By Elizabeth Laseter

A great cutting board can seriously up your home cooking game, whether you're cutting veggies, chopping herbs, or slicing steak. But here's the ultimate question: What type of cutting board should you use? From flexible plastic boards you can stash in a drawer to sturdy wooden boards with juice grooves, there's more than enough models on the market today.

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We called on expert Allrecipes product tester (and cutting board connoisseur), Rachel Johnson, to rigorously test four kinds of cutting boards: wooden, bamboo, plastic, and composite. Keep reading to see our top seven picks at every price. See one you like? Simply click the link below each description to snag one for your own kitchen.

How We Tested Each Cutting Board

First, we rounded up 10 top-rated cutting boards made from plastic, wood, bamboo, and composite materials. We intentionally left glass cutting boards out of our lineup, since they can be damaging to knives.

Next, Rachel prepared this Thai Beef Salad on each cutting board to gauge how they handled tasks like chopping veggies and slicing meat. For each test, she considered these metrics:

  • Knife feel (How efficiently does the cutting board handle tasks like chopping, dicing, and slicing? Will it dull your knives?)
  • Durability (Is the board made to last? Does it show wear and tear?)
  • Cleanup (Is the board dishwasher-safe? If not, how difficult is it to clean?)
  • Storage (Does it take up unnecessary space in your kitchen?)
  • Overall value (Most importantly, is it worth the investment?)

Our testing not only resulted in #saladfordays, but it also told us which cutting boards are worth the money (and which ones you should skip). Below, see our picks for the best cutting boards of 2019.

Best Cutting Boards at a Glance

  • Best in Show: San Jamar Saf-T-Grip Cutting Board, $20; Amazon.com
  • Runner-Up: OXO Good Grips Carving & Cutting Board, $25; Amazon.com
  • Best Budget Buy: Dexus Heavy Duty Grippmat Cutting Board, Set of Four, $20; Amazon.com
  • Best Wooden Cutting Board: John Boos Reversible Maple Wood Cutting Board with Juice Groove, $105; Amazon.com
  • Also Recommended: Virginia Boys Large Walnut Cutting Board with Juice Drip Groove, $60; Amazon.com
  • Best Bamboo Cutting Board: Totally Bamboo Kona Groove Cutting Board, $26; Amazon.com
  • Best Composite Cutting Board: Epicurean All-In-One Cutting Board, $29; Amazon.com

Best in Show: San Jamar Saf-T-Grip Cutting Board

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San Jamar cutting boards are a staple of professional kitchens—and their Saf-T-Grip board is no exception. It may not be the prettiest of the bunch, but this well-priced, workhouse board will serve you well in a variety of kitchen tasks. Made of durable co-polymer plastic, this dishwasher-safe board features sturdy non-slip feet that hold it securely in place during cutting.

During testing, Rachel plowed through tasks like dicing cucumbers, chopping fresh herbs, and slicing steak with ease. The hard surface of the board was gentle on her knife—and she especially loved the built-in ruler notches along the side, a unique feature that makes portioning ingredients a breeze.

This cutting board is available in five different sizes and seven different colors. While we preferred the 18" x 12" size, it may be too large to fit in a standard dishwasher. Lastly, a built-in hook on the board allows for easy storage—simply hang it on a wire shelf or a wall-mounted hanger in your kitchen.

Buy It: San Jamar Saf-T-Grip Cutting Board, $20; Amazon.com

Runner-Up: OXO Good Grips Carving & Cutting Board

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OXO Good Grips Carving & Cutting Board also received high marks from Rachel during testing. Made of polypropylene plastic, this sturdy board is dishwasher-safe and features non-slip feet to hold it in place. Although not especially deep, the juice grooves along the sides of the board are a nice feature—and allow the juices to collect when you're slicing larger cuts of meat like beef tenderloin or roast chicken.

Rachel noted that the larger size (21" x 14.5") of this cutting board helped her stay organized during prepping. However, storage may be an issue for this board in smaller kitchens. It probably won't fit in your dishwasher either, but it can easily be scrubbed and rinsed in your sink.

Buy It: OXO Good Grips Carving & Cutting Board, $25; Amazon.com

Best Budget Buy: Dexus Heavy Duty Grippmat Flexible Cutting Board

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If space is limited in your kitchen, then Dexus' Grippmat Cutting Boards are a must-buy. Made of thin, flexible plastic, these lightweight boards are easily stored in a drawer or cabinet. You can also fold or roll the boards up for storage, a very nice feature for a college dorm or small apartment. These boards are also dishwasher-safe and come in two different sizes, 11" x 8" and 14" x 11.5."

Dexus' Grippmatt boards also offer the best bang-for-your-buck: For twenty dollars, you get not one, but four cutting boards in a variety of colors. While the non-slip backing keeps the board in place during use, Rachel noted that it may slip during rapid chopping. But for simple cooking tasks, this is a reliable and quality cutting board for the price.

Buy It: Dexus Heavy Duty Grippmat Cutting Board, Set of Four, $20; Amazon.com

Best Wooden Cutting Board: John Boos Reversible Maple Wood Cutting Board with Juice Groove

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John Boos' Maple Cutting Board (also called the "Boos Block") is the priciest board in our roundup, but it's also the most stunning. Made from sustainably-sourced, high-quality maple, the Boos Block is strong, durable, and is much easier on your knives than plastic cutting boards. The 24" x 18" x 1.5" size is large (and tall), but it offers plenty of room for prepping multiple ingredients. One side of this reversible board features juice grooves (perfect for carving a Thanksgiving turkey!), while the other side is flat. Space permitting, this board is made to be stored and displayed on your countertop.

While the Boos Block is pre-seasoned, it needs to be oiled before the first use (try their Mystery Oil), as well as on a regular basis. This board also needs to be hand-washed, so cleaning and sanitizing are a bit more involved. (Learn more at JohnBoos.com.) Regardless, this is truly a gorgeous cutting board that would make the perfect focal point of any kitchen.

Buy It: John Boos Reversible Maple Wood Cutting Board with Juice Groove, $105; Amazon.com

Also Recommended: Virginia Boys Kitchens Large Walnut Cutting Board with Juice Drip Groove

Walnut has a darker finish than maple—and is also an excellent choice for a wooden cutting board. Virginia Boys Kitchens' reversible board is a notch smaller (17" x 11" x 0.75") and significantly lighter than the Boos Block. Rachel was impressed by the quality of this board for its price point. However, it's important to note that this cutting board arrives completely unseasoned and requires a bit of work to be primed for use. Regular seasoning will make the board darker, smoother, and more beautiful over time. (VBK also sells wood care products, like their all-natural wood seasoning oil and wood wax.)

Buy It: Virginia Boys Large Walnut Cutting Board with Juice Drip Groove, $60; Amazon.com

Best Bamboo Cutting Board: Totally Bamboo Kona Groove Cutting Board

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Totally Bamboo's Kona Groove Cutting Board looks and feels luxurious without the hefty price tag. Rachel gave this board top marks in every category, and she especially liked its smooth surface that was gentle on knives. Made from sustainable, eco-friendly bamboo, this surprisingly lightweight board is the perfect size (18" x 12"). The reversible grooved and flat sides on this board make it practical for everyday or special occasion use.

Like the Boos' wooden board, Totally Bamboo's board requires regular seasoning. (Try their Revitalizing Oil.) It's also not dishwasher-safe—and should be hand-washed and rinsed with warm water and soap. (Learn more at TotallyBamboo.com.) Totally Bamboo's board isn't as durable as the Boos board, but it looks just as beautiful and offers great value.

Buy It: Totally Bamboo Kona Groove Cutting Board, $26; Amazon.com

Best Composite Cutting Board: Epicurean All-In-One Cutting Board

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If you love the look of a wooden cutting board and the convenience of plastic, Epicurean's composite board is an attractive option. Made from an eco-friendly paper composite material called Richlite, the All-In-One board is lightweight, completely dishwasher-safe, and features handy non-slip feet. It's also reversible—the grooved side is intended for cutting and carving meat, while the flat side is intended for chopping and dicing. And because it's heat-resistant up to 350°F, you can even use it as a trivet.

Storage is easy, as it's thin and small enough (14.5" x 11.24") to be placed flat in a drawer or upright in a cabinet. The built-in, centered hole at the top of the board is a thoughtful feature, allowing you to store it on a wall-mounted hook. While the composite material can be tougher on knives and a bit noisy, this is a quality cutting board that checks all the right boxes for everyday tasks.

Buy It: Epicurean All-In-One Cutting Board, $29; Amazon.com

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