We recommend getting the Crate and Barrel Caesar Flatware, by Robert Welch Designs, if you want heavier utensils that are still well-balanced. The fork’s long, narrowly set tines give it an elegant look and make holding food on the back of the utensil easier for those who dine European style.
The spoons are shallower and have a pointier tip, which means they don’t hold as much liquid, but they put less metal in your mouth, a more delicate sensation that some people prefer. We’re not huge fans of the curvy handles, which are so dramatically arched at the neck that they look almost bent out of shape.
We think our picks will appeal to a wide range of people, but we also realize that choosing flatware is a very personal decision. If none of our other picks are to your liking, we’ve created a buying guide to help you confidently shop for a great set of utensils.
To understand the difference between various grades of stainless steel, I interviewed Scott Mixture, PhD, a professor at the Enamor School of Engineering at Alfred University, who has a background in metallurgy. I also went to stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate and Barrel, Macy’s, Pottery Barn, and Williams Sonoma to look at sets in person.
Prior to joining Wire cutter, I was an editor at the International Culinary Center in New York City, and I worked in various facets of the food and restaurant industry for over a decade. I can often be found hunting for vintage flatware and other treasures at thrift stores and estate sales in my free time.
Photo: Sarah KobosWith myriad patterns to choose from, shopping for a set of utensils can be an overwhelming undertaking. We avoided colored utensils and those with resin, wood, or riveted handles, opting instead for classic, timeless patterns with clean, simple lines.
Teaspoons from each of our flatware picks (from left to right): Cambridge Silversmiths Julie Satin, Liberty Tabletop Betsy Ross, Crate and Barrel Caesar, and Gourmet Settings Winder mere. Salad forks from each of our flatware picks (from left to right): Cambridge Silversmiths Julie Satin, Liberty Tabletop Betsy Ross, Crate and Barrel Caesar, and Gourmet Settings Winder mere.
Dinner knives from each of our flatware picks (from left to right): Cambridge Silversmiths Julie Satin, Liberty Tabletop Betsy Ross, Crate and Barrel Caesar, and Gourmet Settings Winder mere. Teaspoons from each of our flatware picks (from left to right): Cambridge Silversmiths Julie Satin, Liberty Tabletop Betsy Ross, Crate and Barrel Caesar, and Gourmet Settings Winder mere.
Finally, we tried to find flatware patterns that have been around for a while, which increases the likelihood they’ll remain in stock down the road. Eventually, we settled on 40 five-piece place settings (if you’re counting, that’s 200 separate utensils in all) and invited 13 Wire cutter staff members to evaluate them in our New York City test kitchen.
To assess quality and durability, we took a close look at each piece of flatware to check for any unfinished or rough areas. We also washed all the flatware several times and let it sit in a moist and humid dishwasher for two days to see if any of the utensils discolored or developed rust spots, which was a surprisingly revealing test.
Photo: Sarah Hobos Why it’s great: The Cambridge Silversmiths Julie Satin Flatware was a unanimous favorite in our tests. One of our staffers summed it up perfectly: “This set is a nice compromise between modern and classic.” Even the finish offers the best of both worlds, with the satin handles gradually giving way to a mirror polish on the utensil heads.
Our testers were surprised to find how much they liked that contrast: “The satin and mirror mix looks so cool,” said one. Photo: Sarah Loose love the medium weight of this flatware, which feels balanced and sturdy enough that it won’t bend under pressure.
One tester praised the utensils for their “excellent neck thickness,” meaning they were a nice medium width. The sloped angle of the handle on the soup spoon also makes it easier to eat from deep, narrow bowls.
The branding on the underside of the utensils is more noticeable on this set than on some of our other picks, but since it’s not laser engraved, it will fade over time. Photo: Sarah Hobos Flaws but not deal breakers: The branding on the back of the forks and spoons is larger and more noticeable on this Cambridge Silversmiths set compared with the others we recommend.
According to a customer service representative we spoke to at Bed Bath & Beyond, the Julie flatware has been sold in stores since March 2016. Cambridge Silversmiths is a trusted flatware brand that began in the ’90s, and it sells many patterns that have been around for years, so we don’t think this set will suddenly disappear (though we’ll keep an eye on it).
Photo: Sarah Hobos Why it’s great: Crate and Barrel’s Caesar Flatware is an elegant set that’s heavier than our main pick and available in both satin and mirror finishes. We like its smooth, round edges and its slight flare at the base of the handle, which one of our testers said “feels nice in the hand.” Another staffer said this set “has a good substantial feel and pleasing heft.” The fork tines are long, thin, and spaced narrowly apart, a design that many people find more elegant than wide-set tines.
The forged knife is a pleasure to hold, and the fine serrations on the blade cut cleanly through food. Like our main pick, the Caesar set has deep soup spoons that hold a generous amount of liquid.
Photo: Sarah Kiboshes collection was created by Robert Welch Designs exclusively for Crate and Barrel, and it has an excellent rating on the store’s website, with reviews dating back three years. A sales associate we spoke with at Crate and Barrel told us the Caesar flatware was one of the store’s most popular patterns.
The maker’s marking is laser engraved on the handles of the forks and spoons and printed on the back of the knife blades. Photo: Sarah Hobos Flaws but not deal breakers: If you like lightweight utensils, most of the pieces in the Caesar set may be too heavy for you.
Why it’s great: If you prefer balanced, lightweight hollow-handle knives, we recommend getting the Liberty Tabletop Betsy Ross flatware. This collection is appropriately named since it’s made by Sherrill Manufacturing, the last remaining domestic maker of flatware in the United States (which also makes utensils for Cuzco, Farmhouse Pottery, and Heath Ceramics).
One of our testers gushed over the Betsy Ross knife, saying it was “perfectly balanced and lovely to hold.” The thin necks and gently curved handles create an elegant silhouette. We also like the shape of the forged knife blade and bolster, which is reminiscent of the knives found in finer, more traditional sterling silver flatware sets.
The fork tines are long, thin, and spaced slightly farther apart than on our main pick, an aesthetic that some people may prefer. The soup spoon bowls aren’t exceptionally deep but still hold a good amount of liquid.
However, many hollow-handle knives have this seam because they’re made from three separate pieces of metal (the blade, and two half shells that are soldered together to make a hollow handle), which is the same construction technique used for expensive sterling silver flatware. This flatware is sold open stock, which means it’s also great for college students who need only a few utensils and not complete five-piece place settings.
The tines are also appropriately tapered, unlike the blunt tips on the forks of some other cheap flatware sets we tested. We also like that the Winder mere collection has such a large selection of additional serving pieces (which are sold separately depending on the utensil).
Photo: Sarah Hobos Flaws but not deal breakers: The biggest drawback to the Winder mere set is the dramatic, somewhat awkward curve of the handles, which led one of our testers to dub it “the pin-up collection.” The forks and teaspoon are thinner than those of our other picks and lightweight, which means they’ll bend with some force. One of our testers said the shape of the knife blade reminded them of a mezzanine, and found that its extreme curve made cutting awkward.
Properly cared for, 18/10 stainless steel flatware should last for decades (whereas 18/0 may corrode), but it will develop some patina over time. However, you can reduce the amount of surface scratching by not cramming the flatware into a dishwasher cutlery basket or tossing it carelessly into a utensil drawer.
Dishwashers equipped with a flat utensil rack are best for preventing flatware from banging around during the wash cycle, which helps reduce surface damage. Hand washing is really the best method for keeping your flatware looking pristine, but we realize that's not realistic for most people.
You can remove minor discoloration from flatware by using distilled white vinegar or a slurry of baking soda and water applied with a soft cloth or a nonabrasive sponge. Several of our testers liked the rounded handles of the Artiste Rain II flatware, but some found the curve of the knife to be awkward to hold.
We also used to recommend Fuji Cutlery pieces as a budget choice, but to be on the safe side, we decided not to include any steel labeled 18/8 for our 2018 update. We really liked the size, shape, and weight of the MEPA Lucca flatware, but the pewter finish was polarizing for our testers.
We liked the hollow-handle knife in the Towel Boston Antique flatware set, but we weren’t fans of the seam on the underside of the handles. Although the Liberty Tabletop Chandra flatware was beloved by some of our testers, the vast majority thought the shape of this collection was too old-fashioned.
Our testers found the bulbous handle tips on the Gibson Home Classic Manchester set dated and unappealing. We used to recommend the gold version of the Amoco Flatware, but we’ve excluded colored utensils from our 2018 update.
Join me to know some reliable brands with budget-friendly prices to get your most desired flatware sets. From catering to your day-to-day table needs to let you serve your friends and family, a flatware set is mandatory for all households.
If you are already searching for one, let us introduce you to Midas 65-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Set. Crafted out of premium quality 18/10 stainless steel material, this set is an epitome of simplicity and elegance.
It is equipped with a dishwasher safe universal design that rightly complements all sorts of kitchen styles. It means that you will not have to face the embarrassment of serving your guests with a mismatched flatware set.
This attribute is exclusively incorporated in this Cambridge Cali Mirror 30-piece Flatware set. The charm of its simplicity and elegance casts a spell on all sorts of table settings.
Well, glance at its fine craftsmanship and modernistic outlook, you will find it irresistible to give it a buy immediately. Invest in this exclusive creation and add dimension and substance to your serving style.
Dishwasher Safe Mirror Finish Serves 6 Ideal for a small gathering Goes well with all kitchen styles The amalgamation of Modern and contemporary flatware styles A thoughtfully designed flatware truly highlights the charm and exuberance of your serving table.
The most admired feature of this product is definitely its suitability to serve a huge gathering. Apart from that, its beautiful and subtle regent beading perfectly complements all sorts of formal and informal table settings.
So, stop considering other less worthy options and opt for this amazing product. A unique and stylish flatware set automatically finds a place on your dining table.
This Elite 60-Piece flatware set is all ready to fill in that space in your house. It exhibits a blinding mirror finish that is proven to last a lifetime.
It features a desirable design with squared ends that combines simplicity, style, and elegance. It can ideally be used for serving a group of 12 individuals or as your daily tabletop flatware.
Especially, this AmazonBasics 65-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Set adds substance to all your servings. It comes in a set of 65 pearled edge pieces elegantly designed to serve a gathering of 12.
The stylish sugar spoon and the serrated butter knife will let everyone admire you for your taste in flatware. Use these to serve your friends and family and easily wash them up in a dishwasher.
Pearled Edges Ideal for all sorts of table settings Serves a gathering of 12 Durable steel construction Keeping this in mind, Leno Tortola has come up with this intricately designed 65-Piece Flatware set.
It features an outstanding design with flared handles and beaded embellishments. This, in turn, makes it able to go well with all sorts of modern and classic table settings.
Each piece of this set bears an ergonomic design that rightly aids its purpose of creation. The most admired quality of this unique set is its suitability to serve huge gatherings.
Durable stainless steel material Flared handles with beaded embellishments. Opt for this Cambridge Silversmiths Blossom Sand 20-Piece Flatware Set.
It features an 18/10 stainless steel construction that gives it its strength to last a lifetime. The beautifully crafted botanical design further adds worth and elegance, making it a vision to behold.
A tasteful and colorfully garnished food is absolutely nothing when served with a dull, mismatched, and tarnished flatware set. Go through this list of factors and keep these in mind when making this choice.
It will save you from the hassle of wasting your money on a low-quality useless flatware set. Suppose you are a conscious buyer; never forget to look at the price tags first.
You may even ask the shopkeeper to show articles that fall into your desired price range only. A wide range of tempting flatware sets is currently available in the markets near or around you.
Some buyers are more fascinated to find botanical designs, while others love to opt for beaded edges. Generally, people looking for conventional flatware sets opt for rounded convex edges.
On the other hand, squared or concave edges are more popular among people who prefer modernistic ones. Each of the above-mentioned flatware sets is rightfully chosen by keeping in view all buyers’ standard needs.
These are all highly durable and equally ideal for all table settings. 18/10 stainless steel material is generally the best option if you plan to invest in a product that lasts longer than others.
Most of these flatware sets will never rust or tarnish if and when handled with care. Drying these properly before storing, protecting them from scratches, and washing them with a mild detergent are generally the best practices you need to follow religiously.
These include washing them with warm water and by using mild detergent only. It is to keep the sparkling shine of your flatware set for a longer time.
If you keep an eye on the teaspoons, you will have to opt for the entire set. A serving meat spoon is a part of most 65-Piece Flatware sets only.
These are not available separately, and most manufacturers do not even craft them to be purchased with a 20 or 30-Piece Flatware set.