Complete your tableware collection!
It’s no secret that I absolutely love online shopping, so this list comes with a caveat: this is a 100% honest review of the best chargers you can buy online—which, as we all know, still provides a significant amount of options.
The reason I was prompted to write this review is because of my guide to formal vs. informal tablescaping, and how I insist on having charger plates as a part of my formal table settings, especially when serving in courses. Although I have no plans to buy even more things soon (I’m on a strict-er budget for 2020), I decided to take a look at all the wonderful options you can get via online shopping, and I fell down the rabbit hole.
Okay, so maybe I will pull the trigger on some of these. I can’t help it, they’re so cheap! But I’ll leave you to decide on that, and so without further ado, here’s a definitive list of my absolute favorite charger plates you can shop for in the comfort of your own home!
I’m in love with these beautiful antique-finish copper charger plates from Old Dutch! I’m definitely digging the pink look for my table designs this year, and having a set of these charger plates will really seal the deal. It helps that it’s made of stainless steel, so I know that the chargers won’t rust easily, and the finishing looks insanely expensive with that hand-hammered texture. The charger plates actually come along with a whole line of kitchen goods—all with a copper finish. Everything from pans, to mule glasses, to mugs, and even salt and pepper shakers, so you can keep your kitchen cabinet looking as coordinated as an Instagram influencer’s. And did I mention that it’s a set of 6 for $49.95? What a steal!
So these may seem like an unusual second choice for charger plates, especially since I like having “generic” tableware that I can reuse for many different occasions (and whatever these charger plates are, they’re anything but generic), but I swear I have a few good reasons for picking them!
For one thing, my dining table is made out of dark-stained antique wood. I want charger plates that go along with the majority of my plateware, without contrasting too much with my furniture. Since the majority of my plateware for this season is gold-rimmed, owning dark brown charger plates makes sense. Secondly, these charger plates are quite thin (if you’re looking for heavy duty ones, I’d continue scrolling), which is my preference when it comes to tableware for daily dining. Finally, these are cheap at $49.11 for a set of 6. What more can you ask for?
Talk about cheap! These silver charger plates are $33.98 for a set of 12! Okay, so they’re not exactly the sturdiest, but for a soft pop of something metallic on your table, these are wonderful. I just love the beading detail around the edges—it adds a touch of elegance to an otherwise generic charger plate.
For the gold version of the one above, look no further than this option! It’s equally as reasonable, at $36.50 for a set of 12, and just as pretty. I would 100% buy these for any dinner parties I may throw in the future—they’re cheap, lightweight, easy to replace, and elegant.
For a fancier, and less generic, gold version of the previous charger plate, take a look at these beauties! These are very sturdy, and the finishing is fantastic for the low, low price of $27.99 for a set of 6. They’re made out of durable plastic and look just like glass, so for the price I think they’re well worth it. If I had to buy something on impulse, this would definitely be a contender. I would love to use these charger plates everywhere, even outside of my dining table—I can just imagine them on my mantle under a few candles, or on my coffee table with a plant placed on top. The possibilities are endless!
Alright, these are gorgeous, if a little impractical. They’re made out of vinyl, and are soft and bendable, so if you’re looking for a more solid option then this one isn’t for you. But these would look great (and be a great conversation starter) for any dinner party, although they probably won’t protect your table any. For $38.90, I’m willing to risk it.
Sorry to those with trypophobia (don’t click on that link if you’re even mildly uncomfortable with the image above), but these are another, equally as gorgeous option from the same company. Again, they’re made out of a durable vinyl, so you know they’ll last, and they’re just as cheap as the ones above. The downside to these is the same—they’re bendable and are purely for decorative purposes.
P.S. This brand on Amazon has a bunch of other gorgeous options that you all should check out! They have charger plates that come in different colors as well, not just in gold and silver.
I definitely need to stop it with these vinyl charger plates (and I need to stop calling them charger plates, when they’re definitely closer to place mats), but I can’t help but add this option because it’s so pretty! They go with a variety of tableware (and tables), and add such a great pop to whatever tablescape you create. I expect them to last pretty long, since they’re made out of vinyl too, as well as be easy to clean—a simple wipe down with a damp towel gets these beauties back to tip top shape.
Now entering more “investment” level territory, here’s a single wooden charger plate from Target that costs $9.99. Honestly, nearly 10 bucks for a charger plate isn’t that expensive, but looking at the options from Amazon (and their prices!) makes me hesitate to spend this much money on a single charger. It is made out of acacia wood though—for those of you who don’t know, acacia is a variety of hardwood—which makes it extremely sturdy, and that natural graining is, of course, one of a kind.
And another one from Target that costs a bit more than the average ($9.99 per piece), although if you’ve noticed the ones from Amazon are all made out of plastic and therefore not exactly investment material. These are not exactly super cheap, but I’ll be adding them to my cart anyway just because they’re pretty, durable—as metal charger plates usually are—, and generic enough to be used as a daily charger for whatever meal or occasion.
Now that the holidays are over, I’ve started to look for summer inspiration for my tableware. Not that the end of this season is anywhere in sight, but it’s nice to look forward to some sun, sand, and al fresco dining fun! Since I’m planning for the warmer months already, I’ve deciding to buy a new set of woven chargers to add that gorgeous, beachy texture that my table so sorely needs. My old ones, bless them, sadly moved on to charger plate heaven by the amount of use and abuse I put them through last summer, and I’ve been looking for a new set to fill the void. These pretty woven chargers fit the bill perfectly, and although they’re not cheap (again, at nearly $10 per piece I’m sure I can find cheaper options), I’m inclined to bite the bullet on these as I know from firsthand experience just how often I’ll be using them in the warmer months to come.
Can I just say how much I love the gold and silver detailing that makes this the perfect charger to use with any place setting (but most especially for a rustic tablescape)? These are definitely quality chargers that can take you from day to night, and from holiday to holiday. For $9.99 a piece, they’re more of an investment if anything, but again since they go with almost every single table setting you can possibly think of, you do get bang for your buck. As a huge plus, a galvanized metal charger means these bad boys will be sturdy, rust-free, and lightweight!
Onto an even pricier option, these gorgeous metal charger plates are originally $29 but are now on sale for $23.20 per piece and boy, am I sorely tempted to buy them. They have a 15″ diameter, which makes them on the larger end for chargers (most run 13″-15″, and the ones on my list are all closer to the lower end of that range), and which would look fantastic on a bigger table. I don’t have pewter charger plates in my collection yet, and these are a solid option if ever I want to fill that space in my tablescaping cupboard.
Like the other option above, these wooden charger plates are made out of sturdy acacia, and the natural grain is just gorgeous. These charger plates are actually so much more delicate looking than the previous option, as these are sliced very thin with curved edges. I love that little detail, which makes them perfect to lay plates on, or to use alone as a plate. Interested? Hurry to West Elm and buy them ASAP, because these beauties are on sale from $24 down to $19.20 per piece right now!
Just as an FYI, I’m saving up for these metal charger plates right now (they’re on sale at $24.99 per piece down from $39), because they’ll look perfect on my table. I love how they’re simple and durable enough to be used as a daily charger, but the subtle golden sheen will add a little pizzazz to any and all of my tablescapes. Aside from going on a stricter budget this year, one of my goals is to be less wasteful and that sometimes means spending more upfront to get a better quality piece that will save money (and the environment) in the long run! Owning a set of these chargers will definitely help with that… I hope.
Oh Crate and Barrel, you’ve done it again! Time and time again I’ve wandered over to your site and fallen in love with something so impractical that I have to use every ounce of my resolve to keep my credit card far, far away from my itching hands. These whimsical glass charger plates are testing me today, and I’m dying to get these as much as I know that they’re insanely impractical, even though they’re dishwasher-safe.
But look at that dreamy blue! Look at those delicate swirls! And isn’t Classic Blue Pantone’s Color of the Year? So by getting these I’m ensuring that my tablescapes stay on trend for at least an entire year… doesn’t that make them worth it? If you agree with me, head over to C&B and buy these babies for $12.95 apiece (and tag me on Instagram when you use them, so that I die of jealousy).
For a touch of subtle elegance on your table, take a look at these marble charger plates from C&B that are made with 100% white marble. Yes, that means that they’re crazy heavy, and yes, that also means that they’re very durable. To be extra sure, I wouldn’t risk placing these in the dishwasher, and even Crate and Barrel recommends wiping them down with a damp cloth to clean them. As the most expensive charger plate on my list (the others are on sale), these are definitely in the “investment” category at $34.95 per piece.
Note: Just so you know, while I do believe in each of the products I’ve suggested, this article may contain affiliate links so that I get a small compensation for the items featured on my list.
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