Choosing the best silverware may seem like a small thing. But when you consider that most people will only buy two or three sets of flatware in their lives, the decision is more important than you might think. So how do you choose the right set?
Well, first you need to decide on the size of the set that you want. Our list of the best silverware this year includes sets that range from 45 pieces to 65 pieces. However, all of the cutlery that we chose is also available in different sizes.
Another thing to consider is the ice cream test. If your household is like mine, then you’ve probably ruined more than one spoon by using it to scoop out ice cream. Of course, it’s always better to use an ice cream scoop for ice cream, but just try explaining that to a teenager.
So now, before I give the thumbs up or down to silverware, I check to see if the spoons can pass the ice cream test. All of the spoons on our list passed.
Next, decide how much money you want to spend. Fortunately, you can find great sets at just about every price point. You should also determine what type of stainless steel you want. We will discuss more about that in a minute.
And finally, you have to choose your favorite pattern. We have silverware on our list this year that will look great with both traditional and contemporary tableware. So whether you’re looking for silverware for a fancy dinner party or just everyday dinner, we’ve got you covered.
Now before we get to the best silverware, let’s go over a few crucial factors to consider while you’re shopping.
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What Is The Difference Between Silverware And Flatware?
For this article, the terms silverware and flatware are interchangeable. A long time ago we made real silverware with sterling silver or silver-plated nickel bronze. But in the 1950s, most people switched to stainless steel because it was just as beautiful and it didn’t need to be polished.
The term silverware stuck, even though most of us no longer use real silver. Today in common vernacular we use silverware to mean any kind of eating utensils. Even the Merriam-Webster dictionary now defines silverware as flatware made of any material.
How Do You Take Care Of The Best Silverware And Flatware?
All of the manufacturers on our list this year say that their flatware can go in the dishwasher. However, if you want to protect your best silverware, it’s always best to wash it by hand and then dry the pieces immediately, especially the knives.
How Much Do The Best Silverware Sets Cost?
You can find flatware sets at a wide variety of price points. The best silverware on our list this year range in price from $44 to $400.
What Do The 18/10 and 18/0 Labels Mean For Silverware?
With all of our top picks for the best silverware this year you will see either 18/10 or 18/0. Those numbers refer to the chromium and nickel content in the flatware. The 18/10 label means that it contains 18 percent chromium and 10 percent nickel. Likewise, the 18/0 label implies that the silverware contains 18 percent chromium and zero nickel.
So which is better? Well, it depends on what you’re looking for in the best silverware. The chromium content gives the flatware its rust-resistant qualities. The addition of nickel gives the superior shine. The downside of the mineral is that it is expensive.
If you are looking for rust-resistant silverware with a high polish finish, then you will want to pay attention to the sets that are 18/10 stainless steel. On the other hand, if you want to keep your cost down and want to be able to put your silverware in the dishwasher repeatedly, then you may prefer the sets with 18/0.
The Review Process
We created our list of the best silverware this year by researching and reviewing all of the affordable, top-selling everyday flatware sets. In the process, we compared the features of each set, the prices, and both the consumer and professional reviews.
We have no financial or business ties to any of the companies on our list. Our goal is to help you make an informed decision when choosing the best silverware for your home.
The Top 8 Best Silverware And Flatware Sets
In no particular order, here are our top eight picks for the best silverware this year. All eight of these sets would add to and compliment your dining décor.
- Material: 18/10 stainless steel
- Dishwasher safe
- Tarnish resistant
If you are looking for the best silverware for everyday dining décor, you have to take a look at Lenox. The Portola collection is contemporary and will add elegance to both casual and formal dining.
This 65-piece set comes with 12 five-piece place settings which include a dinner fork, a dinner knife, a salad fork, a soup spoon, and a teaspoon. In addition to that, this set also comes with a five-piece hostess set which includes a sugar spoon, a butter serving knife, a cold meat fork, a tablespoon, and a pierced tablespoon.
Lenox is known for its high quality, and the Portola line is no exception. The flatware is 18/10 stainless steel. The set is also dishwasher-safe and tarnish-resistant. One of the reasons that the Lenox Portola set made our list of the best silverware this year is because it’s both affordable and gets extraordinary customer reviews.
This set costs from $95 to $155. Customers rate it 4.6 out of 5 stars. Out of 850 reviews, a whopping 84 percent of them gave this set 5 out of 5 stars. Many customers commented on how expensive this silverware feels in your hand. The pieces are more substantial than cheap flimsy flatware, and they balance very well in your hand.
The biggest complaint about this set is that the knives can rust. You can avoid that problem by handwashing them and drying each piece immediately.
- 45-piece flatware set with service for 8; 8 each: salad/dessert fork, place fork, place knife, place spoon, and teaspoon
- Also includes a serving spoon, pierced serving spoon, meat fork, butter knife, and sugar spoon
- Made of 18/0 stainless steel, the pieces are dishwasher safe
- Mooncrest pattern is understated and pairs with virtually any china and décor; boasts a bright, highly reflective finish
- Backed by Oneida's 25-year warranty
The Oneida Mooncrest set is our next pick for best silverware this year. Unlike the Lenox set, this one is 18/0 stainless steel. The zero means that there is zero nickel in steel. As we’ve discussed, nickel is quite expensive, so sets with 18/10, as the Lenox set, are going cost more. Another reason that the Oneida set is cheaper is that it is smaller.
The Oneida Mooncrest flatware set has 45 pieces with eight place settings which include a dinner knife, a dinner fork, a salad fork, a soup spoon, and a teaspoon. This set also comes with two serving spoons, a serving fork, a sugar spoon, and a butter serving knife.
The Mooncrest pattern is simple and sleek, and the bright, highly reflective finish makes it well suited for any contemporary tableware. Like the other best silverware sets on our list, the Oneida Mooncrest gets excellent reviews.
It’s also very affordable, costing from $44 to $60. Customers rate this set 4.4 out of 5 stars. Out of nearly 900 customer reviews, 74 percent of them gave this set 5 out of 5 stars. Most people love this set with many of them commenting on the durability.
This set might be inexpensive, but the spoons still pass the ice cream test. Another great thing about this set is that it comes with a limited lifetime warranty for the original owner. Like the other best silverware sets on our list, it’s best to wash them by hand and dry them immediately. Some people who put them in the dishwasher complained that they could rust.
- 65-piece flatware set with service for 12. Set includes 12 each: Dinner knife, Dinner Fork, Salad/Dessert Fork, Soup/Cereal Spoon and Teaspoon plus 2 Serving Spoons, 1 Serving Fork, 1 Sugar Spoon, and 1 Butter Knife
- 18/0 stainless steel. Durable and stylish
- A scroll-like a stylized grapevine winds its way from the square tip end to the narrow point of the neck, where is dissolves into the mirrored finish of Tuscany's wide bowls. The hi-luster organic scroll motif is balanced with the bead-blasted handle with band accent at the tip end
- Dishwasher safe, never needs polishing
- Limited lifetime warranty. Each piece of fine quality Oneida stainless is warranted against defects in workmanship and materials for the lifetime of the original owner.
Oneida has earned a second spot on our list of best silverware this year with their Tuscany 65-piece set. We love this set because of its unique pattern. The pieces are gorgeous with a scroll-like modern grapevine winding its way from the narrow part of the neck to the square tip.
The 65-piece Tuscany set comes with service for twelve, with each place setting consisting of a dinner knife, a dinner fork, a salad fork, a soup spoon, and a teaspoon. The set also comes with two serving spoons, a serving fork, a sugar spoon, and a butter serving knife.
Oneida says that this set is dishwasher safe, but as we’ve mentioned with the other best silverware sets, it’s always best to hand wash them. Like the Oneida Mooncrest set, the Tuscany uses an 18/0 steel construction. As I mentioned earlier, the 18 refers to the amount of chromium and the zero means that there is no nickel in this silverware.
The Tuscany set costs from $70 to $160, depending on where you buy it. It’s more expensive than the Mooncrest set, but it still gets the same incredible reviews. Customers rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Out of nearly 700 reviews, 76 percent of them gave this set 5 out of 5 stars.
One great thing about Oneida is that they offer a limited lifetime warranty on their silverware. Many customers also commented on the heavy weight of the pieces and the beauty of the design. One complaint about this set is that the new ones don’t perfectly match Tuscany sets bought over six years ago.
- Manufactured from high quality 18/10 Stainless Steel
- Optimal combination of 18% Chromium and 10% Nickel offers the best corrosion resistance
- Maintains a long lasting silver-like luster
- Mono-block dinner knife construction for perfect weight and balance
- Forged dinner knife blades provide cutting precision
Henckels and superior quality have been synonymous since 1731. And this Bellasear 45-piece best silverware set is no exception.
It comes with service for eight including a forged dinner knife, a dinner fork, a salad fork, a soup spoon, and a teaspoon. It also comes with a five-piece hostess set. For the best corrosion resistance, this set is 18/10 stainless steel, and according to Henckels, it is dishwasher safe.
The design of this set is sleek and contemporary and will be a bright spot in your dining décor. It will also match perfectly with any modern tableware. The mono-block construction also has the ideal weight and balance.
The Henckels set is quite affordable, costing from $80 to $140. And it gets fantastic reviews. Customers rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Out of 345 reviews, 69 percent of them gave the set 5 out of 5 stars.
Most people rave about the Bellasera set, especially the high quality. But there is one thing that some people complained about the knives.
The unique design of the knives in this set gave some people a bout of the vapors because they easily slip off of the plate. However, these knives are meant to rest on the blade. Most people didn’t mind this little quirk, but you should be aware of it.
- Material: 18/10 stainless steel
- Dishwasher safe
- Tarnish resistant
Like Oneida, Lenox has earned two spots on our best silverware list this year. The French Perle 65-piece set comes with service for 12 including dinner knives, dinner forks, salad forks, soup spoons, and teaspoons.
In addition to that, this set also comes with a hostess set which includes a serving fork, a tablespoon, a pierced tablespoon, a sugar spoon, and a butter knife. The unique design on this set has the delicate detail of beaded edges, and the construction is 18/10 stainless steel.
Lenox says that this silverware is also dishwasher safe and tarnish resistant. Another thing that we love about this set is that it will upgrade your dining décor for both casual and formal dining. It also pairs well with both traditional and contemporary tableware.
The Lenox French Perle set is more expensive than most of the other best silverware sets on our list, but you can find it at a reasonable price if you shop around. The 65-piece set costs from $95 to $230, depending on where you buy it.
And oh man, do people love it! Customers rate it 4.6 out of 5 stars. Out of over 400 reviews, a whopping 84 percent gave this set 5 out of 5 stars. The vast majority of people adore this set, with many of them commenting on the hefty weight and the beauty of the design.
There aren’t many complaints about it, but a few people did have a problem with rust on the knives after putting them in the dishwasher.
- Includes 12 5-piece place settings; 1 butter knife; 1 4-piece hostess set
- Hostess set includes 1 slotted spoon, 1 solid spoon, 1 meat fork, 1 ladel
- Party Set also available
- Dishwasher Safe; will not tarnish or rust
- Made of 18/0 Stainless Steel
Ginkgo International makes the next set of our favorite best silverware this year. Believe it or not, a man named Wes Helmick designed this silverware way back in the 15th and 16th-century colonial period.
Back then they made the pieces with silver coins which they hammered into the final form. Today they make this set with 18/0 stainless steel, but the utensils still have that gorgeous rustic look that will complement any traditional tableware.
This Ginkgo International 65-piece Lafayette set comes with service for 12 including dinner knives, dinner forks, salad forks, soup spoons, and teaspoons. It also comes with a hostess set which includes a slotted spoon, a solid spoon, a meat fork, and a ladle.
This set costs from $130 to $165. And like the other best silverware on our list, it gets fantastic reviews. Customers rate it 4.4 out of 5 stars. Out of more than 200 reviews, 80 percent of them gave it 5 out of 5 stars.
Many people commented on the ideal weight and balance of the pieces. Others raved about being able to put this set in the dishwasher over and over without losing any of the beauty of the utensils.
One complaint about this set is that people unknowingly purchased knock-off products that were inferior quality to the real Ginkgo International set. You can avoid this problem by only buying from reputable sellers, no third parties.
- PREMIUM MATERIAL - High grade 18/10 stainless steel ensures that this 60-piece flatware set will remain a fixture on your table for years to come
- VALUE AND VARIETY - The Celeste silverware set includes dinner forks, salad forks, dinner knives, soup spoons, and teaspoons for a full complement of essential pieces
- ELEGANT PLACE SETTING - High gloss stainless steel and a subtle engraved border make a chic statement for your next dinner party, family gathering, or celebration
- DISHWASHER SAFE - Earn yourself a little more leisure time with dishwasher safe durability; We recommend opening the washer door immediately after cycle to avoid water spots
- LEGACY OF QUALITY - Villeroy & Boch has been a premium manufacturer of fine porcelain, glassware, flatware, and more since 1748
Villeroy & Boch has been a premium maker of glassware, porcelain, and the best silverware since 1748. This gorgeous contemporary set has been a staple in hotels and restaurants on every continent.
It comes with 60 pieces including 12 dinner forks, 12 dinner knives, 12 salad forks, 12 soup spoons, and 12 teaspoons. The utensils are high-quality 18/10 stainless steel with the chic touch of subtle engraving.
The company says that the set is dishwasher safe. And based on the customer and professional reviews, the dishwasher will not cause rust. That’s a big bonus!
This Celeste set is the most expensive on our list this year, costing from $150 to $400, depending on where you buy it. But even at the higher cost, people love this set. Customers rate it 4.3 out of 5 stars. Out of nearly 100 reviews, 78 percent of them gave this set 5 out of 5 stars.
Most of the reviews for this set are incredibly positive, but some complained that the handles on the utensils are too thin. Another possible downside to this set is that it doesn’t come with a hostess set or any serving spoons.
- Dishwasher safe
- Use for Home, Kitchen or Restaurant
- SUBSTANTIAL WEIGHT - Flatware balanced to not feel too light or too heavy in the hand
- Pearled design around handles separates this cutlery from the rest
- Cleaning guidance: Please clean the flatware in short time after using it, within two hours will be more prefer. Do not leave lemon or jam on the surface, and don not leave flatware soaking in water for a long time.
Now I know what you’re thinking. How could Amazon make the best silverware? Sounds crazy, but it’s true! The AmazonBasics 65-piece set is incredible and it comes with service for 12 including dinner forks, dinner knives, salad forks, soup spoons, and teaspoons.
It even comes with a hostess set including a butter knife, a slotted serving spoon, a regular serving spoon, a serving fork, and a sugar spoon. All of the pieces are 18/0 stainless steel. The elegant style with the gorgeous pearled-edge handles on this set will look great with both modern and traditional tableware.
Another great thing about it is that it comes with a one-year limited warranty. One of the things that we love about this set is the fantastic price. It only costs from $60 to $75. But don’t let the lower cost fool you.
This set is still super high quality, and customers love it. Customers rate it 4.6 out of 5 stars. Out of nearly 1,000 reviews, 78 percent of them gave it 5 out of 5 stars. A few people complained that they had trouble with some rust on the knives after putting them in the dishwasher, but the vast majority of customer and professional reviews rave about this set.
You should know that it is a bit heavy and the pieces are quite large. So if you’re looking for more dainty silverware, this one probably isn’t for you.
It All Boils Down to This
The truth is, all eight of our picks for the best silverware this year are fantastic in their own right. But if you twist my arm and ask me for my top pick overall, I would have to say it’s the Lenox Portola 65-piece set.
This set is moderately priced, gets some of the best professional and consumer reviews on the market, and it’s gorgeous. If you’re on a tight budget but still want the best silverware, our favorite budget-friendly pick is the AmazonBasics 65-piece set. For the money, you can’t go wrong with this set.
Now we’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments section below how you feel about our list this year. Which one is your favorite? If you have another love that didn’t make our list, share it with our readers and us. With your help, we can improve everyone’s dining décor, one table at a time.