What Are the Pros and Cons of Square Dishware?

published Jan 5, 2010
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Q: I’m planning to upgrade from the homely dish set that I bought as a college student ($12 at Goodwill, so I feel I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of them by now). I’m drawn by the clean-cut look of square plates, but I am wondering if there is a trade-off in functionality. Will they be a pain to put into cupboards or the dishwasher? Will dinners look undersized on a plate with all that extra real estate on the corners?  

I’m interested in others’ opinions on square vs. round plates; I don’t want to “go square” without knowing what I’m getting into!

Sent by Emily

Editor: Emily, first of all, we say that if you like it, go for it! And secondly, we have a few square plates that we love for taking photos of food and for serving cheese and baked goods.

Other than that we don’t have a lot of experience with square plates, so we’ll open it up to the crowd: what do you think of square dishware?

Related: Easy Entertaining: Five Simple Tips for Plating Food

(Image: White Square Dinnerware from CB2)