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). We also found the best individual knives if you’re looking for those instead.
Best Affordable Knife Set
“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 Knife Set With Block Under $50
“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 Knife Set With Block Under $100
“I admit that at first I was skeptical about the quality when I saw the incredibly low price of this set. But, nearly all of the reviews were great, so I purchased a set to replace a set of knives that were nearly twenty years old and had seen better days. Well, I’m now a believer. For the price, this is an excellent set of knives with the look and feel of a set costing three times more. I just started using them a couple of days ago, and they are razor sharp and have a nice hefty feel in your hand. I’m very happy with this purchase and would highly recommend this knife set.”
Best Professional-Grade Knife Set
“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.”
Best Minimalist Knife Set
“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 Minimalist Knife Set Under $100
“Everyone just loves this knife set. It is very stylish, light, and SHARP. They are as light as aluminum but made of stainless steel. Stainless steel holds its edge. I, of course, leave this on the kitchen counter because the clear case looks great, and you can see through it to all the knives that are held in place. I thought about giving this as a gift but I like it too much to get rid of it.”
Best Knife Set With Built-in Sharpener
“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 Calphalon Knife Set With Built-in Sharpeners
“Like many families, we had an okay, but not great, knife set for years and finally decided to get a better set as my wife is an avid [and] talented cook. We love the overall feel and construction of these knives, the built-in sharpener in the block performs much as a steel does. (It is not for bringing back totally dulled blades, but maintaining a good edge.) My wife says these are the best knives that she has ever worked with. Wash these after use by hand and immediately dry, and we have had no issues keeping them like new. The block is nice and the knives all fit properly. The handles are comfortable and should be very durable.”
Best All-Stainless-Steel Knife Set
“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 All-Stainless-Steel Knife Set With Hollow Handles
“Where to start? This knife block contains all of the essentials that you’d need in the kitchen. The scissors are a nice addition, as I am always grabbing for them to open different packages, without having to search through the drawers. The knives are VERY sharp and do not rust whatsoever. I really enjoy the single blade design of the steak knives, as we get many compliments on them. The knife block itself is very sturdy and feels high-quality, not that paper-coated junk that cheap blocks have that peels after it gets wet. These are a high-quality set for a fantastic price. Highly recommended!”
Best Knife Set With All-Stainless-Steel Steak Knives
“These knives are great for the price you pay. I would easily pay more … They’re sharp and hold their edge well, feel solid in your hand and feel balanced (to me, but I’m no expert). I love that the steak knives are solid metal, with no handle to wobble loose and hold water after washing. The larger knives haven’t had any handle issues either, don’t get me wrong. They also lay flat when you set them down. Plus, they just look fantastic in the kitchen, sleek and sexy as far as knives go.”
Best Knife Set With Comfortable Handles
“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
“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 J.A. Henckels Knife Set
“Excellent knives for an avid home chef. These are very well balanced. They hold an edge extremely well. I’ve had these almost a year now and they still look like the day I bought them. Very sharp out of the box and the block holds them beautifully. If I had to buy another set of knives for some reason, I would buy these again and again.”
Best Japanese-Made Knife Set
“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
“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
“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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