Attractive gold color
Effective at cutting and picking up food
We purchased the Mint Pantry Hamlake 20-Piece Flatware Set so our reviewer could put it to the test in her kitchen. Keep reading for our full product review.
With a seemingly endless selection on the market, buying a flatware set might seem like a daunting task. If you’re looking for gold-colored utensils in particular, the Mint Pantry Hamlake 20-Piece Flatware Set may have caught your eye, as it will surely add pizzazz to your tablescape.
Although reviewers rave about the unique color palette of these utensils, which are also available in black and copper, we wanted to see how this flatware held up to everyday use. After assessing factors like material, design, performance, and ease of cleaning, here’s what we decided about these eye-catching utensils.
Material: Low-quality stainless steel
The Mint Pantry Flatware Set is made from 18/0 stainless steel, which means it’s composed of 18 percent chromium and has no nickel content. Nickel is what helps prevent corrosion in flatware, and since this set doesn’t contain any, that might explain why some users say the finish comes off quite quickly.
The composition also explains why this set is so lightweight—too light, in our opinion. Higher quality flatware sets that we’ve used were made of 18/10 stainless steel and had a much better feel in our hands.
We love the gold color, which added a nice pop of contrast to our tablescape.
Design: Modern and minimalist
What drew us to the Mint Pantry Flatware Set is the unique selection of eye-popping colors. The set comes in black, copper, and gold, all of which have a matte metallic finish. We ordered the set in gold, and overall, we love the color, which added a nice pop of contrast to our tablescape.
The 20-piece set includes four places settings, each with a salad fork, dinner fork, dinner spoon, teaspoon, and dinner knife. The set only comes in a 20-piece size, so you'll have to order a full additional set if you need more place settings. Further, we were disappointed that Mint Pantry doesn’t offer steak knives or serving utensils in the same design, as we would have liked the option to build out our set.
Eye-catching colors aside, these utensils are very simple in design. The elongated handles are straight and sleek, with no pattern or detailing, and because they have a minimalist look, they’ll pair nicely with most table settings.
We didn’t love the feel of these utensils. The flatware is so lightweight that it almost felt like we were holding plastic utensils!
In comparison, these utensils feel significantly cheaper than flatware sets made from 18/10 stainless steel, but then again, we prefer flatware with some weight to it. Utensil weight is a matter of personal preference, and if you’re a fan of lightweight flatware, these might be right up your alley.
The flatware is so lightweight that it almost felt like we were holding plastic utensils!
The handles on this flatware set are very slender, and combined with their light weight, the utensils didn’t feel balanced in our hands. We would have a preferred an ergonomically designed handle with rounded edges and a tapered middle section for a more comfortable grip.
In terms of holding food, the utensils performed to our satisfaction. The tines on the forks pick up food very nicely, and the knives were sharp—we had no trouble cutting ground beef, fish, and poultry. However, we would opt for a steak knife for a denser cut of meat.
Cleaning: Be careful with the finish
According to the manufacturer, this flatware set is dishwasher safe. However, some reviewers say that the finish can wear or chip off easily.
To preserve the color of the utensils, we opted to clean them by hand. After several washes with hot water and detergent, the gold finish was still intact, but we noticed some tiny surface scratches beginning to form. We’ve had only this flatware for around two weeks, so we can’t fully attest to its durability, but the good news is that the manufacturer offers a 25-year (limited) warranty.
Price: Always on sale
The full price of the Mint Pantry Hamlake 20-Piece Flatware Set is $115, but it’s almost always on sale for around half of that—you can expect to pay somewhere between $40 and $70 for the set.
However, even with the discounted price, we expected more from these utensils, which felt cheap and underwhelming. We much prefer the feel of flatware made from 18/10 stainless steel, and since we read numerous complaints about the finish coming off the Hamlake set, we’re reluctant to put it in the dishwasher, which is undeniably inconvenient. At the end of the day, we’d rather invest in a higher quality flatware set that’s dishwasher safe and fares better with everyday use.
Competition: Opt for a higher quality set
Robert Welch Westbury Mirror Flatware Set: Retailing around $180 for 20 pieces, the Robert Welch Westbury Mirror Flatware Set, which we also tested, is significantly more expensive than the Mint Pantry set, but it’s much better quality, as well. We were thoroughly impressed with its design and performance—the classic, V-shaped bolster design is very versatile, making it ideal for everyday use or more formal occasions. Thanks to tapered handles, these utensils are very comfortable to hold, and their 18/10 stainless steel construction has a much sturdier feel than Mint Panty’s chintzy 18/0 composition.
Lenox Portola Stainless Steel 65-Piece Flatware Set: Another high-end option is the Lenox Portola Stainless Steel Flatware Set, which you can generally purchase for around $100. This 65-piece set has enough settings for 12 people, as well as five serving utensils, making it a great way to stretch your dollar. Made from 18/10 stainless steel, these utensils are a lot more solid than the Minty Pantry set, and the design is subtle yet sophisticated with its beaded channel at the base.
- Product Name Hamlake 20-Piece Flatware Set
- Product Brand Mint Pantry
- Price $114.99
- Color Options Gold, copper, and black
- Material 18/0 stainless steel
- Warranty 25-year limited warranty
- What's Included Four 5-piece table settings, each with a salad fork, dinner fork, dinner spoon, teaspoon, and dinner knife