popularity of rice dishes worldwide.

In fact, these bowls are usually packed with a pair of chopsticks when they are sold for a complete set. This is the reason why it’s possible that they have become the top-selling type of bowls in the market. 

Dip Bowls

Various dip bowls on top of a wood tableUse: Serving dips

Official Purpose: Informal dining service

As they are named, dip bowls are meant to serve dips. Dip bowls, just as they are named, are used to serve different types of sauces you can dip your snacks in. You can put the following contents in the dip bowls if preferred:






Handy in structure, dip bowls usually have this curved design that makes them convenient to hold and carry. Besides that, the curve is also aesthetically pleasing and would be a wonderful addition to your meal presentation. 

Mixing Bowls

Mixing bowl made of glassUse: Mixing ingredients 

Official Purpose: Informal dining service

A mixing bowl is an excellent kitchenware tool you can use to prepare meals, which is how different this type of bowl is compared to other bowls that are used for eating or serving dishes.

You can get multiple mixing bowls, in varying sizes in order to accommodate the amount of food you’ll prepare. This is the perfect tool you can use when mixing the ingredients for baking a cake. 

Mixing bowls can be made from different materials but the most popular and preferred material is stainless steel because it’s lightweight and durable so you can easily use it every day.

Stainless steel mixing bowls are also easy to clean and won’t retain flavors on the bowl when washed so you won’t have any problem on this end. If you’re going to purchase one, get a mixing bowl with a rubberized base and grater lids of maximum functionality. 

Fine China Bowls

Fine china bowl on top of wood tableUse: Serving and eating dishes

Official Purpose: Formal dining service

Fine China bowls are very fragile kitchenware that if you choose to use them, you need to be careful and they’re also not recommended for children.

In addition to that, they also come with high prices that they’ve become the epitome of luxury and wealth in the kitchen. This is one of the reasons why despite its fragility, people want to have fine China bowls even with their high costs. 

These fine China bowls are made from kaolin, a white China clay popularly used to make porcelain. Since it’s very fragile, you can put it in the microwave and use a dishwasher to clean it. 

The truth is, fine China bowls are better off displayed and only rarely used (for special occasions). With the stunning aesthetics of these bowls, it will be a big waste not to have them on display for added visual value. 

Bone China Bowls

Bone china bowl

Use: Serving dishes

Official Purpose: Formal dining service 

Bone China bowls, compared to popular fine China bowls, are sturdier and more durable. If you want to have something that can serve as a wonderful conversational piece, a bone China bowl is perfect for the job.

This kitchenware may be thinner but it is made from animal bone that’s turned to ash and then a paste-like substance to create these bowls. These bone China bowls, while considered extremely strong and durable, are still breakable and fragile which is why they need extra care when handling them. 

When it comes to appearance, bone China bowls are almost translucent and white. They are visually appealing and can elevate the visual value of your kitchen. Compared to fine China bowls though, these can be used in the microwave, oven, and dishwasher. 

Candy Bowls

Candy bowl for homeownersUse: Serving candies

Official Purpose: Informal dining service

If you’re someone who’s fond of candies, using a candy bowl to serve these sweets to your guests will be a tasteful thing to do. These bowls are also used for decor and aesthetic purposes, especially if you choose a stunning candy bowl and fill it with colorful candies. Place the bowl on the coffee table or anywhere that’s easily accessible by guests. 

While named as a candy bowl, you can also place other types of snacks you can enjoy for a quick bite. You can also put nuts in this bowl, which is why it is also known as a nut bowl. These bowls most commonly come in glass, plastic, and stainless steel, depending on your preference. 

Pet Bowls

Pet bowl made of stainless steelUse: For feeding pets

Official Purpose: Informal

Just as how they are named, pet bowls are used for providing pets with either food or water. With these types of bowls, designs and sizes are widely varied based on the dogs that will use the bowls. Some may even come with their respective stands, ensuring that there won’t be any spilling. And most come with two bowls, one for water and the other for food. 

Pet bowls are also made from different materials and you have the prerogative to choose the one that will be convenient for you. The most popular types are the durable copper ones and the easy-to-clean silicone ones. 

Storage Bowls

Storage bowl with lid made of glassUse: Additional storage space for food

Official Purpose: Informal

If you have leftovers in your meals, storage bowls are the best container to keep them in. Since they are designed for storing food, they can be refrigerated with ease. They also come with a lid for the same purpose of better safekeeping and storage. 

To keep the food well protected, storage bowls are usually airtight so that the food won’t go bad. The most popular storage bowls are made from either glass or plastic. You can choose plastic storage bowls if you plan to keep them inside the fridge.

If you’re thinking about heating the food in the future, keeping them in glass storage bowls is recommended since you can place them inside an oven or microwave anytime. 


Ramekin bowl for baking and diningUse: For baking and serving food

Official Purpose: Formal dining service

Ramekins have become popular throughout the years because of the rise in the popularity of baked dishes. This kind of bowl can easily resist high temperatures and so can be placed inside certain types of ovens

Derived from the Dutch word that means “to toast”, a ramekin is a type of bowl used to bake dishes like pot pie and creme brulee. Ramekins are known for their circular form that flares out from the bottom, giving better support and hold.

Smaller in size compared to other types of bowls, ramekins may feature ridges on the side of the bowl for better gripping. And while it’s normally round, its popularity gave way to the creation of ramekins in different shapes like flowers, stars, and hearts.

Decorative Bowls

Decorative bowl for displayUse: For added aesthetic value

Official Purpose: Informal

Decorative bowls, just as their name suggests, are for aesthetic purposes and are meant to act as a decorative element and be displayed.

They look stunning and trendy that some can even be used as a centerpiece of your table setup (And yes, many add plastic fruits inside the bowl for aesthetics). Most of them are displayed on a glass shelf or cabinet.

These decorative bowls are less functional compared to other types of bowls. Since they are for the room’s aesthetics, they vary in materials, sizes, colors, shapes, and designs. And depending on the vibe you want to produce, you can go for decorative bowls made from wood, porcelain, and glass. 

Bowl Materials (Uses And Pros And Cons)

Dining room with chairs, curtains, table with bowls, centerpiece, and wine bottlesBesides the different types of bowls, you can explore based on their uses, you can also explore the different types based on the materials they are made from.

This is a huge factor to consider when choosing the type of bowl to purchase since the materials will affect the durability, lifespan, and general appearance of the bowl.

Choosing the right bowl material is relevant in meeting your expectations and actually benefiting from its functionality. And having several options can be a bit confusing and overwhelming. Going through each bowl material one at a time and comparing their pros and cons is an excellent move to make. 

Ceramic Bowls

Empty ceramic bowl for dining roomsCeramic bowls are popularly made in Italy, Morocco, and Spain, and they are made from ceramics (clay) that are shaped and exposed at a high temperature to help harden and make them more durable. They are also considered the favorite bowl material worldwide. 

Pros of Ceramic

• A bit harder and stronger than glass: While not indestructible, ceramic bowls are still guaranteed to be durable and it’s even better than glass in this aspect 

• Aesthetically pleasing: Ceramic bowls feature stunning designs that can be used for decorative purposes. 

• Withstands daily wear and tear: These bowls are durable enough for everyday use. 

• Versatile: You can serve any type of food using ceramic bowls. 

• Machine-safe: You can use the ceramic bowls in the dishwasher and even put them in the microwave. 

Cons of Ceramic

• Can crack and smash with force: Ceramic bowls are not indestructible and will shatter when they slip from your hand. 

Plastic Bowls

Plastic bowl and lid for dining purposesPlastic bowls are so popular worldwide that many use them for food storage. Besides being storage bowls, many cereal bowls are also made from plastic. 

Pros of Plastic

• Lightweight: Handling plastic bowls is easy and you can move them around. 

• Inexpensive: Plastic bowls are affordable and have reasonable prices so you can buy as many as you need and want. The price is perfect for those who are just starting on their own. 

• Durable enough: Plastic bowls won’t shatter even when they slip from your hands. 

Cons of Plastic

Weak with heat: When you use these bowls, make sure not to put them inside the microwave though they can still be used in your dishwasher. 

Wood Bowls

Wood bowl with oats in itPopular as mixing bowls and salad bowls, wood bowls are preferred by some because of the simplicity of the material. Some of the materials used for wooden bowls are acacia and olive oil. 

Pros of Wood

• Durable: Wooden bowls are durable enough that you can use them every day. 

• Natural aesthetics: If you like the look of nature and want to use the same vibe and theme in your kitchen, wooden bowls are great to consider. 

Cons of Wood

• Retain odors: Washing your wooden bowls can be a challenge, especially if you’ve used them to carry a dish with an odor that stands out. 

• Requires handwashing: If you want to get rid of the odors that retain on the bowl, handwashing is the key rather than putting them in the dishwasher. 

Stainless Steel Bowls

Three stainless steel bowls on top of a wood surfaceMetal bowls, like stainless steel bowls, make excellent decorative and mixing bowls. They also function for the following uses:

Storing food


Serving dishes

Pros of Stainless Steel

• Durable and indestructible: Unlike many types of bowls, stainless steel bowls won’t shatter or get destroyed when they slip from your hands. 

• Easy to clean: Stainless steel bowls can be cleaned up easily well and so this is not an issue you have to worry about. 

• Lightweight: Using stainless steel bowls as mixing bowls is effective because it’s lightweight and easy to handle in the first place. 

• Inexpensive: You don’t have to save up for it just to be able to purchase one stainless steel bowl. 

Cons of Stainless Steel

• Easily heats up: You can’t use stainless steel bowls in the microwave since they heat up too fast and too much that you can burn your hands if you do so. 

Stoneware Bowls

Stoneware bowl with salad in itIf you’re looking for something that’s overall rugged, stoneware bowls are the way to go. These non-porous bowls are usually made from stoneware clay, which is heated at 2330 degrees Fahrenheit to harden. 

Pros of Stoneware

• Durable: Stoneware bowls can withstand daily wear and tear so using them every day will not be an issue. They are durable enough to be placed in a microwave oven and inside a dishwasher

• Quirky designs: If you like to have some fun, you can choose stoneware bowls with stunning and unique designs. Artisans actually create detailed designs on these bowls. 

• Versatile: Stoneware bowls can be used for varied purposes and you can use them as salad bowls, soup bowls, and even cereal bowls if preferred. 

• Earthy aesthetics: Besides the fact that these bowls won’t need to be glazed, they look perfect for casual restaurants with a nature theme.

Cons of Stoneware

• Heavy and bulky: If you have a small kitchen cabinet, this is not an ideal option since these bowls are pretty bulky and heavy and can take up more space. 

• Breaks easily: Similar to glass and ceramic bowls, stoneware bowls can break easily, especially when dropped on the floor. 

Earthenware Bowls

Earthenware bowl with soup in itSimilar to stoneware bowls, earthenware is made from clay but not at high temperatures. Instead, they are baked at a relatively low temperature that allows the bowl to harden and actually become unbreakable. These bowls have become a trend in the 21st century.  

Pros of Earthenware

• Visually striking: Earthenware bowls have ornate and stunning aesthetics that you would want to display in your kitchen. 

• Durable and unbreakable: These bowls can be considered a practical choice since you can use them every day without wearing them out. They are also safe to be cleaned in the dishwasher. 

• Not affected by temperature: Earthenware bowls are both heat-proof and cold-proof so you can use them for freezing foods, cooking, and serving meals. 

• Possible for waterproofing: Glazing these bowls can actually waterproof them. 

Cons of Earthenware

• Porous bowls: While resistant to heat or cold, the porous holes on the bowls can soak up too much liquid that will not just cause the bowls to be unsafe to be used with food. 

• Can be brittle in nature: Never place the earthenware bowls directly on the burner or the oven. 

Glass Bowls

Glass bowl with different fruits inside itConsidered one of the most common types of bowls, a glass bowl can be used to serve different dishes, including noodles, cereals, and salads. 

Pros of Glass

• Looks elegant to use: Glass bowls are generally quite stunning and fetching to look at. They are eye-catchy and would even be a great centerpiece for your table setting.

• Easy to clean: Using glass bowls every day will not be an issue since they are easy to clean and can withstand daily wear and tear. Unlike wooden bowls, you won’t have issues with retaining odor and they also don’t easily stain. 

• Durable: Glass bowls are durable enough that you can use them with a dishwasher, microwave, and refrigerator without worry. 

• Comes in a variety of sizes: There are different sizes of glass bowls you can consider depending on the amount of food you’re preparing. 

• Affordable: If you choose glass bowls, you won’t have to spend a fortune just to buy a set for your kitchen. 

Cons of Glass

• Quite fragile: Glass bowls can be delicate so you need to be careful how you use them and take care of them. If you’re choosing this type of bowl, get a tempered glass bowl that won’t overheat and easily shatter. 

Copper Bowls

Copper bowl for dining roomsAn excellent option used as a mixing bowl, a copper bowl is an ideal option when you’re dealing with the following:

Beating egg whites

Mashing potatoes

Whipping create 

Mixing crepe batters

Pros of Copper

• Classically stunning aesthetics: Copper bowls have this classic and rustic look that would look wonderful when displayed in your kitchen. 

• Perfect for dealing with egg whites: Copper bowls produce firmer whipped cream since the copper ions stabilize the egg whites you’re working on. 

• Durable and sturdy: Excellent for daily use, copper bowls can withstand everyday wear and tear. 

Cons of Copper

• Relatively expensive: You may need to spend a bit more if you choose copper bowls compared to what you will spend if you choose a different type of bowl.

Bamboo Bowls

Bamboo bowl for dining roomsExcellent for serving appetizers and salads, bamboo bowls can be a great addition to your kitchen. Many people choose this type of bowl when serving their salad and have actually become popular because of this. 

Pros of Bamboo

• Environmentally-friendly option: Bamboo bowls are fully biodegradable so they do not harm the environment not just in the manufacture and production but also at their disposal. 

• Durable: You can beat into your bamboo bowls without having to worry about damaging them and so can withstand daily wear and tear. Bamboo cutting boards are frequently used due to their strength and because they are less porous and harder than hardwoods.

• Stunning to look at: Using bamboo bowls for salad simple looks right and fitting. 

Cons of Bamboo

• Does not last long: Compared to other types of bowls, bamboo bowls can only last for up to 2 years.  

• Not machine friendly: Bamboo bowls are not microwave and dishwasher friendly so make sure not to use these bowls with the said machines. 

• Handwash cleaning: Cleaning bamboo bowls requires a personal touch and you may need to wash them by hand to ensure they’ve been thoroughly cleaned. 

Melamine Bowls

A stack of colorful melamine bowlsAnother common bowl type, melamine bowls are popular in the kitchen and they are created using the same organic chemical used for plastics. This makes them a bit similar to plastic bowls but they are also a bit better and nicer. 

Pros of Melamine

• Dishwasher-safe: You don’t need to hand wash them and can use the dishwasher to clean these bowls. 

• A variety of options: Melamine bowls, similar to plastic comes, can come in a variety of shapes, colors, and designs. 

• Durable and sturdy: These bowls won’t easily break and can actually be used by both the elderly and children alike. Dropping them won’t break or shatter them compared to other types of bowls. 

Cons of Melamine

• Not microwave-safe: Melamine bowls will melt if you place them inside the microwave so make sure to remember this to avoid a disaster. 

Silicone Bowls

Silicone bowl and spoon for diningSilicone bowls are created by combining synthetic rubber materials with synthetic plastic polymer. 

Pros of Silicone

• Food-safe: Silicone bowls do not react with food or drinks so you can use them without any possibility of harmful gas production. 

• Flexible in structure: The material is naturally foldable and flexible so you can arrange them in a way that can save space inside your kitchen closet by bending them. 

Durable: These types of bowls are extra durable and certain models can take a variety of temperature fluctuations such as use in the microwave, freezer and dishwasher without harmful leaching of chemicals. Since silicone is so strong its often used for kitchen mat countertop protection.

Cons of Silicone

• Not that aesthetically pleasing: Silicone bowls are a bit cheap to look at so if you’re going for something classic and elegant, this is a bad option for you. 

Different Types Of Bowl Shapes 

Different bowls with food inside themIn general, bowls are known for their round shape and this goes the same for every bowl, whatever type you’re dealing with. While this is the most common shape, this is not the only shape you can encounter in the market and in different homes and kitchens. Many bowls are now offered in different shapes and designs, from triangular dipping bowls to rectangular soup bowls. 

How Many Cups Are In A Bowl Of Soup 

Large dining bowl with soup inside itBowls can come in a variety of sizes but if you’re dealing with the standard bowl of soup, this means you’re preparing for around 12 oz or one and a half cups of soup. 

What Type Of Bowl For French Onion Soup 

Dining bowl with French onion soup in itFrench onion soup is one of the most popular soup dishes in the world, whether you’re talking about something homemade or served in restaurants. If you’re planning on cooking your own creamy french soup, you need to have the right kind of bowl.

This will not just help you with the presentation, but also with the cooking. This is primarily because cooking an authentic French onion soup itself is not an easy job to accomplish. 

It will be preferred if you choose a bowl that comes with both a handle and lid. If you want help choosing though, here are some types of bowls you can use for your French onion soup. 

Soup bowl

Soup plate

Lug soup bowl

Cream soup bowl 

What Type Of Bowls Are Microwave Safe 

Dining table with bowl cutting board and spoonThe microwave is one of the best small appliances you can have in your kitchen. To quickly heat your food, popping it inside the microwave oven is the most natural thing to do.

If you want to know if a specific kind of bowl is safe to use for certain types of microwaves, you can always check the box that the bowls came in with since there will always be instructions from the manufacturers. 

Without any label, one thing you can do is determine the material that it’s made from. But if you are somehow thinking twice about it then just don’t pop it in the microwave. And of course, avoid putting the following bowls in your microwave:

Wood bowls 

Bamboo bowls

Plastic bowls

Melamine bowls

Fine China bowls

Bone China bowls

Metal bowls

What Type Of Bowls Are Oven Safe

Earthenware bowl with roasted meat inside itIf you want a list of the different types of bowls you can use to heat or cook food in your oven, here are some that are pretty safe to use. 

Ceramic bowls

Stoneware bowls

Earthenware bowls

Glass bowls

While these bowls made from the same materials are oven safe, make sure that the manufacturers guarantee them by looking at their labels.

There are also specific temperatures that the bowls can withstand and the ones they can’t so take note of those details. The manual guide that comes with the bowls will tell you what temperature you can use them with.

Top 15 Popular Bowl Styles Infographic

Top 15 Popular Bowl Styles Infographic

Did we miss any of your favorite types of bowls? Let us know in the comments below what you think. See more related content in our article about the different placemat sizes on this page.

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Marisa Bolivar is an interior design writer with a passion for decorating and home design. She has a keen eye for aesthetics and specializes in rustic and minimalist styles that are budget-friendly.

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