Best Knife Set Under $200

Best Knife Set Under $200

You need a new knife set and your budget is $200.  How do you pick out the Best Knife Set Under $200?  Well, because I love to comparison shop and find the best deal, I put together this buying guide of the best kitchen knife sets.

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Welcome to My Kitchen Serenity!  I hope you find this buying guide helpful. There are lots of good choices for knife sets under $200 and it can be difficult to pick just one, but I tried to help make the buying decision a little easier for you by putting together this guide.

My pick for Best Knife Set under $200 is the Emojoy 18-Piece Kitchen Knife Set with Wooden Block.

There’s a lot to like about this set. This Emojoy 18-piece set comes with a generous selection of knives to meet just about any kitchen need. I would consider this set the best starter chef knife set.

These knives feature an ergonomically designed, non-slip handle with reinforced rivets to secure the handle firmly in place.

This set also includes a lifetime warranty. I really liked the lifetime warranty.  It always gives me a bit of buying confidence when the manufacturer stands behind their product.

This knife set is made anti-rust durable. However, as a rule-of-thumb, I would encourage you to hand wash knives.

The abrasive detergents, clanging around during the wash process, and heat of the drying process can damage your blades and reduce the life of your knife.

Many of the negative comments from customers relate to the knives rusting. As mentioned above, good knife care includes hand washing and drying vs using a dishwasher.

 

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What reviews have said:

“Beautiful set, durable, great to handle, and extremely sharp.” – Eve

“Amazing! Such an awesome knife set. Awesome quality!” – T.A.

“excellent for the kitchen. Very well made, very, and easy to sharpen. would definitely recommend” – Glenn

 

Still undecided?

Keep reading below as I go through the six different knife sets under $200 that I reviewed. Each set is easily available on Amazon. Pick out the one that best suits your needs and budget.

The main criteria I used when evaluating each set include:

  • Amazon Reviews
  • Price
  • Number of Items in the Set

For your convenience, here is a handy summary table of the knife sets I reviewed.

 

Emojoy 18-Piece Knife Set with Wooden Block

As I mentioned above, the Emojoy 18-piece set was my favorite.  The rating was very good (4.6/5.0 stars), the price was well within my budget of $200, and the set came with a nice selection of knives.

 

Some of the pros and cons of this set include:

Pros

  • 4.6/5.0 Star Rating
  • 442 Amazon Reviews
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Full Tang Blade
  • Ergonomic Handle Design
  • German Stainless Steel
  • Priced at $79.98
  • 18-piece Set

Cons

  • Steep Block Angle
  • Tendency to Rust

What Comes in the Set?

  • 8″ Chef’s Knife 
  • 8″ Carving Knife
  • 8″ Bread Knife
  • 8″ Sharpening Steel
  • 7″ Santoku Knife
  • 5.5″ Boning Knife
  • 5.5″ Serrated Knife
  • 5″ Utility Knife
  • 3.5″ Paring Knife
  • 3″ Peeling Knife
  • (6) 4.5″ Steak Knives
  • All-purpose Kitchen Shears
  • Wooden Storage Block

Cuisinart Triple Rivet Collection 15-Piece Cutlery Block Set

I really liked the style of this set.  The rating was very good (4.7/5.0 stars) and there are a bunch of customer reviews on Amazon (+1,000).

Some of the pros and cons of this set include:

Pros

  • 4.7/5.0 Star rating
  • 1,061 Amazon Reviews
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Full Tang Blade
  • Extra-wide Safety Bolster
  • Ergonomic Handle Design
  • Priced at $99.99
  • 15-piece Set

Cons

  • No pull-through sharpener
  • Customer complaints regarding handles

What comes in the set?

  • 8″ Chef’s Knife
  • 8″ Slicing Knife
  • 7″ Santoku Knife
  • 5.5″ Utility Knife
  • 3.5″ Paring Knife
  • 2.75″ Bird’s Beak Paring Knife
  • (6) 4.5″ Steak Knives
  • 8″ Sharpening Steel
  • All-Purpose Household Shears
  • Wooden Block

HENCKELS J.A International Statement 20-pc Self-Sharpening Block Set

This set from J.A. Henckels is really nice.  This set, at the time of this writing, was listed at right under our $200 budget at $199.99, but does include a total of 20 pieces.  

Some of the pros and cons of this set include:

Pros

  • 4.6/5.0 Star Rating
  • 169 Amazon Reviews
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Full Tang blade
  • Self-sharpening Slots
  • Labeled Slots
  • Ergonomic Handle Design
  • 20-piece Set

Cons

  • Priced just under $200 budget
  • Complaints of Blades Rusting

What comes in the set?

  • 8″ Chef’s Knife
  • 8″ Bread Knife
  • 8″ Carving Knife
  • 7″ Santoku Knife
  • 6″ Utility Knife
  • 5″ Serrated Utility Knife
  • 5. 5″ Prep Knife
  • 5. 5″ Boning Knife
  • 4″ Paring Knife
  • 3″ Paring Knife
  • (8) 4. 5″ Steak Knives
  • Kitchen Shears
  • Self-sharpening Knife Block

McCook MC29 14-Piece Knife Set with Hardwood Block

 

This set is a great value set.  At a price point under $60, this set offers a good selection of quality stainless steel knives to suit your kitchen needs.  

Some of the pros and cons of this set include:

Pros

  • 4.7/5.0 Star Rating
  • 1,093 Amazon Reviews
  • 100% Money-back Guarantee
  • Full Tang Blade
  • Built-in Sharpener
  • Ergonomic Handle Design
  • Priced at $57.99
  • 14-piece Set

Cons

  • Complaints of rusting
  • Complaints of blades not being sharp

What is included in this set?

  • 8″ Chef’s Knife
  • 8″ Slicing Knife
  • 5″ Santoku Knife
  • 5.5″ Serrated Utility Knife
  • 5″ Utility Knife
  • 3.5″ Paring Knife
  • (6) 4.5″ Steak Knives
  • All-purpose Kitchen Shears
  • Knife block with built-in sharpener

 

This set is a bit higher priced ($179.99), but is a beautifully designed set.  The well-designed storage box contains ceramic sharpeners that automatically sharpen chef knives and other straight edge knives with every use.

Some of the pros and cons of this set include:

Pros

  • 4.6/5.0 Star rating
  • 1,093 Amazon Reviews
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Full Tang Blade
  • Labeled Handles
  • Ergonomic Handle Design
  • Priced at $179.99
  • 15-piece Set

Cons

  • Complaints of self-sharpening not working well
  • Complaints of blades rusting

What is included in this set?

  • 8″ Chef’s Knife
  • 7″ Santoku Knife
  • 6″ Utility Knife
  • 6″ Serrated Utility Knife
  • 4.5″ Paring Knife
  • (8) 4.5″  Steak Knives
  • All-purpose Kitchen Shears
  • Sharpening Knife Block

Master Maison 19-Piece Premium Kitchen Knife Set With Wooden Block 

This set contains a great selection of knives and is priced very affordably at under $80.  I would prefer that the set come with a lifetime warranty similar to the other sets I reviewed.

Some of the pros and cons of this set include:

Pros

  • 4.6/5.0 Star rating
  • 668 Amazon Reviews
  • Full tang blade
  • Tapered Spine
  • Ergonomic Handle Design
  • Priced at $79.99
  • 19-piece set

Cons

  • One Year Warranty
  • Complaints of rusting blades
  • Complaints of blades getting dull quickly

What is included in this set?

  • 8″ Chef’s Knife
  • 8″ Bread Knife
  • 8″ Carving Knife
  • 7″ Santoku Knife
  • 5″ Santoku Knife
  • 5″ Utility Knife
  • 5″ Bread Knife
  • 3.5″ Paring Knife
  • (8) 4.5″ Steak Knives
  • Sharpening Steel
  • All-purpose Kitchen Shears
  • Storage Block

What are some common knife types and uses in a kitchen knife set?

While knives found in knife sets will vary depending on the manufacturer, below is a list of the more common knives you might expect to see in a kitchen knife set.

Chef’s knife — The chef’s knife is a versatile, multifunctional knife. This knife is used for slicing during food preparation. It is probably the most important knife in your kitchen.

Carving knife — The carving knife is just as the name implies. It is used for slicing thin cuts of poultry, roast, fish, and other meats. It is generally thinner than the chef’s knife which allows it to cut slices thinner than the chef’s knife.

Bread knife — Again, the name kinda gives it away. The bread knife has a serrated blade and is typically 6″ – 10″ long which makes it great for cutting through bread without tearing the bread. Bread knives are also great for other uses like cutting through pizza or burgers.

Sharpening steel —Keeping in excellent condition will enhance chef capabilities. Learn how to use your sharpening steel here and this YouTube video here.

Santoku knife — The santoku knife combines the features of a cleaver with the features of a chef’s knife. It is most often used for slicing, dicing, and mincing.

Boning knife — Properly balanced to allow precise close-to-bone slicing.

Utility knife — Utility knives can come in either serrated and straight blades. The utility knife is best designed to cut fruits, vegetables and remove fat or sinew from meat.

Paring knife — The paring knife may resemble a chef’s knife, but a bit smaller. These are best for peeling and detailed cutting of fruits and vegetables.

Peeling knife — While the paring knife can be used for peeling, the peeling knife is designed just for peeling apples, potatoes, and other round fruits and vegetables. It typically has a round blade making the peeling job a bit easier.

Steak knife — Similar to a bread knife, steak knives have a serrated blade which make cutting tougher foods (i.e., steak) much easier.

Kitchen scissors—Kitchen scissors are great for cleaning skin off poultry, trimming fat meat, cutting lobster shells, etc.

How to care for a kitchen knife

How do you properly take care of your new kitchen knife set? That’s one of the big questions.

When I read customer reviews of knives and knife sets. The primary complaints are rusting and blades becoming dull.

Here is my thought, although your knife set may advertise that it’s dishwasher safe; don’t put your knives in the dishwasher.

Dishwasher detergents contain abrasives that can damage and dull your blade. Additionally, the water may cause rust or discoloration on your blades and / or handles. You can read more about caring for your knives in this article from The Kitchn.

Instead of putting your knives in the dishwasher, hand wash with non-abrasive soap and hand dry.

Additionally, if you cut citrus, I encourage you to immediately rinse and wipe the blade. The citric acid in lemons, oranges, etc. can discolor the blade if left uncleaned.

If this buying guide was helpful, check out my recent guide of the best pasta strainers available for 2020

Similar to knife sets, there are so many options when it comes to pasta strainers.  In this guide, I tried to find the best strainers available on Amazon with a $20 budget.

Thank you for reading!

Anne



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