The 10 best kitchen knives and knife sets for 2021

17 March 2021

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We all know someone who's evangelical about top quality knives. Find out what they're on about with our selection of the very best kitchen and chef's knives to buy for all your culinary feats.

When it comes to the kitchen, there’s one item that you can’t live without. Used for everything from slicing cheese for sandwiches to finely chopping herbs for sauces, every cook needs a trusty kitchen knife.

With different blades, edges, shapes and sizes to choose from, it can be tricky to know which one to go for, especially as they all do different jobs.

A knife set will come with a selection of knives that will each cater to all your kitchen needs. However, some cooks prefer to find one or two good knives that can tackle all preparation tasks.

The costs can vary widely but, essentially, a good knife needs to be sharp, comfortable to hold and grip, and slice through food with ease. Avid foodies will happily spend hundreds of pounds on professional kitchen knives, but if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, there are cheaper options that are just as effective.

To help you get the best out of your cooking, here are the best chef and kitchen knives to buy right now.

Best kitchen knives and kitchen knife sets

1. Best overall kitchen knives: Wüsthof Starter Roll Bag, Set of 6

“DH is into his knives in this house. We've now got Wüsthof ones and a whetstone, and they're great.”

1. Best overall kitchen knives: Wüsthof Starter Roll Bag, Set of 6

Wüsthof produces some of the more expensive knives around, but this mid-range set is more than ideal for the domestic cook. It has everything you need to get started and even comes with a sharpener to boot.

Unlike other sets that are stored in a bulky block, these knives can be rolled away in the bag for storage so you don’t have to worry about any little hands getting hold of the sharp blades.

Price: £125.99

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2. Best budget kitchen knives: Joseph Joseph 4-Piece Elevate Knife Set

“I have a lovely Joseph Joseph set. I love it.”

2. Best budget kitchen knives: Joseph Joseph 4-Piece Elevate Knife Set

This stylish knife set from Joseph Joseph comes at a very affordable price. Made from stainless steel, the four knives, including a Santoku knife, have a black non-stick silicone coating and a nice touch of colour on each handle.

Don’t be tempted to put them in the dishwasher though as the coating has been known to come off. But we love that the storage case can be stuck to the back of the door – perfect for anyone who loves cooking but is confined to a small kitchen.

3. Best multi-purpose kitchen knife: Kitchen Devils Control Multi-Purpose Knife

“I have Kitchen Devil knives. Sharpest knives I have ever used.”

3. Best multi-purpose kitchen knife: Kitchen Devils Control Multi-Purpose Knife

If you want something a bit more purse-friendly for everyday use, Kitchen Devils knives are the way to go. This utilitarian knife is made from Japanese steel and is great for most things you'd be doing day-to-day in the kitchen.

It’s lightweight and comes with an ergonomically designed handle so it fits nicely into your hand, with a finger stop to ensure you have a safe grip when chopping. It also comes with a 15-year guarantee.

4. Best Japanese kitchen knives: Global Knife Block, Set of 6

“My DH brought me a Global knife set. They are stunning, as was the price.”

“We have two Global knives and have had them for years – they are fab. DH keeps them Samurai sharp with a whetstone.”

4. Best Japanese kitchen knives: Global Knife Block, Set of 6

These stunning and sleek Japanese knives are a great choice if you're looking to splash out. Made in Japan using techniques inspired by Samurai swords, they're carefully weighted to ensure ease of use at all times.

The knife block comes with five high-quality knives that will make light work of everyday tasks, including an 18cm chef’s knife and bread and utility knives. Plus, they'll look great if you like to show off fancy kitchen gadgets – we won't judge.

5. Best kitchen knives block: Sabatier 5-Piece Kitchen Knife Set Block

“We've got a stellar block of Sabatiers.”

5. Best kitchen knives block: Sabatier 5-Piece Kitchen Knife Set Block

Sabatier have been around for 200 years, so we're pretty sure they know a thing or two about knives. Made in Thiers, France, they come with a 25-year guarantee for your peace of mind.

The set includes more commonly used knives including a paring knife for peeling or cutting fruits, a bread knife and a chef’s knife. They're all made of stainless steel and each has a riveted handle to ensure you get a good grip.