Best Cutting Boards iMore 2021

Even the most casual of home cooks need a decent cutting board in their kitchen. The options are bewildering, though. There are hygienic acrylic versions, classic wooden chopping boards, color-coded versions for different food types, and even ones made from metal. We've got a selection of 14 for you to consider, each of which has a unique selling point that could earn it space on your kitchen countertop.

Compartmentalize: HHXRISE Organic Bamboo Cutting Board with 3 Compartments

Staff Pick

We love this attractive take on the wooden cutting board that gives you three carved out compartments to separate your chopped food until you need to use it. There are also built-in juice grooves on both sides to stop counter spills.

$18 at Amazon

Filing system: Joseph Joseph Index Plastic Cutting Board Set with Storage Case

This tidy set is comprised of four chopping boards, each with index-style labels for meat, fish, vegetables, or cooked food. The boards have a lipped edge, non-slip feet, and are safe to go through the dishwasher.

$60 at Amazon

Clearly useful: Acrylic Kitchen Cutting Board with Lip

If you love your kitchen countertops and don't want to cover them with a board, this incredibly neutral clear acrylic option will go with any decor. It measures a generous 24-by-18 inches and boasts rubber feet and a lip to keep it in place.

$45 at Amazon

Lasting and layered: Kylermade 5-in-1 Multi-Layer Cutting Board

Perfect for anyone concerned with hygiene, this cutting board has a patented five-layered construction which means you can peel off a layer at a time as it becomes worn. Claiming up to five years of use, it's made from BPA-free, FDA-approved, antimicrobial material.

$18 at Amazon

Earn your stripes: Motley Large American Walnut Wood Cutting Board


Crafted from sustainably-sourced American black walnut with cherry and oak accents, this cutting board is undeniably attractive. The reversible design offers one completely flat side and one with a built-in well groove, perfect for use as a cheese or hors d'oeuvre board.

$60 at Amazon

Get an extension: Over the Sink Cutting Board with Collapsible Colander

This clever option has an extendable arm so it will expand to fit most size kitchen sinks. It also has a removable, collapsible silicone colander with a stainless steel rim, so you can rinse and chop in one area.

$28 at Amazon

Metalicer: Stainless Steel Fruit Cutting Board

Stainless steel

Measuring in at a super-slim 1.6mm, this metallic board is made from 304 food-grade stainless steel. The smooth surface can be easily cleaned and sanitized for belt-and-braces protection again germs.

$29 at Amazon

Groove-y: Bellemain Extra Thick Acacia Wood Cutting/Serving Board

This chunky butcher block style board is made from sustainably-sourced Acacia. The deep juice groove helps keep your kitchen worktop clean while the recessed handles are useful for serving.

$29 at Amazon

All about geometry: Fred & Friends The Obsessive Chef Bamboo Cutting Board

This amusing option is decorated with guidelines for different grid sizes and angles to ensure your cuts are precise. It gives obsessive cooks guides for medium dice, small dice, brunoise, fine brunoise, batonnet, allumette, julienne, and fine julienne.

$27 at Amazon

Prime-mate: Set of 3 Gorilla Grip Original Reversible Cutting Board

These no-nonsense, non-porous boards are a great starter set for all-round cutting tasks. Made of heavy-duty plastic with rubber edges, they are available in a fantastic range of over 20 colorways to match your kitchen decor.

$18 at Amazon

Marbellous: Home Basics Marble Cutting Board Slab

Perfect for pastry

This traditional marble slab is perfect to offer a cool surface for making pastry or dough. It can also double as a worktop-protecting trivet and looks good enough to use as a serving board.

$18 at Amazon

Not pointless: J.K. Adams Maple Wood Carving Board with Spikes

Ideal for joints

This specialist product is handcrafted and finished in Vermont. It's designed primarily for use as a roast carving board, with metal spikes to hold your meat in place and deep grooves to catch the juices.

$110 at Amazon

She's got legs: Prosumer's Choice Bamboo Stovetop Cutting Board with Legs

Another attractive choice, this cutting board has adjustable legs and can be used over gas or electric stovetops to maximize your usable space in the kitchen.

From $36 at Amazon

Iconic: Seville Classics Bamboo Cutting Board and 7 Color-Coded Cutting Mats

This set is made up of a main cutting board crafted from bamboo and seven color-coded flexible mats that feature food category icons to avoid cross-contamination.

$25 at Amazon

All aboard

If you need a specialized cutting board, you have options. The J.K. Adams Maple Wood Carving Board with Spikes is designed to hold joints of meat, perfect for carving. Likewise, the Home Basics Marble Cutting Board Slab is probably useful to anyone who does a lot of baking.

More general options for all-round use are what most home cooks will find a sensible choice. Although, we would advise getting the most attractive option you can find to take you from prepping in the kitchen to serving.

Our favorite product on the list is the HHXRISE bamboo cutting board with three grooved compartments. It ticks the all-round use box and looks good enough to use when you have company. Those three compartments are functional for both chopping and serving.

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