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Best flatware sets 2022: 6 luxurious buys for stylish dining

Elegant, classy and practical, we've found the best flatware sets for all your dining needs – from casual everyday to special occasions

Best flatware sets: gold and black set, silver set and gold set with black twig-effect handles
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Adding a lovely new flatware set to your culinary collection means experiencing more luxurious dining on the daily, and impressing your guests on every special occasion. Whether you want gold flatware to add interest to your kitchen drawers or a classic silver stainless steel set, we've rounded up the most stylish – and durable – flatware sets on the market.

Investing in the best flatware set means you'll never have to repurchase knives and forks again, which is important for something you're going to be using every day. To avoid chipped and faded flatware a year after buying, we recommend shopping a little more high-end and investing in a high-quality set with materials made to last. 

You might be wanting to use your new flatware set every day for your household's evening meal, or you might be looking for a special set reserved for occasional use. Whichever it is, we're sure you'll find the best flatware set for you from our list. Once you've got flatware ticked off your list, a new dinnerware set will take your hosting skills to a whole new level.

The best flatware sets to buy in 2022

Best flatware sets: Cutipol - Picadilly Flatware Set - 24 Piece

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1. Cutipol - Picadilly Flatware Set - 24 Piece

The best flatware set overall

Specifications

Includes: Table Fork, Table Knife, Dessert Spoon, Tea/ Coffee Spoon (x6)
Set of: 6
Made from: 18/10 stainless steel
Dishwasher safe?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Durable & good-quality
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Solid handles 
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Shiny finish
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Service for 6 people

Reasons to avoid

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We can't think of any!

The Picaddily Flatware Set with 24 pieces from Cutipol ticks all the boxes. Not only does it come with enough flatware to serve up to six people at a time, it's made from high-quality stainless steel and built with a solid handle that feels great in your hand and will withstand chipping for many years. 

We love the simple but classic design of this set too, and you could definitely use it for fancier dinner parties as well as everyday meals. The set would be an easy addition to any culinary collection, and will add an instant touch of elegance to your dining table. Well deserving of the top spot on our list.

Best flatware sets: CUTIPOL Moon Cutlery - Brushed Gold - 5pc Set

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2. CUTIPOL Moon Cutlery - Brushed Gold - 5pc Set

The best gold flatware set to impress your dining guests

Specifications

Includes: Serrated Table Knife, Table Fork, Table Spoon, Salad Fork, Dessert Spoon
Set of: 1
Made from: Gold plated 18/10 stainless steel
Dishwasher safe?: Yes, but handwash is preferable

Reasons to buy

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Unique moon shape 
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Beautiful gold color
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Long slender handles for elegant finish
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Serrated knife

Reasons to avoid

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No tea/ coffee spoon
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5 pieces only

A gold flatware set is a beautiful addition to any culinary collection, and will make a table setting instantly more elegant. This unique Moon Cutlery set from Cutipol, where luxury flatware is hand-crafted by artisans in Portugal, is the most stunning gold flatware set we've come across. The moon-shaped spoons, as well as the serrated dinner knife, are created using artisanal traditions and modern technology, and combined with the beautiful gold plating, the set is simply stunning. 

To keep this set in pristine condition, wash by hand with a gentle cloth and warm water. You can put the set in the dishwasher, but you should minimize contact with the dishwasher steam as much as possible, so take them out as soon as the cycle is finished. The flatware should always be dried as soon as possible, as water droplets may fade the gold plating over time. 

Don't let the care instructions of the set put you off though - if you look after it, the Moon Cutlery Set will be a proud talking point at dinner parties for many years to come. 

Best flatware sets: Filet Toiras Silverplated on 18/10 Stainless Steel 5 pcs Place Setting

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3. Filet Toiras Silverplated on 18/10 Stainless Steel 5 pcs Place Setting

The best stainless steel flatware set

Specifications

Includes: Table Fork, Table Knife, Dessert Spoon, Dessert Fork, Tea/ Coffee Spoon
Set of: 1
Made from: Silverplated on 18/10 Stainless Steel
Dishwasher safe?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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High quality, durable material
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Classic design
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Shiny, elegant finish
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Solid handle

Reasons to avoid

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5 pieces only

Flatware doesn't get much more elegant than the Silverplated Stainless Steel 5 Piece Set from Sambonet. The solid handle remains sleek and stylish, but is anything but flimsy, and the 18/10 stainless steel material means the flatware will stay in tip-top condition for years to come.

The shiny finish adds a touch of luxury to the set, alongside the silverplated handles, and the gleam will come back time and time again after a turn in the dishwasher. The five pieces cover all your basic dining needs, but unless you live alone, you'll need to purchase more than one set to be able to serve everyone at the table. We still can't recommend this set enough though because of its beautifully classic design and its durability, both of which will ensure you'll won't need to go flatware shopping again for a long time.

Best flatware sets: CUTIPOL Goa Flatware Set - 75 Piece - Black/Gold

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4. CUTIPOL Goa Flatware Set - 75 Piece - Black/Gold

The best flatware set for 12 guests

Specifications

Includes: Table Fork, Table Knife, Dessert Spoon, Dessert Fork, Dessert Knife, Tea/ Coffee Spoon (x12), 1 Serving Spoon, 1 Serving Fork, 1 Soup Ladle
Set of: 12
Made from: Stainless steel & resin
Dishwasher safe?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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75 pieces to cover all your dining needs
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Stylish black and gold design
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Elegant moon-shaped spoons
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Includes hostess serving set

Reasons to avoid

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An investment

If you're often hosting large parties, this Goa Flatware Set from Cutipol (we're noticing a bit of a theme here), will serve all your guests in style. Extended family and friends will marvel at the unique black and gold combination of the flatware, as well as the moon-shaped spoons. Your dining table has never looked so fine. 

75 pieces come in this set, hence the higher price point, but if you know your house needs a lot of flatware, it's worth every penny. You'll never have to repurchase a set again, and the condition of the flatware can stay perfect if you look after them well. They can be put in the dishwasher, but just make sure to remove them at the end of the cycle and dry them down with a towel if they're still wet. 

A set as fabulous and as large as this one is hard to come by, so we say go for it!

Best flatware sets: Satin Sand Dune 45 Piece Everyday Flatware Set

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5. Satin Sand Dune 45 Piece Everyday Flatware Set from Oneida

The best flatware set for a party of 8

Specifications

Includes: Table Fork, Table Knife, Dessert Spoon, Dessert Fork, Tea/ Coffee Spoon (x5), Serving Spoon (x2), Serving Fork, Sugar Spoon, Butter Knife
Set of: 8
Made from: 18/0 Stainless steel
Dishwasher safe?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Serves a party of 8
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Simple but stylish design
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Durable

Reasons to avoid

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Simple design might be too plain for some

The Satin Sand Dune collection from Oneida boasts chic and classic flatware pieces, and the 45 piece set has everything you need to serve a party of eight people. Alongside the five sets of place settings, there is a hostess serving set to boot, including two serving spoons, a serving fork, a sugar spoon and a butter knife. It has everything you need to make a large dinner party goes as smoothly and stylishly as possible. 

The pools of soft silver in the middle of the flatware handles give this set its name, as the design replicates desert sands being blown into a dune. Creative, elegant, and durable: what more could you want in a flatware set?

Best flatware sets: Twig Five Piece Place Setting in Brass

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6. Twig Five Piece Place Setting in Brass

The best flatware set with a unique design

Specifications

Includes: Table Fork, Table Knife, Dessert Spoon, Dessert Fork, Tea/ Coffee Spoon
Set of: 1
Made from: Gold-plated tainless steel and brass patina
Dishwasher safe?: No

Reasons to buy

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Decorative handles in twig design
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Stylish fork heads
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Gold and black or silver option available

Reasons to avoid

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5 pieces only
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Not dishwasher safe

If you want a flatware set that serves a decorative purpose as much as a practical one, this 5 Piece Twig Set in Brass from Arhaus is a beautifully unique option. The rustic Twig collection is inspired by a morning walk through the woods, and the designers at Arhaus have finely replicated the curves and knots in branches fallen from trees on the cutlery handles. What a stunning flatware set to display on your kitchen countertop. 

We love the brass option for this set, but if silver is more your style, the choice is yours. Just note that this set can't be put in the dishwasher, and you'll have to clean the pieces by hand after using them with mild soap and warm water. The gorgeous design of this set makes it ideal for use on special occasions though, which means looking after them shouldn't be too much of an issue. 


How we chose these flatware sets

When curating our list of the best flatware sets, we measured all the products against a number of criteria to make sure we would only be recommending the finest pieces. The materials the flatware is made from, the care instructions, and the pieces included in the set were weighed against the overall aesthetic of the pieces. We prioritized both practicality and style in our picks, and we cross-checked our favorites with customer reviews to ensure high standards.

What to consider when buying a flatware set

When shopping for the best flatware sets, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make sure you buy the right set for you. Refer back to this list when browsing and you won't regret any purchases you make. 

Materials
The primary aspect of flatware sets to consider is what the pieces are made from. Stainless steel is the most common material used, of which 18/10 is the highest-quality grade, so keep an eye out for this in product descriptions if you want to buy a set that will withstand chipping and fading. Stainless steel sets can be mixed with other materials like resin and brass to create different finishes, or a set can have a different base metal like high-quality copper alloy, though this is less common.

Care instructions
A standard stainless steel flatware set is most likely dishwasher safe, but always read the product description to make sure. Other materials, like titanium and brass, will probably require delicate handwash over a dishwasher, so if physically cleaning the set isn't something you want to be doing, bear that in mind when shopping. Gold sets look great, but they require more maintenance than silver sets to stay in pristine condition. 

Service for
On a more basic level, you'll want to think about how much cutlery you actually need before buying. There are many stylish five-piece sets out there, but these aren't ideal if you know you're going to be serving dinner for a lot of people in your home. Sets can range from 16 pieces to 75, so make sure you select one which is going to work for your specific dining needs. 

Finishes
Lastly, there are different styles of flatware sets to choose between. Whether you prefer a shiny finish to a matte, a silver set to a gold, or a patterned handle to a plain, is completely down to your personal preference. Consider buying a black flatware set for a more modern and trendy style. 

Browse more flatware sets...

There are lots of flatware sets to choose from, so don't worry if our top picks don't include one that's right for you. For more luxury, high-end options, have a look at the retailers below and you're bound to find the best flatware set for your home.

Katie has recently joined Future's Ecommerce writing cohort after exploring different forms of digital writing in her Media and Journalism MA. Her love for being at home and creating an environment that is at once cozy, stylish, and practical means she's constantly browsing home decor sites online. Her current favorites are Anthropologie and H&M Home. For her next interior endeavor, she's looking to become a plant mom, in the hope that some greenery will refresh her home in time for spring.