10 best cutlery sets

Dazzle your dinner guests, or just add a touch of style to meal times

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Well-chosen cutlery gives dining tables a final flourish, whether you opt for timeless stainless steel, a statement handle, or something a little different to wow your guests. Here’s our pick of the best.

1. Arthur Price Julie Dodsworth cutlery: £79 for 24 pieces, House of Fraser


The acrylic handles on this dining set are patterned with folk-inspired flowers and leaves, ideal for giving your dinner table a bohemian or vintage vibe. Designer Julie Dodsworth is based in York and her inspiration comes from travelling British waterways on her canal boat.

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2. Iittala Scandia cutlery: £199 for 24 pieces, Skandium


This mid-century style cutlery set was first designed by Kaj Franck in 1952 – a classic of Scandinavian design. The set suits both modern and traditional place settings, and grooves in the handle make the pieces easy to grip. At the heirloom end of the price bracket, it would make a great wedding or anniversary gift.

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3. House by John Lewis Vero cutlery: £2-3.50 per piece, John Lewis


If you like your everyday dining with a burst of colour, the Vero range from John Lewis does just that. Teal, Mint, Red, Magenta, Dandelion and Navy handles lift this practical cutlery set from being utilitarian. Choose one colour or mix and match to bring some real oomph to your cutlery drawer.

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4. Cutipol Goa cutlery: £184 for 24 pieces, Amara


The Goa set from Portuguese luxury brand Cutipol is something of a cutlery lover’s dream. The sleek handles are made from resin which seamlessly combines with stainless steel to make one elegant and easy-to-handle design. Beautifully packaged in a wooden box, this set is best for bringing out on those special occasions.

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5. Astoria brushed cutlery: £49.50 for 16 pieces, Marks and Spencer


Silver and steel have long reigned over the dining table, but other metals are joining the fold. With a gold finish, this 16-piece set from Marks and Spencer is undoubtedly glamorous but practical too. In 18/10 steel, the cutlery is resistant to wear and tear, and safe to put in the dishwasher.

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6. Gold-tipped cutlery: £32 for 5 pieces, Anthropologie


Anthropologie’s familiar-looking stainless-steel set looks like it’s just been pulled out of a trunk in the attic; the fresh twist is provided by cleverly gold-plating the tips. Part of a mixed-metallic trend that shows no sign of fading, this is a truly fashionable choice for the dinner table.

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7. Turini cutlery: £90 for 24 pieces, Habitat


The matte black finish of Habitat’s Turini cutlery range gives it an unusual touch, something which should suit those with modern tastes in homeware and design. The cutlery itself is unfussy in profile and shape, making it good for everyday use as well as dinner parties.  

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8. Finriv cutlery: £18 for 4 pieces, Ikea


For a more reasonably-priced take on the metallic trend, Ikea’s rose-gold coloured Finriv cutlery serves well. Zirconium coating gives the stainless steel a uniform, polished finish, while the slim profile makes this set seem a lot more luxurious than the price would suggest.

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9. Hammered metal cutlery: £30 for 16 pieces, Next


A hammered metal finish gives this set from Next an interesting texture in the hand as well as some visual interest. The dimples and pocks left by the hammer catch light to make the cutlery shimmer and shine, perfect for romantic candlelit meals.

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10. Zara Home Colour Effect steel cutlery: from £7.99, Zara


For something really different on the dinner table, Zara Home offers this set of 18/10 steel cutlery finished with an iridescent colour effect. The rainbow colours ripple and change as you move them around, making them great fun at parties and dinners.

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For everyday dining that’s more than utilitarian, John Lewis’ colourful Vero range or Julie Dodsworth’s folksy design for Arthur Price are good bets. For special occasions, consider investing in a large set that will last a lifetime: Cutipol’s Goa or Iittala’s Scandia will make beautiful additions to your dinner table for years to come.  

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