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Best Cutting
 Boards and Butcher Blocks for Chop-Happy Home Cooking

From Boos to bamboo to Epicurean to glass, we found the best cutting boards for all your kitchen needs.

Unless you want to wreck your countertop and your knives, you’ll want to use cutting boards. They’re simple tools that can make every home cook’s life easier no matter what they’re whipping up. When you’re dicing up tomatoes, filleting a fish or chopping up stew meat, you know you’ll need cutting boards to do so with minimal mess and hassle.

And while there’s certainly a place for specialized gadgets in the kitchen, a quality set of knives and a reliable cutting board are essential. They keep your knives sharp, and your countertops scratch-free (or as much as possible), while also keeping your food contained and making it easy to transfer to a pan.

“Cutting boards are a must in my kitchens. I love the Boos cutting blocks, because these literally last forever and don’t splinter or break,” says New York-based chef Victor LaPlaca. “I also recommend Epicurean boards, because they’re not porous and are easy to wash. And I tell people to get color-coded ones for extra security. Don’t buy cheap plastic ones, because they’re garbage.”

The cutting board you choose depends on your needs, how often you plan on using it, and how much time and energy you want to devote to maintenance. Wood cutting boards are sturdy, but should be hand-washed only to keep them in proper working condition, meaning no cracks.

Plastic cutting boards are dishwasher-safe, lightweight, and come in handy color-coding systems so you know which ones to use for chicken or veggies, thus avoiding cross-contamination. Bamboo cutting boards are the most eco-friendly and resistant to moisture, meaning they won’t soak up liquids. And then we have Epicurean cutting boards, which have a wood finish while also being at home in your dishwasher.

Based on the criteria above, plus input from our expert chef, coupled with user reviews, here are the best cutting boards for your every food need.

This is the classic, gorgeous Boos block, which doubles as a cutting board and serving tray.

Pros: This beauty of a cutting board is solid and doesn’t budge while you’re chopping food on it, making things extra-safe. It’s made from sustainably-sourced, hand-selected solid hard rock maple wood, which makes it crazy-durable. And as an added bonus, it’s reversible. Both sides are flat and can be used as cutting surfaces.

Cons: Yes, the price is high, but you’ll have it forever, as long as you keep it out of the dishwasher.

These strong and durable BPA-free plastic cutting boards from Gorilla Grip come in a pack of three, which means you will always have one clean and on-hand. They are also dishwasher safe, making them a low-maintenance option.

Pros: It is the best-seller in the cutting board category on Amazon, and fans rave that they last forever, don’t slip on their countertops, and do not melt or warp in the dishwasher. Plus, they average out to less than $7 each, so even if you do manage to wear one out it won’t be a huge loss.

Cons: If you use super-sharp knives be aware that some people claim they amass shallow knife marks on them within a short period of time.

This is a high-quality plastic cutting board that comes in a bunch of different colors. No wonder it has a 4.9 star average rating on over 1,200 Amazon reviews.

Pros: Cutting boards are best when they”re simplest, and this one — made of high density polypropylene for better durability — is dead simple. It’s also dishwasher safe and capable of handling hot ingredients.

Cons: It’s still plastic, so knife marks will be an issue eventually. But for just $14, you can probably afford to get a new one if this one gets too beat up.

Hello, gorgeous! This beautiful organic bamboo cutting board is not only perfect for chopping and prepping, but also entertaining.

Pros: With clever built-in compartments, it is perfect for displaying charcuterie, cheese, nuts, or whatever you are serving to guests. This cutting board is gorgeous, useful, and looks a lot more expensive than $20. What more can you ask for?

Cons: It isn’t dishwasher-friendly and needs to be oiled every two to three months, which can be sort of a drag.

This cutting board has a bunch of hidden tricks thanks to the four drawers hidden underneath the cutting surface.

Pros: This organic bamboo board has juice grooves and handles, but the real standout feature is the array of plastic drawers — with lids! — nestled within. There’s a cutout on the right side of the cutting surface that exposes one of the drawers so you can slide whatever you’ve cut directly in.

Cons: To make room for the trays, this board is necessarily thick, which puts it at a different height than thinner boards, which might feel weird.

These have genius four-color classification, to avoid cross-contamination.

Pros: These cutting boards provide a stable, solid cutting surface. They’re sturdy, durable, easy to clean, and brilliantly organized.

Cons: These can stain, and sometimes warp in the dishwasher.

These cutting boards are heat-resistant up to 350 degrees and have a wood finish.

Pros: They’re lean, mean, and last forever. And the more you use them, the more gorgeous they look. These cutting boards are safe in your dishwasher and promise not to harbor bacteria. As an added bonus, they’re made from sustainably-harvested trees.

Cons: They can have an odd odor out of the box, so make sure to wash them before using.

People love these shatter-proof glass cutting boards, claiming that they reduce the risk for cross-contamination of food and are also less inclined to show knife marks.

Pros: Glass on these cutting boards doesn’t warp in the dishwasher, making it a super-sanitary option. Available in clear, which some love as they help show off their marble or granite countertops, as well as in a range of colors and designs.

Cons: Some people note that the glass is on the thin side, and wish it were a bit thicker.

Can’t choose between a bamboo board or labeled, colored plastic mats? You don’t have to, with this savvy set that includes both.

Pros: You had us at 8-in-1. The multifunctionality of this bamboo cutting board and color mat combo is all you will ever need to prep and serve your favorite foods. A bamboo board houses seven colored mats, all labeled with icons to avoid cross-contamination. Just pull a BPA-free cutting mat out of the board, place it on the large surface area and get to work. 

Cons: People complain that the mats slide around on the bamboo board, and warn not to cut directly on the wood, as it scratches very easily.

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