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The best chopping boards for family kitchens

Along with a well-made kitchen knife, chopping boards are a kitchen essential. From hard wood to stone, we roundup our favourites for family kitchens

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Oct 26, 2021

Chopping board holding

A good chopping board is a kitchen equipment staple. Made from a hard wearing material such as wood, plastic or even stone, a chopping board provides a flat surface to cut and prep your ingredients, while protecting your counters from getting scratched. They can also be used to place hot pots and pans down without damaging the work surface.

Cutting boards come in various shapes and sizes, and can be thick and heavy-duty or flexible and lightweight, here are our favourites.

1. Best Overall: Harcas Chopping Board 2. Most Practical: Vicloon Cutting Board Set 3. Most Lightweight: Turata Chopping Board Set 4. Easy To Clean: Zeller Granite-Look Cutting Board 5. Best Non-Slip: Brabantia Large Chopping Board

1. Best Overall: Harcas Chopping Board

Bamboo chopping board

This cutting board is made of biodegradable, exceptionally hard-wearing bamboo. Bamboo is also naturally antibacterial and non-absorbent so a great material for chopping boards, the size is ample for meal prep too.

Pros

  • Environmentally friendly material
  • Attractive enough to present food at the table, as well as chop it in the kitchen

Cons

  • Hardness of bamboo can blunt knives over time

What we like

This cutting board has a beautiful and modern appearance. It has two carry handles to make it easy to move it around the kitchen.

Price: £17

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2. Most Practical: Vicloon Cutting Board Set

Vicloon chopping board

This practical trio of different sized chopping boards can be used separately for meat, fruits and vegetables, reducing cross-contamination. With rubber feet, carry handles and juice grooves, they're well designed to be useful in your kitchen..

Pros

  • Little rubber feet keep the chopping board still as you slice
  • Dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Drip groove around the board can be a little difficult to clean.

What we like

The BPA-free plastic of these boards is scratch-resistant and anti-bacterial. The carry handle can also be used to hang the boards on a hook, making storage a breeze.

Price: £13

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3. Most Lightweight: Turata Chopping Board Set

Tarata chopping board

This set of chopping boards comes in a pack of four. They’re colour-coded with an additional illustration at the bottom, so you can easily remember which chopping board is for which food category.

Pros

  • Practical in the kitchen, non-slip and easy to hold.
  • Easy to tip chopped food into containers or pans

Cons

  • Can be scratched by sharp knives

What we like

Each chopping board has a handle in the top corner, making it easier to grasp, fold and store.

Price: £10

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4. Easy To Clean: Zeller Granite-Look Cutting Board

Granite effect chopping board

Granite chopping boards are beautiful, but heavy and expensive. This plastic lookalike is a great alternative, with a non-porous surface that won't absorb any liquids.

Pros

  • Attractive stone-like appearance
  • Comes in different sizes depending on your needs

Cons

  • Prone to knife scratches

What we like

This chopping board doesn’t have as hard a surface as real granite, thus preventing knives from getting dull or damaged. It's also stable enough to stay put while chopping.

Price: £17

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5. Brabantia Large Chopping Board

Brabantina chopping board

This Brabantia chopping board is double-sided, so can be used to cut multiple foods in different sections at once. The soft grip handle makes it easy to adhere to the work surface.

Pros

  • Dishwasher safe
  • Odour-resistant
  • Sturdy and brightly coloured

Cons

  • Only one side has a non-drip groove to collect water and juices

What we like

The handle and lightness of this chopping board make it easy to hold. The bright colour makes it a cheery addition to your kitchen.

Price: From £6

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