9 best cutlery sets
Which knives made the cut? What’s worth forking out for? Get the scoop on our favourite cutlery
Cutlery can be a very personal thing. Just as everyone has a favourite armchair or mug, a knife and fork just need to feel right for you. So, when shopping for knives, forks and spoons, no matter what you think about their looks, consider how they are in your hands.
Are you a steak lover who needs the sharpest cut or a salad fan who wants to load up your fork? Do shallow spoons make soup a slog? Take note of what you eat with in restaurants and at friends’ places and you’ll soon whittle down your kind of style.
18/10 is best quality for stainless steel, so keep an eye out for that too.
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Studio 18/10 16-piece Cutlery Set: £55, Viners
This is a quality set featuring interesting ridged handles designed by Gerald Benney back in the 60s. The design was one of the first to be produced by Viners and has certainly stood up to the passage of time. Comfortable to use as the bark effect makes for a good grip, and with a 50-year guarantee – you know you’re getting top-quality cutlery.
Oslo 24-piece Cutlery Set: £19.99, Swan
This unusual set really cheered up the kitchen table. Swan’s Oslo cutlery comes in a rainbow of colours, from pale blue to vibrant orange. It’s nice to see cutlery of this type without the giant rivets that so many other sets have, that attach the coloured panels to the body of the utensil. Sleek and stylish, these also have a five-year warranty.
Camden 16-piece Cutlery Set: £39, ProCook
We especially liked the chrome satin finish on this cutlery, which made a change from all the other high-shine sets on the testing table. This set offers nothing fancy in terms of swirls and finishes, but rather a straightforward design with square-edged handles and quality cutting.
Hidcote Bright 24-piece Cutlery Set: £90, Robert Welch
Robert Welch was a master of functional mid-century design for the home, the company that bears his name today continues to create top-quality, stylish cutlery. The knives in this range use hardened steel so they will retain their precise cutting over the years to come. This set is a lovely wedding gift as they come in a stylish presentation box.
Dark Wooden Handle 16-piece Cutlery Set: £15, Dunelm
With eight of each knives and forks in this affordable set, it's a must for steak lovers. The serrated knife blades will cut through even a cremated rump with ease and the handles, although chunky, are very comfortable. The only downside to these bargains is that (as with most wooden-handled cutlery) they should be hand washed.
Wilko Hanging Cutlery, 32 pieces: £17, Wilko
There’s something really utilitarian and industrial about this Wilko set, with its blunt edges and holes for hanging on the included rack. A great idea if drawer space is at a premium in your hipster kitchen, as these can stay on the table or worktop.
Charingworth Fiddle 4-piece Cutlery Set: £18, Habitat
It may look like it’s been handed down through the family, but this classic set is in quality stainless steel with an aged finish. We love the classy fiddle-style handle ends which is a design said to have been in fashion since the 1700s. This set works well and looks great in a dinner party setting.
Stellar James Martin Simply Sophisticated Cutlery: £56.99, Wayfair
Made from quality stainless steel, this cutlery has a high-shine finish smooth, comfortable handles with a subtle James Martin logo stamp. The simple, no-fuss design looks great with stark white crockery for a restaurant-at-home look. We particularly liked the long prongs on the forks in this selection; they're great for spaghetti wind-ups in particular
Judge Windsor 32-piece Collection: £58, Amazon
The great thing about this stylish 32-piece collection is that it has a whole host of extra cutlery in the same style that can be added afterwards when needed. So, if you love everything in your kitchen to be matchy-matchy, you can supplement your silverware with everything from sundae spoons to steak knives to a cake slice. At 18/10 grade, it’s great quality for the price.
The verdict: Cutlery Sets
Anything from the top-quality range from Robert Welch is worth considering, but our favourite, for old time’s sake, was Viners’ Studio 18.10 set. The retro-yet-modern feel of it was a real talking point at the dinner table, with oldies reminiscing about wedding present cutlery and young ones loving the crinkly textured handles.
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