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Best Overall: Aaron Probyn Bone China Pasta Bowl
The best pasta bowls have two key features: They have low sides that contain noodles but make it easy enough to lift the food out, and they are wide, leaving plenty of room for lots of delicious sauce. Beyond that, the most important thing is to simply choose a pasta bowl that goes with your decor. For that reason, white pasta bowls are a great choice for the average person.
These handmade bone china white ones go with any color scheme, so they can move with you from house to house. Plus, they are just elevated enough to toe the line between everyday and formal use, which makes them very versatile pieces of dinnerware. Still, they are both microwave- and dishwasher-safe, making them convenient options, too.
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Best Budget: Corelle Winter Frost White 20-Ounce Bowl 6-Piece Set
When it comes to pasta bowls, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a quality product. If you’re satisfied with plain white options without fancy design elements or glazing, there are plenty of affordable options out there. But this set of six is about as good as you can get in terms of price, with each plate netting out at under $5 when you find the package on sale.
At 20 ounces, these plates are a very standard size that comfortably and easily fits a full serving of pasta, if not more. They’re also made with triple-layer strong glass, which looks great but is also incredibly functional. They’re lightweight, stackable, and resistant to chips and breaks. Additionally, these plates are microwave-, oven-, and dishwasher-safe. Reviewers highly recommend the set, calling them the perfect size and shape—plus many vouch for the fact that they last for many years, despite the low sticker price.
Best Set of Four: Williams Sonoma Terre Pasta Bowls
These sturdy demi-matte stoneware pasta bowls come in four different shades to suit a range of decor styles, but every color has one thing in common: The sleek design will lend sophistication to both your everyday and more formal meals. They mix and match well, too, making them a welcome addition to just about any set of dishes you may already have.
Still, these pasta bowls are very functional. At just over 36 ounces, these bowls are bigger than many other standard options. Plus, they don’t break easily, and they are dishwasher- and microwave-safe—all qualities that make the set of four great for families.
Best Set of Eight: Verge Low Bowls, Set of 8
If you need a set that comes with enough bowls to feed a large family or a small dinner party, consider these ceramic pasta bowls by Crate and Barrel. They have a simple and beautiful design that’s appropriate for varying levels of formality. The upscale look is largely thanks to a European-style porcelain that’s twice-fired for increased durability and hand-dipped in a lustrous white glaze for style.
Just as important, these pasta bowls are very utilitarian, as they are dishwasher-, freezer-, microwave-, and oven-safe up to 350 degrees. Reviewers love them, noting that their “simple elegance” and broad functionality make them great serving pieces for more than just pasta—think chili, salad, soup, and more.
Best Range of Colors: Fiesta 32 oz. Pasta Bowl
Whether you like to keep things colorful or you’re trying to match another serving set you already own, these pasta bowls will deliver. Fiesta dinnerware has been around for a while, so you very well may have other pieces. The stackable bowls (great for small spaces) come in one of the largest arrays of colors we’ve seen—16 different shades, from neutrals like white and gray to bright, bold colors like purple and red!
Additionally, these porcelain china pasta bowls are loved by reviewers because of their large size—they hold up to 32 ounces each. They are also microwave-, oven-, and dishwasher-safe. The vast majority call the bowls practical, versatile, sturdy, and attractive.
Best Oversized: LE TAUCI Pasta Bowls
If you have a large appetite or simply prefer larger-scale dinnerware with more surface area, these oversized pasta bowls are a great choice. At 45 ounces, the shiny white ceramic bowls are large enough to use as small serving bowls, but aren’t comically large—you can definitely use them for larger individual portions of noodles, too.
They’re an especially good option for anyone who wants to use the bowls for all types of food—soups like ramen or large dinner-sized main course salads. Despite this, the shallow silhouette keeps them looking refined, not clunky. But don’t worry, they won’t break in the dishwasher. The bowls are made of quality stoneware that’s both chip- and crack-resistant to hold up to everyday use.
Best Square: Sweese Porcelain Square Pasta Bowls, Set of 6
While round is certainly the standard, pasta bowls don’t have to be circular. If you’re looking for something a little different, try this set of six square pasta bowls. Despite the different shape, they still hold plenty of noodles (up to 30 ounces, to be exact!) and stack nicely to conserve space while stored in your cabinet.
The bowls, which are made of pro-grade porcelain and have a beautiful non-toxic glaze, come in assorted shades. For a more traditional look, turn to the all-white set. Or, for a little more color on your table, opt for one of the multicolored selections—the bright and bold rainbow or the more muted varying shades of blue.
You’ll love the aesthetic, but you’ll probably love the functionality even more. These dishes are dishwasher-, freezer-, microwave-, and oven-safe, so you can use them for practically anything. They’re also chip-resistant, so they’ll be with you for years to come—no matter how heavily you use them.
Best Decorative: Anthropologie Cabarita Pasta Bowls, Set of 4
For something special, consider a more decorative pasta bowl—even if the rest of your dinnerware is white. These handpainted pasta bowls feature a unique crackle glaze that adds an air of sophistication to your table that simply can’t be beaten. They look great alone or would add a pop of color layered on top of a white plate.
Reviewers love the aesthetic but are won over by how much more functional they are than many other decorative options. You can still put these bowls in the microwave and the dishwasher.
Best for Outdoor Dining: Pottery Barn Cabana Melamine Individual Bowl
When it comes to dining outdoors, durability is arguably the most important feature for any dinnerware. When you’re carrying meals from the kitchen to your outdoor dining table or eating in the wind, the chance of breakage is just that much higher. But disposable options aren’t ideal for a variety of reasons—they’re not eco-friendly and they’re much less sophisticated.
Your best choice is melamine. These pasta bowls have all the same qualities of much more sophisticated ceramic options. Choose from four rich colors—stone, charcoal, turquoise, and navy—that complement a wide range of styles. Plus, you can complete your set with all of the companion pieces available—from serving bowls and platters to salad and dinner plates.
This roundup was written by Brigitt Earley, a culinary school graduate who has written and edited hundreds of stories about small home goods and food for a wide range of women's lifestyle publications.