Great meals deserve to be enhanced by equally nice place settings and utensils. Even though some people only care about the functionality of flatware, they want quality pieces that prevent them from wasting money on disposable or flimsy flatware. Locating quality flatware requires knowledge of metal composition in addition to good brands. For example, most silverware utensils are made of stainless steel and not real silver, and the composition of the alloyed steel impacts durability and corrosion resistance. Here are 10 of the top silverware sets in their category.
The Ikea Fornuft set features a simplistic design and durable stainless steel construction. The set comes with four knives, forks, spoons, teaspoons and salad forks. Customer reviews attest that the flatware holds up well to multiple automatic dishwasher sessions. The only complaint that some buyers had about the flatware set was the unusually small size of the teaspoons and salad forks.
The International Silver Arabesque Flatware set serves four and consists of dinner knives, dinner forks, dinner spoons, teaspoons and salad forks. International Silver has been producing flatware since the late 1800s, and it is known for tasteful designs that look nice for everyday use as well as casually elegant dinners. The Arabesque design features handles with dual patterns of shine and frost on them. The set is constructed of 18/0 stainless steel which means that it does not contain any nickel that would enhance the product’s resistance to rust. Most customers gave the product good reviews for its price point, but some of them complained of its lightweight feel and rust issues.
The Lenox Portola Flatware set features 12 place settings of knives, dinner forks, dinner spoons, teaspoons and salad forks. The set also comes with bonus hostess serving pieces that include one sugar spoon, butter serving knife, cold meat fork, tablespoon and a slotted tablespoon. This flatware set is constructed of 18/10 stainless steel which indicates that the product contains nickel that prevents rust. Customers were satisfied with the flatware set’s classically elegant design and durability.
The Cambridge Silversmiths Blossom Flatware set serves four and consists of salad forks, teaspoons, knives, dinner forks and dinner spoons. The set features a pretty floral design on the handles of the pieces, and all the flatware is constructed of stainless steel with a brushed finish. Cambridge Silversmiths backs up its product with a 25 year limited warranty, and customers confirm that the 20 piece Blossom flatware set is sturdy.
The Faberware Cayenne Flatware set has a modern, minimalistic design that is enhanced by brushed stainless steel construction. This flatware set features service for four and includes knives, spoons, forks, teaspoons and salad forks. Although the Faberware Cayenne set is composed of 18/0 stainless steel, the company offers buyers a 25 year limited warranty on the product.
Cambridge Silversmiths offers customers a flatware set that accommodates casual dining and modern kitchen decor with its 20 pieces that include four knives, spoons, forks, teaspoons and salad forks. Customers and their children loved the cheerful, bright red handles, but adults did not give the product high marks for durability. Cambridge Silversmiths does offer a 25 year limited warranty for this product.
Oneida Mooncrest Flatware serves eight. Its 45 pieces consist of eight knives, forks, spoons, teaspoons, and salad forks as well as one serving spoon, pierced serving spoon, meat fork, butter knife and sugar spoon. The company constructed the flatware with an understated design that should look nice with a variety of table settings and serving dishes. The set is constructed of 18/0 stainless steel, and the company backs up the product with a 25 year limited warranty. Customers seemed to love the look and feel of this Oneida flatware, but some complained of rust issues.
Artaste 59380 Rain Flatware set features 12 dinner knives, forks and spoons, and the set is constructed of quality 18/10 stainless steel. The set’s knives are designed to maintain sharpness throughout the years, and the handles of all the pieces are ergonomically built for comfortable use. The product features a high shine, stainless steel finish, and most customers gave it high marks for its heavy weight and durability.
The Oneida Flight flatware set is constructed of 18/0 stainless steel and features a classic curved pattern on the handles of each of the pieces. The 45 piece set comes with eight knives, forks, spoons, teaspoons and salad forks; it also comes with a hostess serving set of one serving spoon, pierced serving spoon, meat fork, sugar spoon and butter serving knife. Even though the Oneida Flight flatware does not contain nickel, the product is marketed as corrosion resistant. An adequate sampling of customers agree with the company’s claim, and they appreciated how the pieces retain their shine and durability after many years of everyday use. Oneida backs up its Flight Flatware set with a limited lifetime warranty.
The International Silver Dawson Frost Flatware set consists of four knives, spoons, forks, teaspoons and salad forks. The 20 piece set is constructed of 18/0 stainless steel, and the set’s clean lined design has quadruple faceted, shiny and frosted finishes on the handles of all the pieces. International Silver backs up its Dawson Frost stainless steel flatware set with a limited lifetime warranty. According to customer reviews, the International Silver Dawson flatware is best appreciated by consumers who like lighter weight utensils.