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The Best Gravy Boats

If you are passionate about cooking, then a gravy boat is something that you should own sooner rather than later. There’s something about just seeing a gravy boat that conjures up images of Thanksgiving dinners and sumptuous banquets with all your friends and relatives. You can use them for gravy, but also various other sauces to accompany your favorite dishes. Gravy boats come in many different styles and materials. You can find them in stainless-steel, or porcelain. There are simple ones that look decidedly modern, while others are much more elaborate and hearken back to the 1600s, when these sorts of “sauce boats,” as they were called, made their first appearances. As you’re trying to pick out your gravy boat, look at the style and see whether it matches the rest of your tableware. You should also get one that’s the right size to accommodate your needs.

Most Elegant

HIC Hotel Gravy Sauce Boat with Saucer Stand

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Stylish, Classic Gravy Boat. One of the deeper gravy boats that you’re likely to encounter, this is a fine choice if you’re going to have lots of guests over for dinner.

What We Liked

There’s a lot to like about this particular gravy boat, from the Harold Import Company. It is made of high-quality white porcelain, and it should go nicely with most contemporary styles of silverware, table cloths, and other tableware. It also holds a full 24 ounces of liquid, more than the average gravy boat. It’s good for a lot more than gravy, too. You can use it for au jus, broth, or other sauces. At breakfast it makes a great holder for maple syrup, or you could use it for cold milk or even salad dressing. It is microwave-safe for easy heating. It also features an easy-grip handle and a convenient pour-spout design. Get it here. 

Most Heat-Resistant

Le Creuset PG9700-1267 Stoneware Gravy Boat

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Heat-Resistant Gravy Boat. This is a stylish gravy boat that can withstand heats of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, so you won’t ever have to worry about it cracking.

What We Liked

Le Creuset is known for their high-quality tableware, and this gravy boat is a prime example of their expertise. The exterior enamel protects against damage as it comes in contact with other kitchenware. The impermeable cerise finish makes this a centerpiece of your table and a conversation starter. It has thermal resistance from -65 degrees Fahrenheit to 500 degrees, so it is safe in the dishwasher, on the stove, in the microwave, or in the fridge or freezer. It also has less than 1% porosity, which means that it will block any moisture absorption which could lead to cracking, denting, or warping over time. Buy it now. 

Best Gravy Boat Set

Mikasa Italian Countryside Gravy Boat and Saucer Set

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Set of Gravy Boat and Saucer. Where some gravy boats are sold on their own, this one comes with a matching saucer to catch any drips.

What We Liked

This is a traditional-style gravy boat from Mikasa that you’d expect to find on the table of an Italian country kitchen. It is gorgeously designed, with column-like detailing and fluted bands. It’s a two-piece set, with a matching saucer that comes with the boat, perfect for catching drips when you place it on the table or sideboard. You can use it for many different sauces or syrup in addition to gravy. It is crafted from the most durable stoneware, and it’s safe for use both in the dishwasher and microwave. This would make a great housewarming gift, wedding gift, or a graduation or birthday present. The boat holds 12 liquid ounces. Get it now. 

Best Design

Norpro Porcelain Gravy Sauce Boat with Stand and Candle

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Gravy Boat, Stand, and Candle. This gravy boat comes with a hollow stand where you can place a candle to keep the contents warm.

What We Liked

It’s rare that you find room for innovation with a longstanding staple like the gravy boat, but this one has accomplished that very feat. The Norpro Porcelain Gravy Boat comes with a stand that has a little hollow in it, where you can place a candle to keep the gravy or sauce warm when you serve it. The boat holds 16 ounces, and is made of high-quality snow-white porcelain and is both dishwasher and microwave-safe. You can keep your sauces and gravies warm throughout the meal, simply by lighting the tea light that comes with it. When it burns down, it is easily replaced. This makes an elegant addition to any holiday or formal gathering. Buy it here.