Cook Better: How to Choose the Right Kitchen Knife Set for You

Get ready to chop to it!

Man cutting veggies with knife in kitchen
A knife set will make sure you have the right tools for the job.Unsplash

Whether you treat your kitchen like your own personal restaurant or you just use it for basic cooking needs, a knife set is a must. Knives come in different sizes, weights and varying blades for a reason. Here’s what to look for in a set so you’re able to do it all—from chopping veggies to slicing up meat with ease.

Stainless Steel Knife Set with Block - 13 Kitchen Knives Set Chef Knife Set with Knife Sharpener, 6 Steak Knives, Bonus Peeler Scissors Cheese Pizza Knife and Acrylic Stand by Home Hero

Starter Series

This collection includes 13 blades, kitchen shears, a sharpener and stand.Home Hero

There are three knives that must be included in your set. Those basic pieces include a paring knife for peeling, trimming or cutting small chunks, a “chef’s” knife or larger multi-purpose blade for basic cutting such as chopping, dicing or carving and finally a serrated blade for slicing bread, cakes or squishy fruit.

Cuisinart C77SS-15PK 15-Piece Stainless Steel Hollow Handle Block Set

Easy to Clean

This group includes six steak knives, plus nine other kitchen tools.Cuisinart

If you’re not ready to make a serious investment into your kitchen knives but want something that will last, stainless steel blades are a great option. Perfect for everyday use, they can easily be wiped off and cleaned with ease. They’re also as sharp as other material blades and are known to hold their edge longer.

J.A. Henckels International 13550-005 Statement Knife Block Set, 15-pc, Light Brown

Good Grip

Unlike many assortments of sharp blades, these are dishwasher safe.HENCKELS

Your kitchen knives should have a comfortable grip and shouldn’t “weigh you down” during a marathon chopping session. Look for the balance to be evenly distributed between the blade and the handle, so the cutting motion is smooth and takes away some of the strain on your hand, wrist or forearm.