The 9 Best Personalized Cutting Boards for Home Cooks

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The Spruce Eats Top Picks

Exceptionally high quality makes John Boos blocks an aspirational piece to have in your kitchen, and we recommend the John Boos End-Grain Rectangular Chopping Block as the top pick for a personalized cutting board. If you’re looking for a versatile option, we like the Bisonwoodworks Competition BBQ Cutting Board.

Cutting boards are an essential kitchen item, and a personalized cutting board makes a thoughtful and enduring gift for anyone who loves to cook. Not only are they necessary for chopping, slicing, and dicing, but they can also serve as cheese and charcuterie boards for entertaining. A personalized cutting board is ideal for a housewarming or wedding present or to celebrate a special occasion. Options for customizing a cutting board range from simple monograms to handwritten recipes, and they’re available in many different materials and sizes.

Here are our picks for the best personalized cutting boards.

Best Overall: John Boos End-Grain Rectangular Chopping Block

Boos End-grain Rectangular Chopping Block

Williams Sonoma

What We Like
  • Manufacturer of indisputable quality

  • Will last a lifetime of slicing and chopping

  • Reversible

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy to handle

  • Three letters maximum

This style of cutting board is exceptionally solid and sturdy, crafted from end-grain maple with the option of adding a monogram or name engraving up to three letters maximum. It's reversible, too, so either the engraved surface or the flat backside (with no engraving) can be used as the cutting surface. One thing to note with John Boos boards is that they do require some care and maintenance, such as oiling the board before first use and routinely thereafter when cleaning, particularly if you plan to put it into heavy service. This board is hand wash only.

Price at time of publish: $214.95

Dimensions: 20 x 15 x 3 inches | Material: Maple | Weight: 21 pounds

What Our Experts Say

“I’m a fan of larger cutting boards. There’s nothing more annoying than not having enough room to cut on the board. Mini boards are nice for serving but not practical for actual food prep.” — Alison Cayne, founder of Haven’s Kitchen and author of “The Haven's Kitchen Cooking School.”

Best for Barbecue: Bisonwoodworks Competition BBQ Cutting Board

Bisonwoodworks Competition BBQ Cutting Board

Bisonwoodworks

What We Like
  • Large enough for almost any chopping task

  • Available in different woods

  • Made in Kansas

What We Don't Like
  • Big and heavy, but no helpful handles

  • Size makes hand washing a challenge

This is one serious reversible cutting board. Designed to handle large cuts of meat, it's also nice for slicing up juicy fruits and veggies. The substantial and elegant cutting board is available in three different woods, which you can also get without engravings, if you wish. It has a deep well around the entire edge to catch juices and bits (excluding the 16 x 12-inch version), making this board ideal for carving grilled meats or slicing watermelon at a backyard barbecue. It even has finger slots for easy lifting when it comes to transporting from grill to table. Available in five different sizes, this is easily large enough to handle a rib roast or whole bird and stay put under its own weight—plus, it’s gorgeous. This board arrives with the first treatment of food-grade mineral oil, but will need to be kept well-oiled with use.

Price at time of publish: $115 for 18 x 18 Maple

Dimensions: 12 x 16; 18 x 18; 16 x 20; 18 x 24; or 20 x 30 inches | Material: Maple, mahogany, and walnut | Weight: Varies by size selection

What Our Experts Say

“A pro tip I learned while running a cooking school is to place a damp paper towel under your cutting board to prevent it from slipping. This makes the whole experience safer. Just be sure to remove the damp paper towel after and flip the board so it dries—remember that wood and water don’t mix.” — Alison Cayne, founder of Haven’s Kitchen and author of “The Haven's Kitchen Cooking School.”

Best Plastic: Blackbird Design Monogrammed Commercial Plastic Cutting Board

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What We Like
  • Commercial grade

  • Edge groove catches juices

  • Multiple colors for different cutting tasks

What We Don't Like
  • Engraving may collect food bits

  • All plastic degrades over time

Unlike boards made from wood and bamboo, plastic cutting boards are dishwasher safe, making them easier to clean and sanitize. They're also easier to store as they tend to be thinner and lightweight. These NSF-certified, commercial-grade plastic boards feature a juice groove around the edge, are available in six different colors, and can be personalized with the word, name, number, or monogrammed initials of your choice.

Price at time of publish: $25

Dimensions: 16 x 12 x 0.5 inches | Material: Commercial plastic | Color Options: Blue, red, brown, white, yellow, green

What Our Experts Say

“Like most things, the longevity of your personalized cutting board is directly related to how you keep and care for it. Wood cutting boards hate water, so it's best to protect them from moisture. Dry food before you cut on them, and don't let them sit on a counter that tends to get wet. You also don't want to cut meat on a wood cutting board, especially raw chicken.” — Alison Cayne, founder of Haven’s Kitchen and author of “The Haven's Kitchen Cooking School.”

Best With Recipe: Uncommon Goods Personalized Family Recipe Board

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Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

What We Like
  • Follow recipe right from the board

  • Natural hardwood, cherry, or maple

  • Made in Vermont

What We Don't Like
  • Preserving engraving requires routine use on backside

  • On the small side

This personalized cutting board offers a special way to preserve and share a cherished family recipe. You just need to send a scan of any handwritten recipe and it will be laser-etched onto a sturdy and attractive cherrywood board. Alternatively, the recipe to be etched can be typed in a handwriting-style font. The result is both a sentimental keepsake and a practical way to conserve an heirloom recipe, keeping it handy for regular use while the original can be safely stored away, protected from stains and spills.

Price at time of publish: $100

Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 0.75 inches | Material: Cherry or maple | Weight: 1.75 pounds

What Our Experts Say

“A great cutting board can last for decades if you treat it right. To clean, use a damp cloth. Every now and then, wipe it down with some olive oil or protective wax.” — Alison Cayne, founder of Haven’s Kitchen and author of “The Haven's Kitchen Cooking School.”

Best for Cheese: Williams Sonoma Olivewood Round Cheese Boards

Williams Sonoma Olivewood Round Cheese Boards

Williams Sonoma

What We Like
  • Minimalist design

  • Made from sustainably sourced hardwood

  • Can be hung for decor or easy reach

What We Don't Like
  • Personalization is limited to two characters

Cutting boards for regular use tend to be rectangular in shape, but round cutting boards have a special charm. What they lack in practicality they make up for in presentation, making them a solid choice for hosting. 

“This is a lovely board for serving, charcuterie, or cheese or crudité platters,” says Cayne. “It may not be ideal for routine cutting as the round surface offers less working space than a rectangular one, but it would look nice on your counter or hung on a wall.”

Coming in three sizes, each of these round cutting boards is 0.5-inch thick. The olivewood material is sustainably sourced in Italy. Those looking to personalize their board should note that customization is limited to two characters per board, so it’s best for a monogram or your initials.

Price at time of publish: $99.95

Dimensions: 12 x 16 inches, 15 x 19 inches, 18 x 22 inches | Material: Olivewood

Best Butcher Block: Home Wet Bar Custom Butcher Block

Home Wet Bar Custom Butcher Block

Amazon

What We Like
  • 1.5-inch thick

  • Custom engraving

  • Well to collect liquids

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy

This personalized cutting board is best suited for the maximalists out there. It’s thick, large, and has customization on one side that can’t be missed. The customizations aren’t endless, but you can choose a first or last name and one initial.

“A thick board like this creates a sturdy surface,” Cayne says. “This one is a good option for carving turkey and roasts since it has a well around the edges to catch the juices.”

The dimensions are large, and it’s 1.5-inches thick. It’s sizable, making it a sturdy and long-lasting choice. Made from acacia wood, it’s more durable than other materials used to make cutting boards. If the heavy weight and large size aren’t major cons, this is a solid (literally) choice for any kitchen.

Price at time of publish: $69.95

Dimensions: 17 x 13 inches | Material: Acacia | Weight: 7.15 pounds

Best Wedding Gift: Dragon Forged Studios Custom Olive Wood Cheese Board

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What We Like
  • Rustic design

  • Made from trees that no longer produce fruit

  • Juice grooves can be added

What We Don't Like
  • Lower case letters only

  • Some have bark edge, others don't

This rustic-chic board, handmade from a solid piece of olive wood that retains its natural edge, is available in many different sizes and with or without a handle or juice groove. Olive wood has a prominent and lovely grain, is durable and long-lasting, and is a bit more stain-resistant than softer woods.

This board from Dragon Forged Studios can be engraved with the first names of a couple in an elegant, handwriting-style font, making it a charming and heartwarming present for newlyweds. It could be used as a serving board, cheese and charcuterie board, or cutting board, though you shouldn't cut into anything on the engraved side. It can even be displayed as decoration in a new home. This board is hand wash only and must be wiped down with cutting board oil or mineral oil every one to three months.

Price at time of publish: $76.50

Dimensions: 15 x 8, 17 x 9, or 19 x 9 inches | Material: Olive wood

Runner-Up, Best Wedding Gift: Uncommon Goods Personalized Cutting Board

Personalized Cutting Board

Uncommon Goods

What We Like
  • Board works for chopping or elegant serving

  • Handcrafted in in Maryland

  • Round serving style also available

What We Don't Like
  • Tops out at 12 characters

  • Nooks and crannies around letters present cleaning challenge

The design of this 100 percent hardwood maple board is both hip and retro with a bit of ’70s flare. Up to 12 characters and an optional heart run along the edge of this handcrafted board, making it perfect for newlyweds or family names. It’s endlessly useful and even makes cheerful wall art. To clean, hand wash with mild soap and water, dry, and preserve with food-safe mineral oil, which can be added onto your purchase.

Price at time of publish: $169

Dimensions: 16 x 12.5 x 1.125 inches | Material: Maple

Best for Bakers: 28Collective Personalized Pastry Board

28Collective Personalized Pastry Board

28Collective

What We Like
  • Made in the USA

  • Large surface

  • Laser engraved measurements and personalization

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

  • Hand wash only

Handmade in the USA, this solid maple cutting board can handle tough jobs. It doubles as a butcher block and pastry board. Two side rulers run along the edges, which come in handy for cutting lattice strips. The center features four circles with 4-inch, 6-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch diameters—common pie measurements.

“Maple cutting boards hold up well and have a nice color,” says Cayne. “This one is thick, so it won’t slide around. Plus, the measurement engravings are super helpful for bakers and novices alike.”

The bottom right-hand corner can be personalized with your name or that of a gift recipient above the word “bakery.” Though it’s pricey, reviewers describe it as “well made” and “extremely sturdy.”

Price at time of publish: $105

Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 1.5 inches | Material: North American maple

Final Verdict

If you want to personalize a cutting board that will be both practical and stylish in the kitchen and will last for years to come, the John Boos End-Grain Rectangular Chopping Block is our top choice. Looking for a wedding gift? We like the Dragon Forged Studios Custom Olive Wood Cheese Board, which can be engraved with the couple's names and makes a beautiful addition to any new home.

What to Look for in a Personalized Cutting Board

Practicality

Although its appeal may be its beauty, a cutting board is one of the most used tools in the kitchen. So when shopping for a personalized cutting board, it's important that it be sturdy and useful. The size should be practical, in both function and storage—a large cutting board that can fit a heartfelt message is a nice gift, but not if there's nowhere to put it in a small city apartment.

Sustainability

Many of us are thinking about the environment before we purchase goods, so it's smart to keep sustainability in mind when buying a gift for someone. Look for a cutting board that is eco-friendly and made with things such as recycled materials, bamboo, and salvaged wood.

Safety

Before clicking "buy now," read the product description carefully to ensure the cutting board can be used with food; some products may be for display only.

FAQs

Which is better: wood or plastic?

When it comes to appearance, wood wins top billing, but plastic or glass is best when talking food safety. The crevices in wood can harbor bacteria, and since wood is porous, it can cross-contaminate if raw meat is cut on it before vegetables, for example. Therefore, it is best to use separate types of cutting boards—like plastic or glass—to prep raw meats, and then save the wood boards for fruits, vegetables, and bread.

What is the best way to clean an engraved cutting board?

You should read the care instructions before purchasing or cleaning a personalized cutting board as each product will have its own set of cleaning guidelines. Most wooden boards should be washed by hand with warm, soapy water and towel dried, while glass and plastic are often dishwasher safe.

How We Researched

To compile this list, our team of editors and contributors spent hours researching the best personalized cutting boards on the market, evaluating their key features—such as design, material, and value—in addition to reviews from customers and other trusted sources. We took care to consider all the most important factors that go into purchasing a personalized cutting board, including price, durability, care, and appearance. We then used this research to assign a star rating from one to five (five being the best; one being the worst) to certain products on the list.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

This article was written by Danette St. Onge, formerly the Italian Food Expert for The Spruce Eats and a features editor at Cook’s Illustrated magazine. An avid fan of kitchen appliance and utensils, she spends hours combing the Internet, comparing options, reading reviews, and testing to find the best tool for every job. 

Lacey Muinos, who updated this piece, has been with Dotdash since 2019. She started writing for Verywell Fit and has since written for Simply Recipes and The Spruce Eats. Her role involves conducting interviews with experts like dermatologists and dietitians, scouring scientific journals for relevant studies, and fact-checking all information in her writing.

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