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The Best Kitchen-Knife Sets on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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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 kitchen gear — including the best food scissors, cutting boards, and even a guide to shopping for knives — here, we’ve rounded up the best kitchen-knife sets, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated (and least expensive) knife set

Cuisinart Advantage Color Collection 12-Piece Knife Set, Multicolor

Home cooks love these knives. Take this guy, who is “no chef just an average dude who cooks tacos and burgers and stuff like that.” He thinks these knives are “SHARP,” and he’s accidentally proved it: “The color is kind of cheesy to me but they cut with precision and my finger can verify that.” Another reviewer agrees that they’re “not something you’d want to use as a replacement for a professional grade knife set but for the casual home kitchen chef, they’re just fine.” Another guy calls this set his “best knife buy of the year.” Although he’s “had sharper, better quality knives” before, “for basic kitchen use,” he says, “this is the set to buy.” Like the accident-prone taco cook, many reviewers warn you that the colors are intense. Not that it’s a bad thing. “If colors bother you, stay away because these are colorful,” says one reviewer. “I’ve already been able to familiarize myself with what knife is what color and what I need to use them for,” he says. (Strat tip: If you don’t want to memorize color and function, you can also just look at the knives to know what to use them for.) “I paid about $20 for this set of knives and at that price they are worth every penny.”

Best kitchen-knife set with wood block

AmazonBasics Premium 18-Piece Knife Block Set

The durability of this “super sharp and heavy” set shocked and impressed reviewers. According to one, “I found myself buying knife block sets regularly because nothing under $200 lasts these days, until I purchased these. They are nice and weighed. Great quality and long lasting if taken care of property (hand wash and dry, don’t put in dishwasher or you could rust them). I am very pleased with these,” he says. Another reviewer — a professional chef for almost 20 years — previously thought that “you don’t get quality in an inexpensive knife set. This AmazonBasics Premium set really impressed me … This here is a quality product at a good price. Treat them with respect and they will last for YEARS.”

Best (less expensive) kitchen-knife set with wood block

AmazonBasics 14-Piece Knife Set with High-carbon Stainless-steel Blades and Pine Wood Block

Reviewers were impressed by this relatively inexpensive set’s ability to hold up to to pricier sets. One professional chef says, “I use high quality (read: expensive) knives at work all day. My budget-conscious fiance surprised me with these for the home. Needless to say, I was skeptical … So I put them to the test against my Miyabis. Incredible. I was truly shocked at how well these worked!” Dozens of reviewers also praised the sharpness of the blades, with one saying that even after six months, “They’re still the sharpest knives I’ve ever had and I haven’t even had to sharpen them since I opened them.” Others praise the knives’ weight, which “helps each slice come through nice and clean (and didn’t squish the tomatoes down!).” People also like the included kitchen shears, which are both “very well made” and “fantastic.”

Best bamboo wood knife set

The bamboo block that comes with this set of knives was a big draw for shoppers. “The set is encased in beautiful bamboo wood, which also holds the integrated diamond sharpener,” writes one. “I am extremely happy with this set and recommend it most highly.” Another says, “These knives are lovelier than I expected, as is the bamboo knife block. They have a very nice balance and a good edge, and will be a perfect gift for a young person moving out on their own; she may never need to buy knives for the rest of her life.” And not only do these rivetless handles look unique, according to one reviewer, “They’re comfortable to hold, look pretty awesome, and seem to be reliably sturdy.”

Best kitchen-knife set with a glass block

Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set, Tempered Glass Block

“I am a total knife snob and these knives are THE BEST,” writes one reviewer, who says these knives “genuinely bring me joy on a daily basis.” He lost a $300 set during a move and “didn’t want to cough up” that much money again. After buying these a little reluctantly, he writes,”I can honestly say that at half the price these knives are just as good as the alternatives. The steel is high-quality, they hold their sharpness, they’re well balanced and comfortable to hold, plus I love the modern glass knife block.” There are benefits to that glass block, other than aesthetics. Another customer explains: “It makes more sense than any other knife storage I’ve seen. First, the blades aren’t resting on anything. Unlike traditional wooden blocks, it’s terrifically easy to clean. Just take the top rack off, unscrew the tops of the pillars and it comes apart.” He likes the knives themselves, too, calling them “the best knives” he’s ever owned. “The knives worked like magic. They are very sharp, but if you handle them with care, they do the work for you,” says. One thing to remember, “don’t put wet knives in” the stand warms another reviewer. “They’ll cloud the inside of the glass.”

Best German kitchen-knife set

Zwilling J.A. Henckels 30768-000 TWIN Signature Knife Block Set, 11 Piece

This set, as one reviewer writes, is made up of “extremely sharp and professional grade knives.” Another discerning reviewer says, “I was looking for forged Zwilling blades, made in Germany. These feature ice-hardened, stamped blades. When blades are hardened in this manner they’re more durable and long-lasting than regular stamped blades. You’ll immediately notice that the blades stay sharper for longer and will hold their edge.” Another reviewer praised that “you can just feel how well they are put together.” Yet another satisfied customer raved that “the knives are lightweight, well balanced and the handles are ergonomically well designed for a very comfortable grip, helping to lessen fatigue if doing a lot of prep work. I was surprised by how light [but also] sturdy [they are] thanks to German steel and Henckels tempering process.”

Best knife set with scissors

Farberware 15-Piece Stamped Stainless Steel Knife Block Set

While several knife sets on this list come with scissors, shoppers found the pair included here to be especially high quality. One reviewer even warns, “The scissors are very sharp, be careful!” Another says, “The scissors are so useful. Never any problems with loose handles.” Other shoppers praised the sleek design of the set. “I feel you can never go wrong with Faberware products,” comments one. “The design is nice and stylish and these knives cut with such precision.” Another writes, “Sleek and looks great in the kitchen.”

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