Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of cooking accessories — including the best spatulas and the best flatware sets — here, we’ve rounded up the best kitchen utensil sets, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated kitchen utensil set
“The packaging was neat and has everything that a bachelor needs in his kitchen,” one reviewer writes. Another thinks the set “is inexpensive enough for someone starting out, yet it is high-quality for those of us that have been in the kitchen for years.” Nearly 30 percent of reviewers mention the quality. “I was skeptical of this being a low-quality item, but I was surprised about their toughness and design,” one writes. “When I pick them up, I feel like I’m actually holding something of substance that won’t break on me in a week,” says another. They’re also heat-resistant. “I almost always forget a spatula or a spoon in my pots/pans and come back to melting items, but not with these,” says a satisfied customer.
Best-rated (less expensive) kitchen utensil set
Dozens of reviewers praise the construction of this set. “Melamine is my favorite material for this type of item, as it is SUPER STRONG and does not bend or flex,” one writes. Although their praise isn’t always in all-caps, plenty of other reviewers use words like sturdy, strong, and firm to describe these utensils. The spatula is “firm enough to scrape up the crusty bits without scratching my pans,” according to one reviewer. Another describes the flipper as “very thin (yet strong) at the tip, making it easy to scrape pans and also to flip crepes without damaging them.”
And now some micro-picks for every type of kitchen utensil set you might be looking for.
Best starter kitchen utensil set
About one-fifth of reviewers consider this the perfect starter pack. “I think this set is best suited for someone setting up a kitchen for the first time, like a young person getting his or her first apartment,” one reviewer writes. Another agrees: “It is worth every cent for a housewarming or wedding — whether they knew to ask for it or not, they want it!” As if to confirm that, a reviewer who ordered this set for their son’s new apartment writes, “He was thrilled it had one of just about everything he could possibly need for getting started.” In addition to the good range of utensils, reviewers appreciate that this set comes with a holder — a feature at least one shopper thinks makes the price point worth it: “When you take into account the price of buying each one of these items individually … including the caddy … you really do save!”
Best complete kitchen utensil set
At 42 pieces, “this set included everything we needed and more,” says one reviewer. Considering the price, some shoppers were worried about the quality of the set — but not after it arrived. One reviewer “tried smacking, bending, and twisting the handle to see if it would come off. It didn’t.” They’re easy to clean thanks to the “nylon and stainless steel,” which also “[prevent] them from scratching.” And the set comes with nearly everything you need, even pot-holder gloves: “from a can opener to a multiuse corkscrew that reminded me of a Swiss Army knife to the most convenient top-of-the-line pot holders that are so easy to slide on your hands and can take the heat,” says one user.
Best stainless-steel kitchen utensil set
“The stainless steel is way thicker than all of my other aluminum utensils,” one reviewer writes, “which I like because my aluminum utensils bend too easily.” The tools don’t rust and are dishwasher safe, users say, plus they hold up to the heat — including the handles. “I left one of the spoons inside a boiling pan and was afraid the outer rubber material would be melting when I got back to the kitchen,” says another shopper. “Much to my surprise, the spoon handle was completely unharmed.” Of all of the tools in this set, the peeler is perhaps called out the most, by dozens of reviewers. “Hands down, the nicest peeler I’ve ever owned,” one says. Another adds, “I was especially impressed with the peeler, as it comes with two to three types of usage, such as peeling, slicing thin strands, removing the potato roots, etc.”
Best kitchen utensil set with wooden handles
More than 10 percent of reviewers say they love the wooden handles on these utensils. They “add a warm touch to the silicone end, which insulates the heat,” one writes. Another says, “The handles are substantially comfortable to hold, and the spoons and spatulas are angled properly.” Users think the handles are also a good length, and the size of the utensils overall is impressive. Plus, the silicone ends are “sturdy, not flimsy.”
Best kitchen utensil set with comfortable handles
Nearly a quarter of reviews mention the handles on these tools, commenting on everything from their comfort level to their design. “They have this nice feel when holding/manipulating them,” one shopper writes. Another says, “I love that the handles are longer so I don’t have to get too close to the hot pan.” Clearly a repeat OXO customer, one reviewer compares these to earlier versions: “easier to handle with the new slim handle.” And another reviewer describes the spatula as “perfect for flipping fried eggs in my cast-iron skillet. Light and thin, yet stiff and sturdy, it slides right under the eggs even easier than my egg-turner does.”
Best large kitchen utensil set
“Physically in hand, these utensils are life!” one particularly smitten reviewer writes. Many praise this extra-large set for being a “good size for large pots.” Need an example? “Today I cooked beef braised in red wine in a very large stockpot, and the handle sticks way above the rim of the pot, meaning I can leave the spoon leaned up against the side of the pot without it slipping or falling in,” one user writes. Another says, “Wow, we shall never have burnt hands due to the long, sturdy, and comfy handles.” Reviewers praise the flexible silicone. “The tips are nice and flexible and gentle on your cookware and designed nicely for smoothly getting under your [fried] eggs, for instance, or scraping the side gently while stirring,” one user writes. “They have good and long handles and feel great, secure, and plenty frilly to the touch.”
Best kitchen utensil set with serrated spatula
The serrated spatula is the standout utensil in this set, according to reviewers. “The large spatula has teeth on one side,” one writes, “which, surprisingly enough, is very useful on nonstick pans. I have used it to cut a couple of grilled cheese sandwiches and some veggies right in the pan.” Others call it “especially useful” and say the “spatula works great as a knife.” The rest of the set doesn’t disappoint either. One shopper says the utensils are very lightweight but at the same time are “deceptively sturdy and handle hot liquids and the dishwasher.” One buyer puts it bluntly: “If you are purchasing ANY nonstick pan set, you need this utensil set.”
Best special-edition set
Rachel Ray stans love this set because, according to one reviewer, it includes some rare items from her collection. “Super-excited,” one shopper writes. “I have [looked] everywhere for the red Rachael Ray spatulas and whisk! Even her website doesn’t sell these.” Another prefers the flat black ladle, while others cite the whisk as their favorite. As one reviewer points out, it “stands on it own due to flat base.” Overall, it’s a “great tool set and very easy to clean.”
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