The 8 Best Cutting Boards in 2021

Slice, dice, and mince away on these superior boards

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The Rundown
The size is perfect for both major projects like carving a chicken and a quick dice.
If the cleanliness of a plastic board concerns you, this one inhibits bacterial growth and can be run through the dishwasher.
Our Senior Editor, Cambria Bold, is such a fan, she's gifted them to every member of her family.
Sturdy, hardy, and well-made, you’ll love using this and you won’t feel guilty about the wood used for this sustainable board.
A drip-catcher lines the outside of the board, and the slightly-rounded ends create a pleasing shape.
Keep your knives sharp with this self-healing, end-grain wood cutting board.
If you’re looking to create a permanent chopping space on top of a counter, this could be the perfect surface.
It’s made of high-density rubber, which means you won’t need a non-slip pad or damp paper towel underneath.

If you ever took a knife skills class, you know that your cutting board matters. A flimsy one or a cutting board that is too small can make prep work a tough job, but our list goes beyond functional. We know what to look for in a cutting board.

Note that whichever board you purchase, make sure to get a great non-slip mat to put underneath it, like this San Jamar Board Mate Cutting Board Mat, for safety in the kitchen. At the very least, a flat kitchen towel or a damp paper towel underneath can function as a cutting board mat to prevent slippage.

Here are the best cutting boards that not only do the job but also make it enjoyable.

Best Overall: OXO Good Grips Carving and Cutting Board

Dimensions (LxWxH): 21 x 14.5 x 1 inches | Material: Polypropylene

This cutting board is the definition of a workhorse, but it’s also a well-designed item to treasure. OXO designed this board with polypropylene, a food-grade plastic that can withstand high heat and is BPA-free. The size is perfect for both major projects like carving a chicken and a quick dice.

Doing multiple projects in a row? Just flip the board over, since both sides are usable. The board has tapered soft edges for carrying the board from counter to stove, with a drip-catcher and easy-pour corners for keeping your work area neat. It’s odor-resistant, non-porous, and dishwasher safe. If you can only buy one, and you don’t have time to use cutting board oil, this is the board for you.

Best Budget: Williams Sonoma Antibacterial Synthetic Cutting Board

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Dimensions (LxWxH): 16 x 12 x 0.6 inches | Material: Polypropylene

Williams Sonoma's Synthetic Cutting Board is the perfect in-between size at a great price.

A heavy-duty option, this board is made of BPA-free polypropylene. It’s also NSF-certified, which means it meets strict standards and procedures, including extensive product testing and unannounced plant inspections. If the cleanliness of a plastic board concerns you, this one inhibits bacterial growth and can be run through the dishwasher or washed by hand.

If you’ve ever been annoyed that your cutting board has a drip-catcher when you could have more surface space to chop, or vice versa, that your board doesn’t have a drip-catcher to prevent juices from running on the floor, this board solves that for you. One side is flat for chopping, and the other side is a carving surface with a drip-catcher.

Best Lightweight: Epicurean Kitchen Series Cutting Board

Dimensions (LxWxH): 14.5 x 11.25 x 0.25 inches | Material: Richlite composite

We’ve written about our love for the Epicurean cutting board before. Our Senior Editor, Cambria Bold, is such a fan, she's gifted them to every member of her family. This doesn’t have that familiar chopping block feeling, but instead a harder, more surprisingly clacking feel. But once you get used to this board, available in black, brown, and beige, it's a hard worker.

Epicurean’s lightweight board is made of Richlite paper composite, which is heat-resistant, non-porous (goodbye bacteria and odors!), and easy to clean in the dishwasher or the sink. Better yet, it weighs less than 2 pounds and is made from 50 percent recycled cardboard. It is a bit harder on knives than a wood cutting board, but its functionality trumps that. If you happily use a serrated knife, a chef’s knife, or a deboning knife against this cutting board, you probably won’t notice the wear to your knives for a year or two.

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Best Wood: Teakhaus Edge Grain Carving Board

Dimensions (LxWxH): 24 x 18 x 1.5 inches | Material: Teakwood

When you slide this gorgeous board out of its package, you’ll feel like you’re unveiling a treasure. And if you love teak furniture, this will be yet another aesthetically appealing item in your house. As far as kitchen items go, this may be one of the more beautiful things that you ever buy, other than your Le Creuset Dutch oven.

Sturdy, hardy, and well-made, you’ll love using this, and you won’t feel guilty about the wood used for this sustainable cutting board. Teakhaus's sources are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The board features an edging juice canal and integrated hand grips for easy maneuvering.

Whether you’ll enjoy oiling it is up to you, though since it’s teak, every six to eight weeks should do it. Though not an end-grain cutting board, it won’t damage your knives and yet, still holds up to cuts. 

Best Bamboo: Heim Concept Organic Bamboo Cutting Board

Dimensions (LxWxH): 18 x 12 x 0.75 inches | Material: Bamboo

Yes, bamboo boards are harder on knives. But if sustainability and cost are important to you, this is a great cutting board for intermediate length use. Plus, this is a pretty board that looks like wood and feels like it too.

Measuring 18 x 12 inches, it weighs 3 pounds. Made with organic, sustainably harvested Moso bamboo, no chemicals, dyes, pesticides, sealants, lacquers, or adhesives are used to manufacture this board.  A drip-catcher lines the outside of the board, and the slightly rounded ends create a pleasing shape. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about oiling, just wash with soap and dry.

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Best for Meat: Sonder Alfred Cutting Board

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Dimensions (LxWxH): 17 x 13 x 1.5 inches | Material: Walnut wood

Keep your knives sharp with this self-healing, end-grain wood cutting board. Fashioned from sustainable American black walnut wood, this 8-pound board is heavy and significantly sized, so you won’t want to count on it for travel or to move around your kitchen too much.

It’s perfect for seasoned or marinated meats because it doesn’t easily mark with stains. Wood is also more sanitary for meat than plastic, which can hold dangerous bacteria. The drip-catcher is deep, designed to catch three ounces of liquid, which means that juicy rare steak won’t drip onto your floor. When it comes to your mise en place, this board is extremely functional and well-thought-out. There are three compartments on the other side to hold prep items like chopped herbs, onions, and garlic. The compartments mean it can double as a charcuterie board too.

Another thoughtful touch: the rubber feet are removable, which means you can make the board completely flat if you want, or keep them on for slicing stability.

Best Large: Stanton Trading Plastic Cutting Board

Dimensions (LxWxH): 30 x 18 x 0.5 inches | Material: Polyethylene

The largest version of this Stanton Trading cutting board measures 30 x 18 inches, and it’s heavy, at almost nine and a half pounds. But consider this: your most massive projects will find a welcoming landing pad on this board, which can play host to several groupings of vegetables at once as you quickly prep to toss them into an Instant Pot or boiling stockpot.

Though it’s no-frills, with a completely flat surface and no drip-catcher, this cutting board is the suitable partner to big batch cooking. You won’t struggle to clean it, as there aren’t any crevices for bacteria to hide. It’ll be easy to scrape food off of it, and you can even use it as a large cheese and charcuterie board or serving platter in a pinch.

If you’re looking to create a permanent chopping space on top of a counter, this could be the perfect surface. 

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Best Professional: NoTrax Sani-Tuff Premium Rubber Cutting Board

Dimensions (LxWxH): 18 x 12 x 0.5 inches | Material: Rubber

Professional chefs swear by Sani-Tuff because it’s a hardcore industrial version of a cutting board that gets the job done and can be sanded down to reuse.

It’s made of high-density rubber, which means you won’t need a non-slip pad or damp paper towel underneath. It also stands up to a knife, yet doesn’t destroy them. It’s easy to see why chefs love this utilitarian board, but there’s nothing romantic or aesthetically pleasing about using it. It’s half an inch high, so it doesn’t feel like the gorgeous wood boards you may love, which have a true presence in a kitchen.

One minus? You can’t put this one in the dishwasher—it’s hand wash only. 

Final Verdict

Durable and easy to clean, OXO's Good Grips Carving and Cutting Board (view at Amazon) is a welcome addition to anyone's kitchen collection. The incredibly lightweight and nearly indestructible Epicurean Kitchen Series Cutting Board (view at Amazon) will always be a Simply Recipes favorite.

Why Trust Simply Recipes?

Dakota Kim is a freelance writer and former restaurant owner who has tested many cookware items both for articles and for her restaurant. She swears by her OXO Good Grips Carving and Cutting Board, which has seen her through an epic Thanksgiving, the Super Bowl, and the creation of countless cheese and charcuterie boards.

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