Plastic charger plates are the most durable and practical choice for many restaurants. They come in a variety of colors and shapes, including holiday and seasonal colors. Some of the plastic has a shiny finish that resembles that of metal, giving you the same gleaming look for a quarter of the price. Acrylic is the most popular plastic for chargers. It is tough and durable, and is often used as a glass substitute. While acrylic charger plates are plastic, the shininess and color are designed to resemble that of high-quality plates, so they will still impress your guests and add a bit of luxury to the table. Compared to metal, porcelain and glass, plastic chargers are also less likely to scratch or tarnish, and are easier to care for.