Knife sets are generally made to last us a lifetime. Dishwasher knives are also made as such, except that they are also rated to be thrown onto the dishwasher and come out all clean and glinting. This feature is especially crucial for those of us who prefer to leave the dirty dishes and utensils to the dishwasher.
Knives can be very expensive, and that is what people look into first, rather than the materials that go into making the knife or its features. We understand. It can be quite difficult to choose the best dishwasher safe knife set, one that suits your needs, especially when there are so many options available in the market.
So today, we are going to take a look at some of the finest sets available and help you choose one that best suits your needs.
Review: The Best Dishwasher Safe Knife Set
We have taken a look at what makes up a good knife set. But these are common to a majority of the sets. There are so many to choose from. Fret not, we have completed the research for you and filtered down some of the best knife sets available in the market. Simply read on and make that purchase decision.
1. Best Choice: Ginsu KIS-RD-DS-014-2 Kiso
Want a simple, no-nonsense knife set for your kitchen? Well, look no further. The Kiso from Ginsu is the one for you. All of these knives feature their trademarked Ginsu serration, meaning you can make quick and easy work of whatever you would like to slice up.
The blades are dishwasher safe, courtesy of a high polish finishing. Each and every blade is forged from a single piece of high-grade Japanese steel, so you will not lack in the quality department.
Furthermore, the Kisu is simply a cheaper alternative to Ginsu’s more expensive alternative, the Chikara. It does not, however, lack any of the features of its more expensive sibling, which is why it has a much higher rating and made it to our best of the best dishwasher safe knives recommendations list.
In your hand, the construction feels very durable. You are not damaging these blades with a mere drop. The glint across the length of the stainless steel blade looks very pretty under proper lighting conditions. We only wish the handles did not come in this garish red color — all in all, a solid B+ for aesthetics.
2. Budget Pick: Stainless Steak Knives Serrated – Dinner Knives by Home Hero
Perhaps you want a no-nonsense knife that cuts through steak like butter and features dishwasher safe capabilities too. These dinner knives from Home Hero will not disappoint. They come in sets of 8, one for each member of the family and more.
They are rather aesthetically pleasing, very classy, and delicate. Yes delicate. But that is for the looks. Feel wise; they feel sturdy and durable. We cannot comment on the long term durability of these, but we think that these should last you a while with proper use.
These come with a rust protective and non-stick coating from the factory — meaning that these will cut through meat effortlessly, without shredding the meat in the process. You end up with clean cuts, and the meat does not end up sticking to the knife; thus, it is one of the best dishwasher safe steak knives for cutting up steaks.
The handle is ergonomic and is made of high-quality polypropylene. Your hands will not be slipping on these any time soon. Now, to us, these knives were particularly interesting because these came with a protective coating for use in dishwashers. Simply place them in the top rack and wash away.
3. Premium Pick: Henckels Statement Knife Set (B085LKT1BL)
The Henckels Statement knife set offers 20 pieces of kitchen knives. And the tools provided by this set can benefit everyone, from beginners to professionals.
You’ll get a 3-inch and a 4-inch paring knife, 5-inch serrated utility knife, 5.5-inch boning knife, 7-inch santoku knife, 6-inch utility knife, kitchen knife block, kitchen shears, and some other knives as well.
All knives of this set are made from high-quality stainless steel. They have a precision-stamped construction that makes the blade very sturdy and durable.
Even though these knives boast high quality, they aren’t heavy at all. You’ll find them to be quite light, which ultimately makes them very easy to hold and use.
To balance the well-forged blade, the meticulous handle with three rivets offers a great grip.
We found the knives to be extremely sharp, which is exactly what’s expected. The block provided with the knives is quite robust as well.
However, one of the knives caught rust pretty fast, and another had a loose handle a few days later. These were a bit discouraging. Still, this is the best dishwasher safe knife set that you can find at this price.
4. KitchenAid KKFTR16SL 16 Piece Classic Forged Series
One of the more complete sets in our recommendations list. This is a complete kitchen set with everything you will ever need and more. The first component that caught our eye was the wooden block — more specifically, it’s color. It blended right in with our granite countertop.
Now on to the blades themselves. They are made out of precision-cut German stainless steel. This particular steel has a higher carbon percentage than the steel you would come across in an average knife, resulting in higher durability.
Its main selling factor? Well, the block comes integrated with a grit knife sharpener. More specifically, a 600 diamond grit sharpener. Normally, we would recommend that you sharpen your knife once or twice a year, but it is quite handy to have this within reach whenever you feel that you are losing your edge (pun not intended).
This knife features a full tang, so you know you are getting a quality kit. The handles feel great in hand, with a very commendable weight distribution along the length of the knives.
5. Cuisinart C77SS-15PK 15-Piece
Easily the highest rated from our recommendations list. And it is not difficult to see why. High carbon steel, superior bolster, ergonomic design, this set is a heavy hitter across all departments.
Trust us when we say this. These things are sharp. They made it easy to work with whatever we threw at them. You can one-hand-cut almost everything that you would normally require two hands for. These things are that sharp.
They are beautiful. We are not kidding when we make the claim that you would not be too shy of proudly putting them on display. The key is to wash and dry them immediately after use. That way, they will retain their beauty. You can use stainless steel cleaners to remove any unwanted spots.
The blades are all well proportioned and have a nice balance to them. Durability wise, you would be hard-pressed to find anything better than these in the market.
6. Marco Almond KYA29 Kitchen Cutlery Knives Set
An absolute looker that you can throw into the dishwasher, these knives from Marco Almond are no slouches when it comes to handling your cutting needs. However, its brilliant titanium coating is what separates it from the rest of the pack.
A small thing to note before we move on to the short review, these knives are simply titanium coated. They are NOT made of titanium. The knives are made of stainless steel, covered with some sort of titanium-based material which gives them this incredible color effect.
The set includes all the essential knives. They are all well proportioned but quite lackluster in the balance department. Therefore they do not make it too high on our list of dishwasher safe kitchen knives.
We recommend that you dry these knives immediately after washing them. Do not let them dry out naturally. Else you will notice spots that will dull out their brilliance. The primary feature of these knives is that they add more to the aesthetics and décor department on top of serving as traditional knives, something unique to this variant.
7. SKY LIGHT Straight Edge Premium Steak Knife Set
Our previous steak knife recommendation had a serrated edge. This one does not. These ones are heavier, definitely feel more premium in hand.
We were not too impressed with the unboxing experience. The packaging was not all appealing, and we were having second thoughts about this packaging. But that soon cleared up when we took the first of the knives on our hand. They were large and very solidly built — massive points for that.
In addition, the finishing on the side was absolutely top-notch, smooth with no marks or scuffs whatsoever. The sharpness, out of the box, is also something to talk about. These were cutting through produce like it was no one’s business.
Moreover, the finger guard is an added bonus. Made out of surgical grade German steel, we reckon these knives will last for a while. The handle resists heat and abrasion. Therefore these stainless steel blades could be tossed into the dishwasher without a cause for worry.
So if you are looking for a solidly built knife set, dishwasher safe at that, these are right up there amongst the best dishwasher safe steak knives.
8. Wanbasion 13 Pieces Kitchen Knife Set
Funky looks? Check. Complete set? Check. Knife sharpener? Double-check.
This 13 piece kitchen knife set from Wanbasion does it all. Solid build quality, high carbon German steel, really you cannot go wrong with adding this set to your kitchen.
Looks-wise, we prefer this over the rainbow razzle-dazzle of the Marco Almonds. None of the knives are serrated, which means you can easily resharpen them at home, courtesy of the provided knife sharpener.
Furthermore, the German steel will go a long way in retaining sharpness and resisting all manners of abuse. Again, the build quality is quite sturdy, and the handles are quite hardy as well. The best part? These knives are dishwasher safe so that you could toss them in after some slicing and dicing.
We recommend drying these immediately after washing them.
9. Yabano High Carbon Stainless Steel 6-Piece Knife Set
Not a complete kitchen set but still a very high-quality offering from Yabano. A very pleasant unboxing experience, the knives, and the block came wrapped separately. The finishing on all the separate components is truly spectacular.
This set is also made out of high-quality German steel, so you do not have to worry about longevity issues. The handles are made out of non-slip ABS handles so you can use these even with your hands wet. These blades are hand tapered from the factory at an angle of 17 degrees, making for a sharp and precise cut.
Again, these knives feel super-premium in hand. The weight distribution is excellent. You do not have to be a professional in order to handle these knives.
What to Look for Before Buying Kitchen Knife
Now, when finding a knife set for yourself, primarily there are 5 things to look out for; the construction of the knife, the material used in the blade, the material used in the handle, comfort in the hand, and lastly how easy it is to care for the knife.
There are several other factors, but these are the ones that you as a buyer, should particularly look into before making your purchase decision. Below, we are gonna talk about them in detail.
Construction of the Knife
Knives are either stamped or forged. Stamped knives are mass-produced so they often have quality issues. Forged knives are made by hand, which is why they tend to be on the more expensive end of the scale. However, since heavier, they are likely to be more durable than the stamped knife.
Material Used in the Blade
Knives come in 3 materials. Stainless steel, stainless steel with a little bit of carbon added in, and ceramic. We have discussed earlier in the article about each of the materials, but to summarize, dishwasher safe knives are usually available in stainless steel only.
Material Used in the Handle
Most handles are made of composite material, plastics, and steel. High-end knives come with wooden handles, but they are not rated for dishwashers as heat can make the handle come apart.
Most dishwasher safe handles are made of high-quality plastics.
Comfort in Hand
The knife that you want should feel natural in your hand. You do not want the handle to be too thick or too heavy or vice versa. You should be able to effortlessly use it, and as such it must be ergonomic enough to suit your hands. Otherwise, it may be unsafe to use.
How Easy It Is to Care for the Knife
High end forged knives are should be hand-washed, as dishwashers could damage their blades. On the other end, it is much easier to care for a dishwasher safe knife because you could just toss one in and it will come out squeaky clean.
Why You Shouldn’t Put Knives in the Dishwasher
Even though it has become a custom to wash knives in the dishwasher, it’s highly discouraged. Why so?
Knives are very delicate kitchen tools. There are different types of knives, and you can’t wash all of them in water. For example, if you run water on carbon steel knives, you’ll see corrosion on them.
Then again, stainless-steel knives are too weak to withstand the pressure of dishwashers. If you put them in the dishwasher, you might find that the pressure has made them dull.
Also, even if you have a very high-quality knife, you might find that the handle of the knife is damaged, while the blade remains in its best shape.
Then again, if the knife has aluminum as a component, then running it through the dishwasher can lead to aluminum oxide build-up. These are the reasons why you shouldn’t put knives in the dishwasher.
What Makes a Good Knife Set?
Three words. Quality over quantity. You may get more knives for the same amount of money, but there is always the possibility that they are made of a cheaper grade of steel. Compare and contrast. If they are too good to be true, they usually are, especially when it comes to working tools such as these.
Knives usually come in 3 different materials; stainless steel, high-carbon stainless steel, or ceramic.
Stainless steel is the most popular!
High-carbon stainless steel has a little carbon added for added strength and edge retention, but are prone to rust and should never be cleaned in a dishwasher.
Ceramic is the hardest of all and retains a sharp edge for the longest period. However, they are brittle and are therefore prone to chipping if they are not handled correctly, and they require special tools for sharpening. Therefore, for dishwasher safe knives, the stainless steel ones are our best bet.
Three knives essential to any set!
A paring knife, a chef’s knife, and a serrated knife. A good chef knife can single-handedly prepare an entire meal. And a paring knife is used for the smaller, more detailed cuts, such as peeling an apple. A serrated knife bites into trickier surfaces, making peeling of tomatoes and peaches a breeze.
Remember, professional knives are not necessarily just meant to be used by professionals. Rather, they are knives of higher quality, made to deliver professional results.
How to Use the Kitchen Knife Safely
Knives are dangerous tools, regardless of whether they are sharp or blunt. And as such, you must be alert while using them. Sharp knives can easily puncture through the skin, and dull blades can slip off of whatever it is that you are cutting.
We can reduce the risk of getting cuts from knives in the following ways:
- Keep the blade sharp at all times. Take special care to keep them out of the reach of children. We tend to be more careful when we know that the blade we are using is sharp.
- Always keep your fingers clear from the sharp edge of the knife and keep the sharp edge away.
- Never use your palm as a make-shift cutting board.
- Keep the tip of your knife in contact with the cutting board when mincing.
- Curl your finger against the blade and use your fingertips to hold the food when chopping.
Frequently Asked Questions
Always. Cheap knives can, too, be made of quality steel. They are mass-produced in factories. Hence they do not necessarily come with the sharp edge a good old knife sharpener or a traditional blacksmith can deliver.
Nope. Dishwasher safe knives undergo an extra step in the manufacturing process where they are specially treated to resist head, abrasions, and any adverse effect from detergents. This is usually achieved by giving them a hard, high polish surface.
At home? No, and we do not recommend any attempts at DIY. You may, however, approach a blacksmith.
This is entirely dependant on what kind of knife you are using, the material your blade is composed of, and the number of times you use it on a daily basis. Your kitchen knife, with daily use, would need sharpening about once or twice a year. Send in your knife for sharpening the moment you feel difficulties handling the more difficult cuts. Your knife should be able to cut through smoothly, without requiring any additional force and, of course, without shredding the produce.
Absolutely not. They are both manufactured the same way and receive a safe level of sharpening. Dishwasher safe knives simply undergo an additional step, which makes them resistant to heat, abrasion, and effects from corrosive substances.
Given that the serrated blade is made of stainless steel, which is completely safe for dishwashers, it is safe to say that they can go in the washer. However, culinary experts recommend that knives be washed by hand to maintain their sharpness and increase the blade’s durability.
If you put a stainless steel knife in the dishwasher, the chemicals can erode any protective coating and penetrate the material of the knife – which will eventually deteriorate its condition. Other mishaps, like corrosion, abrasion, dullness of the blade, etc., are also risks when it comes to loading knives in the dishwasher. So, opt for the safer side and gently wash them by hand.
Arguably, ceramic is a dishwasher-safe material; it’s best not to put knives made of ceramic in the dishwasher. That is because the rumble-tumble of the dishwasher will cause a collision of the knives with the interior of the dishwasher or other dishes in the load, which will eventually cause scrapes, scratches, and even cracked or chipped cookware.
Ceramic is a material that is sensitive to high-pressure cleaning and collision. Given that both these factors are present in dishwashers, it’s better to clean the knives by hand.
Usually, the fluids used in dishwashers are highly abrasive to certain metals because of their chemicals. These chemicals, along with the heat and tumbling motion of the dishwasher, gradually erode any protective coatings on your knives and cause rusting.
Dull knives require more effort for a clean cut. That means more back and forth of the blade, more pressure on the handle, and more risk of the knife slipping out of your hand while you were trying to cut.
So there you have it — our recommendations for the best dishwasher safe knife set. Of course, there are many different sets available in the market, but these ones, in particular, caught our eyes.
The title for the best dishwasher safe kitchen knife set goes to the Wanbasion 13 Pieces Kitchen Knife Set, while the C77SS-15PK from Cuisinart follows in at a close second. We hope you enjoyed going through our recommendations list. Happy slicing!