The Best Flatware

The Best Flatware

Our pick

Cambridge Silversmiths Julie Satin Flatware

Cambridge Silversmiths Julie Satin Flatware

The best everyday flatware set

Our testers deemed this affordable flatware collection one of the best all-around sets for its simple design, balanced weight, and comfortable handles.

The affordable Cambridge Silversmiths Julie Satin Flatware is a great all-purpose set of cutlery. This flatware was a favorite among our testers because it has a classic silhouette with clean lines. The smooth satin handles are a pleasure to hold, and each utensil has a medium weight that we think most people will find comfortable. The fork tines are long enough to look elegant but not too long, the knife cuts well, and the spoons hold a generous amount of liquid.

A Cambridge Silversmiths Julie flatware place setting (two spoons, two forks, and a butter knife) on a dark napkin
Photo: Sarah Kobos

Key specs:

  • Material: 18/10 stainless steel
  • Finish: satin handles and polished utensil heads
  • Buying options: sold in a five-piece place setting or a 45-piece set
  • Serving utensils: included in the 45-piece box set

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Crate and Barrel Caesna Mirror Flatware

Crate and Barrel Caesna Mirror Flatware

A heavier set of flatware

The Caesna flatware is heavier than our other picks. It has deep spoons, comfortable handles, and forks with long, elegant tines.

Buying Options

$35 from Crate and Barrel
(set of five)

We recommend getting the Crate and Barrel Caesna Flatware, by Robert Welch Designs, if you want heavier utensils that are still well-balanced. The fork’s long, narrowly set tines give it an elegant look and make holding food on the back of the utensil easier for those who dine European style. The ample spoons deliver a satisfying mouthful of soup in each slurp. We also like the rounded edges of the handles and the elegant, subtle flare at their base.

A place setting of the Caesna flatware on a cloth napkin
Photo: Sarah Kobos

Key specs:

  • Material: 18/10 stainless steel
  • Finish: mirror or satin
  • Buying options: sold open stock, in a five-piece place setting, or as a 20-piece set
  • Serving utensils: sold separately and available only with a mirror finish

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Liberty Tabletop Betsy Ross

Liberty Tabletop Betsy Ross

A lighter set of flatware

This set is best for anyone who wants lightweight flatware with hollow-handle knives that are evenly balanced.

Buying Options

$370 from Amazon
(set of 45)

The Liberty Tabletop Betsy Ross flatware is lightweight and balanced. Our testers liked the teardrop-shaped handles and the thin necks on this set, which give it a refined look. The fork tines are spaced slightly farther apart than on our other picks and have a nice in-between length—longer than the tines of the Julie Satin forks but shorter than the tines of the Caesna forks. The spoons are shallower and have a pointier tip, which means they don’t hold as much liquid, but they put less metal in your mouth, a more delicate sensation that some people prefer. Although this set is available only in a mirror finish, Liberty Tabletop also sells a satin set called Mallory, which is nearly identical to the Betsy Ross collection.

A place setting of the Betsy Ross flatware set
Photo: Sarah Kobos

Key specs:

  • Material: 18/10 stainless steel (knives are 13/0)
  • Finish: mirror only (but the Liberty Tabletop Mallory flatware has satin handles and is nearly identical to the Betsy Ross collection)
  • Buying options: sold open stock, in a five-piece place setting, or as a 20-, 45-, or 65-piece set
  • Serving utensils: sold separately, or included in the 45- and 65-piece sets

Budget pick

Gourmet Settings Windermere Flatware Collection

Gourmet Settings Windermere Flatware Collection

Bargain flatware that’s sold open stock

This is an inexpensive option for college students, rentals, or a few extra place settings for large gatherings.

At just $2 per utensil, the Gourmet Settings Windermere Flatware Collection was the most durable and elegant cheap flatware we tested. We’re not huge fans of the curvy handles, which are so dramatically arched at the neck that they look almost bent out of shape. But we don’t think that’s a dealbreaker considering how affordable this set is. This flatware has the shortest tines and the shallowest spoons of all the sets we recommend.

The Windermere set on a cloth napkin, showing its shorter spoons and forks and dramatically curved knife
Photo: Sarah Kobos

Key specs:

  • Material: 18/10 stainless steel (knives are 13/0)
  • Finish: mirror or satin
  • Buying options: sold open stock, or as a 20- or 45-piece set
  • Other utensils: sold separately, some included in the 45-piece set

We think our picks will appeal to a wide range of people, but we also realize that choosing flatware is a very personal decision. If none of our other picks are to your liking, we’ve created a buying guide to help you confidently shop for a great set of utensils. (And we list a few additional honorable mentions worth checking out below.)

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