The “18” refers to the fact that it is made of 18 percent chromium, while the second number is the percentage of nickel. More nickel means added shine and sturdiness, which is why sterling silver sets typically have a heavier price tag and require extra care.
Our product reviewer appreciates the flatware's high-quality feel and minimalist but beautiful detailing. She also awarded the set points for being dishwasher safe and tarnish-resistant, but notes the importance of keeping the utensils dry to prevent rust.
Whether you’re just starting out or want extra flatware for an upcoming dinner, you can’t go wrong with this affordable set. The set comes in five different colors, in case you're looking for something with a little more personality than basic stainless steel.
While reviewers do note that the stainless steel utensils are lightweight, many also mention that the pieces are durable and hold up well after multiple rounds in the dishwasher. Knock flatware's lauded design was the invention of the brand’s founder Michael D. Miller who, while struggling to eat a slice of pizza with a fork, was inspired to create a fork that’s more like a pizza slicer.
Our product tester likes that each utensil is ergonomically designed with noticeably balanced weight. Plus, the utensils feature a wide, flat finger platform for comfort and are designed to fit the contours of your hand.
It's 18/0, which means it has 18 percent chrome to prevent rusting and wear and tear over time. Reviewers note that the flatware feels sturdy, so you won't have to worry about it warping with continued use.
One thing to note: Oneida no longer sells this pattern on their website, so if you fall in love with it, you may want to buy two sets just in case. “If you’re simply looking for an affordable starter collection, the Oneida Moon crest 45-Piece Flatware Set has much to offer.
The larger setting sizes also include steak knives and serving pieces so that everything on your table matches. The slender, minimalist pieces feel modern, and the matte metallic will add a pop of glamour to any tables cape.
In fact, several reviewers rave about how many compliments they get on the set's elegant, unique design. The 18/10 stainless steel has a heat-treated black satin PVD finish that won’t flake or tarnish.
A note on washing this dramatic flatware : While you can toss these utensils in the dishwasher, you’ll need to avoid citrus-scented detergents, and when hand-washing, don't use a scouring pad or metal polish. When she's not covering kitchen gadgets and home accessories for us, she loves cooking up new recipes for her family, so she knows the value of finding the right flatware set to dine in comfort and style.
While many kitchen items, like drink ware or knives, are collections that grow slowly over time, flatware tends to be a one-and-done purchase. You can certainly get cheap flatware that will let you down after a few years, but it’s possible to make even an inexpensive but well-made set last a lifetime.
The rich showed off their wealth with elaborate table settings (hence the oyster fork) while the poorer classes made do with pewter or even wood cutlery. These days, you can find stainless steel in the finest restaurants and homes, but sterling silver flatware is still very much around.
That means a full table setting of sterling silver flatware can easily be thousands of dollars. Plated: Silver-plated flatware is another option, but it can feel like a “worst of both worlds” scenarios.
Plated flatware can chip and wear over time and requires greater care than stainless steel. While stainless steel made bright, shiny cutlery more affordable, it is also far easier to care for than silver.
Long gone are the days of endless polishing; stainless steel flatware can just be thrown in the dishwasher, dried off, and put away, over and over again. Good stainless steel will show a grade on the packaging or product page that looks like a fraction, usually 18/10, 18/8, and 18/0.
18/10 flatware is the highest quality: It will feel a bit more weighted in the hand, and the 10 percent nickel gives it more shine and more protection from corrosion. In general, it’s easy to find a wide variety of styles and designs in 18/10 stainless steel, but lower grades are still a good option if you need to save money.
The Spruce Eats / Sage McHugh Typically, higher-quality stainless steel with an 18/10 grade is going to be shiner because of the higher quantity of nickel. Some larger sets will also include steak knives and serving utensils for those who like everything to match.
How big a set you buy is totally personal and can be informed by your kitchen size, number of housemates or family members, and how often you run the dishwasher. More modern sets typically pare down details with a more streamlined appearance: a straight, thin handle with no major elements.
Many contemporary options also straddle these two worlds: Subtle shaping at the end of the handle, for example, will give it a traditional feel without other elements. Your choice comes down purely to taste: Both traditional and modern styles are made from stainless steel.
Black and gold flatware has become increasingly popular in recent years, largely because it’s such a striking contrast to the bright silver cutlery we use almost everywhere and every day. The Spruce Eats / Elizabeth Ago Sometimes you’ll see handles made from another material, like wood or plastic.
This is reminiscent of a tradition even older than silverware: handles for knives made from materials like bone. While the look can be impressive, it offers some drawbacks: A separate handle can loosen over time, especially if you’re tossing it in the dishwasher.
Do you prefer utensils with skinny stems, or perhaps longer fork tines for more European-style dining ? Design and stainless steel grades will have the biggest effects on price, with 18/10 being the highest quality and most expensive.
Pricier silverware is rarely sold in open stock: You’ll have to purchase additional full settings if you realize you need more spoons or forks. The typical takeout set isn’t great at piercing, cutting, or ladling food.
Portable sets can be made of lightweight stainless steel, bamboo, or reusable plastic. If you want to get a travel set, look for one that comes with a carrying case: You’re more likely to actually take it with you if it’s easy and convenient to do so.
Leno is perhaps best known for its china, and for good reason: The brand has made dinnerware for the White House and the Met Gala. But don’t be fooled by its storied past: These days, Leno also sells unfussy, modern flatware and dinnerware.
The Spruce Eats / Elizabeth Ago Oneida is another American flatware company. Like Leno, Oneida has well over a century of experience, but its backstory is fairly unique.
There are a few simple rules to taking care of stainless steel, and most are pretty intuitive. If food dries on your silverware and can’t be gently scrubbed away, let it soak for a bit or try the more abrasive side of a soft sponge.
If you have a color-plated flatware set, like matte black or gold, you’ll want to be extra careful about abrasive cleaners or sponges, as it could strip the finish. Even when we don’t cook, we’re likely to use a knife, fork, or spoon at some point during the meal.
When you’re just grabbing a spoon to make a bowl of cereal, it can be easy to forget this relatively humble little piece of cutlery derives much of its look from traditional silverware. But these stainless steel implements aren’t just about affordability: They’re durable and easy to clean, too.
Whip out the forks, knives, spoons, and get ready for our list of the best flatware sets. Minimal design meets quality and assurance in Cambridge Silversmiths Cali Mirror 30-piece silverware set.
Complete with a sleek mirror finish, this medium set for six offers a timeless design that lives up to the Cambridge Silversmith trademark promise. There’s no copied or tired patterns here, just quality silverware protected by a 25-year warranty with all return shipping costs paid by Cambridge.
This assurance makes spending a little extra worth it for a family set that is resilient enough for everyday use, and fine enough for special occasion dining. It’s dishwasher safe, but hot water hand cleaning is preferable for optimal upkeep and shine.
Though they are not exceptionally sturdy or for families, they still hold up well over time and resist corrosion and rust. A sleek mirror finish and 18/10 steel allow it to blend in seamlessly with other sets of higher grade flatware.
Though it is dishwasher safe, avoid washing with harsh detergents, which may break down the fine finish of the flatware. Mirrored finishes are prone to dishwasher spotting, and this set, in particular, suffers from color fading over time.
For best use, hand wash after meals with mild detergents before special occasion settings to achieve an optimal shine. Heavier utensils tend to tip over jars or fall out of bowls when paired with lightweight service ware, which is something to be aware of.
The finish doesn’t quite live up to standards for everyday use as it is prone to rust with improper washing. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time caring for flatware, then avoid this set for everyday use.
This pairing of practicality and sturdiness make it a lasting investment that can be trusted for generations to come. The serving set includes a tablespoon, pierced tablespoon, cold meat fork, butter knife, and sugar teaspoon so that the whole table can enjoy a uniform service design.
All the pieces are fairly well-matched to industry standard sizing though we did find the forks to be on the longer side. Each piece is brandished with decorative swirls forming a floral motif on the handles to bring added style, albeit dated to the flatware.
The thick rounded handles provide balanced weighting preparing them for everyday use, but they lack modern design sensibility. We found the concave design to be a bit uncomfortable for cutting harder items like meat and salads but were over-all impressed with the weighting of the utensils.
Midas’s Cocoa Blossom set is composed of 18/10 stainless steel with 18 percent chromium and 10 percent nickel added to the steel alloy to bolster resilience and strength. The rust-resistant construction makes it dishwasher safe for easy everyday use without annoying spotting or rusting.
For shiny and solid elegance, the Midas Cocoa Blossom 65-piece flatware set is hard to beat. The only downside is the large set size isn’t for everyone, especially those living in small spaces where storage is limited.
The New Star Food service Slimline Pattern 60-piece set proves that timeless design and quality don’t always have to come at a high cost. Ideal for casual dining outlets or simple home gatherings that don’t want to compromise on professional-grade materials, this flatware proves it’s possible to have the cake and eat it too.
However, the similar sizing of both the dinner and salad forks make distinguishing between the two more challenging. But for casual home dining with professional materials that hold their own over time, it’s a bargain buy.
A flashy option for those with a taste for the unconventional, Berg lander’s 20-piece Titanium Gold Plated Stainless Steel Flatware set is a trendy head turner. Be prepared for the oohs and AHS of dining guests yet to come with this innovative flatware that plays on luxurious color palettes.
Slim, minimal design with delicate necks and edges make this flatware resemble art more than utensil. With medium to lightweight makeup and smooth cutting performance, Englanders show they are masters in stainless steel design and manufacturing.
Another quirky design feature is the soup-spoon circular shape of both the dinner spoon and the teaspoon. Following trends can be risky business and may not lead to a lasting set of flatware used for generations to come.
However, at this price point and quality, indulging at the moment seems less risky than refreshing for updated contemporary design. For a sculpted linear design that’s as simple as it is practical, the Heckles flatware set offers industry headlining performance at an uncompromised value.
Known worldwide for knife performance, J.R. Heckles is a leader in all grades of professional cutlery. This set is no different and is furnished with impeccable medium-weighted flatware that holds true to the brand’s cutting precision.
The sleek mirrored pieces blend masculine touches in the form of straight lines and hint at performance capability. Excellent serration in the knives likewise aids in a cleaner-cutting dinner knife well-equipped to handle anything that lands on your plate.
Its attractive design is lightweight, and forks and spoons are a bit concave, but this doesn’t disrupt overall balance or stability. Utilizing the same 18/10 steel grade as industry leaders such as Midas, Cambridge, and Leno, Heckles flatware comes out of the dishwasher with the same smooth mirrored finish.
For superior craftsmanship and lifetime use, this set of Heckles flatware beats out name-brand competitors with higher performance and design adaptability. Perfect for wedding registry gifts, families who entertain and legacy sets, it’s smooth lines, and unparalleled performance make it a dependable choice for flatware.
Smooth grooved curves at an affordable rate distinguish Litany 40-Piece Silverware Set from basic competitors. The added serration on the table knife further set this flatware apart from other affordable cutlery and assures professional performance.
With service for eight people, the resilient and rust-resistant pieces of the Litany set work best for growing families or those that enjoy entertaining. Characterized by teardrop-shaped handles and balanced weighting, the flatware pieces offer ergonomic gripping well suited to the whole family.
There’s no steel grade information provided with this set, which means only time will tell the longevity of the flatware. Typically, when brands conceal this information, it is because the steel grade is not up to industry standards.
Further inconsistencies include uneven edges that disrupt the ease of use and issues with rusting after several months of use. Cambridge Silversmiths Blossom Sand 20-Piece flatware Silverware set may be small and weight, but it cuts no corners when it comes to quality construction and design.
Differentiated with stainless steel brushing and etched leaf detail, the four serving sets add naturalist character to any table they adorn. Each set uses 18/10 stainless steel grade to curb corrosion and protect the flatware for long-term use.
There’s no need to polish, simply avoid astringent dish soap as you would with any fine silverware for best use. For excellence, you can count on and attention to detail that elevates everyday flatware, we highly recommend this set.
Amazon uses an 18/0 steel grade similar to other mid-level flatware sets and protects against rust. The contoured handles are fit with pearl edging that mimics classic cutlery design.
Low-key design meets functionality and helps promote lasting performance derived from the examination of the best brands in the industry. Each knife is labeled with the Amazon basics logo along with the common bold proclamation, “Made in China.” This gives off a different feeling than the J.A.
At its affordable price point, it is in reach of those hoping to outfit their first apartments, college houses, or vacation homes with highly usable flatware. Leno is commonly recognized as an industry leader in fine home embellishment, from flatware to dishware.
There’s a notable difference in holding well-balanced cutlery to a basic functioning piece of metal, that some consider flatware. Leno combines 18/10 stainless steel with the convenience of tarnish-resistant coating to offer durability and ease of cleaning.
The well-known brand was founded over 100 years ago and has made a name for themselves developing timeless flatware and home decor. The Tortola line is characterized by the flared bases of the handles with a dainty beaded channel.
Inconsistent manufacturing tends to lead to more design quirks, and in this case, the stainless steel quality is lacking. With a clear-cut shape, mirror polish, and average performance, it’s well suited for first apartments, dorm rooms, and other casual spaces.
Though the knives are dishwasher safe, they were susceptible to showing spots and blemishes straight out of the machine. To retain their pristine, just out-of-the-box shine, be prepared to put in a little elbow grease and polish with a dishcloth.
Despite being one of the least expensive cutlery options, this well finished shiny exterior keeps its price hidden. The quality here is higher than the Amazon Basics, but the sizing of the flatware makes it stick out a bit.
We wouldn’t recommend it as a gift set or for a large family, but makes a solid choice for basic household functionality. Gibson Sensations 16 piece stainless steel flatware has been around long enough to become well known for its retro design and functionality.
Begging for a breakfast table with a checked tablecloth, the white plastic handle offsets the simple style of this cutlery. However, the dainty exterior extends to the quality, and this set is plainly not up for everyday usage and handling.
For starters, they are exceptionally hard to clean due to the thin stainless steel forks, and heavily serrated knife blades. The plastic handles may make for lightweight design, but it’s prone to breakage and bending.
This isn’t it and certainly won’t pass any ice cream test, though we don’t recommend this as a standard measure of strength. If you’re thinking of investing in some portable or temporary flatware, this set could do the trick for someone getting a first apartment or dorm.
They’ll last longer and incorporate better with other sets of silverware as time passes. The grade of steel, composition of utensils, and distributor all play a part in creating a set of flatware that lives long enough to see you through a variety of stages of life and needs.
…which seamlessly unites outstanding craftsmanship with medium-weighted flatware that holds its own in a variety of spaces.