The 8 Best Knife Sets to Buy in 2018

Shop for the best knife sets on the market in every price range

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All knives are created equal, right? Well, not exactly. Not only are there a range of knives for every task in your kitchen, but there are varying levels of quality for each type of blade. When you’re shopping for a new knife or knife set, sharpness, durability, ease of handling should be on your checklist. Ideally, you want a knife that’s in your budget, doesn’t need to be sharpened constantly, and feels good in your hand.

If you’re an avid cook, versatility in your kitchen tool repertoire is...MORE crucial. The slender blade of a paring knife can speed up the prep time of smaller ingredients, while larger chef's knives can take even the toughest meats to task. All of the knife sets in our listing include the three basics—a chef’s knife, paring knife, and serrated bread knife, along with a few others depending on the set. While knife sets aren’t the best choice for everyone, they are great registry items or housewarming gifts for those who are stocking their first kitchen. These six sets are the best the market has to offer.

  • Utopia Kitchen Stainless Steel 6 Piece Knives Set (5 Knives plus and Acrylic Stand)

    Best Overall: Premium Class Stainless Steel Kitchen 6 Knife Set

    Looking for an all-around solid knife set? Look no further than this consumer favorite, which is the reigning top seller on Amazon.

    Built to withstand hours of chopping, its tough, 420-grade stainless steel blades won’t dent or tarnish easily—as long as they’re washed by hand. (The dishwasher is the kiss of death for a quality knife.) The set even comes with a small towel so you can dry the knives immediately after rinsing. Consumers have reported that these blades are so resilient, they haven’t...MORE sharpened them even several months after consistent use.

    The set includes three 8" blades—a carving knife, chef’s knife, and a bread knife—along with a 5" utility knife and a 3.5" paring knife. For easy storage it also comes with an acrylic stand. And as an added bonus, the stand keeps little hands away from sharp edges. Because the knives are forged from a single piece of stainless steel, you won’t have to worry about loose handles either.

  • Chicago Cutlery 1119644 Fusion Forged 18-Piece Knife Block Set, Stainless Steel

    Best High-End: Chicago Cutlery 1119644 Fusion Forged 18-Piece Knife Block Set

    When you’re ready to splurge or upgrade, check out this premium knife set, which includes an impressive 18 pieces—the basics: a paring knife, a peeler, a utility knife, a chef’s knife, a slicing knife, a bread knife, a Partoku knife, a Santoku knife, and extras like a sharpening steel, steak knives, and a wood block to hold everything.

    These forged high-carbon blades are perfect for the serious cook who wants the best. And, thanks to the innovative Taper Grind Edge Technology, edges stay sharper,...MORE longer. But if it does begin to dull, the included sharpener will make quick work of returning your knives to their full glory.

    The elegance of the stainless steel blades, black handles, and warm wood storage block make this ideal for most kitchen designs. And the included steak knives stand out with their all stainless construction.

    While this set is a bit of an investment, it does come with a lifetime warranty, which makes the price tag easier to stomach. A few reviewers have reported problems with the steak knives, saying that the blades are on the fragile side. But this rare occurrence is covered and easily remedied by the lifetime warranty.

  • Best Budget: HULLR 14-Piece Kitchen Knife Set with Wooden Block

    This budget friendly option is a great starter set, and perfect for that vacation cabin where you need a variety of knives for cooking but you don’t want to cart the expensive ones back and forth.

    This includes every knife you’ll need, so you won’t have to add to the set for a long time. You’ll get an 8" chef’s knife, an 8" bread knife, an 8-inch slicing knife, a 5" utility knife, a 3 1/2" paring knife, six steak knives, a sharpening steel, and kitchen shears. A pine knife block...MORE is included to hold everything conveniently.

    The knives have a full tang, a durable ABS handle for a comfortable grip, and three rivets through the handle for security. The blades are made from high-carbon 420 stainless steel. These should be hand washed and dried thoroughly before storage.

  • Runner-Up, Best Overall: Chicago Cutlery Elston 16-pc Block Set

    Too many cooks might spoil the pot, but it sure is handy to have helper in the kitchen. This knife set takes that into consideration, with duplicates of the most-used knives so all of your kitchen assistants have exactly the knife they need.

    The set includes an 8" chef’s knife, a 6 3/4" bread knife, two 4 3/4" utility knives, two 3 1/2" paring knives, eight steak knives, kitchen shears, and a sharpening steel. A wooden knife block holds everything neatly, so you don’t have to...MORE worry about knife storage.

    These have stainless steel handles for a sleek, contemporary look, and the curved design offers both comfort and style. The knives are forged rather than stamped, for perfect weight and balance, and have a full tang.

    The propriety 25-degree taper grind on the edge stays sharp, cuts well, and makes these knives easy to re-sharpen. The blades are high carbon steel that resists stains, rust, and pitting. The knives should be hand washed and dried before storage.

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  • Cuisinart 15-Piece Stainless Steel Hollow Handle Block Set, C77SS-15PK

    Runner-Up, Best High End: Cuisinart 15-Piece Stainless Steel Block Set

    It’s no surprise to see Cuisinart, one of the most trusted kitchen tool brands, on our list. This 15-piece stainless steel knife set, housed in a sleek black holder, is the perfect choice for a modern kitchen. Not only does this cutlery look stylish, but it is also durable and easy to use. The hollow handle makes these knives lighter than many other knives making them easy to maneuver. You just might be able to dice and mince like a Top Chef yet.

    The set includes an assortment of blades including...MORE a chef’s knife, Santoku knife, slicing knife, paring knife, serrated utility knife, shears, six steak knives, and a sharpening steel. These blades are also covered by a lifetime warranty, so you can chop away without worry.

    The only complaint with this set is that the edges of the slots on the knife block are a bit jagged. Not a deal breaker in our books, but something to keep in mind.

  • Runner-Up, Best Budget: Vremi Knife Set

    These budget-friendly knives are just plain fun. The set includes five knives in different colors, with matching blade sheaths so you can store them in a drawer safely. They’re also great for tossing into the picnic basket or tucking into the lunch you take to work, so you won’t be struggling to slice an apple with a plastic knife.

    The blades are stainless steel, yet they’re lightweight. They have a colorful nonstick, food-safe coating that makes these easy to clean. The set includes a red...MORE 8" chef’s knife, a blue 8" serrated bread knife, a purple 8" slicing knife, a yellow 5" utility knife, and an orange 3 1/2" paring knife. These should be hand washed.

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    Best With Self Sharpener: Sabatier 12-Piece Knife Set with Self Sharpening Block

    All knives seem wonderful when they’re new, but they require maintenance to keep them sharp. These knives need very little maintenance since the included block has built-in ceramic sharpening rods in the slots for the kitchen knives (the steak knife slots do not have sharpeners). Each time you insert or remove a knife, it glides along the rods, to hone and maintain the edge with no fuss.

    The set includes an 8" chef’s knife, an 8" slicing knife, a 5" chef’s knife with kullens, a 4...MORE 1/2" fine edge utility knife, a 3 1/2" paring knife, and six 4 1/2" steak knives. The knives are forged from high carbon stainless steel that is stain and corrosion resistant. The block is made from hardwood with a matte black finish. The knives should be hand washed.

  • Best Ceramic: Kyocera 3-Piece Advanced Ceramic Revolution Series Knife Set

    Ceramic knives are wicked sharp and stay sharp longer than similar steel knives, so they need less maintenance. With these knives, you’ll be able to make super-thin slices and minimize food browning when you cut lettuce, apples or similar foods. They’re also lighter in weight, so you can slice and cut and mince with less fatigue.

    Kyocera has been making ceramic cutting tools for a long time, so you can be sure these knives are high quality. The set includes a 5 1/2 inch santoku knife, a 4 1/2...MORE inch utility knife, and a 3-inch paring knife.​​

    The downside to ceramic knives is that they can break if it’s dropped or misused, but with care, the knives will last just as long as your steel knives. While you can’t sharpen ceramic knives with a standard sharpener, there are special sharpeners available, or you can return these knives to Kyocera to be professionally sharpened for a nominal fee.

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