6 Flatware Sets (for $35 or Less) That’ll Actually Last After Dozens of Cycles in the Dishwasher
When it comes to buying flatware, there are two main things you really have to watch out for: how many come in a set, and whether or not the set is dishwasher-safe. You may look at a price tag, see that it says $60, and think that’s not so bad — until you realize that’s for just four or five pieces (read: service for one). And you’d be surprised at just how many sets are not dishwasher-safe. (We actually had a hard time coming up with this list because so many can’t go in the dishwasher.) Or how many claim to be dishwasher-safe but end up spotted or peeling after just a few cycles.
That’s why we rounded up these sets. They all come with 20 pieces (service for four!) and cost less than $35 each. And they’re dishwasher-safe. Because none of us have time to start washing forks by hand!
1. Threshold 20-Piece Stainless Steel Silverware Set
The biggest issue we’ve found with gold-hued flatware is that that finish peels, chips, or gets super spotty. But this set is well-reviewed for holding up nicely. “I was worried the gold would wear off but, after about eight months of washing them, they still look like when I bought them,” says one verified Target reviewer. “No fading or chipping!” says another.
2. AmazonBasics 20-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Set with Pearled Edge
Not only is this set well-reviewed on Amazon, but it’s also one of the bestselling flatware sets on the site. Made by one of Amazon’s private-label brands, it’s slightly more elegant than what you’d expect from a brand with the word “basic” in the name.
3. AmazonBasics 20-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Set with Square Edge
4. Threshold Kayden 20-Piece Stainless Steel Silverware Set
A step up from the previous set, these pieces have a subtle flourish that traditional utensils lack. Yet, because they’re so subtle, they can work on any sort of table (think: modern, rustic, elegant, etc!).
5. Black Silverware Set
The biggest complaint you’ll find about other black silverware sets is that the black starts to rub or chip off. But that is not a common complaint with this set. In fact, it’s a bestseller on Amazon and has 4.6 stars and more than 1,400 reviews.
6. Rose Gold Silverware Set
More of a rose gold or copper fan? Consider this set, which gets a lot of points from Amazon reviewers for being hefty, well-balanced, and coming out nice and clean in the dishwasher. (No water spots left behind!)
Do you love your flatware set? Tell us what you have in the comments below!