10 Understated Salt and Pepper Shaker Sets

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When it comes to seasonally appropriate salt and pepper shakers, my mom has always been on point. She’s got the little Santa shakers for Christmas, the pumpkin ones for Halloween, and obviously the lambs for Easter (along with matching lamb butter and cake molds). These functional pieces of dining decor all have their time and place, but on any average weekday they’re usually tucked away in a cabinet. For your daily meals, you want salt and pepper shakers that simply look nice, work consistently, and are easy to refill. These kinds of understated salt and pepper shakers are the workhorses of your dinner table, and no dinner, lunch, or breakfast spread would be complete without them. We went to some of our favorite retailers and gathered some of our favorite salt and pepper shaker sets, which turned out to be more stylish and budget-friendly than we expected. Check out our picks below to update your tablescape — you’ll be surprised by what you find.

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Williams Sonoma
was $19.95

Budget-friendly sophistication is a win-win in our books, and that's exactly what you get with these marble salt and pepper shakers. Super simple, super chic, and super easy to refill through openings in the bottom — these shakers are understated and probably underpriced, so grab them while you can.

2 / 10

Bring subtle retro flair to your table with this set of pastel-colored salt and pepper shakers, available in pink, seafoam, and violet. Spiky nubs up and down the shakers add a modern touch that's not too modern.

3 / 10
Pottery Barn

With this set of white and black marble salt and pepper shakers on your dinner table, every meal will feel a little more special. Each shaker holds a generous amount of salt or pepper and can be easily refilled through the stoppered-up holes on the bottom.

4 / 10

Everything Le Creuset makes has the power to elevate your kitchen, and this set of ceramic salt and pepper shakers also brings that style to your dinner table. They're available in either red or gray, and each color has a beautiful fade from light to dark that makes it stand out without being flashy.

5 / 10

Kate Spade has an impressive track record of pulling off cute and fun patterns that retain a certain chicness, and these salt and pepper shakers are a great example. The stripes and loops look hand painted and come in your choice of navy or light gray colors.

6 / 10
was $39.90

These marble salt and pepper shakers use subtle differences in stone color (as well as different numbers of shaker holes) to distinguish them apart. Brass bands add a little bit of flair but not too much, so they still look chic and elegant.

7 / 10
West Elm

We like how easily you can tell how full these glass salt and pepper shakers are, as well as how simple they are to refill by removing the cork insert on the bottom. And, because these shakers are made by hand, no two are exactly alike — meaning the set you buy is special to your table.

8 / 10

This handmade concrete salt and pepper shaker set has a brilliant design that's anything but typical. You can rotate the twist-off tops to adjust the size of the salt or pepper opening and control how much comes out. Plus, their minimalist aesthetic works well with any tablescape.

9 / 10
Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler continually outdoes himself with his playful and energetic designs, so this set of porcelain salt and pepper shakers is a little restrained (which we like). It's up to you which shaker you use for salt and which one you use for pepper, but either way your dinner guests will get a kick out of these cute little characters.

10 / 10

These glass salt and pepper shakers are playful and refined, and while they look like decor, they're 100-percent functional. Simply lift up the wooden stopper on the top to reveal holes underneath that dispense the granules inside. They're really shaking things up in the salt and pepper shaker game.