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Best Buy à La Carte Knife Set

If our Test Kitchen à la carte Knife Set is too expensive for you, we've compiled a list of our favorite inexpensive options.

Published Nov. 1, 2011.

UpdateNovember 2016
We have updated our Best Buy à la carte Knife Set to reflect our new Best Buy universal knife block (read updated review) and our new favorite serrated knife (read updated review), kitchen shears (read updated review), paring knife (read updated review), and flexible boning knife (read updated review).

What You Need To Know

We performed an exhaustive test of 8 different knife sets and in the end, our testing confirmed that you are much better off shopping for knives à la carte; that way, you get only what you really need. We went back through tesitngs we've performed over the years and compiled this list of our favorite inexpensive knives to round out a set of six essential knives that fit nicely inside our Best Buy universal knife block.

Everything We Tested

Good : 3 stars out of 3.Fair : 2 stars out of 3.Poor : 1 stars out of 3.
*All products reviewed by America’s Test Kitchen are independently chosen, researched, and reviewed by our editors. We buy products for testing at retail locations and do not accept unsolicited samples for testing. We list suggested sources for recommended products as a convenience to our readers but do not endorse specific retailers. When you choose to purchase our editorial recommendations from the links we provide, we may earn an affiliate commission. Prices are subject to change.
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