What is the best cutlery set in the UK?

Whether you’re looking for vintage design, stainless steel, dishwasher safe or eco-friendly flatware, these are the best flatware sets for 2022

Best cutlery sets: Knife and fork sets to keep your table chic

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An ideal gift for a newlywed couple, or just a way to ensure your dinner table is tidy and tidy, it’s worth buying a decent full cutlery set. The options these days are endless – from traditional style cutlery to chic modern pieces.

Choose a stainless steel knife and fork set that’s dishwasher safe or a pair of eco-friendly sets to make sure you’re not relying on single-use plastics.

Below you’ll find our selection of 9 cutlery sets that combine great value, great design and hard-wearing quality, perfect for weekday knee tea or the fanciest dinner parties.

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Best Cutlery Sets UK 2022

When choosing the cutlery that’s right for you, looks aren’t everything. If you’re a cutlery rule breaker or hold your knife and fork as directed in Debrett’s, you’ll find there’s something for you.

It is important to touch and feel the coins in your hand. For this reason, always check your online retailer’s return policy.

In a range of finishes, from vintage to gloss, you’ll find a style destined to look good on your dining table. Our selection of cutlery is designed for everyday use and at different price points. Let’s cut through the crowd to see what you should shell out.

Radford Bright 24-Piece Flatware Set for 6

Radford Bright 24-Piece Flatware Set for 6

Pieces: Knives, forks, dessert and teaspoons x 4

Material: 18/10 stainless steel

The Robert Welch Radford flatware set comes in a chunky presentation box with a cleaning cloth to keep things polished. It exudes class and quality and feels great to use on a special occasion.

This chic, highly polished collection looks beautiful on a fully dressed, candlelit table and can then be put in the dishwasher in a short cycle. The quality stainless steel comes out extra shiny.

There is a collection of items available to complete the set – you can add anything from cheese knives to ice cream scoops and salad servers which would make a great wedding gift or starter set to develop in the future.

Mikasa Satin Symmetry Faux Tortoiseshell 16 Piece Flatware Set, Gold

Mikasa Satin Symmetry Faux Tortoiseshell 16 Piece Flatware Set, Gold

Pieces: Knives, forks, dessert and teaspoons x 4

Material: stainless steel with plastic handles

No need to tweak them; this chic set shimmers with gold-tone stainless steel and elegant faux tortoiseshell handles. And although they look luxurious, they are comfortable to handle.

We say it’s ideal for those who love the vintage look but would rather not buy second-hand cutlery – these stainless steel numbers can be tossed in the dishwasher with reckless abandon.

Each piece has a nice weight, easy to hold, with long tines on the fork and a matching long knife. Good news for dessert lovers, the spoons were huge!

Ideal for everyday use – you’ll also attract admiring glances when guests come over for dinner.

ProCook Soho 28 Piece Cutlery Set

ProCook Soho 28 Piece Cutlery Set

Pieces: Knives, forks, dessert and teaspoons x 4

Material: 18/10 stainless steel

ProCook’s Soho range is a finely balanced set that fits perfectly in the hand. It exudes quality without being too heavy, and the difference between this and some other cheap sets is noticeable.

Made of high quality 18/10 steel, these knives, forks and spoons are dishwasher safe or bowl safe. Their high-gloss finish stays shiny.

We can always count on ProCook for kitchen essentials that do the job perfectly and in style. This set was no exception.


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Zero waste cutlery set

Zero waste cutlery set

Parts: Knife, Fork, Spoon, Chopsticks, Straw, Straw Cleaner, Cotton Pouch Holder

Material: Bamboo/stainless steel

Goes in the dishwasher? : Hand washing ideal for bamboo pieces (but not essential).

We don’t suggest sitting at the table with bamboo cutlery, but this handy set eliminates the need for unnecessary plastic knives and forks when you’re on the go or packing lunch for the office.

A consultation is underway on banning single-use plastic items in the UK, including cutlery. Buy a set like this and do your part to reduce waste.

Along with a handy knife, fork and spoon, the tissue roll also includes chopsticks for your lunchtime sushi and a stainless steel straw (and cleaning brush) for drinks at home.


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Wilko 16 Piece Matte Gold Flatware Set

Wilko 16 Piece Matte Gold Flatware Set

Pieces: Knives, forks, dessert and teaspoons x 4

Material: stainless steel with gold coating

Want something a little out of this world at a down to earth price? Wow your guests with this bling set from Wilko. Definitely one for Instagrammers, the pieces feature a matte gold finish on a stainless steel base, so also good for those less glamorous moments when it’s cleaning time.

Our tester loved them so much she decided to make every day golden and changed their use from “special” to “everyday”. And why not? It’s a hardworking set that’s good for beans on toast or roast beef.

There’s also a 10-year warranty on this set, so you can count on quality even with that mega-bargain price tag.


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Gift box 16 cutlery Viners 18/10

Gift box 16 cutlery Viners 18/10

Pieces: Knives, forks, dessert and teaspoons x 4

Material: 18/18 stainless steel

A cutlery design that has been around since the early 60s and still looks fresh all these years. With a 50-year warranty on 18/10 stainless steel parts, it’s sure to be just as durable in the future.

We love the Studio line’s wavy bark-effect handles, which give it a distinctive mid-century look. The spoon shape of the dessert and tea spoons is also very nice.

This set was easy to find in a family kitchen cutlery drawer, with the wavy design standing out from the rest. Your grandma may have had this set, but they still look like they were launched yesterday. It’s good design.


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Dragon 24-piece cutlery set, IKEA

Dragon 24-piece cutlery set, IKEA

Pieces: Knives, forks, dessert and teaspoons x 6

Material: stainless steel

We bet you’ve eaten with a Dragon cutlery set from IKEA before – it’s one of their best-selling ranges and the standard in many home kitchens for thirty years.

What we love about this cutlery set is the honest Scandi design, totally no frills and no frills. Clean them in the dishwasher or wash them by hand and they’re like new, with no corners or grooves to harbor dirt.

Choose from other accessories in the range, such as salad forks, cake slicers and teaspoons. At this price for a six place setting? Put them in your blue bag and go.


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Tala Performance 16 Piece Stainless Steel Cutlery Set

Tala Performance 16 Piece Stainless Steel Cutlery Set

Pieces: Knives, forks, dessert and teaspoons x 4

Material: stainless steel

A great price for a basic cutlery set that seems better quality than the price suggests, we love this new range from cooking company Tala.

You might be most familiar with the brand’s bread pans and rotisseries, so when it comes to heavy-duty kitchen kits, they know what they’re doing.

There’s nothing fancy about the utilitarian design, this is a sturdy cutlery set for everyday use. With nice, rounded ends and comfortable handles, this is a basic purchase that includes matching butter and cheese knives, espresso spoons and a cake server to buy separately.


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VILLEROY & BOCH MetroChic cutlery set 24 pieces

VILLEROY & BOCH MetroChic cutlery set 24 pieces

Pieces: Knives, forks, dessert and teaspoons x 6

Warranty: Lifetime Warranty

If you want to feel quality, then the cutlery set from Villeroy & Boch will be an absolute pleasure to use. Simply put, we like to hold these kn

Beautifully weighted, the clean lines and elegant curves of these cutlery sets make them decidedly modern and fashion-forward.

It’s elegant and substantial enough for special occasions and everyday dining.

It’s a superb set – the knives are particularly classy – worth every penny, although oddly enough the teaspoons are quite delicate.


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