Best Cutting Boards

With hundreds of options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed buying a new cutting board and figuring out which options are made in the USA. Below is our research on cutting boards made in the USA. We’ll go into each of our top picks and cover the criteria we used in our research.

Our Findings

Overall, we found 5 manufacturers who we think are making the highest quality cutting boards in the USA. Since everybody has different taste and budget, we broke down each of our top picks into a few categories. These are — the best large cutting board, best for cutting meat, the best round board, the most affordable, and the best plastic cutting board. Keep reading to learn the specifics of each board. Also make sure to read our guides on American made kitchen knives.

Top Recommendations

Best Cutting Boards Best for:
Coastal Carolina Cutting Boards Large Cutting Board
Virginia Boys 11×17 Cutting Board Cutting Board for Meat
John Boos Round Block Round Cutting Board
Epicurean Cutting Boards Affordable
Architec EcoSmart Board Plastic Cutting Board

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Below are all the details for each of our top picks – what we liked about them, what we didn’t like, and all other details.

Best Large Cutting Board

Coastal Carolina Cutting Boards

The Coastal Carolina cutting board is a 1″ slab of solid wood, making this product ideal for cutting, dicing, slicing, and chopping. It does not have handles or stoppers to keep this board in place.

Various size options mean you can get one of these boards small enough for chopping vegetables or large enough to handle your family meal preps. Sizes range from 8″ x12″, 10″ x14″, 12″ x16″, and 12″ x16″ with a juice tray.

This cutting board is made of different wood blends to create an aesthetically appealing striped design, unique due to each board’s individual manufacturing. And you can choose from light, medium, dark, or mixed shades.

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Things we like:

  • 1″ thick solid wood construction
  • Attractive design
  • Can order engraved with name or logo
  • Individually made, so each product is unique

Things we don’t like:

  • Can’t be dishwasher cleaned
  • No handles

 

Best Cutting Board for Meat

Virginia Boys 11×17 Cutting Board

The Virginia Boys cutting board is a 0.75″ solid black walnut wood construction (non-endangered wood). The porous straight grains are gentle on your knives, so your utensils don’t dull.

A carved groove ensures this board collects runoff juices, so there’s no mess to clean up. This large board is perfect for all forms of food prep, whether it’s vegetables, herbs, or meat. But the carved grooves also mean this board isn’t reversible. You can only use one side.

The dark rich color makes this board attractive enough to cut or serve as a serving platter for pizza, sushi, cheese plates, and fruits. Your board comes raw and unseasoned, so you can fix it up exactly as you like. This board comes in various sizes, with or without handles. And you can get rectangular or circular shapes.

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Things we like:

  • Comes unseasoned so you can prepare your board’s flavor
  • The dark rich color looks attractive and appealing
  • Groove around board catches drips
  • Soft surface doesn’t dull or damage knives

Things we don’t like:

  • Wood is harder to keep clean and sterilize
  • Not reversible

 

Best Round Cutting Board

John Boos Round Block

The John Boos cutting block is a 3″ thick circle made of thick Northern Rock maple wood. It also comes in dark rich walnut. You can select from various sizes ranging from 12 inches round to 30 inches round. End grain construction also gives this cutting board extra durability while reducing the possible damage done to your knives.

If you get this cutting board, make sure you hand wash it and lightly oil it regularly to keep it in good condition. Overall, I really like these boards and think they could fit well in any kitchen. You can use them with fine cutlery as well.

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Things we like:

  • Available in multiple size options
  • Made in Effingham, Illinois
  • End grain construction improves durability
  • Constructed of hand-selected, sustainably sourced maple

Things we don’t like:

  • Requires regular oiling (more when new or in drier climates)
  • Not reversible

 

Most Affordable

Epicurean Cutting Boards

The Epicurean cutting board comes in three sizes (11.5″ x9″; 14.5″ x11.25″; 17.5″ x13″) and multiple colors, with a different colored wood surface and colored rounded edges.

This cutting board is a lightweight, nonporous paper fiber composite, which isn’t as durable as wood or plastic. However, this composite board is dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to clean.

The silicone corners help this board stay in place, and the hole in the corner makes it easier to transport this board. And the wood fibers are heat resistant up to 350°F; it is not safe to use in the microwave or as a cooking utensil.

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Things we like:

  • Rounded silicone corners keep the board in place
  • A hole in the corner makes it easier to move
  • Dishwasher and heat safe up to 350°F
  • Double-sided design

Things we don’t like:

  • Thinner design

 

Best Plastic Cutting Board

Architec EcoSmart Board

The Architect smart board comes in only one size — 12″ x16″ with a minor thickness of 0.38″. It’s dishwasher safe, making for easy cleaning.

The gray and white marble design is attractive and makes your board look good when left out on your counter. The thin design makes this board lightweight, but there are no handles or holes to make it easier to move around.

If you’re a fan of eco-friendly goods, this board is made of recycled food-grade plastics, which helps reduce landfill clutter (20+ plastic containers and ground glass per board). These boards are manufactured in zero-waste facilities.

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Things we like:

  • Gray and white marble appearance
  • Large size gives plenty of room
  • Made of recycled materials
  • Lightweight

Things we don’t like:

  • No handles or holes

Factors We Considered

Materials

Cutting boards come in various materials. You can find cutting boards made of wood, acrylic, plastic, glass, and bamboo. Which material you choose will depend on your needs, personal tastes, and individual needs.

Plastic/Acrylic

Materials like plastic or acrylic are less expensive but not as durable. These surfaces are nonporous, so they’re easy to clean. But plastic is also easily damaged from knife nicks. You can use these cutting boards for cutting raw or cooked meat, seafood, and poultry.

Wood

Wood is one of the most durable materials for cutting boards. Some hardwoods can resist knife nicks and water. But softer woods may absorb water, leading to mold growth when not cleaned correctly. Wood has a reduced chance of dulling your knives.

Glass

Glass cutting boards are rarely for functional purposes due to causing excessive damage to your knives. These are best for decorative purposes or as a serving device.

Bamboo

Bamboo is inexpensive, eco-friendly, and durable. But they are not dishwasher safe, so it takes special care to hand wash and dry.

Safety Features

When shopping for a cutting board, you’ll also want to consider if the board you’re considering has additional safety features.

Some boards have handles, which make it easier to move and keep still while cutting. Other cutting boards have suction cups or rubber feet on the bottom, which keep the board in place.

Size

Cutting boards come in a variety of sizes. Choosing the appropriate size is crucial to safety. Trying to use a board too big for your counter can cause an unstable board. But using a board that’s too small can make a mess and also cause injury.

Some people have multiple cutting boards for different foods. Small plastic boards are suitable for chopping up vegetables for salads. But large wooden cutting boards are better for chopping up poultry, meat, seafood, and other large foods.

Care

Keeping your cutting board clean and sanitized is a vital part of healthy cooking. It’s tricky figuring out which material is the safest and easiest to clean.

Plastic boards are nonporous, meaning there are no small holes, so harmful juices don’t get trapped. Nonporous surfaces are easier to hand clean or put into the dishwasher.

Most wood boards are not dishwasher safe. You have to wash your board correctly after each use. And you have to condition them regularly so they don’t become brittle and splinter.

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