High-quality cutting boards for every cook

These trusty chopping blocks won't damage your knives.

onion on a cutting board
Perfect surfaces to prep ingredients.Sébastien Marchand via Unsplash

Next to the chef's knife, a cook's other best friend is a reliable cutting board. Use it for spatchcocking chickens, dicing onions, mincing garlic, and every other form of prep imaginable. Cutting boards come in a variety of materials—durable, heavy wood, eco-friendly bamboo, or lightweight plastic—and sizes. Find the best fit for your kitchen.

Royal Craft Wood Bamboo Cutting Board

Royal Craft Wood Bamboo Cutting Board
Versatile, double-sided bamboo board for any occasion.Amazon

Bamboo cutting boards are a great option for most kitchens—this one is double-sided with a juice groove that prevents drippings, with handles that let it double as a cheese/serving tray. It’s made out of naturally antibacterial and eco-friendly bamboo. Bamboo is fairly easy on knife blades (not as gentle as wood, but fine for most kitchens), and comes in three sizes: 12 x 8 inches, 15 x 10 inches, or an extra-large 18 x 12 inches.

John Boos Reversible Cutting Board

John Boos Reversible Cutting Board
For serious chefs, there’s nothing like the feeling of a hefty wood butcher block and cutting board.Amazon

John Boos Blocks are longstanding favorites—they’ve been around since 1887, and are made in the USA using durable woods like maple, walnut, and cherry. These boards measure 18 x 12 inches and are 1.5-inches thick. They’re reversible and heavyweight. Pure wood boards require a little extra care when it comes to oiling and cleaning (don’t let it stay wet!), but cooks will be rewarded with a fantastic durable surface that is gentlest on knives, and sometimes self-healing (meaning no knife groves left like on plastic boards.)

Gorilla Grip Original Reversible Cutting Board

Gorilla Grip Original Reversible Cutting Board
Lightweight plastic cutting boards you can toss in the dishwasher.Amazon

These plastic cutting boards come in an array of colorful trims and three different sizes. They’re also thicker than other plastic boards and are dishwasher-safe and BPA free. Gorilla Grip cutting boards are easier to maintain than wood or bamboo boards. They are also relatively gentle on knives.