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No party spread is complete without one important thing: chips and dip. But you can’t just toss the two foods on a plate and call it a day. To keep things neat and cohesive, a chip and dip set is the way to go. Trays complete with compartments come in handy when serving snacks that you want to keep separate, whether it's chips and salsa or crackers and hummus. Beyond dunking, you can use these dishes to divvy up chili garnishes, nacho bar toppings, and more.
Here are the best chip and dip bowls—from plastic disposable ones to novelty items that make great gifts—for your next gathering.
Best Overall: Rhodes Stoneware Chip & Dip Server
If there’s one thing this classic ceramic chip and dip server proves, it’s that the appetizer doesn’t have to be an afterthought or something that you slap on the table in a hurry. Thanks to five divided compartments on the plate, this particular piece of serveware is uniquely versatile. Fill the whole thing with your favorite chips or crackers, or ensure there’s a mix of dippers—chips, crackers, veggies, and more—to suit every taste.
We love the convenience of this particular platter. The vessel for dip comes with a lid to keep things fresh, and the entire piece is microwave- (great for hot dips, like crab dip!) and dishwasher-safe.
Best Budget: Everyday White Chip and Dip 4-Section Server in White
Though this chip and dip set comes at a comfortable price point, it has sleek lines and a crisp, clean aesthetic that’s undeniably elegant. Because of this, it looks just as comfortable on a picnic table for a backyard barbecue as it does on a dining table decked to the nines for a special event, like a shower.
And just because you’re paying a fair price doesn’t mean you’ll sacrifice functionality. The porcelain plate has three compartments for various dippers, plus a center bowl for your favorite dip. It’s both oven- and microwave-safe, so you can even prepare your favorite hot dip without dirtying any other dishes. When the food it holds has been picked over, simply tuck the platter into the dishwasher for easy cleanup.
Best Disposable: Party Bargains 6 Sectional Round Plastic Serving Tray
Sometimes the best way to host is the most convenient way—and there’s nothing easier than disposable serving dishes, since you can just toss them when the party’s over. Single-use dishes are also handy for dropping off goodies for friends and family.
We love this large plastic serving tray, because, thanks to silver detailing, it’s a little more elevated than some other options you’ll find when browsing. Plus, the dish has five deep exterior compartments to hold everything from pretzels and chips to veggies and even fruit (yes, dessert dips are a thing!).
Another big bonus: Because these platters are made from an extra hard plastic, they’re break-resistant and can even be washed and put away, so you can get a little more mileage out of them (plus be a little greener!).
Best Individual: Uncommon Goods Ooma Bowl
Nobody ever said chips and dips are only for parties. You’re doing something right if you know the pleasures of indulging in the duo whenever the mood strikes. But if you’re snacking solo, chances are you don’t need the big party platters (though more power to you!). This clever handheld chip and dip bowl is just right for a party of one.
It features two compartments—one slightly larger for chips or other dippers, and one slightly smaller for dip, salsa, and more. And, like other great sets, this dual-chambered dish is microwave-, dishwasher-, and oven-safe for convenience.
Best for Outdoor Dining: Prodyne Appetizers On Ice with Lids
When dining outdoors, whether having a picnic or hosting a backyard bash, one of the most important considerations is keeping food that easily spoils chilled—especially on a hot summer day. This platter features three removable compartments, so you can fill the base with plenty of ice to keep appetizers nice and cold. For added convenience when dining outdoors, the set also includes lids to keep the cold in and the bugs out.
If there’s any downside, it’s that the durable crystal clear acrylic should be hand-washed, rather than tucked into the dishwasher—a small concession, considering the benefits.
Best Glass: Crate & Barrel 2-Piece Glass Chip and Dip Bowl
For the most classic look, opt for a glass chip and dip set like this handmade one. The outer ring—the area for all of your dippers—is one deep, singular compartment that’s perfect for serving a large portion of chips. And the center dip cup is just as deep, so you won’t have to worry about constantly refilling that, either. Another nice feature: The dip cup is removable, meaning you can use it and the platter separately as well.
Best Large Capacity: Red Barrel Studio Gilead Chip and Dip Platter
When you’re hosting a larger group, you can bet on chips and dip being a real crowd-pleaser. Because of that, it’s important to have a set that holds enough food. If not, you’ll just end up refiling over and over again—extra work you don’t have to do. This tiered platter keeps the dip cup and the bowl for dippers totally separate to maximize space, without hogging the footprint on your buffet. And, if you want to serve a wider variety of dips, the brand has smaller matching servers that are just right for the job.
When it comes to aesthetics, the look couldn’t be more timeless, either. An attractive metal base cradles the thick, durable glass bowls and looks great in any number of settings, from the more casual to the more elevated.
Best Personalized: Mark & Graham Wood and Marble Chip and Dip Set
If you’re looking for an investment piece you’ll have for years to come, turn to this handcrafted set. It comes in two pieces—one natural acacia wood serving bowl and one white marble dip insert—that perfectly complement one another. And, for a small upcharge, you can even add an initial or a monogram (a great idea if you’re considering this as a gift!).
Just note: You’ll have to be a bit more careful with this piece, as the wood can’t soak in water for long periods of time or withstand the dishwasher, but it’s a small sacrifice to make for the aesthetic.
Best for Kids: Funwares NACHOsaurus Dip and Snack Dish Set
While this chip and dip set won’t adequately serve a crowd, it sure does make for a fun conversation starter. The BPA-free plastic dinosaur serves as a vessel for dippers, while the second rock-shaped bowl serves as a place for dip. For best results, we recommend tortilla chips, which creates an uncanny resemblance to the Stegosaurus, but you can fill it with whatever your heart desires—pretzels, crackers, veggie sticks, nuts, popcorn, or even candy or French fries.
Even if this isn’t something you can use, file it away for later—the novelty serveware makes a great gift for any foodie or dinosaur-loving kid.
What to Look for in a Chip and Dip Bowl
A single dip with an assortment of chips and crackers requires a different serving bowl than a whole spread of dips. Or maybe you don’t need a chip and dip bowl for entertaining but just want one that holds enough nibbles for a TV night for two, or single-serve chip and dip bowls for your next party.
Select a dish that accommodates the types of foods you serve. Deep compartments hold large items such as chips, pretzels, pita triangles, as well as cut-up veggies and fruits, whereas shallow compartments are for dips, olives, cheese cubes, and other smaller items.
If you are planning to use the dish for hot dips rather than heating the dips and spooning them into the compartments, a bowl that can be heated either in the microwave or in the oven is a convenient option.
Bugs and heat make it especially challenging to serve food outdoors. A bowl where the food is kept chilled on a bed of ice comes in handy not only for summer parties but also for indoors. And instead of covering the bowl with cling wrap, a bowl that has a clear lid for each compartment is much less of a hassle and a more inviting presentation.
What is a chip and dip bowl?
What is a chip and dip bowl made of?
The bowls are available in a wide range of materials, such as melamine, plastic, glass, wood, bamboo, ceramic, and porcelain, as well as from recycled materials. There are also vintage chip and dip bowls from the 1950s, when they first became popular in the United States.
Are there disposable chip and dip bowls?
Yes, there are chip and dip bowls for one-time use. Some of them are made of biodegradable materials and are thus eco-friendly.
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This roundup was written by Brigitt Earley, who has written and edited food content for various publications over the course of the last 10 years. She also holds a culinary degree from the French Culinary Institute.