Sometimes it feels that you could fill your kitchen with so many gadgets and gizmos you wouldn't have room to do any actual cooking! But one thing every kitchen needs (and just ask any chef), is a good set of knives. But there are so many options to suit all budgets that choosing the right set can be a real challenge. We've had a look at what's available and have come up with a guide to help you choose the best kitchen knife set for you.
When testing our knives out, we considered durability, value for money and also look. Most of us have our sets of knives on the kitchen counter, so they need to look good too! You'll notice that we have stainless steel knives and ceramic knives in our top 3; keep reading to learn about what this means and whether there's any differences between the two types of material.
Checkered Chef Ceramic Kitchen Knife Set
( 4.6 out of 5.0 )
Stainless Steel Kitchen 6 Knife Set by Utopia Kitchen
( 4.8 out of 5.0 )
Ginsu 7108 Chikara 8 Piece Stainless Steel Knife Set
( 4.3 out of 5.0 )
Knives are the most important tool in your armoury in the kitchen. And while you can just use a selection of knives you've acquired over the years, it is great to have a matching set, especially of high quality and value knives.
There are a number of things to think about, let's take a look at the main things you may want to consider:
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Above all, remember that your kitchen knife set will most likely be a feature of your kitchen. Make sure you go for a set that fits with the overall look of the kitchen and even make a feature of the knives. There are some great designs out there!
A ceramic knife sounds an odd concept doesn't it? But they are actually very popular and are made by dry pressing zirconia powder and firing at a very high temperature (up to 1000 degrees!) This produces a blade that is sharpened by grinding it on a diamond wheel giving you a very hard edged blade that rarely if ever needs sharpening. Stainless steel blades on the other hand are made from alloys. Typically carbon, iron and chromium. The stainless steel coating prevents the knife from rusting.
Ceramic Knife Pros
Ceramic Knife Cons
Stainless Steel Knife Pros
Stainless Steel Cons
Our top three has two stainless steel knife sets, and one ceramic. Both are great choices, as long as they suit you. I'd say for certain tasks that ceramic knives are better (cutting fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread etc.), but for an all-rounder, stainless steel is probably the way to go, particularly if you do a reasonable amount of butchery or carving at home.
Our top three will suit a range of budgets, are suitable for gifts and offer something for everyone. Above all they're all great knives to work with in the kitchen. Enjoy!
Lovely set of kitchen knives. Suits anyone who wants an all-rounder with a contemporary look. Extremely good value for a great quality set of knives.
These are safe, durable and quality blades that didn't dull very easily at all. If you're not happy with them (we think you probably will be!), you can send them back for a 30 day no questions asked refund.
If you clean these in the dishwasher, rust spots could occur over time.
We needed to include a ceramic set, as many people love ceramic. These are really great value, look fantastic in the holder and are really easy to use with comfort-grip handles.
If you use these knives as they are intended (see section on pros and cons of ceramic knives) then this is a great knife set. And not only that, they also look great in the holder.
They are quite lightweight, which some of our testers loved, others not at all.
Now this is our most expensive set of kitchen knives. And it is lovely, if you want to spend a bit more money. Really with this set, they will last and last, and are up for any kitchen knife job you may have!
Any job in the kitchen is covered with these knives - chopping, slicing and dicing. They are up to the task. The 8 piece set includes a 3 1/2 paring knife, a 5" utility knife, 5" serrated knife, 7" santoku knife and an 8" chef's knife. On top of that you also get a brilliant pair of stainless steel scissors and sharpening rod along with a bamboo holder. A great set of knives, which if cared for will last a lifetime.
We think these knives are great. But they aren't cheap. So possibly more suitable as a wedding gift list or a time when you really want to treat yourself!
We went for the more value stainless steel set. They give you a great all-around performance and at a reasonable price. We loved the storage holder for a contemporary look too.
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