The Best Steak Knives to Buy in 2020

published Jan 31, 2020
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When it comes to the essential knives you need at home, there are only three that make our list: a chef’s knife, a paring knife, and a serrated bread knife. But there’s a fourth category that’s not far behind: steak knives. You don’t even need to be a consistent steak-eater to put these to good use. (They’re also handy for pork chops, chicken, and cauliflower steaks!)

Here’s the thing to know about steak knives: There are a lot of terrible ones out there! Also: It’s very easy to needlessly spend a LOT of money on steak knives. With those things in mind, we set out to find the best steak knives to buy in 2020. We looked at the recommendations from other food sites and Amazon shoppers, and then we weighed in with our own thoughts. Spoiler: Our pick comes with a lifetime warranty and costs just $7.25 per knife.

The Best Steak Knives, According to Wirecutter

Messermeister Avanta Steak Knife Set, $60 for four

The folks at Wirecutter say these knives are the best value by a long shot. Not only are they gorgeous, they’re also comfortable to hold and work just as well as knives that cost six time as much. Testers noted that the knives are incredibly sharp, have a full-tang construction (a single piece of steel from blade to butt), and are comparable in weight to more expensive knives. Wirecutter picked the set with the pakkawood handle, which is incredibly durable, but they also like the same set with a black resin handle, which is a few bucks cheaper.

The Best Steak Knives, According to Serious Eats

Messermeister Avanta Steak Knife Set, $60 for four

Our friends over at Serious Eats picked the same knife set that Wirecutter picked. Testers once again noted the comparatively low price, the beautiful design, and the super-sharp blades. The editors seriously could not get over the price, saying they look special enough to make a great gift and they’re affordable enough that you can treat yourself without feeling like you’re splurging too much.

The Best Steak Knives, According to Cook’s Illustrated

Victorinox Swiss Army 6-Piece Rosewood Steak Set, $133 for six

Cook’s Illustrated went with a more expensive set (around $22 per knife versus $15 per knife for Wirecutter and Serious Eats’ pick). The knives got points for smoothly cutting through even the toughest steaks and their good-looking and comfortable rosewood handles. They did get dinged a little because the blades dulled slightly after lots of use, but the editors added that a quick sharpening brought them right back to life.

The Bestselling Steak Knives on Amazon

AmazonBasics Premium Kitchen Steak Knife Set, $20 for eight

According to Amazon, the bestselling steak knife set on Amazon is … made by Amazon. We honestly do trust their data, though, so let’s take a look. The large set has more than 1,200 five-star reviews, and satisfied customers say the quality is way better than what they expected for the price. They’d even be willing to spend more on the set. These knives are also full-tang and the only knives on this list that have a serrated edge, which could be good or bad, depending on your preferences. (You don’t have to sharpen the serrated edges, but some people dislike the sawing motion associated with a serrated blade.)

Kitchn’s Thoughts on The Best Steak Knives

The AmazonBasics set is great and, for just $20, we don’t think you’ll have any regrets. But if you’re willing to spend an extra nine bucks, or prefer a non-serrated blade, we have a suggestion that we think you’ll really love: the Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition Steak Knife Set. (We think $60 is still too much to spend on the Messermeister set and we’re just gonna cut the pricey Victorinox set right away. Pun intended!) This Chicago Cutlery set reminds us the knives you’d use at an old-school steakhouse (hello, chunky wood handle!). It’s got a full-tang blade that tapers at the tip, and comes with a full lifetime warranty. Wirecutter also highlighted these as their budget pick.

Do you have a set of steak knives that you swear by? Tell us about them in the comments below.