There are several articles that might interest Hounds in the current issue of Consumer Reports. I have questions about some of this, and I think other information is interesting. If you are thinking of buying products that they rate, it might be informative to check out what the magazine says.
There is a rating for best cookware sets, which rates what seem to me to be mid-line cookware. If you need a second set, or you are buying for a college student, these might be interesting.
They rate knife sets. A lot of people buy knives this way. Zwilling and Wusthof scored well. A Ginsu set was labeled Best Buy. The article doesn't go into detail about what makes a good knife. Many people want knife sets when they set up housekeeping. So, these relatively inexpensive sets might be good choices.
At any rate, this is information that is out there, so if you are planning a buy along these lines the publication is worth a look.