Zak Designs Melamine Serving Tray

Pros: melamine material lasts for about forever, colorful designs, dishwasher safe

Cons: slick surface (but I solved the problem)

For years, our family has bought melamine products.  Everything from dinnerware,  serving dishes, and trays.  Melamine lasts a long time and takes abuse.  When it came time to replace some serving trays, I immediately knew I wanted a melamine product.  That is why I chose Zak Designs Melamine Serving Trays.


Zak Designs offers some great patterns in their serving trays.  They specialize in floral or nature designs, and geometric patterns such as stripes.  Melamine is BPA, PVC, phthalate, and lead safe.  It resists chipping and stains.  The trays are dishwasher safe, too.  Overall, they measure 16” x 12”.  I bought my trays from for $9.99 each.

My Experiences

I bought these trays last year.  My father became very ill and could not easily eat at the kitchen or dining room table.  He preferred to eat while sitting in his living room chair in front of the television.  Sometimes he was not the neatest eater, so a large tray was necessary to help contain food spills.  The size of these rectangular trays can hold a dinner plate, beverage, small side dish, and a napkin with silverware on it.

The trays do have a slight curved edge along the sides.  It is not a deep lip.  The edge won’t prevent items from falling to the floor if the tray is tipped.  I also like that these trays are lightweight and easy to carry.

One thing I discovered is that the surface of these trays is slick.  Tipping the tray will cause everything on it to slide.  I solved the problem by placing the dinner plate on a silicone trivet.  The silicone offers a non-skid surface, anchoring the plate in place.  With the largest of the dishes on a non-skid surface, the rest of the dishes pretty much stay in place unless the tray is really cantered at an angle.

Melamine is a cinch to clean.  A damp sponge wipes the trays clean.  Usually I don’t even need to use liquid soap.  Even though these are dishwasher safe, I always hand wipe them clean.  The trays are almost a year old and still look like new.

I also like that there are many different designs to select from.  The colors are bright and cheerful.  Some of the trays also coordinate with other Zak Design products.


I would definitely buy more of these Zak Designs Melamine Serving Trays.  The designs are colorful and fun.  The melamine will last a long, long time.  They are easy to clean, and the trays nest inside one another for easy storage.

I hope you found this review useful.

Enjoy the day,

Copyright 2014 Dawn L. Stewart

Please read my review of the Zak Design Confetti Mixing Bowls

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