Reality. Every home needs cutlery. The Question is What is the best cutlery to buy?
So you don’t get confused when browsing online, Flatware and Hollowware are other names used for cutlery.
There are three main types of cutlery on the market today.
- Stainless Steel Cutlery
- Gold and Silver plated Cutlery
- Sterling Silver Cutlery
The most commonly used cutlery is Stainless Steel. It is widely used in homes and restaurants around the world due to its durability, rust and tarnish resistance, and strength.
Gold and Silver Plated cutlery is far more expensive and requires regular cleaning and polishing at intervals to maintain lustre and prevent tarnishing. Sterling Silver cutlery (or pure hallmarked silver) is the pinnacle of cutlery craftsmanship. As with Silver itself, the cost of a luxury Sterling Silver canteen costs about the price of a mid-range new car.
So let’s change the Question to What is the best Stainless Steel cutlery to buy?
Don’t be fooled by thinking price means quality. This is not always the case. Let’s look at the grades of Stainless Steel Flatware. Stainless Steel is graded or scored based on the amount of Chromium and Nickel in the actual steel. The higher the levels the stronger and more rust resistant the steel. 18/0 reflects base grade stainless steel and is quite weak compared to 18/8 or 18/10 stainless steel. We recommend 18/10 stainless steel flatware as it is designed for long-term use with maximum durability. Most restaurants use 18/10 as it is made to last the distance. So in short, 18/10 Stainless Steel is the Best Stainless Steel cutlery to buy.
With that knowledge before going out and spending your money consider some other questions.
- Do I entertain?
- How much cutlery do I really need?
If you are entertaining then it makes sense to get a decent size cutlery set. Some of our customers that regularly entertain purchase 2 large 56pc sets because they often have up to 12 guests including their own family. A 56pc setting is designed around 8 people. It suits a four-person family plus accommodates up to another 4 people. It contains 8 x Dinner Knife, Dinner fork, Entrée (Salad) knife and fork, Dessert Spoon, Soup Spoon, Tea Spoon. It is perfect for truly entertaining in style.
If you are a couple living in a small apartment your needs may be very different. Basic 16 and 24pc sets are designed around the modern lifestyle. They suit 4 – 6 people. They do not have the Soup spoon or entrée (salad) knife and fork.
The beauty of Stainless Steel allows it to be manufactured into any shape and design. So in Quality brands such as Bugatti, Whitehill, Stanley Rogers, Royal Doulton, Noritake and Denby, there are both classical and modern designs to suit your individual style and taste.
Summary when Buying Cutlery
- 18/10 Cutlery is the strongest and generally has the longest warranty
- You are better to purchase a brand name with a trusted reputation rather than a no-frills brand.
- Take your time and find a set which suits your needs in the design that suits your home.
Here are some links to help you on your journey
Let us help you choose the right cutlery for your needs. If you have any further questions please contact us for assistance.
Jennifer at Tableking.