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Best Cutting Boards

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When it comes to kitchen basics, one of the most essential tools is a cutting board. Cutting boards shield your countertops from knife blades as you prepare meats and veggies. These handy tabletop boards are made from several material options, including wood, plastic, and steel. Which cutting board you choose depends on your preferences. To help narrow down the variety of options, we’ve composed a list of the best cutting boards.

Staff Pick

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HHXRISE Organic Bamboo Cutting Board with 3 Compartments

Bamboo cutting board with storage

We love this attractive take on the wooden cutting board that gives you three carved out compartments to separate your chopped food until you need to use it. There are also built-in juice grooves on both sides to stop counter spills. 

Filing System

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Joseph Joseph Index Plastic Cutting Board Set with Storage Case

Filed set of specialized cutting boards

This tidy set is comprised of four chopping boards, each with index-style labels for meat, fish, vegetables, or cooked food. The boards have a lipped edge, non-slip feet, and are safe to go through the dishwasher. 

Clearly Useful

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Acrylic Kitchen Cutting Board with Lip

Strong acrylic board with staying power

If you love your kitchen countertops and don't want to cover them with a board, this incredibly neutral clear acrylic option will go with any decor. It measures a generous 24-by-18 inches and boasts rubber feet and a lip to keep it in place.

Lasting and Layered

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Kylermade 5-in-1 Multi-Layer Cutting Board

Hygienic cutting board with disposable layers

Perfect for anyone concerned with hygiene, this cutting board has a patented five-layered construction which means you can peel off a layer at a time as it becomes worn. Claiming up to five years of use, it's made from BPA-free, FDA-approved, antimicrobial material.

Earn Your Stripes

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Motley Large American Walnut Wood Cutting Board

Stylish wooden board with sharp stripes

Crafted from sustainably-sourced American black walnut with cherry and oak accents, this cutting board is undeniably attractive. The reversible design offers one completely flat side and one with a built-in well groove, perfect for use as a cheese or hors d'oeuvre board. 

Get an Extension

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Over the Sink Cutting Board with Collapsible Colander

Adjustable board with a handy colander detail

This clever option has an extendable arm so it will expand to fit most size kitchen sinks. It also has a removable, collapsible silicone colander with a stainless steel rim, so you can rinse and chop in one area. 

Metalicer

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Stainless Steel Fruit Cutting Board

Sleek stainless steel board for simple clean up

Measuring in at a super-slim 1.6mm, this metallic board is made from 304 food-grade stainless steel. The smooth surface can be easily cleaned and sanitized for belt-and-braces protection again germs. 

Groove-y

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Bellemain Extra Thick Acacia Wood Cutting/Serving Board

Sturdy wooden style with handles

This chunky butcher block style board is made from sustainably-sourced Acacia. The deep juice groove helps keep your kitchen worktop clean while the recessed handles are useful for serving.

All About Geometry

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Fred & Friends The Obsessive Chef Bamboo Cutting Board

Measured bamboo board for precise slices

This amusing option is decorated with guidelines for different grid sizes and angles to ensure your cuts are precise. It gives obsessive cooks guides for medium dice, small dice, brunoise, fine brunoise, batonnet, allumette, julienne, and fine julienne.

Prime-mate

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3-Piece Gorilla Grip Original Reversible Cutting Board Set

Reversible plastic boards in three size options

These no-nonsense, non-porous boards are a great starter set for all-round cutting tasks. Made of heavy-duty plastic with rubber edges, they are available in a fantastic range of over 20 colorways to match your kitchen decor. 

Not Pointless

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J.K. Adams Maple Wood Carving Board with Spikes

Wooden spiked board for stabilizing and slicing meats

This specialist product is handcrafted and finished in Vermont. It's designed primarily for use as a roast carving board, with metal spikes to hold your meat in place and deep grooves to catch the juices. 

Iconic

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Seville Classics Bamboo Cutting Board and 7 Color-Coded Cutting Mats

Bamboo board with interchangeable mats

This set is made up of a main cutting board crafted from bamboo and seven color-coded flexible mats that feature food category icons to avoid cross-contamination.  

All aboard

Creating your favorite dishes probably involves some slicing and dicing. To protect your countertops, you’ll need a cutting board. If you need a specialized cutting board, you have options. The J.K. Adams Maple Wood Carving Board with Spikes is designed to hold joints of meat, perfect for carving. 

More general options for all-round use are what most home cooks will find a sensible choice. Although, we would advise getting the most attractive option you can find to take you from prepping in the kitchen to serving. 

Our favorite product on the list is the HHXRISE bamboo cutting board with three grooved compartments. It ticks the all-round use box and looks good enough to use when you have company. Those three compartments are functional for both chopping and serving.