In the past few weeks I've received a total of four (4) boxes of the 16-piece dinnerware set in Chili, in the hopes I would end up with 8 dinner plates and salad plates that did not contain significant blemishes or look like seconds. Its never happened and I now wonder if the fact that I have 3 dinner plates w/o blemishes means I should count myself lucky. Anyway, I have given up on this style and this brand, at least in red, for the reasons listed below: 1. Disappointed with Color: Many, many years ago I started buying red Waechtercbach plates as did the rest of my inlaws (a family thing). Eventually I had 10 dinner plates, cereal bowls and pasta bowls. Red is an extremely versatile color, and very, very cheery. The problem was the plates were ceramic and broke easily, they could not go in the microwave and the red glaze chipped after lots of use. So when I saw these red and white plates that were porcelain, I jumped at the chance to purchase a whole new round of dishes from a beloved manufacturer, thinking that the few remaining pieces from my original set would blend in seamlessly. Unfortunately, the reds are not the same - - these "new" red plates are closer to a true red whereas the original red plates were more of a orangey/tomato red. Do my old things "blend" with the new stuff - yes, it doesn't look nearly as coordinated as I hoped. (May also be due to the fact that the new set is porcelain so the red glaze is more consistent and solid looking.) 2. NOT microwavable. Let me repeat this --- NOT microwavable regardless of what this and other websites state. A person (especially a child) will burn their hands if they grab one of these plates as it comes out of the microwave. I assume its something to do with the red glaze. Regardless, this is very disappointing (and dangerous); my old red dishes could not be microwaved either, which is a real pain for everyday dishes. I thought these would be different - was lead to believe by this site and others. My suggestion: go to the Waechtersbach website and read their description for each style of dishes they make (hint: some say microwavable, a few say "do not microwave" and the rest remain silent on this issue.) 3. Poor quality control: when I opened the first batch of dishes, I immediately called Overstock to ask if they'd sold me seconds. Almost every dinner plate had blemishes - pits in the glaze, bubbles in glaze, marks in glaze, off-centered white circle (meaning the red glaze was not painted exactly where it was supposed to go, thus the white (unpainted) circle doesn't look exactly centered or there is a little red glaze on the lip of where the "white is supposed to begin." 4. Pervasive problems with all pieces - with the exception of the mugs. In the first batch I received, I found the most blemishes on the dinner plates, fewer on the salad plates, just a couple on the bowls and none on the mugs. So far, I have only inspected the dinner plates and salad plates in the second batch and the quality of plates in second batch is about the same. I am extremely disappointed in: the quality, the color (which is not quite as close a match to my existing pieces as I hoped), the quality control & the fact that this dishware is not microwavable (or at least in the Red Chili color). (For perspective, years ago I bought 12 place settings of Dansk china, also seconds, and there were NO issues with the glazing on any of the pieces. The pieces were sold as seconds because the embellishments on the dishes were flawed, though often one had to look hard to find the issue.) Final Comment: 5 starts for Overstock Customer Service personnel, who were responsive, empathetic and happy to make things right. I won't hesitate to buy from them again.
I ordered these for my husband and I as our new everyday dishes when we got married. I really liked the design, color, and simplicity. Unfortunately, these dishes did not hold up to even a month of light daily use. Plain old meat cutting (e.g., pork tenderloin) left gray scratches on the white plate surface that I could not remove. Then the plates and bowls began chipping with only the slightest contact (like putting them in the dishwasher). Then one plate simply split in half. I'm very let down.
Perfect addition to my kitchen! It looks uniform in the cabinet and makes me feel great when I see it there. It is made of a sturdy porcelain and it's style is easy to hold securely. It's just a welcoming idea to use it. Haven't felt THAT in a while.. Few people would find fault with this one I believe!
Got these in the Azur color and they are gorgeous, very slightly less greenish than on my screen, which is exactly what I was hoping for. I've been avoiding buying stone or porcelain wear because I have very limited storage and was afraid these wouldn't fit, but they are just right. I have not had any problems with chipping in the dishwasher as some of the other reviewers stated, buy I have only had them a few weeks and have been treating them very carefully. The only 2 issues I have are 1. the blue glazing where it meets the white on a couple of the plates is very slightly uneven and 2. the bowls and mugs take up a LOT of space in the dishwasher. However, they are so pretty I'm willing to deal with it! Every time I open my cabinets the color just makes me happy. One piece of advice--don't leave coffee sitting in the mugs all day, they will stain.