Cooks are divided on the subject of cutlery sets. One side believes only a few knives are necessary for all of your cooking needs and the other loves every special tailored use of the different knives in a block. As with many things in life, there is no clear-cut right or wrong answer to this debate. The question comes down to what type of cook you are, and how to make your cutlery serve your own cooking needs.
For beginner cooks or “casual” cooks, who prefer to either dabble in occasional cooking or minimize their time in the kitchen (You know who you are!), we definitely recommend a few key knives and are confident those can meet your lifestyle needs.
However, we have found both personally and by general testimony that the further into cooking (even as a hobby) a person goes, the more useful the array of kitchen knives becomes. Some cooks simply prefer having just the right knife for just the right cooking activity. And still others are looking to start off new homes or kitchens well-stocked. But cutlery sets come in many shapes and sizes. We’ll highlight a few of our favorites here.
Best Cutlery Sets
If there are sets too big and too small, we like to think of this one as just right. This this set has the basic must-haves for any kitchen. It is from one of Wusthof’s most popular lines for devoted home cooks for its forged construction of high-carbon German stainless steel with a lifetime guarantee. Get more info >
Calphalon developed the Katana line as a more affordable response to high-end Japanese cutlery makers like Shun and Global, but they did so without cheapening on quality. Made with the same 33-layer Japanese stainless steel construction methods, this set is great for hosts and large households looking for quality and design at a great value. Get more info >
For those not quite ready to splurge on a lifetime commitment with their knives, we recommend Zwilling J.A. Henckels’ more affordable brand counterpart. This top-rated knife set features precision-stamped knives hefty enough to do the everyday chopping in your kitchen. Get more info >