Although chip and crack-resistant, porcelain and bone china can break, chip or crack if you handle them improperly or get them too hot in the microwave. But the same thing happens with tempered glass or plastic dinnerware, two other types of durable dinnerware. Some plastic dinnerware melts if you put it into the dishwasher, and if you break tempered glass dinnerware, it shatters into many pea-sized pieces. Instead of buying a patterned dinnerware, choose white porcelain or bone china for its timeless appeal. Compare the two side-by-side to determine your preference, as regular porcelain china is more opaque than bone china, but it's also the more brittle of the two.