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When would you choose to use a slotted turner instead of a solid one, or vice versa?

I would have thought it’s just a personal preference but lots of utensil sets have both so apparently it’s more than that.

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It's largely preference, and sets may include both to seem like better value, but there are sometimes reasons to choose one or the other.

Slotted: allows more fat (or water) to fall off the food; more flexible for the same thickness/material so can slip under things better.

Solid: supports crumbly or loose foods better (e.g. lifting out finely chopped veg). Extra stiffness allows it to be used to break things up in the pan and to support heavier foods, without being overly thick.

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