Money is always tight, but having dull kitchen knives can make your cooking life miserable. (Is my knife sharp?) I don’t know about you, but I hate it when I can’t get a solid slice out of a tomato, or end up crushing that delicious peach because you’re knife just can’t cut it (see what I did there?!).
I’ve taken the liberty of throwing together the 5 best kitchen knife sets for under $200.
Stick with this list, and you’ll be playing fruit ninja again in no time. Please note that some of these sets have more knives than others, but all are great and will let you focus on the task at hand in the kitchen — Cooking!
(Once you get your knives, you need to get a cutting board, too. Don’t forget about keeping them sharp and maintained! Read more about sharpening and the best option in the kitchen is an electric sharpener.)
Mercer Genesis Six Piece Knife Set
This small set is a standout from the rest. See on Amazon. Simply including the knives you need to prep food, the block is a beautiful temepered glass, stainless steel block that allows you to see the blades of the knives and is a great addition to any kitchen counter.
The knives are a high-carbon stainless steel with Santoprene handles that give these knives a great and comfortable weight with a comfortable grip. These are hand wash only, so bear that in mind when thinking about this set. This is probably the most stylish set that I have in this list. Definitely worth considering, despite the small number of knives.
Cuisinart Stainless Steel Hollow Handle 17 Piece Cutlery Set
I’m not going to lie, I’m a sucker for hollow knives. They are lightweight, and pretty sexy.
The set comes with a block, and there are a variety of steak knives included. The Knives are made of high-carbon stainless steel which allows for great precision and accuracy in your cutting.
No more smashed fruit for you! Handles are designed with you in mind to keep your hand from cramping or getting exhausted when you’re preparing those big holiday meals for everyone you know.
There’s a huge number of knives in this set, from a paring knife to a large 8” slicing knife. This is a great choice if you’re looking for a display set, and something you could leave out for guests.
I’d be impressed if I picked up one of those hollow steak knives at your dinner party.
J.A. Henckles International Statement 12 Piece Cutlery Set
This set is a gorgeous, classic set of knives, in a standard wooden block. It comes with high quality, satin-finished blades )
They have contoured handles that are triple-riveted to the blade, and made out of comfortable polypropylene. This is the classic set that has a variety of knives and a hand sharpener.
Of the rest of the choices on this list, this set provides the best bang for your buck.
A classic knife set that would make a great gift for someone just starting to build up their kitchen tools.
Chicago Cutlery Insignia 18 Piece Set
Another gorgeous set of beautiful stainless steel knives. This 18 piece set has everything you could need from a tiny 3’ peeling knife to a 8” slicing knife.
The blades are all made with Chicago’s exclusive ”Taper Grind” edge that will keep these sleek knives sharp for a good long while. The blades are high-carbon stainless steel and won’t rust or stain.
These guys do best being hand-washed, so bear that in mind when making a choice. The style of this set will probably make up for the extra work.
Wusthof Gourmet 10 Piece Cutlery Set
This is a straightforward 10 knife set. The set comes set in a wooden block, and they are made of “precision stamped, high-carbon stainless steel” according to the manufacturer.
This set includes a variety of knives in different sizes, from paring to bread along with scissors and a sharpener. The handles are made of durable ABS polymer plastic.
This set can be washed in the dishwasher, but do better if you take the time to wash them by hand. The brand is a well-respected brand, and has been established for well over 200 years.
The knives are crafted in Germany. This is a great mid-range choice for your kitchen. If you get this set, have a look at the best sharpener for Wusthof blades…
If you aren’t looking for 10 extra steak knives, but need a little more than the 6 that some provide, this is your best bet in this list.
It can be hard to purchase knives, but stick with this list and you’ll cut some of the guesswork out of the shopping process. Didn’t see what you’re looking for? Read my article about putting together your own knife set – my preference.
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