It’s obvious that when it comes to purchasing kitchen knife sets or any other product at all, you get what you pay for. But, contrary to what others might think, you can still get a high quality kitchen knife set at the under-$100 price point.
What I’m basically saying is…you don’t need to break the bank to get good value for the money. These five knife sets from Faberware, Chef’s Vision, Master Maison, Marco Almond, and Wanbasion are proof of this and each of them are reviewed below.
The Master Maison and Marco Almond knife sets cost more, in that order, with the former edging closer to $100, and the latter costing about $50. The rest are all well below $50.
The 5 Best Kitchen Knife Sets Under $100
1. Farberware Stamped 15-Piece Knife Block Set
Aren’t black kitchen knife block sets beautiful to behold? For some reason, black looks much better than brown, but you are entitled to your own opinion.
This Faberware knife set contains the following knives and items: a 3-inch paring knife, an 8-inch chef knife, 6-inch slicing and bread knives, a 4-5-inch Santoku knife, and a 5-inch serrated utility knife.
It also contains 6 pieces of 4.5-inch steak knives, a sharpening steel, all-purpose kitchen shears, and a beautiful black block made of wood and designed to hold everything together.
The blades on each knife have ultra sharp edges, and they’ve been crafted by experts using high-carbon stainless steel that is relatively superior in quality.
This superior stainless steel grants these blades the ability to maintain their sharp edges longer, compared to regular stainless steel.
The superior stainless steel, along with the perfect balance on each knife, is directly responsible for their exceptional precision while cutting.
What use is a good knife without a comfortable handle? Thankfully, the knives in this set are all comfortable to grip and use due to their stainless steel handles, all of which have a satin finish.
Since high-carbon stainless steel knives are not dishwasher-safe, you’ll need to wash the knives in this set with a mild detergent using your hand, then rinse and dry them immediately to keep them in good condition.
There are some concerns about the knives in this set rusting quickly, but that’s caused by letting them air dry. Dry them immediately and you won’t have any rust issues.
2. Chef’s Vision Cosmos Kitchen Knife Set
As you can see, the knives in this set are all have the picture and color of the cosmos, also known as the universe. It’s beautiful, and I think you’ll like it, just as I do.
The Chef’s Vision cosmos kitchen knife set takes colorful knife sets to a whole new level. You may have seen Cuisinart’s and Amazon Basic’s multi-colored knife sets, but they are nothing compared to this one in terms of appearance.
However, a beautiful appearance isn’t all that makes a good knife set, so let’s move on from that. The knives in this set perform just as good as they look. They are made of superior materials and designed ergonomically for ease of use.
The blades are crafted from durable and high quality stainless steel, and they’ve been sharpened to match the sharpness of a razor blade so you can cut things with them easily.
The handles offer a secure and balanced grip, thanks to their ergonomic design and solid construction, but that’s not all I love about them.
They have been designed to minimize the chances of food cross-contamination through color coding. This means each handle has a different color that helps you identify the knife you need to use. Busy chefs or moms will find this feature particularly handy.
All the knives in this set are dishwasher-safe, which means cleaning will be easier and faster. The pictures of the cosmos on the knives don’t just serve to beautify them. The pictures have nonstick properties as well.
If you’ve ever used a knife that food adheres to, you’ll appreciate how much easier paring, cutting, and slicing becomes when you utilize a knives with nonstick coatings. Chef’s Vision claims that even the thinnest slice of cucumber will slide right off these knives.
This kitchen knife set includes a 5-inch utility knife, an 8-inch bread knife, an 8-inch chef knife, an 8-inch slicer knife, a 3.5-inch paring knife, and a 5-inch utility knife. It comes in a nice gift box with a guide that explains the pictures on each knife.
If all these amazing features and the beauty of this knife set aren’t enough to convince you to buy this knife set, be aware that Chef’s Vision offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee to buyers.
If you’re not satisfied or you want a replacement, you simply need to return the knife set and you’ll get a refund if you desire the former, or another knife set will be shipped to you if you desire the latter.
This knife set comes in 3 variants. They are all the same, save for the pictures on the knives. The other two variants have landscape and wildlife pictures, instead of pictures of the cosmos.
3. Master Maison 19-Piece Kitchen Knife Set
Be prepared to be inundated with quality knives when you purchase this 19-piece knife set from Master Maison. It contains 8 steak knives that are perfect for dinner parties, and several other types of essential knives.
The other knives in the package are chef, paring, slicing, carving, utility, serrated, Santoku, and bread knives. You’ll also find a pair of cooking scissors, a handy knife sharpener, and a wooden block to store and keep the knives organized.
Picture this knife set among your kitchen utensils, silverware, pots and more and see how great it’d look in your kitchen.
The black wooden block makes the entire knife set look gorgeous on any kitchen counter, and you can customize the color too. If you don’t like black, you can pick the gray version instead.
Before this knife set was made, Master Maison consulted a number of professional chefs to gain ideas on how to design a knife set that an everyday home cook would appreciate. I’d say it was worth the time, by the look of this knife set alone.
This knife set contains knives that will chop and cut meat, cheese, fruits, vegetables, and everything in between without any difficulties.
Want to prepare some barbecue, dinner, or charcuterie board? This knife set will ease the entire process. Also, it doesn’t matter whether you love cooking or it’s just a pasttime, this knife set will satisfy all your cutting and chopping needs in the kitchen.
The knives in this set all have black handles, and they are all triple-riveted for extra durability and strength. The handles are also ergonomic, and the knives all have balanced weights, which means maximum cutting precision and less fatigue while cutting and chopping in the kitchen.
The knives in this set are designed to play to the strengths of both men and women, so both genders will find them comfortable and easy to use.
Each knife has a balanced weight and superior sharpness thanks to their razor-sharp German stainless steel blades forged from one piece of high-carbon steel. Cheap acrylic or ceramic knives can’t hold a candle to these.
Due to the abrasive nature of dishwashers, Master Maison recommends hand washing these knives and drying them immediately to maintain the quality of these knives, as well as their sharpness.
Master Maison is also a brand that stands proudly behind their knives, and that’s why they promise that the knives in this set will never rust or become dull and you’ll hardly ever have the need to sharpen them so long as you take care of them properly.
That’s also the reason why they offer an unlimited one-year warranty on this knife set. This is a premium knife set, not your average knife set, so you’re getting premium quality with your purchase. Thankfully, it’s still under the $100 price point.
4. Marco Almond Japanese Kitchen Knife Set
If you’re not new to Japanese knives, then you know how well-built Japanese knives can be. This Marco Almond KYA31 kitchen knife set is a set of Japanese knives, crafted from high quality Japanese stainless steel.
These knives are durable and resistant to rust. You won’t have to worry about them staining or pitting either, because their blades are made of high-carbon stainless steel. Whether you’re a newbie or a professional chef, these knives will last several years while maintaining their quality and utility.
This is a 14-piece knife set, and it has the following knives in its package: a 5.5-inch serrated utility knife, a 3.5-inch paring knife, a 5-inch Santoku knife, an 8-inch slicing knife, an 8-inch chef knife, a 5-inch utility knife, and 4.5-inch steak knives (6 pieces).
That’s not all, though. It includes one pair of all-purpose kitchen shears, and a nice-looking block made of hardwood to store the knives.
The list of knives above encompasses the 8 types of knives you’ll ever need in a kitchen, be it in your home or in a restaurant’s kitchen. This means you won’t have to purchase any other knife if you own this knife set.
These knives have a stunning design, thanks, in part, to the premium materials they’ve been manufactured with. They are also very sharp and easy to grip thanks to their hard plastic triple-riveted handles. .
One nifty feature of this knife set is its knife sharpener. While other knife sets featured here come with a separate knife sharpener to hone your knives, this one has its sharpener built into the hardwood block. A built in sharpener is far more convenient to use.
Marco Almond offers you a 100% satisfaction guarantee if you purchase this knife set. They also recommend hand-washing these knives and drying them immediately instead of using a dishwasher.
This is a great knife set for the price and it’s likely it could turn out to be one of the nicest knife sets you’ve ever owned. In my opinion, Marco Almond could have easily sold these for twice the price.
5. Wanbasion 6-Piece Forged Kitchen Knife Set
The hallmark of this Wanbasion set of kitchen knives is extreme sharpness, and this is made possible by Wanbasion’s edge grinding technology, which they describe as the “leading” technology.
This knife set contains 6 beautiful knives – an 8-inch carving knife, an 8-inch chef knife, an 8-inch bread knife, a 7-inch Santoku knife, a 5-inch utility knife, and a 3.5-inch paring knife.
The knives are made of stainless steel and finished with black titanium metal, and this is what gives these knives the final color they have, as you can see in the image above.
The steel used in making these knives is very hard, and the end result is knives that won’t break or bend, even after a long period of use.
Some other manufacturers spray their knives with black paint to make it look more appealing, but paint does fall off, and it can compromise the safety of your food if it mixes up with your ingredients without your knowledge.
Moreover, painted knives develop scratches, which can make them look less appealing. With black titanium metal coating, you won’t have to worry about any of these potential issues.
Also, titanium coating has corrosion and rust-resistant properties, which means the blades of these knives are protected from rust and corrosion. Each knife has a sheath included in the package for even more protection.
If you want a set of sharp, high quality, and ready-to-use blades at a cheap price, try this one out.
Over to You
I believe these five products are the best kitchen knife sets under $100. They are all great products, and you wouldn’t be making any mistake by picking one over the other. Just go with what aligns with your budget.
That said, the Master Maison knife set is the highest quality knife set featured in this article, and also the most expensive, as mentioned in the beginning. It’s the one I would purchase if I were looking for knife sets under $100, but the rest are great options too.