The Best Knife Set for Everyday Cooking

Every kitchen needs a collection of sturdy, reliable knives. Here are some of our favorite sets.

Knife with cheese on cutting board.
A well-made knife can slice through anything like butter.Unsplash/Simon Sapper

Each knife requires a different grip, and one way to hone your skills as a home cook is to acquaint yourself with these various grips—you can chop an onion, but can you peel an apple? Slice a tomato? Core an avocado? The best knife sets contain a variety of knives: chef’s knife, bread knife, serrated knife, paring knife, steak knife, and kitchen shears. Here are our favorite knife sets, ranging in budget but all high-quality and super sharp.

Cuisinart 15-Piece Stainless Steel Hollow Handle Block Set
This option comes with all your basics, plus a sharpening rod, kitchen shears, and six steak knives.Cuisinart

This standard knife set is for the no-muss, no-fuss crowd. High-carbon, stainless-steel blades mean these knives are strong and sturdy, but lightweight and comfortable to use. Even more, they’re super easy to clean (yep, that’s right: dishwasher safe).

HENCKELS Solution Knife Block Set, 15-pc, Black/Stainless Steel
These knives are sturdily equipped with single-piece blades and break-resistant handles.J.A. Henckels

Another option for stainless-steel fans, this knife set comes with an elegant wooden block for storage—so you can keep it on your kitchen counter and feel good about it. The triple-rivet black handles, in addition to offering that classic look, provide a nice grip for controlled, easy chopping.

Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Magnetic Board Knife Set, 11 3/8 x 9, Stainless Steel
This attractive piece is for the people who know exactly what they want: high-quality blades and nothing more.Mercer Culinary

For something a little fancier and minimalist, go for this six-piece set from Mercer Culinary. These German steel blades have taper-ground edges, which means they’ll stay sharper longer. Show them off, too: These beauties come with a standing magnetic board so you can display them out in the open where they belong.

Steak Knives, Steak Knife Set of 4 Premium Kitchen Table Knife 4.5 Inch Straight Edge Blade Dinner Knives Non Serrated
These sharp objects can handle any cut of beef.Sky Light

Never underestimate a good, sharp steak knife at the dinner table. The smooth, non-serrated blades on these German-steel knives ensure clean, even slices—without shredding your meat to pieces.