If you want the classic metal look to your flatware, then you’re going to have to go with stainless steel.
That’s because other, cheaper, metals react with food and so does silver (though it tarnishes more slowly than some) but stainless looks awesome and continues to provide value and the best user experience for many years.
Our top picks for the best flatware sets are eight excellent choices that are meant to suit any budget from a person just setting out on their own in an apartment to those with a family to cater for. Build the best flatware collection!
Best Stainless Steel Flatware Brands
Lenox Portola 65-Piece Flatware Set
This is a gorgeous, sophisticated set of flatware with the very nice addition of 18/10 stainless steel.
That means there’s enough nickel content in it to keep it looking great no matter how often you put it through the dishwasher.
You can serve 12 people with this set and it’s super comfortable to hold and eat with.
You can find the Lenox Portola 65-Piece Flatware Set online.
Villeroy And Boch New Flatware 64 Piece Service
If you have a bit more to spend then this offering from Villery and Boch which works in harmony with their dinnerware sets is very luxurious.
They offer a 180-day no questions asked money back warranty on these which is super nice.
Our only complaint is the spoons sometimes drop through a dishwasher safe basket.
You can find the Villeroy And Boch New Flatware 64 Piece Service online.
Robert Welch Westbury Mirror Flatware Set
This set isn’t cheap but it is superbly made and if you want the truly classic dining experience you can’t argue with it.
However, it’s not the best value for money set on our list and we think it might be a little over-priced.
Also, for an expensive brand –it’s really easy to leave fingerprint smudges on it.
You can find the Robert Welch Westbury Mirror Flatware on Wiliams-Sonoma.
Aero Flatware Place Setting
It’s only the heads that are made of stainless steel in these sets the bodies are made of plastic.
This gives them a really intriguing look and they feel super comfortable in your hands; their dinner forks feel especially comfortable.
But… they probably won’t endure forever and the price tag is quite high.
To keep the handles looking good massage in some olive oil every now and again.
You can find the Aero Flatware Place Setting 5-Piece Set on Crate & Barrel.
LIANYU 20-Piece Silverware Set
On a budget? Don’t despair. This excellent set for a house of four is normally found for less than 20 bucks and it’s very well made.
We threw it in the dishwasher repeatedly in the hopes of scarring it but in the end, we had to concede defeat. It is completely dishwasher safe.
Though, the design does lend itself very well to hand-washing.
This is one of the best budget silverware sets out there.
You can find the LIANYU Silverware Flatware Cutlery 20-Piece Set online.
Mint Pantry HamLake 20-Piece Flatware Set
This gold-colored flatware uses stainless steel in the knife blades that matches the handle, something of a rarity in knife sets nowadays but it’s very pleasant to behold.
You can easily feed four people with this set and it really catches the eye; your guests are bound to mention it.
However, there is a bit of a drawback with this set.
Many users report that the gold color is stripped off in the dishwasher, so hand wash them.
You can find the Mint Pantry HamLake 20-Piece Set on Wayfair.
Oneida Mooncrest 45-Piece Flatware Set
This is another budget conscious offering and this time, it’s for those that want to entertain more than 4 people at the dinner table at once.
They are 18/0 stainless which means they use chrome to stop the knives from getting rusty and bending over time.
It’s one of the sturdiest sets, in fact, that we tested and we’re positive that if you want to buy flatware that lasts you can’t go wrong.
Our only, minor, complaint is they’re a bit casual for formal dinners.
You can find the Oneida Mooncrest 45-Piece Set at Walmart.
Henckels JA Flatware Set
We finish up with a fairly priced flatware set from Henckels, one of the big names in flatware.
We liked the addition of serving tools, a butter knife, a salad fork and even a sugar spoon in this set.
It’s made of high quality 18/10 stainless steel, it made us feel like proper grown-ups.
The overall feel of these is of a very high-quality set for the discerning consumer, perfect for everyday use. Highly recommended.
You can find the Henckels JA Flatware online.