Best Kitchen Knife Sets Under $100 – 2018 Update

Great kitchen cutlery sets under 100 dollars

A Few of The Best Kitchen Cutlery Block Sets under 100 Dollars

Cutlery is one of the most important food prep tools in the kitchen, and it is possible to get good knives on a budget. When it comes to kitchen knives you have a lot of choices ranging from really cheap ones to premium kitchen knives that cost more than a house payment. While it is quite clear that you can save money when purchasing a knife set compared to buying individual knives, it’s still hard to know where to begin. With this in mind we have decided to showcase the best kitchen knife and block sets under $100.

  •  J.A. Henckels International 12 Piece Definition Block SetOur Top PickFull Review
  • Cold Steel Kitchen Knife Set Cuisinart 15-Piece Triple Rivet Knife Set –  Full Review
  • One of the best kitchen knife sets under $100 Chicago Cutlery Belmont 16-Piece Block SetOur Budget PickFull Review
  •  KitchenAid 12-Piece Stamped Delrin Cutlery SetFull Review
  • The Ginsu Gourmet Chikara Series 8 Piece Kitchen Knife Set is an excellent choice under 100 dollars if you don't need steak knives. Ginsu Gourmet Chikara Series 8 Piece Cutlery SetFull Review 

J.A. Henckels International 12 Piece Definition Block Set 

Specifications

  • Set Includes – one 3″ paring knife, one 5″ serrated utility knife, one 8″ bread knife, one 5″ Hollow Edge Santoku, one 8″inch Chef’s knife, four 4.5″ steak knives, one pair of scissors, one sharpening steel and on wood block.
  • Weight – 5.8lbs
  • Size – 8.8″ x 5.3″ x 15.2

Pros

  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Full Tang
  • Holds an edge extremely well.
  • Very sharp right out of the box
  • Laser cut blades
  • Includes a sharpening rod
  • The blades hold their edge extremely well for knives at this price point
  • Great looking block

Cons

  • Made in China
  • Fewer steak knives than other sets at this price point.

This great looking, classic set from J.A. Henckels is very popular for good reason. The high quality satin finished blades make this set stand out, and it contains everything a good kitchen knife set needs The knives have the look and feel of a much more expensive set, and they seem to hold an edge bit longer than most sets at this price point.  This set looks good on most kitchen counters, and they ship to the customer looking like the block in the picture which is not necessarily true of other cutlery sets from other companies. This set ships with four steak knives, a honing steel and kitchen scissors which are not always included in other sets at this price point.

J.A. Henckels states that this set is dishwasher safe, but not ideal. We highly recommend that you hand wash these knives if you get them, because like all carbon steel knives,they are prone to getting rust spots if they are wet for an extended period of time. This is the downside of high carbon steel blades. The upside is that they hold an edge really well.

This is arguably the best quality kitchen cutlery set under $100, and J.A. Henckels has recently upgraded the block that ships with this set to a hardwood block with a cool looking metal stamp on the face which is a huge improvement over the cheap looking, aesthetically challenged block that used to ship with this set.

The triple rivet handles of this set are really durable for a sub $100 set. They can take a beating and are designed well enough from an ergonomic standpoint to not cause discomfort when used for an extensive period of time. The blades are stamped rather than forged which is not ideal, but it is the standard on knife sets in this price range, and J.A. Henckles precision stamping process turns out some impressive blades.

All in all this is an excellent kitchen cutlery set at this price point, and you will be hard pressed to find a better designed, more durable set at this price point.

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Cuisinart 15-Piece Triple Rivet Knife Set

Cuisinart 15 piece kitchen cutlery set

Specifications

  • Set Includes – one 8″ chef knife, one 8″ bread knife, one 8″ slicing knife, one 5″ Santoku knife, one 4.5″ utility knife, one 3.5″ paring knife, 8″ sharpening steel,  kitchen shears, six 4.5″ steak knives and one wood block.
  • weight – 5.8lbs
  • Size – 5.88″ x 14.37″ x 10.25
  • Pros
    Very sharp right out of the box
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Comfortable, Contoured Handles
  • Large set for this price point

Cons

  • Scissors are a bit flimsy
  • Steak knives feel a little more fragile than the rest of the set

Cuisinart has been producing quality kitchen supplies for a long time. Their Cuisinart 15-Piece Stainless Steel Knife Set offers good value for money. It has all the tools a cook needs to whip up a meal quickly. The set includes a bread knife, scissors, utility knife and steak knives all stored in a handsome looking rosewood knife block.

The knives in this set are really sharp right out of the box, the contoured handles are easy to grip, and make extended food prep easier on your hands. The scissors are a little on the fragile side, but they should last as long as they are not used to cut something too thick. Overall this set feels like a much more expensive set when you are using the knives. This is especially true of the 8 inch Chefs knife which handles like a knife from a higher end knife set.

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Chicago Cutlery Belmont 16-Piece Block Set

Chicago Cutlery Belmont 16-Piece Block Set

Specifications

  • Set Includes – one 7.75″ chef knife, one 8″ bread knife, one 5″ utility knife, one 3.5″ paring knife, one 3″ peeler, eight 4.5″ steak knives, one pair of shears, one sharpening steel and one espresso wood block.
  • Weight – 8.8lbs
  • Size – 14.62″ x 8″ x 7.5

Pros

  • Forged not stamped
  • Great looking espresso wood block
  • Sharp right out of the box
  • Excellent knife combination
  • Very comfortable handles
  • Lifetime Warranty

Cons

  • The steak knives do not feel as durable as the rest of the set
  • Supposed to be dishwasher safe, but all kitchen knives should be hand washed

Beautifully made with high quality stainless steel carbon and polymer handles, this 16-piece block set from Chicago Cutlery is a bargain. Aside from being  rust resistant if properly cared for, this set also comes with 8 steak knives, kitchen shears, sharpening steel and serrated bread knife all in an espresso block. The Espresso block is really more than a side note for this knife set, because it looks great sitting on a counter and give the whole set a high end look.

While this set certainly delivers in the aesthetics department it also delivers in the performance department especially at this price point. Obviously the steel is not on par with the crazy expensive sets, but the blades all hold their edge well, and they are forged rather than stamped. They also do not rust as easy as a lot of other kitchen knife sets in this price range. Obviously it is best to and wash and dry these knives by hand to guarantee a rust free future, but that is true of all kitchen knives regardless of price point.

The scissors are probably the least impressive item in this set, so if you use kitchen scissors a lot this may not be the set for you, but every other knife in this kit feels and performs like a much more expensive knife. This set is definitely one of the best values in the kitchen knife world especially at it’s current price point.

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KitchenAid 12-Piece Stamped Delrin Cutlery Set

12 piece cutlery kit from kitchenaid

Specifications

  • Set Includes – one 8″ chef knife, one 8″ slicer, one 5.5″ serrated utility knife, one 3.5″ paring knife, one 5″ santoku knife, one 3.5″ paring knife, 8″ sharpening steel,  kitchen shears, four 4.5″ steak knives and one wood block.
  • weight – 7.65lbs
  • Size – 5.88″ x 5.5x 14.8

Pros

  • Sharp right out of the box
  • Very comfortable handles
  • The set includes a sharpening steel

Cons

  • This set includes only four steak knives

If you’re looking for knives with comfortable handles, the KitchenAid 12-Piece Stamped Delrin Cutlery Set is the one for you. Aside from the usual knives, this set from KitchenAid also features a Santoku knife and sharpening steel. The ergonomics of these handles would be impressive at any price point, but they are especially comfortable for a sub$100 kitchen knife kit.

If you enjoy cooking, a good knife set is essential. While good knife sets are expensive, this does not mean to say that the above mentioned brands won’t perform well in the kitchen. These brands carry good value to the user thanks to their friendly price and helpful features.

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Ginsu Gourmet Chikara Series 8 Piece Cutlery Set

The Ginsu Gourmet Chikara Series 8 Piece Kitchen Knife Set is an excellent choice under 100 dollars if you don't need steak knives.

Specifications

  • Set Includes – one 8″ chef knife, one 7″ Santoku knife, one 5″ utility knife, one 5″ serrated utility knife, one 3.5 paring knife”, one 3.5″, honing rod,  kitchen shears and a bamboo storage block block.
  • weight – 7.65lbs
  • Size – 5.88″ x 5.5x 14.8

Specifications

  • Set Includes – one 3,5″ paring knife, one 5″ serrated utility knife, one 5″ utility knife, one 7″ santoku knife, one 8″inch Chef’s knife, one pair of scissors, one honing rod and one bamboo storage block.
  • Weight – 8.1lbs
  • Size – 6.5″ x 11.1″ x 14.9

Pros

  • Lifetime Replacement Warranty
  • Full Tang
  • Very sharp right out of the box
  • Forged not stamped
  • Includes a honing rod
  • The blades hold their edge extremely well for knives at this price point
  • Great looking block

Cons

  • No steak knives
  • Made in China

If you don’t need steak knives the Ginsu Chikara Series 8 Piece Set may be the best bet under $100. The 420J stainless steel blades hold their edge really well, but they are a little more prone to rust spots than most of the knife sets mentioned in this post. This is definitely not a knife set you would want to wash in the dishwasher. They should be hand washed and immediately dried. If these knives are cared for they should last for many years and require minimal sharpening.

The seven inch santoku knife is a standout performer in this set and the utility knife is surprisingly capable of handling a variety of tasks. It is not quite on par with the much more expensive Wusthof Classic 4110 utility knife, but it is close. It is an excellent knife to take for meal prep on camping trips, picnics or road trips, because it is capable of handling a large variety of tasks, and it is relatively small and lightweight. 

Overall the Ginsu Chikara Series is an great value buy, and it should provide years of use.

 

Best Block Knife Sets Under $100 Comparison Chart
Knife SetRating 1-10
(Our Pick)
Picture
J.A. Henckels International 12 Piece Definition Block Set
Full Review
7.5
(Top Pick)
Ginsu Gourmet Chikara Series 8 Piece Cutlery Set
Full Review
 7The Ginsu Gourmet Chikara Series 8 Piece Kitchen Knife Set is an excellent choice under 100 dollars if you don't need steak knives.
Chicago Cutlery Belmont 16-Piece Block Set
Full Review
6
(Budget Pick)
One of the best kitchen knife sets under $100
KitchenAid 12-Piece Stamped Delrin Cutlery Set
Full Review
6
Cuisinart 15-Piece Triple Rivet Knife Se
Full Review
 5.5

If you have a slightly bigger budget, and would like to up the quality of your kitchen cutlery sets a bit check out our article on The Best Kitchen Knife Sets Under $200

If you are looking for a decent knife set that is under $20, check out our review of the Utopia 13 Piece Kitchen knife set.

Proper Care and Handling of budget kitchen Knives

Proper care and maintenance of any knife from a cutlery set under $100 is really important for mainaining maximum performance.

While it is true that modern manufacturing technology has greatly improved the quality of budget kitchen knives it is also true that cheap cutlery generally will not last as long as higher priced kitchen knives. However, with a minimal amount of care and maintenance the kitchen knife sets under $100 listed in this post should last for years. Here are our recommendations for getting years of use from budget cutlery sets.

  1. Avoid trying to cut or chop anything frozen. This often results in a rolled or chipped blade, and it will dull the blade very quickly. Froze items should be cut or chopped with a cleaver. If you are looking for a good budget cleaver, check out our the Utopia 7 Inch Cleaver Review.
  2. Never wash your knives in the dishwasher. This can result in rust spots and the vibrations of the dishwasher will dull the knives especially if they are in a silverware basket with other utensils.If you do end up washing some cutlery in the dishwasher dry them immediately and use a honing rod to get the blade edge back to it’s optimal sharpness.
  3. Avoid storing knives in a drawer unless they have individual knife sheaths or guards. The wood block that ships with the set is the ideal way to store knives. If you end up needing to store knives in drawer make sure to get some sheaths for them to avoid accidental cuts and blade dulling. If you ordered a knife block set desperately from your steak knives check out our post on great steak knife wooden blocks.
  4. Use a honing rod on a regular basis to ensure your knives retain their edge and perform well for years. Honing is different than sharpening, and should be done more often.
  5. Sharpen your knives at least twice a year if you use them on a daily basis and at least once a year if you use them less regularly.

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2018-08-11T00:33:12+00:00

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Picture taker and occasional blog writer who spends his time outdoors trying to break tactical, bushcraft and hunting knives and his time indoors trying to break kitchen knives.
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