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Nov 4, 2009 07:34 AM

Where to buy good quality stainless steel flatware in GTA or online

So I'm looking to replace my bottom of the line flatware with something that feels great in my hand and will last 10 plus years.

Any suggestions on what or wear to go? I'm willing to buy online if there are sufficiently positive testimonials/feedback on the product.

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  1. Is there any cost limitation? How many pieces are you looking for? Any style preference (traditional, modern, etc.)?

    I would recommend against buying online, as what feels good in one person's hand doesn't necessarily feel good to another. There are so many shops in Toronto, you shouldn't have any trouble finding something you like.

    1. Check Winners and Homesense periodically. You can usually hit a major score there.

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      1. re: Davedigger

        I fully agree. That would be my suggestion, depending on your preferences. It's important to remember that their stock changes all the time, and depending on the quantity you need, you may or may not find enough at one location; however, if something appears at a Homesense, you can often find the same thing at a Winners or other Homesense locations. When you do shop at a Homesense or Winners, it's helpful to know what you're looking for (in terms of stainless steel grade, etc., as nobody will be able to give you information about the set you're looking at), and also to take a few pieces out of the box (if possible) to see how they feel to you.

        Here are a couple of pages with some useful information; if the cutlery will be washed regularly in a dishwasher, it's especially important to consider the grade.

        1. re: Full tummy

          COSTCO has some stainless steel cutlery that I have had for years. About 8 place settings for around sixty bucks. Actually I have two sets of these, never a problem

          1. re: Danybear

            They usually have at least one flatware option in store at any time, and I think it's a great value. The cutlery I have is actually a President's Choice set, from the Superstore, and it is about the same age, and still going strong. Price-wise, it was comparable to the Costco option.

            1. re: Full tummy

              the president's choice is made by gourmet settings

              1. re: plavka

                Good to know!! Does Gourmet Settings have a storefront you can visit, so you can hold the pieces?

                1. re: Full tummy

                  You can find some of the lines at Swipe (a design store in the 401 Richmond West building), but I don't think they have a storefront.

            2. re: Danybear

              They still sell the 8 piece setting plus a few serving bits for just under 60. I know they have it in the Warden location. It is 18/10 stainless steel which is pretty much ideal. Will never corrode. (=18 % Chromium and 10% nickel)

              Always look out on the box for the stainless steel type. It tells you a lot more than the other hype. If it's missing then you can assume it not very good. I saw a couple of 18/10 sets in my local Home Sense - but not much of a selection. Then again, costco had a selection of one type.


          These are designed in Canada and sometimes make appearances at Winners/HomeSense but you can order online.

          I have a set for almost 6 years that's still looking good and I noticed this brand being used in a restaurant once.

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          1. re: chocabot

            Great advice everyone. I'm looking for traditonal styling with a nice weight and a fairly smooth handle. What kind of number should I be looking for? I'm still trying to wrap my head around 18.7 etc... And is a hollow handle good or bad?

            Price range is $150-$200 for 12 - 16 settings.

          2. The flatware made by Gourmet Settings is fantastic - beautifully designed and with great balance and weight in the hand. Their flatware has won well-deserved design awards, the designer is Toronto-based - Helen Kerr, and the company is Ontario-based.
            I can't say enough of their offerings. I have Carry-On (in the glossy - which is now discontinued but is still available in the satin finish), and after 8 years I have not tired of them in any way, and they are absolutely as good as new.


            1. Caynes also has a decent selection and a friend's daughter who got married last year got a really nice set at Loblaws that she intends to be her everyday for many years.

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              1. re: OTFOODIE

                I bought two sets of PADERNO flatware at Winners last year...service for 4 each I recall they were about $49,00 each....they are good looking (simple design) and have a nice feel in the hand.....I don't love the Paderno cookware (pots etc) and think they are too costly for what they are but the Flatware is great!
                I also suggest CAYNE'S as a good place because they have several brands.....

                1. re: pearlD

                  still think that Winners is the best place for PADERNO cutlery ....I prefer them over any other brand but, CAYNES also carry a very good brand called "SPLENDIDE" (sp?).
                  A word of caution, buy 2 sets of 4 (PADERNO) at the same time because they sell out very quickly because of the great price and can be hard to find, even if you go back two days later...