Best Soup Tureens

Every well-stocked kitchen needs a suitable dish for serving up hearty soups, chilies, stews and other seasonal delights. Enter the trusty soup tureen, an item of dinnerware that can be overlooked but should never be underestimated. Depending on your taste, choose from throwback patterns in bone or porcelain china that will whisk you away to Downtown Abbey-era revelries, or go with something a little more modern and less delicate in sensibility to treat your dinner guests.

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Best Vintage Design

Johnson Brothers Friendly Village Soup Tureen


Country Charm. A throwback design that will transport you to a bygone era.

What We Liked

Delight your dinner guests with this large six-pint-capacity soup tureen, which features a vintage pattern first in use in the late 19th century by the Johnson Brothers, a venerated tableware manufacturer from Staffordshire, England. Although the pattern is now discontinued, this sturdy earthenware replica is available as a replacement collectible as well as other items of flatware displaying the Johnson Brothers’ depictions of year-round country life. Buy one at Amazon.

Best Modern Style

Lenox Opal Innocence Carved Covered Soup Tureen


Small but Mighty. A great multipurpose item of tableware for serving as well as storing.

What We Liked

At about 1.5 pints or 24 ounces in capacity, this smaller covered tureen from Lenox is ideal for ladling smaller portions of soup or gravy as well as holding dry ingredients like sugar or tea. Fashioned from porcelain china with a curved vine motif, the tureen will look elegant and classy as part of your table setting. It’s also dishwasher-safe and backed by Lenox’s lifetime breakage replacement program. Get one here.

Best Overall

Royal Albert Old Country Roses Soup Tureen


Serve It in Style. Vintage china suitable for all of life’s biggest occasions.

What We Liked

You could say the makers of Royal Albert bone china know a thing or two about quality tableware: the company, now a subsidiary of global brand Fiskars, has been making floral-patterned china since 1904, and this particular pattern has sold over 130 million pieces worldwide. Beyond its arresting design and gold-edged trim, this large tureen holds a hearty 146 ounces (or about nine liquid pints). Pick one up today.

Best for Everyday Use

BIA Cordon Bleu Serveware Tureen


Versatile Value. Enjoy many years of service from a tureen that’s simple but effective.

What We Liked

With a seven-pint or 3.5-quart capacity, with a high domed lid, this glossy white porcelain piece from Cordon Bleu will look good serving soups, stews or chilis over a long and purposeful lifespan. Its distinct tall shape and style looks classy without appearing overly old-fashioned and will pair nicely with other flatware in your kitchen. Get it here.

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