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A guide to buying cutlery

When you’re looking for new cutlery, it’s important to get it right. Cutlery is an investment and is a purchase we ideally want to last for a long time. While style and aesthetics are really important, there are other factors to consider to make sure you get the best set for you. Here’s a helpful guide to buying cutlery.


Most cutlery sets are manufactured in stainless steel, but it’s very important to check the grade. 18/10 is the optimum, because it incorporates 10% nickel as well as the standard 18% chromium. 18/10 cutlery, such as the Eden range from Viners, offers fantastic shine, extra durability and is rust and corrosion resistance.

A guide to buying cutlery
Traditional or contemporary design

Some classic design such as Bead date back hundreds of years. These are often favoured for formal dining or to accompany dinner sets that are more traditional in style. Contemporary patterns are generally sleeker and more discreet in detail.

The Viners Eden cutlery range is a lovely example of contemporary design, based on the modern teardrop cutlery shape. It features slender, smooth, rounded handles and gently curved lines.

Number of pieces

The size of your family or how often you have extra guests over for meals will impact on how many sets of cutlery you need. It’s always a good idea to have spares as well, particularly if you don’t wash up or use the dishwasher every day.

Look for a set that has the right number of pieces for you. Viners are a brand that offer great flexibility, with 16 or 24 pieces – this equates to 4 or 6 sets. And of course, you can buy multiples so you can get 8, 10, 12 – whatever works for you.

Another option is to buy a complete set and top up with individual items if these are sold separately. The Viners Eden range is a great example of this.

Matching accessories

If you like additional elements of a cutlery set, for example a serving spoon, cake forks, or dessert knifes, choose a set that has matching add-ons. This will help to expand your range all within the same design.

You may like to have a variety of spoons and this is a great way to expand your cutlery set.


To get the best value from a cutlery set, it’s important to look at the versatility of the pieces. The spoons in the Eden range from Viners are the perfect shape and size for soup, cereal and dessert. So there’s no need to have to undertake the extra expense of buying different items; unless you wish to.


If you have a dishwasher, it’s important to look for sets that state they are dishwasher-safe. Otherwise you risk damaging them. Be sure to check the packaging or the manufacturer’s specification before buying a set if this is important to you.

Demonstrating this, Viners make it clear on their website when sets are safe for dishwasher use, such as the Eden range.

Hopefully this guide to buying cutlery has set out some clear elements you should look for before making a purchase.


I received a selection of gifted items for the purpose of this post. As always, the provision of gifted products does not affect my views which remain honest and reflect my own thoughts.

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