The 10 Best Paper Bowls

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This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in April of 2020. There's no doubt that disposable bowls make cleanup easy, but you will want to make sure that they last through the entire meal without leaking or collapsing. If Styrofoam and plastic are not your cup of tea, you will find many paper options that hold up well, whether you're serving meals from the fridge or hot off the grill. These choices meet high standards for both strength and durability. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Dixie Ultra

2. Aura Acanthus Collection

3. Select Settings

Editor's Notes

May 28, 2020:

When it comes to disposable tableware, paper bowls are more eco-friendly than their Styrofoam and plastic counterparts. Since they are made from plant-based resources like trees, sugar cane, or wheat, they are easily degradable. Choices range from traditional to fancy options like the Glad Victorian. Still, the bowls on this list differ in their ability to hold up to certain foods.

Options like Dixie Ultra and Member's Mark have a moisture-resistant coating and cut-resistant structure to contain saucy and greasy foods. Uncoated bowls from Select Settings and the Aura Acanthus Collection are made from sugar cane or wheat fibers, which break down into rich organic material for composting. They provide a natural presentation and are ideal for soups, chili, and stews. However, the warm moisture may create condensation rings, which can damage wood surfaces.

Solo To Go bowls offer a happy medium. They are made with 85 percent plant-based renewable resources and have a moisture-resistant varnish. Plus, they come with a lid to make it easy to eat on the run. If you're looking for colorful bowls to match a party theme, Creative Converting offers a wide selection. However, they lack cut-resistant protection and are more suitable for light snacks.

Most of the bowls on this list are design for safe use in the microwave. But just because a product can be put in the appliance, or can hold hot foods doesn't mean you shouldn't take precautions when handling it. If the contents are too hot, you can burn your fingers, which may cause you to drop the bowl and create a mess.

When considering which bowls are best suited for your needs, think about the type of foods you plan to fill them with. For example, a shallow bowl may be okay for potato salad, but you probably want a deeper well if you plan to serve soupy baked beans.

Special Honors

Walmart's Great Value Everyday Walmart's Great Value Everyday Paper Bowls have a leak-proof shield, making them ideal for serving a variety of foods. They feature a festive design and can hold up to 16 fluid ounces.

4. Member's Mark

5. Glad Victorian

6. Creative Converting

7. Solo To Go

8. Genuine Joe

9. B Kind Bagasse

10. Chinet Classic White

Allean Phelps
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