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The Best Cutting Boards on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about kitchen knives, knife sharpeners, and kitchen islands, here, we’ve rounded up the best cutting boards, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers at Amazon.

Best-rated cutting board

OXO Good Grips Utility Cutting Board

“If you’re a serious chef cooking from scratch, you’ll appreciate a large surface that you can use to work on a lot of ingredients at once,” says one reviewer of this OXO cutting board. “This translates to speed and efficiency. If you’re a casual chef, or working with children, you will appreciate how the large surface of this cutting board catches the mess, leaving little or no clean-up on your countertop.” And this cutting board gets many positive reviews for its size and, like the name suggests, utility. As another reviewer calls it, “an excellent size and thickness. The non-skid sides grip the counter enough so that the board does not slide while cutting, but not so much that it’s difficult to move around the counter. It’s also properly firm—soft enough to keep from dulling a blade but firm enough for easy, clean cuts.” The juice grove is another highly-reviewed feature. “Due to the size of the cutting board, this gutter can collect a lot of liquid without overflowing,” says one reviewer, who adds, “Liquids which represent a food safety danger are collected completely in the gutter, and can easily be washed off with soap. My countertop stays neater, too.”

Best-rated (less expensive) cutting board

Flexible Plastic Cutting Board Mats Set

“This was a drunk purchase. No idea how I ended up purchasing this. But it works and have used it multiple times to cut limes for my margarita,” one satisfied reviewer writes. But many other, more considered purchasers also give these flexible cutting boards a five-star rating. “I don’t have to awkwardly scrape them off a thicker cutting board,” one revier explains, and several note they’re more durable than expected. “They serve a purpose, and that is a convenient alternative to an actual board for light-duty use,” writes one reviwer, adding, “I love not having a full-sized boards clanking around in the sink and drying rack all the time for a change. You can chop an onion or celery and pick the sheet with a thumb bend in it and dump the diced veggies right into your mixing bowl or frying pan and then toss it in the sink or give it a quick rinse.” Plus, another reviewer likes, “They’re also extremely easy to store and clean since they flex easily.”

And now for some micro-picks of every type of cutting board you might be looking for.

Best wooden cutting board

Ironwood Gourmet Square Charleston End Grain Chef's Board, Acacia Wood

The word “beautiful” is used in nearly 100 reviews to describe this cutting board. “This cutting board is beautiful and functional,” says one owner. “I cook a lot and use this board several times a day. I love the fact that no matter what I’ve cut on it—or which knife I’ve used—the surface remains unscarred. There are no knife marks. No stains.” Another reviewer says that they, “Bought this as a gift for my future mother-in-law( who somehow is difficult to buy for) and she loved it! It’s beautifully made and designed.” They even add that this cutting board looks so nice, “You can use it as a tray to serve cheese or fruit on as well — it is that beautiful!” Many reviewers also believe this board should last a long time, like one who writes, “Overall, it is a very pretty cutting board that is also sturdy. With proper care this will last my lifetime and hopefully be able to be given to one of our children one day.”

Best paper composite cutting board

Epicurean Kitchen Series Cutting Board, 14.5 by 11.25-Inch

Made of a non-porous paper composite, this cutting board is a little bit different. One reviewer describes it as an, “Excellent cutting board that takes a few days to get used to… It is a very hard surface that creates a louder ‘ clacking’ sound and less knife resistance when you slice and dice (one reason your knife stays sharper I believe).” The material is also described as lightweight, and many like that it’s still sturdy and safe for sharp blades. “This is a great product if you have good knives,” one owner writes, explaining, “I rarely have to resharpen my blades as this board does not dull them. It is easy to clean and maintain. If it warps (and they tend to do that if you let them stay wet), soak in water for about 10 minutes then place on a clean flat surface and cover with the heaviest flat thing in your kitchen. I use a 12-inch cast iron pan and put some additional heavy things inside for more weight. Leave it overnight and it will be as good as new.”

Best bamboo cutting board

Heim Concept Premium Organic Bamboo Extra Large Cutting Board

“The size is very good—it’s large enough to go across our sink without wiggling, but small enough to easily stand it up against the wall when I’m done with it,” says a self-described homemaker who cooks at least twice a day and also has helpful maintenance tips. “I would recommend to anyone to oil their boards before using and every now and again when they start to look a bit faded. I just use regular old olive oil on mine — wiping them down with it and then letting them soak it up all night.” Another reviewer says this cutting board is well worth the money and has “plenty of room on this board for all my needs. With the bamboo, it’s larger than my old one, yet weighs less. Cleans easily, dries quickly. Retains no odors.” As one owner concludes, “Seems durable and has a nice finish, pretty much what you want from a piece of wood to chop stuff on.”

Best novelty bamboo cutting board

Totally Bamboo New York State Shaped Bamboo Serving & Cutting Board

Here’s a cutting board in the shape of any state of choice—plus Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the entire United States. The shape and size of the flat grain bamboo board varies from state to state, and customers cite all sorts of uses. “Excellent cutting board for the Texan in your life who likes to cook. And by cook, I mean barbecue. And by barbecue, I don’t mean grill,” one customer writes. Another reviewer adds, “I bought it for our beach condo in South Carolina and have gotten several compliments on how cute it is and also how accurate the shape is.” For many, the board serves as decoration, though it also gets rave reviews as a gift: “My sister now lives in New Jersey but lived in California for a very long time. She’s constantly talking about how everything is better in California, so I had to buy this for her when I saw it. She loves it.”

Best bamboo cutting board with mats

Seville Classics Easy-to-Clean Bamboo Cutting Board and 7 Color-Coded Flexible Cutting Mats

“Versatile” is a word that gets repeated in reviews of this bamboo cutting board with flexible cutting mats. “It’s so easy to do your cutting and swap out the sleeve and continue on prepping the meal,” says one reviewer of this cutting board set. “I don’t have to swap and clean the cutting board in-between prepping. A sleeve for all your needs comes included.” The seven different color-coded mats are recommended for swapping between fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meat, fish, poultry, dough and baked goods, and those mats are a big selling point for many customers. One reviewer appreciates that “the cutting sheets aren’t electrically colored the way many comparables are. Our household color palette is more subdued and less Sesame Street, so this blends in a little better. The sheets are flexible enough but sturdy, and while they’ll mark over time with chopping and slicing, it would take some serious hacking to get through them and down to the bamboo.”

Best flexible plastic cutting board set

Dexas Heavy Duty Grippmat Flexible Cutting Board, Set of Four, 8 by 11 Inches

Many reviewers found out about this set of four colorful cutting boards from America’s Test Kitchen: “Guess they were so popular following that TV show review, they apparently sold out. So, I had to wait a couple of weeks to get them. But it was well worth the wait.” These cutting boards also appeared in Cook’s Illustrated, where, according to one reviewer, “recommendations are hit or miss for me, but this one is a winner. I bought sets of both large and small. They are far superior to the Casabella set I had.”

Most comments highlight the ease and utility of the boards, as one reviewer writes, “They are non-skid, flexible yet rugged, but my favorite thing about them is how well they handle washing in the dishwasher. They do not warp or ‘melt’ on the edges, as others I’ve had have done.” Even more, there are users trying them for very specific purposes, as another reviewer says, “I use them as cutting boards and also as separators when setting chocolate truffles in the refrigerator.”

Best flexible plastic cutting board set with food icons

Cooler Kitchen Extra Thick Flexible Plastic Cutting Board Mats

“As a mom that cares about products used in my home, I am pleased with these flexible cutting boards,” one satisfied reviewer writes, explaining, “They are color coded (although we are vegetarians and won’t really matter) and have a gripping on the back so they won’t fly off the counter.” That textured grip on the bottom of these mats gets a lot of attention in the reviews. “The non-slip waffle-grip bottom works well on my solid-surface counter with no slippage,” says one reviewer. “They’re thick enough to feel substantial, but still flexible enough to curve to make transferring my sliced/diced ingredients into the pan or wok much easier.” Durable enough for everyday use, another reviewer adds, “ We use them heavily — usually at least one of them is used for cutting daily. They’re thick, NOT easy to cut through, and really easy to clean. Once a week, I put them all in the sink with a tablespoon of bleach in the water, and ta-da — sanitized!”

Best chop and scoop cutting board

Dexas Chop and Scoop Cutting Board, 9.5 by 13 inches

“I have to say it’s a great little chopping board! Yes, you can see the knife scratches in it, but if you’re not trying to saw your way thru the board, they are minimal,” one reviewer raves. The Dexas Chop and Scoop cutting board also receives a lot of positive comments on its construction. As one reviewer writes, “My mom loves that the sides are high so when she’s chopping veggies it doesn’t spill… and when she pours her veggies into the pot to make soup they drop right in without slipping out the sides.” One reviewer even likes these cutting boards so much, they stockpile them: “We have 8 of these cutting boards using them for everything from food prep to plating. For at least two meals a day, we prepare our meals on the boards, serve the meal on them, and pop in the dishwasher or hand wash.”

Best large plastic cutting board

Stanton Trading 12 by 18 by 1-Inch Cutting Board

One reviewer who does a lot of barbecuing writes of this cutting board, “I’m frequently struggling with trying to keep the drippings off the counters and floor as well as carry all of the meat outside when it’s time to cook… This thing is HUGE and it works fantastic for preparing brisket, pork shoulders, ribs or any other BBQ.” Another reviewer uses it to prepare and serve pizza adds, “It’s a great tray, a counter extension, and a surface that holds everything that you want to chop.” In fact, many reviewers use this extra-large cutting board to help extend their counter space, like one who writes, “I use this over my stove for more counter space.” They warn, “It is the perfect size but it will melt with enough heat. Take it off before turning on the oven (I learned the hard way).”

Best small plastic cutting board

Farberware Plastic Utility Cutting Board, 8-Inch-by-10-Inch

This plastic cutting board has countless reviews that point out the simple, straightforward ease, like one that calls this cutting board the, “Perfect size, excellent quality… Cleans easily, resists knife gouges, hasn’t stained, even with beets: in other words, it does all I can ask for. I have washed it more than 20 times and it stands up very well.” Another customer writes, quite simply, “Doesn’t leave huge knife lines. Fits in dishwasher and nice size for counter.” And one reviewer, who uses this board daily, concludes, “It cleans easily and has not stained, despite the numerous times I’ve spilled juice, blueberries, turmeric, and other easily staining food items. It also hasn’t scratched, which I’m very pleased about. I primarily use a chef knife, but have also sawed bread with a serrated knife and used a very sharp paring knife.”

Best mini plastic cutting board

Architec Original Non-Slip Gripper Cutting Board, 5" x 7"

The main takeaway from fans of the Architec cutting board is that it’s the best option when you just need to cut something small. One reviewer writes, “Sometimes you need to slice off a few pieces of cheese or slice an apple. Without dragging out the full sized cutting board, you can slice and eat on this board.” Another reviewer, who calls themselves lazy multiple times, adds, “I started raising quail and their eggs need to be opened with a knife by cutting the top… I found this little gem of a cutting board… I hide it right on the side of my knife block, take it out to cut the fruit and the quail eggs, throw a little soap on it and rinse it, and I don’t even bother drying it.”

Best non-slip plastic cutting board

Architec Original Non-Slip Gripper Cutting Board, 11” x 14”

This board gets top marks for being non-slip, and it has many repeat customers. “I own four, plus one in my camper,” says one customer, who adds that it, “Grips countertop, does not slide. Put them in the dishwasher regularly with no problem.” Another adds, “I purchased the yellow board, and the color is great. The little gripper feet on the back ensure the board won’t move around when you’re cutting. It’s a great little board, and is just want I wanted and needed.” For another customer, the board is so popular in their home, they fight about who gets to use it, explaining, “We use it for chopping herbs and such. No need for the full size board when this little one is so darn handy and so easy to clean. It has a substantial heft and is truly non-slip. The worst part about it is that I only ordered one.”

Best non-slip plastic cutting board set

GORILLA GRIP Original Reversible Cutting Board, 3-Piece

Durability comes up often with this set of three plastic cutting boards. “The plastic is less porous than a lot of cheaper cutting boards which makes for a smoother surface which is less harsh on my knives,” says one reviewer. “The biggest bonus is the non-slip edges that keep it safely in place. The graduated sizes are also very convenient, and they all fit nicely in the dishwasher.” Even an avid user of wooden cutting boards appreciates the sturdiness of these plastic cutting boards: “We use both sides—the grooved for cutting meat/juicy items, the other side for everything else—both cutting surfaces are smooth. They’re just the right amount of thick and heavy and don’t skid thanks to the rubber ends.” The size range of the set is another selling point for many, as one owner simply concludes, “The sizes are all convenient especially when you’re cutting different things and don’t want to mix flavors.”

Best glass cutting board

Surface Saver Vance 20 X 16 inch Clear Tempered Glass Cutting Board

“I’ve used this glass cutting board for five months or longer and it’s perfect,” says one reviewer. “I keep it alongside the sink and it’s clear (like its description) and doesn’t have the blue-ish tint to it that many of the glass cutting boards have.” This cutting board is a particular favorite among reviewers who want to see their countertop without destroying it, like one who writes, “Bought this glass counter saver to replace acrylic ones. Looks perfect! Now I can see my lovely (but delicate) Mexican Talavera style tile counters.” Another reviewer adds, “I keep it on the counter next to the stove and use it all the time. It protects my granite counters, looks good, and is simple to clean. Much easier and more sanitary than a wood cutting board.”

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