To choose the best cheap cutlery, decide what you want to use it for. If you want to buy a set for use in the kitchen on a long term basis, there are several inexpensive options. For times when you need cutlery for a one-off use, consider buying disposable. There are many different types of cutlery to choose from, even within the disposable category.
Many people want cheap cutlery to use for a party, gathering, or other large event. Using your own cutlery in these situations can be limiting, and renting or buying more can be expensive. The best option might be to buy disposable cutlery. Most of the cutlery is made of plastic, but that doesn’t mean it has to look cheap.
Although there are the typical white-plastic sets of cheap cutlery, many brands are available that resemble more expensive versions. They come in silver, clear, or other colors, and are often quite durable. Some people choose to reuse their disposable cutlery as well.
For a cheap, but possibly more elegant, solution, purchasing cheap cutlery sets at a thrift store or yard sale is an option. There are often whole sets available, and you can often find older, vintage cutlery. With some polish and care it can look like new again, and the price is often close to what you would pay for disposable.
For those who don’t want to use used cutlery, buying wholesale can be another option. Some of the prices are often very inexpensive, but the quality may not be what you can find used or buying retail. The advantage is that you have the choice of paying more, but not as much as retail, for a higher-end set, and you can choose what styles you want.
Cheap cutlery is not hard to find, either in retail stores, wholesale or online. Be clear on what you want to use it for. If you purchase a cheap set that you want to use for a while, make sure it is somewhat decent quality. Cutlery made of all plastic will not last long, but sometimes cutlery that looks more expensive is not made of quality material. If you don’t mind having to buy another set if it breaks purchasing cheap retail cutlery is a good option, but if you want to buy something that will last longer, it might be best to buy good used cutlery or pay a bit more for wholesale.