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Best Kitchen knives

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Kitchen knives

Best Kitchen knives

We tested 47 kitchen knives to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Kitchen knife based on the following criteria:

  • Handle comfort
  • Cutting performance
  • Handle balance

Below lists the Kitchen knives that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Kitchen knife is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Kitchen knives

Best Kitchen knife for Handle comfort

Panelists (hand sizes from small to large) judged the chef's knife on how comfortable that knife felt in their hands.


This Kitchen knife which tested best for Handle comfort has the following features: Blade type, Prone to corrosion, Set size (pieces), Knives missing from set and Warranty.

Best Kitchen knife for Cutting performance

Based on food-cutting tests using the chef's, slicing, utility, paring, and santoku (when available) knives.


This Kitchen knife which tested best for Cutting performance has the following features: Blade type, Prone to corrosion, Set size (pieces), Knives missing from set and Warranty.

Best Kitchen knife for Handle balance

Panelists (hand sizes from small to large) judged the chef's knife on how well balanced that knife felt in their hands.


This Kitchen knife which tested best for Handle balance has the following features: Blade type, Set size (pieces), Knives missing from set and Warranty.