There’s more to a cereal bowl, than just a small pot that sits on a table. Do you need something lightweight or can you settle for something that’s heavy, more durable and reeks of quality? Plastic bowls tend to stain and can melt. Will you be heating food? If so, you might need something microwave safe and chemical safe. BPA plastics are considered safe by many, but time will tell. If you choose a bowl made from better quality materials like glass, porcelain or ceramics, you should consider how resistant the rim of the bowl is to chipping and cracking.
Besides quality there are eating factors to consider for any new bowl. Will you be eating your cereal with other ingredients like: sugar, honey, fruits or nuts? These might need to be beaten, mashed, mixed or stirred. So you might want to consider a deep bowl with high walls, so milk waves don’t splash out the sides and make a mess. If you have “stability” issues like with young, careless children or health problems like shaking from Parkinson’s disease, then you could look for a design that is more resistant to being spilt, if shaken, or knocked over.
CaliBowl Non-Spill Bowl
The number one bowl here, has some special features, but it’s not for everyone. These plastic white bowls can stain when heated, especially with ingredients like those containing lycopene or beta-carotene. But the Calibowl has silicon grip on the underside, to prevent the bowl from slipping off smooth surfaces, like glass. Most unique of its’ features is a patent pending rim around the inner edge of the bowl, which helps to prevent spillage. It’s a great idea, if you don’t drink from the bowl. The downside is the obvious hurdle in trying to pour stuff out; have fun with that.
This is a plastic bowl that has a capacity of 28 fluid ounces. It is one of those rare plastic products that is actually made in the USA. The plastic is thick and dishwasher safe. The rim is helpful for scooping up the last morsel of food in a bowl. You can put hot milk in the bowl, and because the bowl has some heat resistance, you could probably hold it without getting scalded. They have a weight of 1.4 pounds, a depth of just above 2 inches, an overall height of 2.5 inches, and they stack at 3.75 inches.
Madero Kitchen Primrose Colorful Breakfast Bowls
These big bowls weighs 6.5 pounds, and only hold 22 fluid ounces, but have a diameter of 6.2 inches. Unlike all the other bowls in the top five, this one isn’t made in the USA, but it’s made in China with quality ceramic stoneware. The six bowls in each set, come in six different, brightly-lit colors. They can be used with microwaves, ovens, dishwashers and freezers. There’s a “100% money back guarantee” from Madero. The bowl design has rolled edges so they’re more resistant against chipping of the edges. The manufacturer insists they can “last in your kitchen for ever.”
The bright colors resist staining and fading, and can remain looking like new for months. At least two persons complained of stains, though Madero staff said it should not be like that, and offered private discussions on the matter. One person said their bowl was strong enough to survive an oncoming impact with only a slight chipping. A few others complained of chipped bowls after a few months of use or even upon delivery. Fortunately it appears the customer service personnel do make an effort to try to please customers. The heat resistance is good, while keeping your food warm.
Corelle Livingware Super Soup/Cereal Bowl
Just like the plastic bowl sitting at number one, this one also has a volume of 28 fluid ounces, but is made out of a strong laminated glass called “Vitrelle”. This means it’s stain resistant, unlike plastic bowls. The glass is scratch, chip and crack resistant. The bowls are 3 inches deep, and have a diameter of just over 6 inches. It is thin and not so heavy. It is not as noisy as glass when it touches hard surfaces, just sounds like normal ceramic dishware. It’s made in the USA, and can be used with microwaves, ovens and dishwashers.
These bowls are easy to clean because they’re made of glass. Glass also has the advantage of faster drying. Surprisingly they’re more resistant to breakage, unlike with ceramic bowls. Though the number one bowl can be hand-held, even with hot food inside, this bowl only takes around a minute to cool off, while keeping your food warm long enough to finish a meal. This is a big advantage over ceramic bowls, which stay hot for a long time. These bowls are so compact to stack, and only consume an extra height of just half an inch, for each bowl stacked.
Homer Laughlin Fiesta Gusto Bowl
A lot of people love this bowl for eating large amounts of cereal. The nonporous glaze is promised to be free from lead and cadmium, which are very toxic substances. It can be used in microwaves, ovens, freezers and dishwashers, and is made from completely “vitrified china”. The bowl diameter is 6 inches, and has 3 inches of height. It uniquely comes with a five year warranty against chipping. The bowls are very strong and have survived modest falls. They’re made in the USA, with many environmentally friendly practices, by the Homer Laughlin China Company, which has existed since 1936.
These big bowls really are durable against chipping, and they can last you decades. They have a diameter of 6 inches, and a height of 3.25 inches. There are many colors available, and they’re sold individually. It’s recommended that you only stack a maximum of three bowls, and that will give a height of around 6.5 inches. The weight and design of the bowls prevents them from easily being knocked over. There were some superficial complaints: a couple about color, and a couple about one or two “dots” on the bowls. But the overwhelming majority of buyers love this bowl.
Corelle Winter Frost Bowl
Another fine entry in the top five, from the high quality maker Corelle. It shares many similarities with big brother. Like the nonporous Vitrelle glass, that is resistant to chipping and cracking. This glass is laminated in three layers, so the bowl is strong, yet thin and light. Another similarity between the two bowls is that they stack-up in a very compact, space-saving manner. Both bowls can be used with microwaves, ovens and dishwashers. But unlike the higher ranking 28 ounce Corelle entry above, this bowl has the smallest volume of the top five bowls at only 18 fluid ounces.
These little bowls have a diameter of 6 inches, and only 2 inches in height. They’re strong despite being thin. Many people have praised the ability of the bowls to withstand breakage, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be broken. The nonporous glass makes cleaning easier, and provides very good resistance against staining. They also resist acquiring some of the high temperatures that conventional bowls normally absorb from microwaves, while still keeping your food warm. This does not mean they can’t become too hot to hold, but it does mean they can resist that heat problem to a certain extent.
What to Look For
With cereal bowls there’s no such thing as “one size fits all”. When thinking about what type of bowl you need, consider whether you’ll also use the bowl for other foods like: soups, noodles, salads, pastas etc. You might have other bowls for those, or maybe you want one bowl to do them all?
There are various other factors. Are you the type of person who sometimes likes to eat large servings? Do you need to hold the hot bowl immediately after microwaving? What about color and design? Do you need a lightweight bowl or something that’s less likely to spill or break, such as with children or health conditions like epileptic fits or shakes from Parkinson’s disease? If using plastic bowls, will your hot foods cause stains? There’s much to consider.
All the top five bowls were made in the USA, with only exception, and that was the second ranking bowl , which is made in China. Corelle, which is known for their unique Vitrelle laminated glass, had two cereal bowls ranked in the top five. Only one bowl was made of plastic, and not surprisingly it was the most lightweight of the top five. Surprisingly it was made in the USA, because not many plastic items are made in America these days.
All the bowls could hold 28 ounces of water, except the Chinese bowl at 22 ounces, and Corelle’s lower ranked entry at 18 ounces. Most bowls were around 6 inches in diameter, and around 3 inches in depth. Variation deviated the most with the depth of the bowls. This ranged between 2 inches to just over 3 inches between bowls. The bowl from Homer Laughlin had a lot of praise for volume despite having the same depth and diameter as the 28 ounce bowl from Corelle.