The Best Kitchen Knife Sets For All Budgets

Written in 2024
by Adam

    When you are picking a set of new kitchen knives it can be a bit of a difficult task due to the number of different sets out there with varying price, quality and styles. We've put together this guide to help you find the best knife set for your needs.

    We have put together a variety of reviews below with different price ranges to give you a great idea of the types of quality you can get for your money.

    Our Winner

    Brabantia Block Plus Tasty Dark Grey Knives
    Brabantia really delivered on this product and it stays true to their style with its no-nonsense practicality and subtle aesthetic that allows it to match with any kitchen. The block contains the chef’s knife, paring knife, carving knife, bread knife, and utility knife. Each of these knives is made of corrosion-resistant steel that is ice-hardened, enabling them to keep their edge for longer. The handles are not as comfy as they could be however the grip is still excellent. The plastic handles and removable block bottom mean that the knives and the block are both easy to clean.

    This set by Brabantia is a fantastic value set, it has enough knives to cover the bases for beginners and pros, and they can also last a very long time without too much attention and care (though you should still be taking care of them!)

    Runner Up

    Sharp Kitchen Knife Sevenn Piece Set
    • MADE TO LAST: This kitchen knife set features premium ultra-sharp, heavy-duty stainless-steel blades. The blades will not get dull quickly and are very easy to sharpen with the included knife...
    • MODERN DESIGN: The NUOVVA professional cooking knives features sturdy handles with ergonomic design and a elegant modern Wooden handle. Ensuring a comfortable grip without compromising on safety.
    • ERGONOMIC STAND: Our knife block set has a 360-degree practical design, ensuring you can remove the exact knife you need with ease.

    More Options

    Richarson Sheffield V Sabatier five-piece knife block
    These knives really are excellent value for money, especially from a well-respected brand like Sabatier. The blades are made of high carbon stainless steel making them strong and hardwearing. They also have a full tang, this means that the steel goes right to the centre of the handle giving the blade extra power. What’s more, the blades are tapered making them more precise. Non-slip technology is used for the handles and they are stored in a gently curved light woodblock, this would look good in all traditional or wood heavy kitchens.
    Taylors Eye Witness Brooklyn Copper Fan Knife Block Set
    This set of knives has a beautiful design with the sleek copper fan style that would not look out of place in any modern kitchen. The blades are titanium plated and are specially designed to be easy to sharpen and hard difficult to deaden. If you are a very keen cook then these may not be for you as they won’t last forever. However, due to the fact that they have a comfy handle, are lightweight and attractive they are perfect for setting up a kitchen.
    Robert Welch Signature Book Oak Knife Block Set
    This set of knives produced by Rober Welch is a great quality six-piece set that is perfect for someone looking to invest a bit more into their knives. This set comes with a chef’s knife, a bread knife, an 11cm santoku knife, a utility knife, a paring knife, and a carving knife. Robert Welch had help from professional chefs when designing this set to make sure that they were the best quality. They are top of their class in terms of sharpness and strength, this is due to the fact they have a full tang and are made of German stainless steel and their blade edges are Japanese-style. Tactile duPont is used to produce the handles which are extremely comfortable. The solid oak block holds the blades vertically so that the knives’ edges are not damaged whilst in storage.

    Paudin Thirteen Piece Knife Set with Block
    • One for All: PAUDIN professional 14 pcs knives set with block contains all the tools to use in the kitchen: 8" chef knife, 8" carving knife, 8" bread knife, 5" utility knife, 3.5" paring knife, 6...
    • Premium Material: All the knives in the PAUDIN knife block set are forged from high carbon stainless steel. This alloy steel is very hard, able to resist abrasion and retain shape. The kitchen knives...
    • Awesome Use Experience: The sharp knife block with knives serves you to do all the kitchen cutting tasks. The complete chef knives collocation allows you to handle all kinds of food without stress....

    What to look for in a knife set

    We all know that it can be difficult to choose a set of kitchen knives. There are just so many out there and they all look so different and have such varying prices, you’d be forgiven for feeling a little lost.

    A start point, however, is working out what price range you are looking for, this obviously depends on your budget and whether you will be able to take care of them. If you are able to maintain them then you should be able to splash out on some good quality knives.

    On the contrary, if you are a student or maybe just a beginner, you want a cheaper, more temporary set then there are still some great options out there that will be perfectly suited to your needs.

    It is almost universally agreed that five or six knives are enough to do anything you might need whilst cooking. You’ll need a chef’s knife for chopping vegetables and meat, a paring knife for trimming smaller vegetables, a carving knife for when you want to thinly slice meat, a serrated knife for squishy things like bread and finally a utility knife that can do just about anything. Some more experienced chefs may use the santoku for more precise dicing, slicing, and mincing.

    Another thing to consider is how you want your set to be stored. The obvious option is a block however these can take up lots of space. This means that something that can be stored or mounted might be a better option for smaller kitchens. There is a wide variety of materials from crafted wood to glossy minimalism.

    Last update on 2023-10-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

    Written by Adam

    Adam is the creator of the SmokeGuys website, running it since 2016. Hater of coriander, lover of all things meat... Adam currently works in marketing with a dream of being able to make food his full-time 'job' in the longer term.

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