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.
Ease Your Mind While You Dice
Versatile, double-sided pick. 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.
For Serious Chefs
This option will stay in place while you’re prepping and comes in multiple colors. 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.)
Almost Too Nice To Use
An attractive and durable wooden surface ideal for entertaining. Amazon.com
This reversible, two-sided cutting board is sourced ethically and sustainably in Cameroon and is crafted from beautiful marbled ebony and Sapele woods. The cutting surface measures 18 x 11.4 inches and weighs a total of 9.25 pounds, making this ideal for heavy kitchen duties as well as basic preparation or serving. The board includes a free quantity of conditioning oil which will allow the board to remain durable and free of warps and cracks for years to come. A larger version is available.
Relatively gentle on your knives, so they won’t go dull as often. 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.