Sharing details on the best affordable flatware sets, according to an Instagram poll completed by several thousand readers!
I’m coming at you today with a quick and simple post, at the request of many of my Instagram readers!
Now that we’ve had some time to “live” in our Florida rental, rather than just be there on vacation, we’ve used it as an opportunity to see what’s needed. Much of that relates to the kitchen and actually spending time cooking in the space. We’ve slowly been adding pieces as needed, but one item I knew we needed to replace was flatware. But, neither of us had previously ever purchased everyday flatware. We’ve either used hand-me-downs or, in our current home, we use the set we got for our wedding nearly 17 years ago!
So, I did a poll on my Instagram Stories a few weeks ago to hear what everyone considered the best affordable flatware. I got a lot of feedback, and thought I’d share that with you today! Many readers were also in the market and wanted to see the results, so I’ve gathered them all up. There were some really common themes, so I consolidated the feedback and am sharing the most common responses!
This post was originally published March 31, 2022 but has been updated today with the most current information. This post also contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
The 12 Best Affordable Flatware Sets
Following are the responses I received most frequently and the the 12 best affordable flatware according to my Instagram readers. You can see that the term “affordable” definitely varies, but this is a great variety of options if you’re on the hunt for new flatware! I also threw in some random stores that people mentioned (when they didn’t mention an actual set). Many of the sets are clickable if I was able to find a link for the flatware set online.
- Any 18/10 gauge stainless set
- Costco’s Mikasa Virtuoso sets (also available here if you don’t have a Costco membership)
- Crate & Barrel Cirrus Flatware
- Fortessa Bistro set
- HomeGoods (this came up a lot, but I went to the one in Florida and they had zero available).
- Lenox Gorham Biscayne 75-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Set
- Mikasa Lilah Collection
- Oneida Outlet/Factory store
- Oneida Flight
- Oneida Pearl
- Pottery Barn Caterer’s Set
- Sam’s Club
- Target Threshold Arkita Set
- Walmart Cambridge Byram (a gorgeous gold option that I share below)
- Williams Sonoma Robert Welch Whitby Flatware
As you can see, the brands that reoccurred most frequently were Mikasa, Oneida and a handful of the Target lines. The set we have from our wedding is Mikasa and we’ve been super happy with it over the years!
The Affordable Flatware We Purchased for Our Rental
We ultimately ended up buying this set from Amazon, because we needed something that could ship quickly and was easy to find replacements down the road. Overall we’re very happy with it, as a budget option in a rental. It honestly isn’t something I’d purchase for our personal home though after using it. We have very hard water in Florida and it does tend to leave some water spots on this set (maybe that would happen on any set)? I think the set is perfect for a rental though. We are also thrilled with the bamboo drawer organizer we ordered to help make this drawer look more custom.
My Favorite Gold Affordable Flatware
If you’re on the hunt for affordable gold flatware, I have a great recommendation for you! We recently added this Cambridge Byram set from Walmart to our collection, and the quality is excellent for the price! We have the gold version, but they also offer a champagne satin and a black mirror option if you’re looking for a little variety! Here you can see the flatware on our Thanksgiving table.
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Any other brands or styles people should consider when searching for affordable flatware? Feel free to leave a comment with your input!
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