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After the meal is before the dessert. To serve it attractively, you are now looking for the perfect dessert bowl. But what should it look like to present your dessert in the best possible light? Square or round? White, colourful or made of glass? In addition to the look, however, functionality also plays a decisive role. Because dessert bowls are ultimately utilitarian objects and have to meet practical requirements, there are a variety of purchasing criteria to consider. In this article, we have worked out the most important points for you so that you can make the best decision.


  • Dessert bowls are versatile. They can make not only tiramisu, ice cream and co. but also snacks, salads and soups an absolute eye-catcher.
  • Important purchase criteria for desert bowls are design, size, heat resistance, dishwasher suitability, stackability and stability.
  • Depending on the intended use, robust and high-quality dessert bowls in sets are available for between €15 and €40.

The Best Dessert Bowl: Our Choices

Below we have put together a selection of different dessert bowls. We want to help you find the perfect dessert bowl for your needs.

Buying and evaluation criteria for dessert bowls

Even when buying something as seemingly simple as dessert bowls, there are some criteria you should consider. This way you can make sure you make the right decision and are satisfied with your purchase. The following criteria play a role:


This point is probably one of the most important: Do you want your lovingly arranged layered dessert to be admired in its entirety? Then a glass dessert bowl would be the right choice. Is the occasion festive and very special? Or would you like to enjoy your healthy morning cereal simply from a natural bamboo bowl? With the right design, your dish will also be a visual delight.


Depending on the intended use, the size of the dessert bowl also plays a role. It is difficult to serve a layered dessert in a small flat bowl. Depending on what you want to use your dessert bowls for, you should therefore take the filling quantity or the dimensions of the bowl into account so that everyone will be full in the end.

If you want to use your dessert bowl in a variety of ways (e.g. for soups, salads), you should choose a larger capacity (e.g. 400 ml).

A 200 ml bowl is more suitable for a small dessert. Manufacturers specify either the actual dimensions of the bowl, the diameter or the filling volume. The maximum filling volume is usually given, sometimes also the usable capacity. It is important to make a precise distinction here. The maximum filling volume indicates the amount that fits into the dish when it is filled to the rim (rim-full volume). For a layered dessert, this quantity may be relevant, but for other desserts, the capacity is relevant. This is important for you when it comes to how much will realistically fit into the dish. This means that there is still room in the dessert bowl for an attractive appearance after serving.

Heat resistance

So that you can use your dessert bowl in many ways, it is advisable to pay attention to heat resistance. You can use it not only for ice cream, yoghurt and the like, but also for serving and heating up soups or other starters. This kills several birds with one stone and saves space in the kitchen cupboard. For this criterion, you can also simply look for the manufacturer's indication "microwaveable". If the dessert bowl is microwaveable, it is heat-resistant.

Dishwasher safe

Cooking and baking? Yes, gladly. But washing up is probably nobody's favourite pastime. So it's good when there's a dishwasher. And even better if your dessert bowls are still intact after the first wash.

Glass bowls in particular can leave unsightly streaks or fade when they are washed in the dishwasher - that's something to avoid, of course.

If you look for the indication "dishwasher-safe" when buying your bowl, you are on the safe side in case it does break or fade. If the manufacturer has indicated that it is suitable, you can refer to this when you return it and you will usually receive a replacement without any complications.


Unusually shaped bowls may be an absolute eye-catcher, but they also take up a lot of space in the kitchen cupboard. Therefore, it is practical if the bowls are not only visually shiny, but can also be stored in a space-saving way.


The material of the dessert bowl also plays an important role: thicker bowls made of stoneware are more robust than filigree crystal glass dessert bowls. Sturdy dessert bowls can also withstand clumsy hands or transport.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about dessert bowls answered in detail

So that no more questions remain unanswered for you on the subject of dessert bowls, we would like to clarify the most important questions below.

What are dessert bowls suitable for?

You use dessert bowls to present your food in a visually appealing way. They can be used not only for your tiramisu or crème brûlée. Whether for serving snacks for a cosy TV evening, a cold / warm starter or simply for your breakfast cereal - a beautiful bowl sets the scene for every dish.


The eye eats with you! You can also use a dessert bowl to serve savoury dishes and snacks. This makes every dish an eye-catcher. (Image source: Farhad Ibrahimzade / Unsplash)

So, depending on the occasion and the dish presented, there are a variety of different dessert bowls. Which leads us to answer the next question.

What types of dessert bowls are there?

When choosing the right dessert bowl, there are not only visual differences. They are also made of different materials such as ceramic, porcelain, glass, plastic, clay or even chocolate. Depending on the user (e.g. children) and the intended use of the bowl, there are therefore many different choices. There are disposable dessert bowls that are intended for one-time use and are usually made of thin plastic or cardboard. Whereas porcelain, ceramic or glass bowls are suitable for long-term and versatile use. As well as buying them, you can also make your own dessert bowl if you have the time and want to add a handmade touch to your dessert.

What should I bear in mind when using a dessert bowl?

When using a dessert bowl, the purpose and also the stability are decisive. High-quality crystal glass dessert bowls in a noble design are more suitable for special occasions. You should treat them with care so that they give you pleasure for a long time. Inexpensive, colourful plastic bowls require neither special care nor attention. They are ideal for children's birthday parties, for example. For use and cleaning, you should always follow the manufacturer's instructions (suitability for the dishwasher, etc.).


You can use dessert bowls in many ways. Depending on the material and design, they are the perfect way to showcase your dishes. When deciding what to buy, you should always be clear in advance about what you want to use the bowls for. That way, you can choose the bowls that best meet your requirements. Do you want them to be robust and easy to clean? Unique? Simple? With the help of our buying criteria, you are well prepared for the purchase of your perfect dessert bowl. You don't have to spend a lot of money, because even in the mid-price segment you get quality and design. (Cover photo: Michelle Tsang / Unsplash)