Knife storage can go one of many ways. For example, you might stash yours in a dedicated knife block, or you might keep them in a drawer. While these options are fine, they may be dulling your blades or taking up precious real estate in your kitchen. Mounting a magnetic knife holder not only grants you extra counter or drawer space, but also prevents knives from scratching against surfaces and each other, keeping edges sharp. It also allows you to access your blades quickly.
We researched the best magnetic holders, so you can keep all your favorite knives functional and within arm's reach. Then, we sent some top-rated options for our reviewer to test at home side by side. Our tester ranked each magnetic board on design, magnet strength, size, ease of cleaning, and overall value.
wooDsom Customized Magnetic Knife Strip
Custom sizes available
Finished with food-safe oil
A bit expensive
Dead zones at installation points
The wooDsom Customized Magnetic Knife Strip is available in several finishes and 12 different lengths (8 to 36 inches) and can be ordered in a custom size, which makes it an all-around great option for anyone's kitchen. We sent our tester the 8-inch board, which was able to fit two chef's knives and two utility knives. Based on versatility (with the availability of finishes and sizes), magnet strength, its aesthetically pleasing design, and ease of cleaning, this knife holder earned the top spot on our list.
The USA-made rack comes with mounting hardware for securing it to a wall, and our tester had no trouble installing it under her kitchen cabinets. All you need are a basic drill and a screwdriver to complete the installation. The one thing our tester noticed while checking whether these boards can be moved and reinstalled elsewhere was that the tags that come with the board for hiding the installation screws do not come out easily, and no additional tags are provided.
The magnets in the bar are strong except in the areas where you install the board. When putting the knives on the board, our tester found it easier to slide them on until the widest part of the knife was in contact with the block. She was able to hang kitchen shears and cleavers, so it will work for a variety of instruments. Removing and putting back the knives was easy, and they stayed put throughout the testing period. Except for the part where there are small tags to hide the screws, the holder was easy to clean. The tags may need a bit of extra attention to clean, but they are not tricky.
Price at time of publish: $46 for 16 inches
Size: 12 lengths available, plus custom | Material: Multiple wood finishes | Placement: Wall-mounted
"The board is simple and solid, and I think it will last a long time. Plus, it looks cute."
Ouddy 16-Inch Magnetic Knife Holder
Easy to clean
Magnetic or screw-in mounting
Stainless steel finish
Strong magnets can pinch fingers when mounting
Metal strip wobbles
At 16 inches long with a sleek stainless steel finish and a very affordable price, this magnetic knife holder rightfully earned our best budget spot. It comes with all the mounting hardware required for screwed-in mounting, with instructions easily available on the website. The stainless steel surface is easy to keep clean and held knives securely.
The installation of this knife holder was easy. While it will stick to any metal surface, our tester found that it was not safe for larger knives and cleavers using this option. For heavier knives, our tester found that drilling the knife board into a wall was the safest. She used this in many locations in the house—from the home office to the garage to the kitchen—before drilling it into the wall. It is quite useful for hanging scissors, screwdrivers, and other tools.
In testing this magnetic knife holder, our reviewer discovered that every time she removed a knife the whole metal strip wobbled, which was especially visible with larger knives. That was because of the design of the strip. There is a notch in the magnetic strip over which the metal strip gets mounted flush. This part becomes wobbly when used with larger knives.
Another thing to note is that although the magnet is strong, placing the knives tip-side-down came with some challenges. The only way to ensure that the knives were safely mounted on the strip was by holding the knives flush with the strip and bringing them all the way down so the bolster was touching the top of the strip. Still, this tiny knife holder gets the job done and holds about six knives and kitchen shears, including a large cleaver.
Price at time of publish: $19
Size: 16 inches long | Material: Stainless steel | Placement: Wall-mounted or magnetic
"It is a good budget option, and if you don't have heavy cleavers or knives to store, this can mount onto any steel surface without drilling."
Global Cutlery Magnetic Knife Rack
Multiple lengths available
If you own a few Global knives already (and we definitely recommend that you do), you’ll recognize the design of this knife holder as Global’s signature look. It’s distinctive and classic, so it would be at home in a modern kitchen, a retro kitchen, or even a kitchen with homey farmhouse décor.
The magnetic holder is available in 16-, 20-, and 32-inch lengths, so you can choose the one that fits your space best and will hold all of your favorite knives, shears, and other handy kitchen tools.
In our tests, the 32-inch version held about 13 tools: two shears, a micro plane grater, three chef’s knives, three utility knives, a boning knife, a sharpening steel, a bread knife, and a honing steel. There were absolutely no dead zones. The magnets are powerful and provide a secure space for all the knives without slipping or sliding. Out tester was able to put the knives pointy-side-down and up with no difference whatsoever in how stable the knives were.
Installation was a two-person job, because our tester received the 32-inch rack, which is heavy. However, it was super-easy, because all it required was to drill holes on two sides from the front and screw it in. The provided plastic caps covered the screws to complete the signature look. Our tester also moved it to the garage and put some tools on it, and it held some heavy-duty tools with no problem. It's expensive, but we feel that the added versatility makes up for the price.
A microfibre towel was able to get into the small round indentations and clean out the spills. (Our tester splashed tomato sauce on it to check.) It just needed a couple of go-arounds to be completely clean. This one will last for a long time.
Price at time of publish: $225 for 32 inches
Size: 16, 20, 32 inches | Material: Stainless steel | Placement: Wall-mounted
"This is a really cool-looking product that performs exceptionally well."
Best for Small Kitchens
Novaware 16-Inch Magnetic Knife Strip
Holds a lot of knives
Easy to install and remove
Only one size available
This holder is designed to hold knives in two different ways. There are slots through the holder for blades to slip through, while the front is magnetic to hold even more knives. In theory, it will hold twice as many knives depending on how they are arranged. If there aren’t that many knives to be hung, the magnets can also hold metal spice tins, scissors, and other kitchen items.
This has an attractive wood finish and includes the hardware required for installation. There are two keyhole slots on the back for hanging on screws, making it easy to uninstall this holder to move it to a new location. At first sight, our tester thought installation was going to be tricky because of how the keyholes are set at the back. A quick video tutorial on the Novaware website, however, made the process easy.
Our tester noticed that she could only put the knives pointing downwards if she wanted to use the inner slot and the main magnetic strip together. She noted she had to install the strip lower on the wall underneath the cabinets to leave space at the top to take knives off the block. That was not a problem on a freestanding wall next to the kitchen. The magnet in the front strip is very strong and has no dead zones. Removing and placing knives felt safe every time, because the knives stayed put on the strip.
Wiping down spills and grease was easy. There are nooks on this board, but they are easy to clean as well. We think this board will last a long time.
Price at time of publish: $54
Size: 16 inches long | Material: Walnut or acacia | Placement: Wall-mounted
"This is a terrific product for the price [and] also looks absolutely stunning."
Best Natural Wood
Wine Country Craftsman Grapevine Magnetic Knife Rack
Each piece is unique
100 percent recycled materials
Not a continuous magnet block
Made from reclaimed grapevines, each of these knife racks has a unique shape and color variation, adding a spot of interest to any wall, whether it has knives on it or not. Besides using this in the kitchen to hold knives, it would be great behind a bar to hold bar tools and gadgets, or near a door to hang keys and notes to family. While the exact size and shape will vary, it’s available in two options: 12 to 16 inches long with five magnets or 24 to 30 inches long with seven magnets.
Installing this holder was relatively straightforward. The only tools needed were a drill, a screwdriver, and a leveler. The board stayed flush on the wall and looked very beautiful. It comes with magnetic inserts that you can see from the front. The good thing about that is that you know the exact location to put the knives. The downside is that it is not a continuous magnet block, so you can only mount as many knives as there are magnets. And if you put on a bigger knife, like a cleaver, it occupies two spots. The magnets used are very strong, however, and our tester had no issues with knives sliding.
It does have nooks and crannies that will get dirty in case food splashes on it. Our tester found it easier to clean with a lint-free damp towel to get any food splashes off and used a tiny brush to get into the crevices. The magnets are super strong and will last a long time, but the board itself needs careful handling. The thinner edges could break if the board were dropped.
Price at time of publish: $279 for small
Size: Small (12-16 inches long), large (18-28 inches long), custom also available | Material: Grapevines | Placement: Wall-mounted
"It's unique, it's versatile, and it definitely has a story that makes a great conversation starter."
Schmidt Brothers Acacia 18-Inch Magnetic Wall Bar
Two finishes available
Easy to clean
Manufacturer logo on front
Involved some installation
At a generous 18 inches long, this magnetic holder has plenty of space for all the knives that don’t fit well in your knife block, whether they’re bulky santoku knives or small paring knives. Many magnetic knife holders come in natural wood finishes or stainless steel, but this design has a black option, which will look sleek in a modern kitchen. The Schmidt Brothers logo is visible on one end of the block, but it's not so bold that it will be visible from a distance.
The 18-inch bar was able to hold a cleaver, two chef’s knives, a bread knife, two utility knives, and shears. There was plenty of space among the knives to hold everything. The knives held securely during testing without sliding or moving, even when the heavy cleaver was removed.
This is a heavy and sturdy block with a strong magnet, so installing this was a bit more involved. Our tester made a mounting template for the bar, because the one she received did not come with any. The other option is for an extra pair of hands to hold the bar while you make the markings on the wall.
We expect this knife holder to last a long time. A simple wipe-down is all you need to do to clean it.
Price at time of publish: $50 for 18 inches
Size: 18 or 24 inches long | Material: Acacia wood or black finish | Placement: Wall-mounted
"This is a great board for the price, built well with a simple design."
Schmidt Brothers Subway Borough Knife Block
Blades are visible but protected
Several designs available
A bit expensive
Slightly difficult to clean
Cannot store shears or other tools
This two-sided design from Schmidt Brothers is unique in that it allows you to store more knives, and the clear shield makes the knife blades visible while keeping them protected from inevitable kitchen splashes and splatters. The block is magnetized to hold the knives securely in place, which keeps them from bumping into each other.
The magnet on this block is relatively less strong than others we tested, and our reviewer observed that knives with thinner blades did not stay put and slid when removing other knives. The knives with wider blades (such as cleavers and chef’s knives) seemed to hold better. Dust and kitchen splashes were easy to clean on the outer surface, but cleaning between the acrylic screen and the magnetic block was not easy.
Price at time of publish: $300
Size: 16.5 x 10.5 inches | Material: Multiple materials | Placement: Countertop
"Cleavers and larger knives went in smooth and stayed put."
360 Knife Block
Unique, attractive design
Rotates for easy knife access
Heavy base keeps it from tipping
Takes up counter space
Looks cluttered with larger knives
If wall space is limited, but you still want to try out a magnetic holder, this rotating rack will fit the bill. It has six sides, and each one can hold up to three knives, depending on the width of the blades. There are 30 strategically placed magnets to securely hold knives of any size, from the smallest paring knife to the largest slicer to those oddly shaped kitchen shears.
The block spins easily and sits on a sturdy 10-pound stainless steel base. While testing this block, our reviewer felt safe spinning it because of the weight of the base and knowing that the knife holder will never accidentally tip over. It's handmade in the United States and is available in several different finishes to either match your kitchen decor or serve as a standout piece on the counter.
Our tester stored a cleaver, a couple of chef’s knives, a boning knife and a few utility knives, and they all secured well to the magnets. One advantage of this block is that the entire surface of the knife sticks with the block and provides better security.
While there is no installation, you do need to put some thought into placement because of the size. Our tester also observed that mounting a couple of larger knives on the block made it appear a bit cluttered.
Price at time of publish: $350
Size: 7.5 x 7.5 x 11.5 inches | Material: Various woods available | Placement: Countertop
"This features strong magnets without any dead zones. Knives do not slip or slide. Hanging cleavers was easy and secure."
The wooDsom Customized Magnetic Knife Strip is our top choice because of its design and quality and the fact that you have so many options when it comes to size and material. For a budget-friendly option, go with the Ouddy 16-Inch Magnetic Knife Holder. It has a beautiful stainless steel finish and holds knives securely.
How We Tested
After researching magnetic knife holders of all sizes and designs, we sent nine top picks to our experienced home tester to evaluate side by side. Each knife holder was installed according to the instructions, and knives of all types were hung. Our tester rated each one on magnet strength, design, size, ease of cleaning, and overall value.
Other Options We Tested
- Berghoff Magnetic Ash Knife Holder: With a neutral wood color and just enough grain to add interest, this wide knife holder will blend in well with any kitchen style. We also liked that it is 16 inches long, which gives you plenty of space for your favorite knives and tools, but it's still small enough to hang above your countertop. However, in our tests, we found that the knife holder had a lot of dead zones and not enough magnetic strength. We changed knives from large to small and still felt that the strength of the magnets left something to be desired.
What to Look for in a Magnetic Knife Holder
When you’re planning on hanging sharp, pointy things on a magnetic rack, you want to know that the knives won’t start slipping down, and you don’t want to knock one knife off the rack when you’re grabbing another one. Magnet strength is also important if you’re hanging heavy knives like cleavers.
Knife racks come in a wide variety of styles to fit the kitchen décor, make a statement, or fade into the background. There are metal, plastic, wood, and mixed-material racks to choose from, too. While most magnetic knife racks will hang on the wall, some sit on the counter. No matter what your style, it’s a sure bet that there’s a rack that will fit your kitchen.
Ease of Cleaning
Since you’re hanging clean knives on the rack, the rack shouldn’t need deep cleaning very often. However, kitchens can be messy spaces. Food can splash, dust can settle, and grease can splatter. A rack with smooth surfaces will be easier to clean than one that has a lot of ridges and nooks.
When it comes to size, there are two things to consider. First is the available space in your kitchen. Whether the rack will hang on a wall, on a backsplash, or on the side of a cabinet, it needs to fit that space, so measure carefully.
Second, you want to consider whether the rack will hold the knives you want to keep handy. That means both the width of the knives (with space to safely grab the handles to remove the knives) and also the length. Tucking a rack on the backsplash above counters can be great, but if you have a few extra-long knives, they may not be a convenient fit.
How do you install a magnetic knife holder?
Wall-mounted racks should come with specific instructions, as well as the hardware required to hang the rack securely. For most, the rack will simply screw into the wall, but some will have a hidden bracket that attaches to the wall while the rack snaps onto the bracket. Some racks come with double-sided tape for situations where the rack can’t be screwed in, like on a tile backsplash, while others have magnets that can hold the rack on a refrigerator. While tape can hold well, it’s not as secure as screws, so it should be inspected regularly to make sure it’s not losing its grip.
How do you uninstall a magnetic knife holder?
The hanger should be removable by reversing the installation instructions. Some may be more difficult, so it’s wise to choose the installation site carefully.
How do you clean a wall-mounted magnetic knife holder?
It depends on the material, but for the most part, they can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. For deeper cleaning, choose a cleaner that’s appropriate for the holder’s material, whether it’s metal, wood, or plastic.
How do you place knives on a magnetic holder, tip-side-up or -down?
Both ways are correct, and how you hang your knives mainly depends on the height at which you install the magnetic strip. If the knife holder is placed lower than your shoulder height underneath the kitchen cabinets, the knives should be placed handle-side-up for efficiency. If the strip is above your shoulder height, grabbing a knife from below is safer and comes more naturally as well, so tip-side-up would be ideal in that case.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
A big fan of sharp, pointy kitchen implements, Donna Currie likes hanging her favorite knives on a magnetic rack, so they’re always within reach. For this article, she researched new styles and designs that would look good and perform well in any kitchen.
Renu Dhar, a professional chef and food writer, tested every item on this list and updated the roundup with her insights.