Here at the Strategist we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like bed sheets or pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we’re introducing People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. Here, the best knife sets on Amazon, according to the people (note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity).
Best Affordable Knife Set
4.9 stars, 1,159 reviews
“This set of knives is so fun and vibrant. It makes prepping food really fun and easy. So far, I have used the orange and yellow a lot, and they are staying sharp over repeated uses. The knives are lightweight with plastic handles and covers. This set will replace some really old ones at our cottage, where we do not have counter space — so a big, bulky butcher block is not really an option. The covers protect not only the blades but also hands from grabbing the wrong one out of the drawer. Nice, solid set for a really good price. Also, the box they come in can be saved to use as storage. Great packaging!”
Best Affordable Knife Set With Block
4.3 stars, 183 reviews
“I cannot say that I was expecting the very best when spending anything under $50 for a knife block set, but I recently bought the LivingKit Stainless Steel Kitchen Knife Block Set Block 14 Piece for my boyfriend and am so pleased (and he is as well)! He has a one-bedroom apartment, and mostly just cooks for himself, sometimes for up to three or four people (including himself) at a time. He loves the set and is very thankful that I bought it for him, as he cooks VERY often (he is in grad school, so living on a tight budget means he can’t afford to eat out very often). I am giving this product five stars because neither he nor I have noticed any flaws with any of the knives, scissors, or the block itself. He has had them now for over a month, and uses them multiple times a day. They have all maintained their sharpness with daily use (multiple times a day).”
Best Professional-Grade Knife Set
4.9 star, 59 reviews
“I’m a professional chef, and already being a Dalstrong customer, I anticipated top quality. Upon close inspection, you can see and appreciate the attention to detail and quality finish you simply do not get in other knives based at this price point. It baffles me Wüsthof still uses synthetic material on knives that cost significantly more. We prepared a Christmas dinner for 25 guests together, using the set exclusively. I wholeheartedly recommend this block set to anyone looking for top-quality blades and block, excellent materials, authentic craftsmanship, and attention to detail. Comparatively speaking, Wüsthof and Henckels sets are priced higher, and you will not find nearly the value-to-price ratio.”
Note: This knife set is currently unavailable, but here’s another professional-level set made from high quality steel.
Best Minimalist Knife Set
4.7 stars, 724 reviews
“I bought this knife set in 2012 for $129. It’s 2015 now and I still love them. I originally bought them because I was really drawn to the clean look of it. The idea of sticking knives that I use to cut food that I eat and that I feed to my family into a wood block that I could not adequately clean, bothered me. This set of knives looks nice, and takes up a minimal amount of space. I learned you can actually take it apart to clean each part individually. There are two circles on top of each silver bar on the sides that you just unscrew, and then you can lift the glass up (after removing the knives). Three years later, there is no rust, and the whole set is still incredibly easy to keep clean.”
Best Knife Set With Built-in Sharpener
4.7 stars, 284 reviews
“These arrived well packed, individually with tip protectors and cardboard sleeves in a plastic wrap. Every blade passed the slice-newspaper slice test. Every blade balances well when grasped with two fingers at the bolster (where handle and blade meet). Even the shears are SHARP (yes, they come apart for cleaning). Did I mention the blades are sharp? Not sure on edge life yet, but I sharpen or hone my blades with every use, and the built-in block sharpener makes it that much easier (I used it on other knives, it works well).”
Best All-Stainless-Steel Knife Set
4.6 stars, 266 reviews
“Just received this set and am extremely impressed. All pieces are as advertised, and the knives are razor sharp. Will write another review of them in a year, but so far I am very happy — cut through a slab of baby backs like hot butter.
Well, have had these knives for a year now and use them often. They sharpen very easily, do not rust, and I am buying another set. Can’t beat for the price, we love them.”
Best Knife Set With Comfortable Handles
4.6 stars, 413 reviews
“This is my second set of Miracle Blade knives; I purchased my first over ten years ago from an infomercial, and my daughter now has them in her apartment! These knives are reliable, and have a cutting quality well above their price point!! I am a foodie and love to cook, and have a nice income, such that I could have purchased any knives I wanted. So WHY did I buy another set of these? In ten years of ownership, I never sharpened the prior knives, and never needed to. They cut as well on day 3,649 as on day one. In ten years of use, not one knife from the set ever broke. They were reliable and well made.”
Best Small-Counter Knife Set
4.5 stars, 405 reviews
“Literally the sharpest knives I have ever used! They look great on my counter without hoarding lots of space. The bottom is removable if you need to clean out the bottom of the stand. I have been using this set for a few months now, and it hasn’t become worn, discolored, or dull. I’m really glad I gave these a shot!”
Best Japanese-made Knife Set
4.1 stars, 1,366 reviews
“I am absolutely in love with this Chikara set. The first compliment I received came five minutes after it arrived and I set it on my kitchen countertop. The holder is a beautiful caramel color that the picture does not do justice. In addition, they are forged and not stamped. As a lifetime user of stamped knives, the fact that they are forged makes a huge difference. Each slice carries more weight than the old stamped knives. If you don’t know the difference, Google it. Overall, these knives were a bargain for the burden of work they accomplish, and look beautiful. They have sleek, beautiful handles and are just the right size for a standard kitchen. They look and feel a lot more expensive than they are.”
Best German-made Knife Set
4.4 stars, 191 reviews
“This is a superb knife, which surprised me. For the price, I was not expecting it to be as good as it is. I have a lot of chef’s knives with which to compare it, and I can honestly say that it compares very favorably with the much more expensive knives I have that are made by Wüsthof, Henckels, and Schmidt Bros., as well as several from Japan that do not have a brand name. In fact, ever since I got it, it is the knife I most often reach for. At first, I thought the notch was rather gimmicky, but I find myself using it again and again, especially when mincing and finely chopping foods. It is situated in the perfect place for the kind of rocking or chopping action required for doing that. It’s actually an awesome feature. This is an incredibly sharp knife, which makes it a joy to use.”
Best Swiss-made Knife Set
4.5 stars, 462 reviews
“I have read many reviews on these knives individually, and was really interested in getting a set. If you search for each of these knives individually, you’ll find that some of the most popular knives on Amazon are in this set! I was a bit worried about the lack of reviews and a few low reviews, but with that little bit of research, you can put your worries aside. I went ahead and purchased these, and I am SO very happy that I did. These knives are amazing! They are super sharp and very reliable. Just please, please make sure that you hand-wash these! Dry them immediately, and you will not have any issues. I would recommend these to anyone, as the quality is unmatched.”
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