Lenox Portola Metallic Stainless Steel Flatware Set, 65-Piece

Last updated date: July 21, 2020

DWYM Score
9.5

Lenox Portola Metallic Stainless Steel Flatware Set, 65-Piece

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Overall Take

This flatware set is highly resistant to rust or fading, even after many trips to the dishwasher. The wide array of pieces means you won't have to worry about a few missing forks or spoons as time goes on. The slightly embellished style can mesh well with any dinner setting. During our testing, we liked the way these utensils felt in our hands — they felt solid, without being too heavy. In our analysis of 101 expert reviews, the Lenox Lenox Portola Stainless Steel 65-piece Flatware Set placed 3rd when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.8
15 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.5
2,839 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
18/10 steel is durable and resistant to rust. Includes a hostess set and 12 place settings.
- BestReviews
The dinner set is both stylish yet functional. The stainless steel cutlery brings class and sophistication to the table however it also makes sure that there is no breakage and that your cutlery lasts for a long time. The flatware is available in a number of distinctive styles to further enhance your dining experience. All in all, this flatware set is well worth the money spent if you are someone that likes to dine in style.
- Village Bakery
April 12, 2019 | Full review
Off the charts in terms of quality. The pieces have a sophisticated, heavy feel that makes them incredibly sturdy and comfortable to use.
- Consumer Reviews
The Lenox Portola 65-Piece Flatware Set is the most affordable flatware set in our guide by a significant margin. At its current price, you are paying about $1.50 per piece. This is impressive considering that the flatware is made of durable and tarnish-resistant 18/10 stainless steel.
- Business Insider
May 15, 2018 | Full review
The Portola flatware has a more traditional look than the Oneida Mooncrest, with small circles and bands on the end of each handle. Reviewers say the embellishment is still understated enough to suit most tastes and casual enough for everyday use, however. Each piece has a pleasant weight and balance according to reviewers. This 18/10 stainless steel set is tarnish-resistant and dishwasher safe.
- The Spruce Eats
May 20, 2019 | Full review
The fact that there are twelve, a number of pieces beyond what the average user needs, means that you won’t have problems with misplacing them. Inevitably pieces go rogue. Whether its children accidently discarding silverware in the garbage when they clear their plates, or taking utensils to work for lunch and losing them, maintaining full sets is a common issue for households. With this set you get enough of them at a great price to not have to worry about a few pieces going missing. The Lenox Portola has a sleek and neat design. Edges are tapered softly on all sides. The handle-ends are slightly wider and heavier. At the edge of each is a design of lined-up subtle dots with a line above and below them. It’s a simple design and very understated. The best thing about it is that it will go perfectly with any other table accoutrements it’s coupled with—runners, linens, decorations, topers, etc.
- The Smart Consumer
March 27, 2018 | Full review
This silverware set enhances the durability of the flatware set. Moreover, it makes the set dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. This stainless flatware set includes twelve 5-piece place settings, which makes it versatile.
- Ah Joo
A simple, classic design makes this flatware appropriate for everyday use while the small intricate handle details add a personal touch. Several consumers found that it worked for both their casual and formal needs.
- Review Lab
Inside this set, there are 12 five-piece place sets and a five-piece hostess set all of which are resistant to stains/scratches safe for cleaning by dishwasher, thanks to the superior 18/10 stainless steel material. The handle of each flatware piece is sculpted with a band of beautiful circles which makes it have a luxurious look.
- HQ Review
Like other silverware sets, it is also made of premium stainless steel. Given the fact, their shine and polish would never fade out no matter how many years you use them. It’s an ideal silverware set for a big family, party or restaurant purpose.
- Space Mazing
August 22, 2018 | Full review
The design is crafted with Lenox Fine China patterns to give a classic look. The material is 18/0 stainless steel for durability and strength. The pieces are tarnish-resistant and dishwasher safe.
- Buying Hack
March 10, 2019 | Full review
This flatware set is constructed of 18/10 stainless steel which indicates that the product contains nickel that prevents rust. Customers were satisfied with the flatware set’s classically elegant design and durability.
- Top Value Reviews
This is a rather nice set at a good price. From Lenox the Portola flatware set includes twelve 5-piece place settings and one 5-piece hostess set. The 5-piece setting is the standard dinner fork, dinner knife, soup spoon, salad fork and teaspoon. The hostess set consists of a sugar spoon, butter serving knife, cold meat fork, serving tablespoon and a pierced tablespoon. It is 18/10 tarnish resistant stainless steel and dishwasher safe. It’s a subtle design with a little bead work edging at the end of each handle. This set is a great gift or replacement for your old kitchen’s cutlery.
- The Cutlery Review
August 11, 2014 | Full review
It can be place in the dishwasher, it also includes hostess set flatware. It is versatile, durable and easy to clean.
- Evergreen Pearl
This flatware set has the ability to blend in with your existing cutlery, or should I write, this flatware set would add to the elegance of your current cutlery. You can clean all the pieces in the dishwasher, as the entire set is dishwasher safe. Moreover, if anything happens to the flatware set, then you can get it replaced by the company as Lenox offers a lifetime breakage replacement program on all of its products.
- Best Consumer Reports
July 11, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Some reports of discoloration in the larger hostess set pieces.
- BestReviews
On the more expensive end of the spectrum, but you are paying for the quality of materials.
- Consumer Reviews
Complaints of rust
- Business Insider
May 15, 2018 | Full review
However, there are few reports of scratches, rust.
- The Spruce Eats
May 20, 2019 | Full review
A few users report a problem with rust on the knives, although it seems to be a rare occurrence.
- Review Lab
This is a bit expensive
- Space Mazing
August 22, 2018 | Full review
It has problem of rust when purchase made in china so make sure that the set you bought is stamp made in Vietnam.
- Evergreen Pearl

From The Manufacturer

This contemporary flatware set brings easy sophistication to both casual and formal dining. Each piece features a simply sculpted band of subtle circles at the end of the handle. Sure to enliven any dining room. This Product is only eligible for the Lenox breakage replacement program if purchased directly from an authorized seller. Any item purchased from an unauthorized seller will not be eligible as the breakage replacement program is non-transferable.

An Overview On Flatware

If there’s one true milestone of adulthood, it’s the first time you purchase your own flatware. Every household has a set, so it’s easy to take for granted that you’ll always have a knife or fork at hand when you need one. But when it’s a set of your very own, you’re going to want that set to reflect your own personal style — and more importantly, you’re going to want it to last.

Flatware, by the way, is a term that specifically means eating utensils: spoons, knives and forks. Officially speaking, “silverware” refers to any items in your household that are made of silver, such as tea sets or serving trays. And yes, sometimes that might include your flatware.

Most likely, though, your modern flatware set will be made from stainless steel — not silver. For most households, that’s preferable. Sterling silver utensils are still very much a thing in formal situations, and a good set does have a shine that might warrant its hefty price tag (if you can afford it). But they do require frequent polishing and can’t be run through automatic dishwashers. Those two factors make sterling silver a deal-breaker for everyday use.

All stainless steel flatware is not created equally, however. The process by which they’re made makes a big difference. If you’re looking for durability, definitely consider forged utensils over stamped ones. If they are forged, they’ll typically say so, and proudly. Forged flatware is heated and carved out of a solid rod of metal, and that heating (among other things) makes it significantly more likely to last. Cheaper flatware is more commonly stamped, which means it is pressed and cut out of a single flat sheet of stainless steel. The finished product is a less hardy piece of metal that’s easier to bend and more prone to scratching.

And then there’s the actual composition of the steel. Stainless steel is an alloy and can be made from a mix of different metals. In the case of flatware, the ones that determine its usability are going to be chromium and nickel. There are typically three grades of quality for stainless steel: 18/0, 18/8 and 18/10. That refers to the ratio of chromium to nickel in the steel. 18/0 is common to budget flatware, which is more prone to rust and corrosion due to the absence of nickel. 18/10, the highest grade, has significantly more staying power.

So what exactly can you expect to get in a flatware set? A single setting traditionally includes five pieces: a dinner fork, salad fork, soup spoon, teaspoon and dinner knife. You can certainly pick up single sets and even single utensils at most houseware stores, but box sets are much more common these days. They’ll include multiple settings of flatware, as well as some less common utensils you might find useful for special meals.

DWYM Fun Fact

We might commonly refer to our forks and spoons as silverware, but unless they’re actually made of silver, the official term is “flatware.” Why is that? Well, up until the 19th century or so, the word was used to distinguish flat items, such as utensils, from “holloware.” As you might expect, that latter category included most every hollow receptacle in the kitchen: bowls, cups, pots and the like.

The Flatware Buying Guide

  • You’ll use your flatware frequently, so make sure the style matches the plates and furnishings on your table. And since those might change over the years, your best bet for everyday flatware is an understated design.
  • Speaking of style, there are two basic kinds of finish for flatware: mirror or satin. Respectively, they convey either a shiny or brushed look to the utensil. Some find that a satin coat hides scratches better, but the finish won’t have much effect on the actual durability of your set either way.
  • Pay particular attention to the knives and forks in the set. Long tines on a fork might give it an elegant look, but they can be awkward depending on your eating style. Eating a lot of steak? Maybe look for dinner knives with a serrated edge.
  • If you’re buying on a budget, the basic five components of a dinner setting should be in any box set, and they might be all you need. But it might be helpful depending on your lifestyle to get a larger set with some specialty items, such as sugar spoons or cheese knives.