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Knife storage can go one of many ways. For example, you might stash yours in a dedicated knife block or 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 it also prevents knives from scratching against surfaces and each other, keeping edges sharp. Plus, it allows you to quickly access your blades when it comes time to cut, whether you're scaling a fish, shucking an oyster, or carving a chicken. We researched the best magnetic holders, so you can keep all your favorite knives functional and within arm's reach.
Best Overall: wooDsom Customized Magnetic Knife Strip
Custom sizes available
Finished with food-safe oil
A bit expensive
No matter what length you're looking for in a knife holder, this walnut bar is almost guaranteed to be the perfect fit. It’s available in 12 different lengths (8 to 36 inches) and can be ordered in a custom size if none of those are exactly right for your kitchen. This USA-made rack comes with mounting hardware for securing it to a wall, but you can also use strong adhesive tape to attach it to a tile backsplash or metal surface.
Some magnetic knife holders only have a few magnets embedded in the wood, but this option has magnetic bars that span from end to end, so you won't find any dead zones while trying to hang your best knives.
Size: 12 lengths available, plus custom | Material: Multiple wood finishes | Placement: Wall mount
Best Natural Wood: Wine Country Craftsman Grapevine Magnetic Knife Rack
Each piece is unique
100% recycled materials
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 it’s empty. 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.
Size: Small (12-16 inches long, large (18-28 inches long. Custom also available | Material: Grapevines | Placement: Wall mounted
Best Versatility: Schmidt Brothers Acacia 18" Magnetic Wall Bar
Two finishes available
Easy to clean
Manufacturer logo on front
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. It would also be a great place to hang Microplane graters, measuring spoons, and other metal kitchen gadgets that you use most often.
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 not so bold that it will be visible from a distance.
Size: 18 or 24 inches long | Material: Acacia wood or black finish | Placement: Wall mounted
Best Splurge: 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 in a kitchen with homey farmhouse decor.
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.
Size: 32 inches long | Material: Stainless steel | Placement: Wall mounted
"This seems to be an unpopular suggestion, but when I hang my knives on the magnetic rack, I always hang them with the handles pointing up. My reasoning is that if you take a knife off the rack, with the handle pointing down, the blade will be above your hand, and if you drop the knife, there’s a good chance of getting cut as, unconsciously, people try to catch the falling knife. If the handle is pointing up, and you drop it, small chance of cutting yourself." - Matt Baird, retired butcher
Best Two-Sided: Schmidt Brothers Subway Borough Knife Block
Blades are visible but protected
Several designs available
A bit expensive
Takes up counter space
There’s no doubt that subway tiles are popular, and now you can squeeze more into your kitchen with this magnetic knife holder. The two-sided design allows it to hold more knives and the clear shield makes the knife blades visible while keeping them protected from inevitable kitchen splashes and splatters. The “tile” is magnetized to hold the knives securely in place, which keeps them from bumping into each other and dulling the blades.
Size: 16.5 x 10.5 inches | Material: Multiple materials | Placement: Countertop
Best Design: Berghoff Magnetic Ash Knife Holder
Attractive ash wood
Easy to clean
No size or material options
With a neutral wood color and just enough grain to add interest, this wide knife holder will blend in well with any kitchen style. At 16 inches long, it has plenty of space for your favorite chef’s knives, utility knives, and more, but is still small enough to hang above your countertop. It can hold up to five knives or tools; and gives you enough clearance from the wall to prevent you from injuring your hands when grabbing one.
Size: 15.7 inches | Material: Wood | Placement: Wall mount
Best Budget: Ouddy 16-Inch Magnetic Knife Holder
Easy to clean
Magnetic or screw-in mounting
Strong magnets can pinch fingers when mounting
!6 inches long, sleek stainless steel finish, and, very affordable. What’s not to love? This 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 holds knives securely.
Because this mounts with a magnet, it can be attached to a refrigerator or other metal surface. How well it holds depends on how magnetic the surface is—some refrigerators offer a tight hold, while others might slip a bit. This can also be used in the office or garage to hang scissors, screwdrivers, and other tools.
Size: 16 inches long | Material: Stainless steel | Placement: wall mount or magnetic
Best for Small Kitchens: Novaware 16-Inch Magnetic Knife Strip
Holds more 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.
Size: 16 inches long | Material: Walnut or acacia | Placement: Wall mount
Best Vertical or Horizontal: Wüsthof Magnetic Thermo-Beech Knife Block
Rather than storing knives flat on a rack, this unique hanging rack has magnetic slots that securely hold knives while keeping the sharp edges completely protected. The holder can be hung so the knives are inserted vertically or horizontally, depending on your preference and available space.
The block is made from beech wood that is heat-treated and impervious to water, so it won’t be damaged by steam or kitchen splatter. The dark color will look handsome in any kitchen, and a metal accent tag has the Wüsthof logo to show off the quality. It holds six knives, so you can keep your favorites close by.
Best Countertop: 360 Knife Block
Unique, attractive design
Rotates for easy knife access
Heavy base keeps it from tipping
Takes up counter space
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. You can feel safe knowing this knife holder will never accidentally tip over during your prep time. It's handmade in the US and is available in several different finishes to either match your kitchen decor or serve as a standout piece on the counter.
Size (LxWxH): 7.5 x 7.5 x 11.5 inches | Material: Various woods available | Placement: Countertop
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 simply 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.
What to Look For
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 some 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 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, the rack needs to fit that space, so measure carefully.
Second is 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 below counters can be great, but if you have a few extra-long knives, they may not be a convenient fit.
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.