The 5 Best Knife Sets Under $100

Ad failed to load

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 $100 prove 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.

Ad failed to load

1An 18-Piece Set That Includes Everything You Need To Become An Amazing Chef

Amazon

Chicago Cutlery Fusion 18-Piece Block Set, $81, Amazon

If you have major cooking goals, a knife set like this one — which has 18-pieces — has every type of knife you need to whip up any meal. Each knife is made of stainless steel, features a soft-grip handle, and is set in a stained pine wood block you can display on your countertop. Reviewers say the blades are incredibly sharp and that, even when your hands are wet or oily from cooking prep, you can maintain a solid grip on these knives. The set comes with eight steak knives and an 8-inch slicer, and it even has a lifetime warranty.

2...Or This 15-Piece Set For Almost Half The Price

Amazon

Cuisinart 15-Piece Stainless Steel Hollow Handle Block Set, $47, Amazon

What's the use of owning a cutlery set if you can't keep a tight grip on its handles? This 15-piece knife set boasts ergonomically designed handles that fit right in your hand and won't slip. It's made of durable high carbon stainless steel and comes with a chef knife, slicing knife, Santoku knife, serrated utility knife, paring knife, bird's beak paring knife, sharpening steel, shears, and six steak knives. If you're tired of staring at the same old wooden block, you'll appreciate the kick your kitchen will get from this sleek black block. Considering it comes with a whopping 15 pieces, it's a steal at under $50.

3A Budget-Friendly, Rainbow-Colored 12-Piece Knife Set For Beginners

Amazon

Cuisinart Advantage Color Collection 12-Piece Knife Set, $17, Amazon

Perfect for first time homeowners or students who have just moved away from home, this 12-piece knife set comes in a rainbow of shades — but the quality of its cutlery is just as impressive as its vivid hues. You'll get six knives: a chef's knife, serrated bread knife, slicing knife, Santoku knife, utility knife, and paring knife, as well as protective knife covers. The blades themselves are made of stainless steel and the variety of colors actually serves a purpose (in addition to looking great): it reduces the risk of cross-contamination while you're prepping foods. And, seriously, you can't beat the price.

Ad failed to load

4A Sleek And Modern 14-Piece Knife Set In An Acrylic Stand That's Perfect For Small Spaces

Amazon

Stone Boomer 14-Piece Stainless Steel Kitchen Knife Block Set, $40, Amazon

A 14-piece stainless steel knife set that chops and slices through anything with ease, this stand-up knife set offers another modern take on the classic chef's block design. Reviewers are most impressed with the sharpness of these knives and the scissor (which isn't always the sharpest in other sets) and say the simple, yet elegant acrylic block stand has won them scores of compliments from guests. Considering the sturdiness of these knives, it's shocking to find they are so lightweight and easy to maneuver.

5A Genius Set Of Knives That Sharpens Itself After Each Use

Amazon

Sabatier Self-Sharpening 12-Piece Knife Block Set, $53, Amazon

Forget having to ever sharpen individual knives again: This 12-piece knife set does the work for you. Each knife slot contains a built-in knife sharpener that sharpens your knives after each use. You'll get a chef's knife, slicer knife, chef's knife with kullens, fine-edge utility knife, paring knife, six steak knives, and a storing block. Each knife is made of high carbon stainless steel and is resistant to stains and rust.

Bustle may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Bustle's editorial and sales departments.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

Here's Your Horoscope For Memorial Day Weekend

We’re constantly fascinated by what our zodiac sign says about our lives, whether it's which signs are most compatible or how each sign handles conflict in relationships. That's why Bustle has enlisted Mecca Woods, a New York City-based astrologer of…
By Mecca Woods

These Are The Absolute Best Memorial Day Sales This Year

Get your credit cards ready, because this year's fashion and beauty Memorial Day sales might just be the best ones yet. There's not only major savings for the holiday, but some of the savings start days before. You know, so you can spend the entire w…
By Kali Borovic

Everything Leaving & Coming To Netflix In June To Help Get Your Summer Started

Summer is right around the corner, and so is another batch of streaming options to get excited about. On Wednesday, everything leaving and coming to Netflix in June 2018 was announced by the streaming platform. And don't worry, there's something for …
By Jamie Primeau

These Are The Beauty Products That Came Out In May That You DEFINITELY Need On Your Radar

For beauty lovers, months aren't just months: They're 28 to 31 day periods, wherein any and all product and brand launches can happen — and when they do, it feels like your birthday, no matter what time of the year you were actually born. The May 201…
By Amanda Richards

The 5 Rom-Coms You Need To Read This Summer, According To Someone Who Writes Them

'Tis the season for rom-coms. The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and everyone is rocking the flirtiest items in their wardrobe. I don't know about you, but summer always takes me back to my teenage years — and that automatically makes me want t…
By Cristina Arreola

11 Tiny Sunglasses That Will Make You Look Even Cooler Than Kylie Jenner

You know what they say — the tinier the sunglasses, the more stylish the outfit. OK, that's not really a saying, but it seems to be the case these days. Basically every celebrity, model, and It person has been spotted sporting tiny sunglasses as part…
By Sara Tan

I've Paid $18,000 To A $24,000 Student Loan, & I Still Owe $24,000

It all became real the summer before my senior year of college. It was 2010, and my home phone still had a cord, which I wrapped around my fingers as I waited not-so-patiently for the apathetic representative on the other end to tell me the bad news …
By Kaitlyn Cawley

12 Personality Quizzes That Will Help You Determine Your Exact Strengths

Learning more about yourself can be tough. It's so easy to observe others to learn what makes them tick, what areas they really excel in, and the things they could be better at. Doing that to yourself, however, is a whole different story. That's exac…
By Jessica Booth

5 Brand New Short Story Collections You Can Finish In One Sitting This Weekend

Since 2013, May has been known by book-lovers by another name: Short Story Month. If you're ready to kick off this year's celebration the right way, make sure to pick up a short story collection to read over the weekend. Modern life moves more than …
By Sadie Trombetta

I Got Styled By 'Queer Eye's Tan France & Realized I Still Have A Lot Of Fashion "Rules" To Unlearn

When I walked into a New York City Express store on May 2 to get styled by Queer Eye's Tan France, I was ready for anything. And I mean truly anything. I am such a massive fan of the show and Tan that if he had instructed me to wrap myself in tin foi…
By Olivia Muenter

It Isn’t Bad To Have A “Princess Fantasy” — Mine Made Me The Woman I Am Today

What do you want to be when you grow up? If you were anything like me as a kid, at some point, the answer to that question was "a princess." Thanks to good old-fashioned gender stereotypes, most little girls born in the '90s (and even now) grew up in…
By Nicole Pomarico

Here’s How To Get A FREE 30-Minute Facial At Sephora That Sucks Your Pores Clean

Sephora has long been a mecca for both serious and amateur beauty lovers alike, where they not only have makeup artists that help answer questions about products, but free samples to let you play with new collections. But now they have upped the ante…
By Marlen Komar

Kris Jenner Is FINALLY Launching A Makeup Line With Kylie

Maybe you don't have a favorite sister of the Kar-Jenner clan, and that's perfectly fine. The one thing you can't deny, though, is that when it comes power, no one in that family has more than the world famous momager. Now, Kris Jenner x Kylie Cosmet…
By Shea Simmons

This Kendall Jenner “Diva” Moment Is Really Being Taken Out Of Context

The fashion always takes center stage at the Met Gala, but there's usually a little drama, too. And this time, a member of the Kardashian-Jenner family is involved. People are buzzing about how Kendall Jenner shoved someone at the Met Gala, but after…
By Nicole Pomarico

Feel Like You've Seen Everything On Netflix? Add These Movies To Your Watch List

The weekend may feel too far away, but if you're lacking formal plans, a Netflix marathon session is always a good idea. If you're an avid viewer, however, you probably feel like you've seen everything the streaming platform has to offer already. In …
By Ashley Rey

Hillary Clinton Says She's Ready To Fight Like A Republican — EXCLUSIVE

Hillary Clinton Is Not Going Away Quietly. Can Hillary Clinton Please Go Quietly Into The Night? Unlike Losers Before Her, Clinton Is Not Going Gently Into the Night. These headlines, which appeared in various news outlets over the course of the last…
By Catherine Thompson and Jenny Hollander

Here's The Very Best Time To Book Your Summer Vacation If You're Trying To Save Money

Summer is a great time to travel, for obvious reasons. The weather is better. Many offices are more lax about time off. If you have kids, they’re out of school. But there’s one very important element that makes summer not a great time to travel: Cost…
By Emma McGowan
)}