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10 best butter dishes

Published: September 20, 2022 at 12:43 pm
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We've found the best butter dishes to buy for yourself or as a wedding or housewarming gift, from simple porcelain, to modern metal and quirky ceramic designs.

Keep your butter fresh and spreadable with this simple kitchen addition. Butter dishes aim to regulate the temperature of butter, keeping it spreadable for morning toast. Keeping it covered also protects it from light, air and bacteria. You can even use your butter dish in the fridge if you want your butter chilled but protected from the aromas of other foods. If serving breakfast or bringing butter to the table to serve with bread rolls and soup, a butter dish is smarter and cleaner than having open packaging on the table.

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There are varied styles of butter dishes available to buy. A simple white classic porcelain lid and tray might be what springs to mind, but there are colourful ceramics, simple metal or even tiled and glass options available, so there's a design for every kitchen. This is also helpful if not buying for yourself – a new butter dish makes an affordable housewarming or wedding gift, too. Check out our foodie gift guide for even more inspiration.

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Best butter dishes at a glance

  • Best bargain butter dish: M&S Maxim porcelain butter dish, £10
  • Best colourful butter dish: William Morris strawberry butter dish, £10.79
  • Best butter dish with knife: Xabono butter dish with lid and knife, £14.55
  • Best glass butter dish: Kadax glass butter dish, £12.99
  • Best investment butter dish: Le Creuset stoneware butter dish, £38
  • Best tiled butter dish: Anthropologie bistro tiled butter dish, £20
  • Best butter dish for a gift: Portmeirion covered porcelain butter dish, £24
  • Best round butter dish: Glaze Me Pretty crystal lilac butter dish, £46
  • Best for spreadable butter: Judge butter holder, £17.99
  • Best rustic butter dish: Graham & Green Agna butter dish, £35

Best butter dishes to buy 2022

M&S Maxim porcelain butter dish

Best bargain butter dish

Keep it cheap and cheerful with this simple £10 option that you won’t feel nervous about using. Made from scratch-resistant porcelain, it's practical, compact and dishwasher-safe.

Available from:
M&S (£10)

William Morris strawberry thief red butter dish

Best colourful butter dish

Where so many butter dishes are simple ceramic or metal, this striking William Morris design adds a splash of colour to your kitchen. Perfect for maximalists with its bold pattern, it’s made from fine china and is helpfully dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up.

Xabono butter dish with lid

Best butter dish with knife

This simple-looking butter dish has clever design features: the white porcelain base has a bamboo lid with a tight silicone seal to help preserve freshness, plus an inlaid steel and ceramic butter knife, ready to spread your butter.

Kadax glass butter dish

Best glass butter dish

If you want to easily check how much butter you’ve got left, opt for a glass butter dish. It has a short handle to grip and tight seal to protect against anything getting inside. The clear glass design is perfect if you’ve got interesting flavoured or artisan butters to display.

Le Creuset stoneware butter dish

Best investment butter dish

If you already own a Le Creuset casserole dish, pick up a butter dish to match your set. This comes in the classic range of Le Creuset colours, from the signature ‘volcanic’ orange to white, black or blues. It holds a 250g pack of butter, has a small handle for gripping and a ridged base to hold the butter in place. It's made of chunky stoneware, but still suitable for the microwave when you need to soften butter fast.

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Anthropologie bistro tiled butter dish

Best tiled butter dish

Make a statement when you bring this butter dish to the table. Inspired by French bistro tiles, it has a striking black, gold and white tiled pattern and shiny gold handle, with a ‘hello’ motif on the base. There are also matching mugs, plates and coffee canisters in the range. One drawback is that this is suitable for handwashing only.

Available from:
Anthropologie (£20)

Sophie Conran Portmeirion porcelain butter dish

Best butter dish for a gift

Most butter dishes have a domed lid that encloses over the flat butter tray, which can make the lid sticky or greasy, and messy to put down on the counter. This Sophie Conran model avoids that problem, keeping the butter safe in a tub with a simple, flat lid. It has curved edges and a gentle rippling design (which is available in a whole range of kitchen products, from plates to oil drizzlers), plus it comes in a gift box, perfect for an elegant housewarming present.

Glaze Me Pretty lilac butter dish

Best round butter dish

Despite its deceptive round size, this holds a 250g block of butter. Made of durable stoneware clay in south west London, each dish is individually glazed, so all are unique. We love the elegant lilac, but plenty of glaze colours are available. This could also double up to be used for cheese on a cheeseboard.

Available from:
Glaze Me Pretty (£46)

Judge stainless steel butter holder

Best for spreadable butter

If you’re a spreadable butter devotee, this is the dish for you. Designed to hold 500g tubs, you can drop the tub in to hide the packaging on your counter. However, be aware that while the dish says it holds 500g tubs, some packaging shapes and designs might not all fit.

Graham & Green hare butter dish

Best rustic butter dish

This classic ceramic butter dish in pale sage is perfect for rustic country kitchens. It has a wide, shallow tub and flat lid, so the lid won't get sticky or greasy. Plus, it's dishwasher- and even microwave-safe, if you need to soften butter quickly for baking. A matching sugar bowl, teacups and milk jug are available, too.

Available from:
Graham & Green (£35)

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