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Choosing a flatware or silverware set can be tricky. On top of choosing between the variety of flatware designs and types of steel on the market, you're also tasked with figuring out aesthetics, budget, and the number of place settings you will need.
When it comes to stainless steel flatware, there are three varieties: 18/10, 18/8, and 18/0. The “18” refers to the fact that it is made of 18 percent chromium, while the second number is the percentage of nickel. More nickel means added shine and sturdiness, which is why sterling silver sets typically have a heavier price tag and require extra care.
Whether you're looking for a durable flatware set for everyday use or are searching for a high-end set for special occasions, we've researched the best flatware and silverware sets to complement any kitchen.
Here are our favorite flatware and silverware sets to help you dine in style.
Sleek and sophisticated design
Service for 12 plus hostess set
Appropriate for casual and formal dining
Possible issues with corrosion
Only one finish option
This Lenox flatware set is made of 18/10 stainless steel, which means it has at an 18 percent chrome content and a 10 percent nickel content. Nickel is what keeps stainless steel shiny meal after meal and dishwasher run after dishwasher run. (Yep, this set is dishwasher safe.)
The set comes with enough five-piece settings for 12 people, plus five serving utensils. The pieces are ergonomically designed to be comfortable to hold while eating, and the beaded channel design at the base is subtle. Our product reviewer appreciates the flatware's high-quality feel and minimalist but beautiful detailing. She also awarded the set points for being dishwasher safe and tarnish-resistant, but notes the importance of keeping the utensils dry to prevent rust.
"This set is dishwasher safe and tarnish-resistant, but the utensils do require a little manual care." — Elizabeth Rago, Product Tester
High-end artisan appearance
Beveled fork edge makes one-hand cutting easy
Only serves four
Knork flatware's lauded design was the invention of the brand’s founder Michael D. Miller who, while struggling to eat a slice of pizza with a fork, was inspired to create a fork that’s more like a pizza slicer. He went on to design the Knork’s signature fork (part knife-part fork) with beveled outer tines that can be used to eat left- or right-handed and are sharp enough to cut many foods with, though safe enough for kids to use.
This set comes with enough utensils to set a full five-piece serving for four people. They are dishwasher safe. Our product tester likes that each utensil is ergonomically designed with noticeably balanced weight. Plus, the utensils feature a wide, flat finger platform for comfort and are designed to fit the contours of your hand. Each piece is hand-forged according to a 26-step process and is made of 18/10 stainless steel.
"Knork’s branding seamlessly blends into the flatware’s design. ... You won’t find any bold brand etchings on your knife handles." — Elizabeth Rago, Product Tester
Timeless, minimalist design
May take some time to ship
This timeless and elegant flatware is perfect for anyone who prefers a minimalist approach to their tablescape. As some reviewers note, this pattern is sure to feel as contemporary and classic 10 years from now as it will when you buy it—and the quality means you'll still be able to use it every day. Its longevity is thanks to its 18/10 stainless steel and quality forging process.
This flatware is available in sets of five pieces, 20 pieces, 42 pieces, and 50 pieces, so you can get the exact number of settings you need for your home. The larger setting sizes also include steak knives and serving pieces so that everything on your table matches.
Easy to clean
Whether you’re just starting out or want extra flatware for an upcoming party, you can’t go wrong with this affordable set. You'll get enough pieces for four people to each have a salad fork, a dinner fork, a soup spoon, a teaspoon, and a dinner knife. The set comes in five different colors, in case you're looking for something with a little more personality than basic stainless steel.
While reviewers do note that the stainless steel utensils are lightweight, many also mention that the pieces are durable and hold up well after multiple rounds in the dishwasher. No dishwasher? The simple design makes these easy and quick to hand wash. Be careful when you do so—this knife is sharper than one might expect from a butter knife.
Comes in fun colors
Washable, waterproof carrying case
Case has no loops or straps to hold silverware in place
Those who care about the environment likely cringe when they have to eat their takeout salad with a disposable plastic fork, but who wants to carry around their regular flatware with them everywhere they go? Enter this portable, reusable stainless steel set. It comes with everything you could need to enjoy that lunch at your desk—even a set of chopsticks for those days when you order sushi—plus two metal straws.
Best of all, the utensils come packaged in a waterproof and washable bag that’s as easy to clean as the utensils. Several reviewers give this set high marks because it's available in a few different, fun colors, including rainbow chrome, adding personality to their desk lunches.
Modern, minimalist design
Knife blade is stainless steel
Gold color may come off in dishwasher
If you’re looking for a set of gold-colored flatware, you can’t do better than this set from Mint Pantry. The slender, minimalist pieces feel modern, and the matte metallic will add a pop of glamour to any tablescape. Reviewers note that they like that the knife blade is the same stainless steel as the handle—a rarity when it comes to colored flatware. The 20-piece set has enough dinner settings for four people.
One word of caution: While this set is undeniably eye-catching, many reviewers say the gold color washes off in the dishwasher. In order to preserve the color, consider hand-washing these instead.
Modern, eye-catching design
Finish is tarnish-resistant
Cannot use citrus dish soap on them
You’ll need to apologize to the chef when you set your table with this dramatic matte black set—guests will be so wowed by it, they might not even notice the food. In fact, several reviewers rave about how many compliments they get on the set's elegant, unique design. The 18/10 stainless steel has a heat-treated black satin PVD finish that won’t flake or tarnish. The set comes with five pieces—exactly what you'll need for one setting, so you can customize how many settings you have in your utensil drawer.
A note on washing this dramatic flatware: While you can toss these utensils in the dishwasher, you’ll need to avoid citrus-scented detergents, and when hand-washing, don't use a scouring pad or metal polish.
We chose the Lenox Portola 65-Piece Flatware Set for the top spot because of its sleek design that can work for both casual and fine dining. Plus, considering how many utensils are included, it's reasonably priced. Got more money to spare? Try the high-end Knork 20-Piece Flatware Set for your formal dinners.
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Anne Fritz is a writer for The Spruce Eats. When she's not covering kitchen gadgets and home accessories for us, she loves cooking up new recipes for her family, so she knows the value of finding the right flatware set to dine in comfort and style.
What to Look for in a Flatware Set
Number of place settings: It makes no sense to get 12 place settings if you’re moving into a tiny apartment. However, if you regularly host dinners in your spacious dining room, buying a large set is much more affordable than buying multiple smaller ones. How many people are you looking to feed?
Design: Think about what style of dishes you own. Flatware with a more plain design will match well every style of plate, while sets with more ornate designs or vibrant colors might be the perfect companion for your holiday dishware. It’s all up to you.
Ease of use: More than anything, flatware is meant to be used. When choosing the perfect set for you, consider if the handles are easy to hold—including for kids, if you have them. Also, are the forks, knives, and spoons a reasonable shape and size? It’s no fun eating if the flatware makes it a chore.