The 11 Best Cutting Boards of 2021

This kitchen tool is essential when preparing meals

Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links.

Our Top Picks
"This John Roos cutting board is substantial, so you won’t feel like it’s slip-sliding around on your countertop."
"This cutting board has grooves on the sides to catch liquids, as well as rubber grips so that the board won’t slide around."
"This sturdy board is well-sized for large cuts of meat and can have steel spikes added on to keep meat in place while you carve."
"You’ll get a set of four brightly colored boards, each perfect for everyday usage, made of plastic that is both non-porous and non-absorbent."
"Made from American Walnut with decorative accents from cherry and oak wood, this pick is perfect for displaying food."
"The grain of the tropical hardwood is beautiful, and at just 12x9 inches in size, it’s perfect for smaller tasks."
"This versatile cutting board is not only eco-friendly, but also aesthetically pleasing and suitable for everyday use."
"If you’re looking to avoid cross-contamination, this set of cutting boards with recognizable food icons will come in handy."
"This board is heavy enough that it won’t slide around when you’re trying to chop something."
"These no-frills white cutting boards do the job at a budget-friendly price."

A knife is, arguably, only as good as the cutting board it's being used on. Whether the task at hand is chopping vegetables, carving meat, or prepping a garnish, there's likely the perfect cutting board for it. Plus, these oft-reached-for kitchen tools are versatile: They can act as a serving plate or a layer to protect your table from heat and scratches, for example.

But how exactly do you pick the right cutting board? Well, for starters, it should give you enough room to chop and slice, and it should be relatively easy to clean and store. It should also be able to stand up to stains and odors, as well as handle slippery foods or juicy ingredients. From plastic to wood, flexible to sturdy, we've got you covered. Here's a list of top-rated cutting boards to help you decide what's best for your needs.

Best Overall, Wood: John Boos Chop-N-Slice Maple Wood Reversible Cutting Board

John Boos Chop-N-Slice Maple Wood Reversible Cutting Board, 20" x 15"x 1.25 Inch
What We Like
  • Super sturdy

  • Can be used for chopping

  • Lots of work space

What We Don't Like
  • Needs seasoning before use

  • Must be washed by hand

This John Boos cutting board is substantial, so you won’t feel like it’s slip-sliding around on your countertop, but it isn't heavy or cumbersome. Made from wood, this attractive cutting board is elegant enough to use to serve cheeses and meats but it’s also a workhorse in the kitchen. Since it’s reversible, you can flip it over to use the other side when you need a fresh cutting surface.

This cutting board has a one-year warranty. Since it's wooden, it requires a little additional care to keep it in top shape. It should never be left out wet or washed in the dishwasher, and it will need to be pretreated before you use it. This special care is worth it, according to our reviewer: "Because this board was built with professional use in mind, it should last most home cooks a lifetime if it is well cared for," she says.

"Considering the long life you can expect from a board like this, the price tag is actually very reasonable."Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best Overall, Plastic: OXO Good Grips Utility Cutting Board

OXO Good Grips Utility Cutting Board
What We Like
  • Features both flat and grooved-rim surfaces

  • Nub feet keep it off the countertop

  • Dishwasher-safe

What We Don't Like
  • Grooved rim is fairly shallow

  • Plain design

The biggest advantage of a plastic cutting board is the ability to pop it in the dishwasher after use (a wood cutting board will crack and deteriorate with dishwasher use). One side of this OXO cutting board has grooves around the edges to catch liquids before they run on your counter, plus rubber grips so that the board won’t slide around on your kitchen counter.

Our reviewer especially liked that these grips are designed in such a way that she can easily lift the board off the counter without needing to paw at it or slide it to the counter edge. The other side of the cutting board does not have grooves, but can be used for chopping—a reversible board comes in handy if you’re preparing meat or fish and wish to avoid cross-contamination.

The board is made from polypropylene, which doesn’t retain smells and also guards against the kinds of deep scratches that can occur when you're using a sharp knife.

"If this board were larger, it would be more difficult to store, and if it were smaller, it would be much less useful. As Goldilocks would say, 'It’s juuuust right.'"Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best for Carving Meat: J.K. Adams Large Reversible Maple Carving Board

cutting board
What We Like
  • Very attractive

  • Large enough for a turkey

  • Deep wells to catch juices

What We Don't Like
  • Relatively expensive

You’ll find plenty of features in this cutting board that make it a good match for carving meat—like grooves in the board’s surface and a slight slope to one side so that the juices that release from meat all run down into a single large well. This particularly impressed our reviewer, who typically puts her cutting board into a sheet pan to collect overflowing juices when she is carving; with this board, she doesn't have to. This well also makes it easy to spoon the juices out and use them for sauces or gravy.

When you order the J.K. Adams cutting board, you can even choose to add steel spikes to it, which helps keep the meat locked in position as you carve. This sturdy board has substantial size and weight that's perfect for significant cuts of meat and comes with a five-year warranty. 

Stock up on all the supplies you’ll need for a roast—our list of the best roasting pans and best electric knives will help you get started.

"We could carve at the table without worrying about staining the tablecloth."Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best Flexible: Dexas Heavy Duty Grippmat Flexible Cutting Boards, Set of 4

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Thin yet sturdy

  • Grippy bottom prevents slipping

What We Don't Like
  • One-sided use only

  • Juices tend to drip off edges

A flexible cutting board makes transport of chopped up items easy—just lift and fold up the edges to create a handy funnel to send food into a pot or bowl. You’ll get a set of four in bright colors, each perfect for everyday usage. For thin boards, these are relatively sturdy, even while their thinness makes them easy to store in cabinets or drawers. Moreover, grip marks on one side of each cutting board prevent the cutting boards from sliding around.

"We used these on a smooth countertop and a wooden table, and the boards remained in place, with no slipping or sliding as we worked," our reviewer says.

The plastic is both non-porous and non-absorbent. The colors are attractive, and can also help prevent cross-contamination—so you can remember which board you used for which ingredient. To clean, use hot water and soap or just toss the cutting boards into your dishwasher.

Best Design: Sonder Los Angeles Large Multipurpose American Walnut Wood Cutting Board

What We Like
  • Attractive

  • Padded box for storage or gifting

  • Multi-purpose groove

What We Don't Like
  • Moderately expensive

  • No juice groove

This board is a showstopper. It’s made from American walnut with decorative accents from cherry and oak wood. You may find yourself leaving this one on your counter, rather than placing it in a cabinet, just to show it off a little. It also is perfect for displaying food—cheese plate lovers will find that the board is perfect for serving cheese and charcuterie. That’s particularly true since one side of the cutting board has a long groove that’s perfect for a baguette or crackers—or, "I particularly liked the way it looked when it was filled with small bright red tomatoes," our tester says.

But this cutting board is also functional. Since it’s reversible, you can use either side of it during food preparations. The indentation on one side is handy for sectioning off one ingredient if you’re chopping up lots of items or keeping round ingredients from rolling off of the board.

Best Small: Thirteen Chefs Villa Acacia Wood Bar Board

What We Like
  • Easy to store

  • Reversible

  • Easy to pick up

What We Don't Like
  • Some reviewers say it doesn't sit flat

If you only have a small job—mincing up a few cloves of garlic, for instance, or quartering a lime—it can feel like a hassle to drag out a full-sized cutting board. Enter the Villa Acacia wood cutting board: the grain of the tropical hardwood is beautiful, and at just half an inch thick and 12x9 inches in size, it’s lightweight, perfect for smaller tasks, and can be easily stashed away in cabinets when not being used. But it's also large enough to serve as a board for cutting and carving large pieces of meat, many reviewers rave.

The board is reversible, with one side that’s totally flat and another with a juice groove running around the edge. Small indentations on the two sides of the cutting board make it easy to pick up. 

Best Sustainable: Material The reBoard

Material The reBoard
What We Like
  • Sustainable materials

  • Pretty color choices

  • Sturdy design

What We Don't Like
  • No grips on bottom

  • Lacks grooves to collect liquids

If sustainability matters as much to you as function and design, you'll find plenty to love in Material's TheReboard. It offers all the benefits of a plastic cutting board, but it's made of 75 percent recycled plastic and 25 percent renewable sugarcane. Furthermore, this eco-friendly board boasts a modern, minimal design and comes in four gorgeous earthy tones—including "Tide," a soft blue that our product tester says is particularly soothing.

As for performance and versatility, TheReboard doesn't disappoint. It provides an even, flat surface that feels sturdy during everyday kitchen tasks such as slicing fruit, chopping veggies for soup, and trimming chicken breasts. Plus, it doubles as a serving tray for charcuterie or cheese platters. A small caveat: There are no feet or rubber grips to keep the board in place during use (though our tester says it doesn't move around much on her tiled countertop), nor does the board have a groove around the edges to collect liquids.

"This cutting board measures about 15 inches long and 11 inches wide, which fit nicely on my countertops and was easily tucked into cabinets." Sharon Lehman, Product Tester

Best Set: STGA Flexible Board Grade Plastic Kitchen Cutting Mat with Food Icons, Set of 4

What We Like
  • Each labeled with food icon

  • Dishwasher-safe

  • Textured on the bottom

What We Don't Like
  • May slip and slide a bit

If you’re looking to avoid cross-contamination—or live with someone who has dietary restrictions—this set of cutting boards will come in handy. Each one is labeled with a recognizable food icon. There’s one for poultry, vegetables, red meat, and fish. The icons give it an edge over simply having different colors since you won’t have to remember that yellow is for chicken, while green is for vegetables.

This set is made from food-grade silicone and is dishwasher-safe. The cutting boards are smooth on one side, with a textured pattern on the bottom, but some reviewers note that it does still slip and slide around a bit on the counter, so you may want a backup way of securing the board down.

Best Butcher Block: Mountain Woods Butcher Block Cutting Board

Mountain Woods 15-by-12-Inch Butcher Block Cutting Board
What We Like
  • Aesthetically pleasing

  • Won't slide around on your counter

  • Integrated handles make it easy to transport or use as a serving tray

What We Don't Like
  • Not dishwasher safe

If you want to have the feel of butcher block counters without having to replace your existing kitchen, this heavy wooden cutting board is a great choice. Not only is the striped dark and light wood grain aesthetically pleasing, but the board is heavy enough (a whopping seven pounds!) that it won’t slide around on your countertop when you’re trying to chop something.

Thankfully, with all that bulk this board is still easy to move around because of the built-in handles. This means it can go from chopping block to serving board without missing a beat. At less than $50, this is also a great bargain for such a solid wooden block, and it holds up in terms of quality as well. Consumers sing this cutting board's praises even after months of consistent use. Plus, at two inches thick it can also be helpful for tall cooks who find their countertops a bit on the short side. Even adding those extra inches can make preparing dinner less of a chore.

Just keep in mind, that this board should never go in the dishwasher (we’re not sure it would fit, to be honest). Too much exposure to water can cause swelling, shrinking, and eventually warping of the board. Hand-washing followed by regular care with an oil or paste meant for wooden boards is recommended to keep it in top shape for the long haul.

Best Budget: Mainstays 3-Piece Basic White Poly Cutting Boards

What We Like
  • Dishwasher safe

  • Juice catches at the edge

  • Comes in different sizes

What We Don't Like
  • Will eventually garner scratches that won't come out

These no-frills white cutting boards do the job at a budget-friendly price. The set includes three boards in different sizes, so you always have the one you need, whether you’re cutting tomato for a sandwich or chopping cabbage for a slaw.

The polypropylene surface is non-porous while being gentle to knives. Each board has a handle and a full-surround cavity that contains juices. The set includes one 7 x 7-inch board, one 8.5 x 11-inch board, and one 11 x 16-inch board. They are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

Best Bamboo: Totally Bamboo 3-Piece Bamboo Cutting Board Set

Totally Bamboo 3 Piece Bamboo Cutting Board Set, For Meat & Veggie Prep, Serve Bread, Crackers & Cheese, Cocktail Bar Board
Very Good
What We Like
  • Beautiful bamboo grain

  • Slim profile makes storage easy

  • Handle cutouts for holding or hanging

What We Don't Like
  • Needs seasoning before first use

  • Must be washed by hand

These bamboo cutting boards come in three sizes, so you’ll likely always have one available in the size you need. (Or, if you’re working on a big meal, you can have several cutting boards available with different ingredients at once.) Plus, you'll want to show the boards off by using them as cheese or appetizer serving boards, our reviewer says. "From the grain of the bamboo to the rectangular shape with rounded edges, these boards want to be seen," she raves.

Since the boards are thin, storage is easy. All three of the boards are reversible, so you can use either side or flip them over to avoid cross-contamination between raw and cooked ingredients. As with a wooden cutting board, you’ll want to avoid soaking them during your cleaning process. Unlike a plastic cutting board, wood—or in this case, grass—cutting boards require a bit more care between uses and will crack or splinter if they're cleaned incorrectly.

Final Verdict

The John Boos Chop-N-Slice Maple Cutting Board is our top pick because of the large amount of space available to cut your food. Plus, it's sturdy enough for hardcore chopping. If you're in the market for something thinner and easier to store, go for the Dexas Heavy-Duty Grip Mat: it's both flexible and sturdy.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

The Spruce Eats writer Madeleine Burry has compiled several kitchen-focused roundups for us, including the top dry food containers, nonstick cookware sets, and dinnerware sets.

The Ultimate Cutting Board Buying Guide

by Sara Tane

No kitchen is complete without a sturdy, reliable cutting board for all of your chopping and serving needs. Cutting boards come in all different shapes, materials, and sizes, all boasting different features such as handles, grips, and designs. With so many variables to consider, deciding which board is the right one for your kitchen can seem somewhat daunting. Not only does a cutting board protect your knives from chopping directly on your counter, but it can also double as a great serving platter for charcuterie or carved meats. For efficient, clean, and concise cooking, a cutting board is instrumental for prepping ingredients.

John Boos Maple Chop-N-Slice Cutting Board
The Spruce / Donna Currie 

The size of your kitchen, the way in which you’ll be using your cutting board, and any design preferences you may have all factor into which cutting board makes sense for you. Wood boards are typically higher-quality, more aesthetically pleasing, and oftentimes more durable. However, plastic boards are not only cheaper, but they’re also lighter and easier to maintain.

Like so many kitchen items, you can purchase a cutting board at a wide variety of price points. The type of cutting board that you should buy ultimately comes down to your personal preferences. An inexpensive plastic board may be the best option for you, depending on what you are looking to get out of it. Larger and taller boards are obviously ideal because you have more space to chop your ingredients and more stability from the height of the board—but the bigger the board, the tougher it is to clean, maintain, and store. It’s also important to keep in mind that this is a kitchen tool you might use every day, depending on how frequently you cook. With diligent maintenance, a quality cutting board could last you anywhere from 5 to 10 years. But even with proper care, it can still develop grooves, diverging seams, cracks, or the board itself can warp altogether. Here are the different features you need to consider before purchasing a cutting board.

Key Considerations


The most defining feature of any cutting board is the material that it’s made of. Boards are available in a variety of materials, such as wood, bamboo, plastic, and rubber. Wooden boards are typically more expensive and can oftentimes be bigger and heavier, which can make them more difficult to clean and store. They are the most forgiving to your knife’s blade, and when oiled properly, will not absorb liquid. Plastic boards are easier to clean, not only because they tend to be smaller (though not always) and weigh less, but because most are dishwasher-friendly. They may be slightly tougher on your knife’s blade than a wooden board, and they may not have the stunning designs that some wood boards do, but they are practical for daily home cooking. Bamboo boards, while aesthetically pleasing and very durable, have a reputation for being extremely tough on your knife’s blade. Rubber boards, which are sometimes flexible, are similar to plastic in that they are on the cheaper side of the spectrum, yet they’re hard on a knife’s blade and are highly prone to cuts and scratches.

OXO Good Grips Utility Cutting Board
 The Spruce / Donna Currie

Wood Grain Styles

While this consideration only applies to wood, it’s something to keep in mind if you’re leaning towards purchasing a wooden board. The way that trees are sliced into planks and then pieced together to form a cutting board varies, meaning that different grains of the wood end up being the surface of the board. There are three types of grains: face grain, end grain, and edge grain (this diagram is a helpful way to visualize the different cuts). Face grain is the broad cut side of a vertical plank of wood from a tree, and edge grain is the narrow, vertical cut side of those planks. Face grain and edge grain boards both offer long, clean strips of vertical wood with fewer seams than end grain boards, making them less likely to crack or warp. The advantage of an end grain board, however, is that because the ends of the board are pieced together, the board is much easier on your knife blade because it’s hitting the natural vertical wood fibers. Cut marks are not as visible on an end grain board, making this grain highly desirable (and oftentimes more expensive than other wood boards).


When it comes to cutting boards, considering the size is very important. Assuming that space isn’t limited, bigger is generally better, but do keep in mind that large boards can be heavy and bulky, making them difficult to lift, wash, and store. When it comes to thickness, you want a board that offers some elevation, but boards that are too thick can be uncomfortable to use, depending on your height. If you have small counters, make sure to measure how much space you have because it’s extremely unsafe to have your board hanging over the sink or the edge. Similarly, consider the size of the knives that you use. If you frequently use a 12-inch chef’s knife, a board that’s any smaller than this dimension will not be safe or sufficient for your needs. Before you dismiss small boards as useless, however, consider that they can be quite handy in smaller living quarters (e.g., dorm rooms, camp trips, and beginner kitchens). While it could become inconvenient to prep large batches of vegetables on a tiny board, it can be great for smaller-scale prep, like peeling garlic, slicing berries, or cutting up lettuce, tomato, and onion slices for a quick sandwich. 

J.K. Adams Maple Carving Board
The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie

Grooved or Flat

One defining feature of a cutting board is whether it has a groove around the edge or whether it’s completely flat all around. The purpose of a groove is for collecting meat juices, or anything else that might expel liquid when you’re chopping it, like tomatoes. The downside of a groove is that it will inevitably cut down on how much available space you have on your board for chopping. If you are going to be carving meat often, a groove may best suit your needs. Flat boards are ideal for chopping dry ingredients like herbs, nuts, cheeses, and veggies.


There are many different features that boards can possess aside from a grooved edge. Some boards are reversible, meaning that you can chop on both sides, which is a great way to avoid cross-contamination. Some boards are outfitted with non-slip grips on the edges or the bottom of the board to ensure that your board is secure on your counter while you’re chopping. You will find handles or tapered edges on some boards, which helps with easy lifting. Some newer versions of cutting boards even offer an indentation in the corner that you can use to prop up your smartphone while you prep. When it comes to wooden boards, there is obviously a lot more room for creative design: some boards have a checkerboard pattern, while others have a striped pattern. The type of wood will impact the color of the board.


With such a wide range of price points, it may be hard to decide whether you want to go the cheaper route or splurge on a cutting board. Like most purchases, it really boils down to what you’re looking to get out of your cutting board. If you are looking for an aesthetically pleasing board that you can use every day in your spacious home kitchen, then it may be worth the investment to opt for a higher-end large wooden board. If the cutting board is for a more temporary situation (e.g., vacation home, dorm room, camping) where you simply need something to put on your counter for basic chopping needs, it may make more sense to save a few bucks and opt for a cheaper plastic board. It should be more than sufficient, especially if design and aesthetics are not a top priority.

Types of Cutting Boards


As mentioned previously, wood is the premium material when it comes to cutting boards. Not only is it the most aesthetically pleasing, but it is also more durable (when cared for properly) and gentler on your knife’s blade. Most wood boards are made from hardwoods, such as cherry, mahogany, maple, oak, and teak. Hardwoods make for better cutting boards because those trees tend to grow more slowly than softwoods, making them denser. Teak and bamboo are known for being aesthetically pleasing yet extremely hard, and therefore tough on a knife’s blade. Wood boards also offer eye-catching designs and features (such as checker board, stripes, handles, and grips) that boards made of other materials do not. 

The drawbacks of wood are that it does require a bit more care (hello, hand washing) than plastic or flexible boards do. Furthermore, some wooden boards can be extremely heavy or bulky, making them a bit more difficult to store and clean. If the board acquires any cuts or scratches, these can be sanded, or sometimes they can even heal on their own. There is some discussion about whether it is food-safe to handle raw meat on a wood cutting board, because the thinking is that porous wood could absorb harmful bacteria. This theory has been disproven by the Department of Agriculture, which suggests to simply wash your board with warm, soapy water and dry it thoroughly before storage. It is also a good idea to occasionally wash down your boards with a diluted bleach solution to kill any remaining bacteria. If you are concerned about cross-contamination, it’s a good idea to have two boards: one for raw meats and one for everything else.


While they may not have the elegant, sleek look that wood boards do, there are plenty of reasons to consider a plastic cutting board. First of all, they’re typically cheaper. They’re also thinner and lighter, making them a much more ideal option when it comes to handling, cleaning, and storing. As far as maintenance, you don’t have to worry about sanding or oiling them, and after you use it, you can wash it in the dishwasher. The downsides of plastic are that the surface is a bit tougher on your knife’s blade, and scratches, stains, and grooves tend to develop as you use the board. This means you’ll likely need to replace it after a couple of years (depending on how frequently you use the board). The most common types of plastic that are used for boards are polyethylene and polypropylene, the main difference being that polyethylene is softer and offers more flex, whereas polypropylene is harder and more likely to shatter.

Dexas 4 Pack Heavy Duty Grippmat Set
The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie


Not only are these boards the least expensive variety, but they can also serve a very practical purpose. They occupy very little storage space and are extremely light and compact; plus, they are dishwasher-safe. They are commonly sold in sets, so this is a great way to assign one board to raw meats and one board to everything else. Like plastic, this material is prone to scratches, so don’t plan to hold on to this board for too long, as you’ll likely have to replace it within a few years (potentially months, depending on how frequently and aggressively it’s used). It may not be the most stunning piece to look at in your kitchen, but it’s a useful board if design isn’t a priority.


We would highly recommend you stay far away from cutting boards made of glass or ceramic. Not only are they prone to breaking and shattering, but they’re also brutal on your knife’s blade.



Oxo offers a wide variety of durable, plastic, double-sided cutting boards with grips and grooved edges for cooks of all levels. Available at a very reasonable price point, these boards are very popular in home kitchens, restaurants, and culinary schools. The brand also offers sets of plastic boards if you’re looking to outfit more than one kitchen.

J.K. Adams

A staple brand in the world of high-quality wooden boards, J.K. Adams offers boards that are ideal for everything from cutting to carving to serving. Its end grain cutting boards are popular, as well as its edge grain carving boards. Its cutting boards are priced in the mid-range; however, J.K. Adams also offers cheaper serving boards if you want to keep your cutting board and your serving board separate.


This brand offers a wide variety of extremely low-priced, food-safe plastic cutting boards that are perfect if your kitchen is short on space. The boards come in a wide variety of fun colors, shapes, and styles.


When it comes to high-end butcher block cutting boards, Boos is a top competitor. These boards are notoriously thick (2 inches or more) and boast high-quality woods and gorgeous, checkerboard (end grain) designs. At a higher price point, you’re getting functionality, design, aesthetic, and durability.


While somewhat of an up-and-coming brand, F52's signature board offers sleek design, a clever smartphone holder, expansive yet manageable size, and a reasonable price point. The smartphone holder isn’t for everyone, but can be a highly useful function if you find yourself referencing your phone while cooking.


You probably recognize this brand for its signature Japanese knives, but it also offers cutting boards. These boards are a great option if you have higher-end knives and want to ensure that your board is extremely forgiving to a sharp blade. 


Wood Boards

Diligent maintenance is required to get the most years out of your wooden cutting board. After each use, you should wash down your board with warm, soapy water. Regularly oiling your wooden board will prevent cracking and warping, while keeping the surface strong, glossy, and protected. Generally speaking, you should avoid soaking your wooden boards in water and definitely don’t put them in the dishwasher. Make sure that your board is dry before oiling it, and gently apply the oil with a paper towel in an even layer. Allow the oil to soak in (overnight, ideally), and then wipe off any excess after it has soaked. Any food-grade mineral oil is great, but you can also use beeswax or board cream. If your board starts to rack up any unwanted scratches, you can also take to it with a little bit of sandpaper to smooth out the surface.

Sonder Los Angeles Motley Cutting Board
The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie

Plastic Boards

Plastic boards do not require as much TLC as a wooden board, especially because they’re dishwasher-friendly. If you start to notice knife marks and scoring, you can use a steel scouring pad to smooth out the board. If any discoloration starts to occur, you can make a simple bleach solution and wipe the board clean. Make sure to rinse the board extensively with hot water afterwards. Plastic boards are naturally non-porous, so you don’t have to worry about any bacteria build up as long as you’re regularly washing it. While they require less maintenance, it’s important to note that at a certain point, the board will acquire scratches and stains that don’t come out, at which point it may be time to get a new board.


The size of your kitchen will likely determine how you will store your cutting board. Cutting board wall mounts and racks are a great way to keep your board in an easily accessible spot in your kitchen; however, these may not be a great option for thick or heavy boards. Make sure that you store any wooden board in a dry area because moisture can promote cracking. Always store a wooden cutting board on its edge so that any remaining moisture can dry off.



If your board doesn’t come with a built-in grip, you can always buy something to give you added traction. There are non-slip mats, rubber feet, and rubber corners that you can add to your cutting board setup. The downside to these is that your board is no longer dual-sided. If you’re having trouble with your cutting board slipping, you can always lay down a damp paper towel or damp kitchen towel underneath.


If you need a place in your kitchen to keep your board, you can always look into buying a stand that rests on your counter or mounts on the wall. While this accessory isn’t necessary, it’s a nice option if you want to display a nice wooden board while you’re not using it and make sure that it isn’t getting bumped and rustled around in a more crowded storage spot.

Board Oils and Creams

As previously mentioned, getting into the habit of regularly oiling your wooden cutting board is a great way to protect the wood against moisture (which leads to warping and cracking). Any food-safe mineral oil is colorless, odorless, and flavorless, making it a great product for the job. You can also use walnut oil (keeping in mind any nut allergies); however, it is a bit more expensive. Beeswax is also another popular way to oil a board; just bear in mind that this is not a vegan option.


At the end of the day, there is no one-size-fits-all cutting board. Every home cook has different priorities (and different budgets!), so there are lots of things to consider before purchasing a board. The main factors to look at include material, size, and price. Do you envision yourself having this board for a long time, or do you just need something basic? Are you prepared to care for a wood board, or would you rather have a plastic board that requires way less TLC? Understanding the pros and cons of materials, size, and aesthetic will ultimately help you narrow down the options and decide on the perfect board for you.

Continue to 5 of 11 below.
Continue to 9 of 11 below.