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When I went away to Uni, I did a big shop at IKEA, where I bought loads of cheap kitchen stuff and other bits. I bought the least expensive items they had, as I knew there was no point in taking anything too nice into halls of residence with me. One of the things I bought was this 16 piece cutlery set. It contains 4 knives, 4 forks, 4 teaspoons and 4 tablespoons. It came in a really basic box in plain white packaging. It cost me about £1.50 which even for basic, value cutlery is incredibly cheap. All the items are a very simple design. The full things are made of metal, there is no plastic handle or patterns on them or anything (not that I expected anything like that!) The fork is more of a trident as it only has three prongs, and the knife is not the sharpest, but really all the cutlery is perfectly adequate and feels absolutely fine to use. I've used value cutlery in the past which just bend or snap after a while but this set felt really quite sturdy. I don't still use this set as now that I'm a grown up I have a rather nice cutlery set, but I think this set was perfect for me as a student who needed something basic and cheap. If I wasn't someone who is so into nice kitchen things then I would happily still use the set now. This cutlery never actually broke, bits just went missing whilst living in halls so I replaced it with different cutlery when I left. I have to give it 5/5 because for around £1.50 this set is more than worth its cost.
I bought these when I moved to my first flat by myself - there were lots of new things I needed but was on a budget. I owned a couple of old forks and knives so needed pretty much a whole set and it was great to find cutlery so cheap. Four of each thing is fine if it is just one person, but I don't think this set wouldn't be suitable for a family, nor if you do a lot of entertaining. The spoons are a little flat but function fine. The handles are also a bit flat so they are not the most comfortable to grip but they do work. The teaspoons are also quite flat, but this is less of an issue as I use the teaspoons to add things and stir rather than eating a main meal like soup where the flatness has more of an impact. The knives work as well as any other basic knives I've used and are probably the best bit of the set. They have stayed relatively sharp over the months and have thicker handles that are easier to grip. The weirdest thing, and the thing I had to get used to was that the forks only have 3 prongs rather than four, it looks very strange and takes a while to get used to. It doesn't make a massive difference when you are eating most foods and they do function fine as forks for larger chunks or pieces. However it means it's easier to eat rice with my older fork. Like the spoons, the thin, flat shape of the handles means they are not the most comfortable to grip. I've had them for nearly a year, and there has been no noticeable colouring, rusting or staining which is pretty impressive. You get what you pay for - for this you get cheap and functional at an absolute bargain price.
I bought this Ikea Bonus cutlery set as a short term stop gap cutlery set. All of our stuff was in storage between moves and I needed some cheap basics to tide us over, cutlery being one of those basics. This is a 16 piece cutlery set for the absolute bargain price of £1.59. The cutlery set is comprised of 4 of each of knives, forks, spoons and teaspoons. The cutlery is made of stainless steel, and it is dishwasher safe. First the positives: This is a really good price for a set of cutlery, I bet you would stuggle to beat this. It is quite a sleek and simply designed set, the forks in particular are quite unusual looking with their three triangular prongs. It certainly doesn't look like the whole set cost just £1.59. The cutlery is certainly very comfortable to hold in your hands whilst eating your meal. I think that the look and the feel and the price of this cutlery set will mean that it is perfect for many people - however just not for us. Now the negatives: All of the items in the cutlery set had very very sharp edges, in fact pieces of the metal kept flaking off. This did get better over the time we used them i.e. less bits flaking off, but even so various items in the cutlery set were actually dangerous I thought. The forks were definately the worst offenders. All of the items in the cutlery set went rusty in the dishwasher, the cutlery is claimed to be dishwasher safe, but each time they were put in the dishwasher more and more rust spots appeared. We did end up using the cutlery set for a month untill our stuff arrived, at the end of the month however I was glad to put the cutlery in the bin! I certainly wouldn't buy this cutlery set again, if I needed a short term stop gap set again I'd spend a bit more money and hopefully get better quality. I think that this is definately a case of 'you get what you pay for!'
When moving into my new flat I made numerous trips to Ikea for my essential 'new home' things such as toasters, kettles and pots and pans. In the excitement of searching for nick nacks such as scented candles and novelty kitchen signs I completely forgot to pick up cutlery however, when I got to the checkout there was a big display offering for sale a 16-piece cutlery set and this jogged my memory-I'd forgotten to buy cutlery so speedily, I added this to my over flowing trolley. The set compromises of 4 forks, 4 knives, 4 spoons and 4 teaspoons-perfect for me living alone with a few spare if I can't be bothered to do the washing up! The cutlery is stainless steel and they all have flat handles. The fork has 3 prongs which does look quite weird but they do the job just the same! The cutlery always managed to come up clean and can even be used in dish washers. All the set does match so not only is it perfect for everyday use but you can also use it for dinner parties. I have found the knives to be sharp enough to even cut through meat (which is great as I also forgot to buy steak knives!) However, the forks do tend to be very malleable and therefore bend quite easily. I paid £1.62 for the set which is very, very reasonable and you would struggle to find a cheaper cutlery set. As I've mentioned it isn't the hardest wearing of sets but it does the job! I would recommend this cutlery set for those just starting out and needing a cheap set; perfect for students or those on a tight budget!
I have always been a big fan of Ikea's design. The Ikea 'Bonus' cutlery set appealed to me particularly so because of the simplicity of the design (by Henrik Preutz), and especially that of the forks. This 16 piece stainless steel cutlery set set me back almost £3 - what a bargain! The spoons are quite reasonably well made, although all the items are not built to last. At this price, however, they are worth paying £3. The knifes are not particularly robust either, but I am willing to comprimise a little on quality because of the price and the design of the cutlery. I take the cutlery when I go for a picnic and they are cheap and cheerful enough so that if they become lost then they aren't expensive to replace. They are dishwasher. Also, I expect they are a big hit with parents looking to buy cutlery for their son/daughter when going to university. The three pronged forks appeal to me very much so design wise because they are of a very modern style. I think the majority of people that buy this, though, will be more interested in the fact that they are sturdy enough to last a while and that they are so damn cheap!
When I was moving into my flat, living at home prior and having all mod cons and comforts provided for me I didn't half have a lot to get and limited funds! I thought it was going to be simple to gradually get what I wanted over time but quite simply I was shocked at how much I needed and right at that minute! I needed loads of things for the kitchen and so headed off to Ikea remembering seeing the catalogue for the place and thinking it seemed rather cheap and was hopeful I would be able to bag some bargains...which I really did! I spotted these cutlery sets at £1.59 for 16 pieces and couldn't believe my eyes. Four of each forks, knives, tablespoons and teaspoons all looking plain but nice enough...I grabbed a set and the following week went back to the store to grab another two sets to make sure my drawer in the kitchen was filled with them so I wouldn't run out! The Packaging: The packaging in simple. They are contained within a white cardboard open front box where I am told that they are from Ikea and that they are indeed a 16 'Bonus' Cutlery Set. Thats it really. It really is simple in its design then inside you get four of each utensil contained within see-through plastic to protect them. The Set: Well this set simply is great, which is why I went back and grabbed another 2 sets while I knew they were still there! I think these offer amazing value for money and that you seriously can't go wrong with them! So they are silver in colour and I assume that they are stainless steel though nowhere am I told about what material they are made up from and not a word is said on the cutlery itself so like I say they are plain in appearance. They are rather wide, smooth to the touch and sturdy enough. The edges are smooth enough though they are not all that thick and all in all they are practical to use though they do scratch a bit easy. On the fork there are three prongs, the knives arnt all that cerated so don't go thinking you can cut tough meat with ease cos it can be a struggle. Really there is nothing to be said about the spoons, they are angled enough and simple yet again to use. Like I have said already I really like this plain cutlery set. They are that though...plain and ideal for students and the likes! A great buy! Only available in Ikea stores.