Best Cutlery Sets UK

by Enda // in Tableware

Updated May 2022

We check out the best cutlery sets on the UK market. There are some basic utensils that you need in a kitchen and a set of knives, forks and spoons is certainly one of those. They are almost better value to buy in a matching set. You can of course buy them as individual items, but in the long term they will cost you more money. The only time it would make sense is for someone, or a couple living alone who don't entertain.

Most people though will be better off with a cutlery set.

Basic Cutlery Set - A typical set comes with knives forks, tablespoons and teaspoons.

Better Cutlery set - You can also get cutlery sets that have knives forks, tablespoons, teaspoons, soup spoons, dessert spoons and even starter spoons.

The reality for buyers is that there are thousands of cutlery sets available simply because they come at a range of price points, a range of colours and a huge range of styles.

Help with choosing the best cutlery set for your needs

What are the different types of cutlery

Knives

Forks

Spoons

Table knife

Table fork

Table Spoon

Steak knife

Dessert fork

Dessert Spoon

Fish knife

Fish fork

Soup Spoon

Cheese knife

Oyster fork

Tea Spoon

Bridal cake

Serving fork

Coffee Spoon



Soda/Ice-cream



Serving Spoon

How much cutlery do you need?

On a day to day basis most homes will need a knife, a fork, and a tablespoon for each person in the home. If you are thinking about buying a set, and want it to match, then think about your social circle.

Do you entertain for example where you may have friends around or family around. Typically these will be times like Christmas, Easter and birthdays.

A popular choice is for up to 8 people who should have a knife, fork, tablespoon, dessert spoon, and a teaspoon with the option of a steak knife.

The amount of cutlery you need is almost always different from every day living to the biggest social gathering that you regularly host.

What type of cutlery sets are available in the UK?

The vast majority of cutlery sets are sold and referred to as pieces, in other words the number of individual pieces of cutlery that you get in the set. The most common sizes are:

  • 16 piece - suitable for 4 people
  • 24 piece - suitable for 6 people
  • 30 piece - suitable for 6 people
  • 32 piece - suitable for 8 people
  • 34 piece - suitable for 8 people
  • 48 piece - suitable for 8 people

The number of pieces will vary depending on the type of extra pieces you buy. For example a knife, fork, tablespoon and teaspoon for 6 people will be a 24 piece set, whereas if you also get steak knives that will be a 30 piece set.

How much do cutlery sets cost in the UK?

We have used average prices just to give you a good understanding of what you can expect to pay. The amount you pay simply comes down to what the cutlery is made from, which we will explain just below.

  • 16 piece - suitable for 4 people - £12
  • 24 piece - suitable for 6 people - £15
  • 30 piece - suitable for 6 people - £18
  • 32 piece - suitable for 8 people - £22
  • 42 piece - suitable for 6 or 8 people - £30
  • 48 piece - suitable for 8 people - £35
  • 56 piece - suitable for 8 people - £60
  • 84 piece - suitable for 12 people - £100

As you can quickly see, the more pieces you buy the more expensive the cutlery is which makes perfect sense.

What is cutlery made from?

The most popular materials are stainless steel, silver, disposable and polycarbonate. 

Cutlery Type

Description

Silver

Silver is expensive, hard to keep clean and can not be put into a dishwasher. Very hard to keep clean, needs regular polishing and prone to damage. Mainly only used in high end venues and homes.

Stainless Steel

This is the most popular choice for most cutlery. The big difference is the quality of stainless steel used. It is at a minimum food grade quality. It is prone to finger prints and may pit over time. Ideally it should be hand washed but can be put in a dishwasher as long as it is taken out when the cycle is finished. Leaving it in damp conditions will make the cutlery dull

Disposable

Usually made out of plastic. You can also get it in polystyrene and wooden. This is popular as picnic ware, for parties, BBQs. Plastic is not bio-degradable but the wooden options are

Polycarbonate

This is a form of plastic that is lightweight, heat resistant and very durable and practical. They can be washed in a dishwasher at a low temperature. Most of these come with coloured handles and you find these in a lot of trendy restaurants.

The vast majority of cutlery sets will be made from some type of stainless steel. You will also see the term "flatware" used quite a lot. This is a term that is very popular to describe cutlery. Silverware refers to any item made from silver. When cutlery was made from silver, because of the style of cutlery, silver was flattened to make flatware.

These days it means stainless steel that has been plated with silver to make them shine.

Best 16 Piece Cutlery Set - HaWare Stainless Steel

This is a good choice for up to 4 people and is a very classic design made from food grade 18/0 stainless steel

Each person gets a knife, fork, tablespoon and teaspoon

The cutlery has a nice weight to it and also nicely balanced

It can be washed in a dishwasher

The knife has a serrated edge (good for steaks) and is the longest piece at 9" long.

94% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews

Each piece comes bubble wrapped so not good for presentation if you are buying as a gift. This is an affordable and good quality set for everyday use around the home.

Best 24 Piece Cutlery Set - 

This is a good choice for up to 4 people and is a very classic design made from food grade 18/10 stainless steel

Each person gets a knife, fork, tablespoon and teaspoon

The cutlery has a nice weight to it and also nicely balanced

It can be washed in a dishwasher

The knife has a serrated edge (good for steaks) and is the longest piece at 9" long.

94% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews

Each piece comes bubble wrapped so not good for presentation if you are buying as a gift. This is an affordable and good quality set for everyday use around the home.

Best 30 Piece Cutlery Set - RayPard Silver 30-Piece

This is a good choice for up to 6 people and is a very classic design made from food grade 18/10  polished stainless steel

Each person gets a knife, fork, tablespoon, teaspoon and steak knife

The cutlery is well designed in terms of shape and also well balanced

The majority of buyers say these are very good value for money

92% buyer satisfaction based on 2,000+ online buyer reviews

Best 32 Piece Cutlery Set - 

This is a good choice for up to 4 people and is a very classic design made from food grade 18/0 stainless steel

Each person gets a knife, fork, tablespoon and teaspoon

The cutlery has a nice weight to it and also nicely balanced

It can be washed in a dishwasher

The knife has a serrated edge (good for steaks) and is the longest piece at 9" long.

94% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews

Each piece comes bubble wrapped so not good for presentation if you are buying as a gift. This is an affordable and good quality set for everyday use around the home.

Best 48 Piece Cutlery Set - 

This is a good choice for up to 4 people and is a very classic design made from food grade 18/0 stainless steel

Each person gets a knife, fork, tablespoon and teaspoon

The cutlery has a nice weight to it and also nicely balanced

It can be washed in a dishwasher

The knife has a serrated edge (good for steaks) and is the longest piece at 9" long.

94% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews

Each piece comes bubble wrapped so not good for presentation if you are buying as a gift. This is an affordable and good quality set for everyday use around the home.

Best High End Cutlery Set - Villeroy & Boch Mademoiselle

This set contains 12 spoons, 12 forks, 12 knives, 12 coffee spoons and 12 pastry forks.

It also contains a sugar spoon, cake lifter, vegetable spoon, salad fork, salad spoon, soup cup spoon, meat fork and sauce spoon.

These are made from stainless steel 18/10 quality and rounded to give the perfect shape.

Their fine decoration makes the traditional Mademoiselle cutlery set an elegant classic

92% buyer satisfaction based on 500+ online buyer reviews

Hopefully the information we have provided above is enough to help you have a better understanding of what cutlery options are available on the UK market. Every home will need some form of cutlery. These types of set also make a nice home warming gift, engagement or wedding present.

About the author, Enda

I enjoy cooking and love using a whole variety of small kitchen appliances. On this website, I review many of the best kitchen gadgets that are fun to own, and even more fun to use.

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