Bone China vs Porcelain Part 1: Tips on Purchasing and Replacing

By Emily Royster

Choosing between bone china and porcelain dinnerware for your restaurant or hotel can be confusing.  What’s the difference between the two?  Why choose one over the other?  Read on for helpful purchasing and replacement tips.

Ask the Right Questions

  • What style of dinnerware will enhance the look of my tabletops?
  • Will the dinnerware complement my dining room ambiance?
  • How will the dinnerware heighten the chef’s culinary creations?

Consider the Properties
When deciding on a pattern, take into account the following properties.  Depending on how each material displays these properties will help you determine which option is the right choice for you.

  • Plasticity
  • Fineness of grain
  • Color after firing
  • Hardness
  • Cohesion
  • Ability to apply decoration

Weigh Your Options
In general, porcelain dinnerware is heavier than bone china dinnerware.  This is due to bone china’s typically thinner profile when being compared to its porcelain counterparts.  A lighter plate may make it easier for your wait staff to deliver dishes weighted with food.

Animal Friendliness
If you are opening a vegetarian or vegan restaurant, or are animal rights conscious, porcelain plates and bowls may be a better option for you.  Bone china uses ox bone ash in the clay mixture.

Out with the Old
Don’t wait until a plate breaks to replace it. You’ll want to regularly reorder plates, bowls and platters in your rotation that have small chips and scratches.  Presenting a beautiful culinary creation on a plate that is greyed with scratches won’t have the same impact.  This is a small step to ensure a perfect presentation.

This is the first in a three part series.  Stay tuned for more insights on choosing the ideal dinnerware for your foodservice establishment or check out our Bone China vs. Porcelain Guide.

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This is the first in a three part series. Catch Part 2 on our blog and stay tuned for Part 3. For more information, download our helpful Bone China vs. Porcelain Guide.


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