Fruit bowls offer the convenience of grabbing an apple on your way to work without having to rummage through the fridge in a hurry, and they even keep fruit fresh at room temperature for longer. Whether you like exotic papayas and dragonfruit or classic bananas and tangerines, you can find a trendy, practical fruit bowl to store your favourite healthy snacks in.
In this guide, we'll show you what you should look for in order to find the ideal addition to your home or kitchen. We've also found ten unique fruit bowls on Amazon, eBay, John Lewis and Argos to give you a few ideas. Our list includes everything from large, decorative bowls made from steel and wood to cool styles with three tiers, so you're sure to find your pick of the bunch!
First up, we'll guide you through the details of each point of consideration when shopping for a fruit bowl. From materials to tiers, we'll show you exactly what you need so you can find it in the products section.
Choosing the material of your fruit bowl is a more important step than you may think. As well as its aesthetic appeal, it also determines how long your fruit lasts and how easy it is to clean. In the next few paragraphs, we'll go into more detail on how to choose the best fruit bowl material for you.
A metal fruit bowl usually comes in the form of a wire basket which is ideal for preserving fruit for long periods of time. This option would be ideal if you're fond of fruits that soften more quickly such as peaches, kiwis, and nectarines as they begin to ripen as soon as they're picked.
Metal fruit bowls are easy to wipe down, although a wire rack is prone to gathering dirt, dust and bacteria if it's not cared for properly. When fruit spoils, it can seep into the corners and cracks of the wire frame, which should be kept in mind when you give it a clean between refills.
In addition, metal fruit bowls are usually fairly cheap in comparison to wooden bowls due to the fact that they require less manual work and craftsmanship. This makes it a great choice for someone who is shopping with a budget in mind.
Durable enough to last a long time and versatile enough to complement most homes, a wooden bowl is an elegant addition to any countertop, One thing to note is that they retain more heat than a metal bowl as there's less breathing space around the fruit. This can cause a faster ripening rate and the fruit can spoil quickly if it's not eaten quickly enough.
That said, a wooden fruit bowl does a lot for the aesthetics and brings a level of sophistication to the world of fruit storage. With wide-cut acacia bowls and delicately carved bamboo, you can find some of the most exquisite bowls to double as both a practical storage solution and a fancy kitchen accessory.
Wood can easily stain, so be sure to clean it regularly and watch for over-ripe fruits that could seep. In terms of cleaning, they're far more manageable than a metal bowl as they need a quick wipe down once a week. If you're looking for something that's equally as durable as it is aesthetic, a wooden bowl is exactly what you need.
Tiers are a useful way to store fruit, leaving a sufficient amount of space between each layer of fruit so they can stay fresh and exposed to air. They can be standing as a frame, either with bowls hanging from arms or built as a stack.
You can also find styles that dangle from the ceiling via a hook, which is a great idea for owners of smaller kitchens who can't afford to lose precious countertop space.
For a family home that often buys a lot of fruit for snacks and school lunches, a two-tiered or three-tiered bowl allows you to store a large amount of fruit for long periods of time. It also helps to keep your fruit away from ants, so if you're constantly fighting over your food with pesky pests, look to a bowl with suspended tiers.
No, we don't mean the tropical rainforest foliage, we're talking about a metal hook that hangs over your fruit bowl. These raised stands are designed to keep a bunch of bananas fresh for longer without getting bruised by the other fruits in the bowl. You can leave the fruit to hang with ample space between each other, avoiding over-ripening the fruit and wasting it.
Even if you don't eat bananas that often, they can still be a useful addition. For instance, you can also hang strings of garlic, dried chillies or sprigs of herbs on the tree, keeping them safely stored in the open air without contaminating the taste and smell of the rest of the fruit in the bowl.
Now it's time to browse through our selection of the most popular choices of fruit bowl from sites like John Lewis and Amazon. If you need to, you can always check back up at our buying guide for some inspiration on what fruit bowl would be best for you.
|Dimensions||46 x 31 cm|
|Material||Metal, stainless steel|
|Dimensions||31 x 61 x 7cm|
|Dimensions||20 x 10.5 cm|
|Dimensions||42.5 x 25 x 20 cm|
|Material||Metal, stainless steel|
|Dimensions||11 x 29 cm|
|Dimensions||30 x 30 x 19 cm|
|Dimensions||17 x 30.5 x 27.9 cm|
|Material||Metal, chrome-plated iron|
|Dimensions||28 x 28 x 125 cm|
|Dimensions||38 x 30.7 x 30.7 cm|
|Dimensions||31.4 x 25.8 x 7.8 cm|
Acacia Wood Bowl
Fruit Bowl with Banana Tree
Hanging Fruit Basket
2-Tier Bamboo Countertop Fruit Basket
2-Tier Fruit Basket
Mediterraneo Stainless Steel Fruit Basket
Set of Two Black Metal Fruit Baskets
Olive Wood Stacking Bowl Set
Opus Ornamental Dish Centrepiece
3-Tier Fruit Baskets
A Traditional Wooden Bowl for Easy Cleaning
A Practical Solution for School Snack Storage
A Delicate Design With Sturdy Hooks
Fruit Storage Straight From the Market Stall
Modern, Stylish and Super Spacious
For Fruit Lovers Who Have a Passion for Homeware and the Sea
A Handy, Accessible Choice for Young Families
Bringing a Touch of Rustic Tunisian Olive Tree to Your Kitchen
A Luxurious Piece to Take Centre Stage
An Innovative, Practical Way to Display Fruit
|Material||Acacia wood||Metal||Metal, chrome-plated iron||Bamboo||Metal, iron||Metal, stainless steel||Metal||Wood||Metal, stainless steel||Metal|
|Dimensions||31.4 x 25.8 x 7.8 cm||38 x 30.7 x 30.7 cm||28 x 28 x 125 cm||17 x 30.5 x 27.9 cm||30 x 30 x 19 cm||11 x 29 cm||42.5 x 25 x 20 cm||20 x 10.5 cm||31 x 61 x 7cm||46 x 31 cm|
Whether you're hosting a dinner party or dishing out a simple mid-week meal for two, there's something to be said about enjoying your food more when it's presented in stylish serveware. Here are a few more of our recommendations to get you inspired.
Choosing a fruit bowl can be a challenge when there are so many aesthetic, practical options on the market. We hope that you found our buying guide useful and that you're ready to buy your new fruit bowl, whether you're drawn to a classic wooden one or you've decided to upgrade to one with multiple tiers.
Author: Annie Speight
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