You may have a book shelf spilling over with cookbooks. You can be that friend everyone calls to walk them through how to poach an egg. But without a decent set of knives, you can't go the distance in your kitchen. The best knife sets under $100prove there's no good reason to spend a ton of money (unless, of course, you want to) on a chef's knife, serrated bread knife, Santoku knife — any of it. As this list will show you, high-quality knives come in all price ranges — and even in a few cheery, vivid colors, if that's what floats your boat.
And the knives themselves aren't the only thing to consider when buying a proper chef's set. Some are situated in classic hardwood blocks, while others rest in blocks with self-sharpening slots that make it possible to never, ever have to manually sharpen your knives again. The sleekest, most modern option is an acrylic block that lets you stand your knives straight up. At first glance, it may look like an odd kitchen product, but it's actually genius. Anyone with a small kitchen and next to no countertop space will appreciate the fact that these knife blocks won't hog up all your prep room.
The one thing all of these chef's knife sets share in common is stellar reviews by both amateurs and professionals alike. No matter your budget or need, you'll find an incredible option below.