Review: Melamine Platters vs. Porcelain Platters

Porcelain Rectangular Platters

With any company dealing in the foodservice industry – whether it be catering, banquet halls, golf courses, restaurants trying different plating options, hotels with meeting space or party rental companies – picking the right platters for food presentation is important. You want to ensure you’re presenting aesthetically pleasing food while ensuring your inventory / material costs for the platters doesn’t affect your bottom line. Add in the breakage, potential stacking or transporting issues and it can be a bit overwhelming.

This article presents an easy to view list of the pros and cons of melamine platters vs. porcelain platters.

Melamine Platters:

  • Durable
  • Break resistant
  • Can scratch with use of sharp objects on the surface (like knives)
  • Commercial dishwasher safe
  • Lightweight
  • Can withstand temperatures from 32°F to 220°F (0°C to 120°C) – ruling out baking / food preparation in them
  • Non-microwavable
  • Potential long term health risks (jury still out)
  • Easy to stack
  • More expensive to purchase due to material cost

Porcelain Platters:

  • Durable
  • Breakage occurs more frequently due to the nature of the material
  • Scratch resistant
  • Commercial dishwasher safe
  • Heavy in comparison to melamine
  • Oven safe to 400°F
  • Microwave safe (unless porcelain contains metal detailing)
  • Can become cumbersome to stack
  • Less expensive to purchase than Melamine
  • Can look better longer

As you can see, porcelain platters and melamine platters both have their place at a buffet or party; neither one can be ruled out as “better” than the other – it generally comes down to how the purchaser plans to utilize the platter and personal preference.

For more information on the platters & bowls offered by National Event Supply, download our tabletop catalogue.