It doesn’t seem like a grand evening of food and friends would be complete without a well-appointed cheese plate. Between your hunks of Roquefort, shards of parmesan and puddles of warm brie, it’s almost guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. But you don’t want to scatter that lush range on any old paper plate or random platter. Do it justice and display it properly on a dedicated cheeseboard with its own knife.
Typically made from wood, cheese boards come in all sorts of dimensions, but the best come with appropriate grooves to neatly lay down stacks of crisp crackers or piles of toasted nuts. And many of the versions that feature special, dedicated cheese knives also have storage so those implements can be neatly tucked away.
To help make your next festive gathering even better, we’ve taken the liberty of curating our four favorite cheese board and knife sets available on Amazon.
1. Smirly Cheese Board and Knife Set
The best additions to our kitchen arsenals solve problems rather than create them. The issue with so cheese board sets is that while they may come with the main apparatus, they don’t include all the additional components that make creating a proper platter easy. Our top pick does not have that problem. Measuring 16 inches long by 13 inches wide, it has plenty of room—but it also expands. It has five serving sections that can be filled with cheese, nuts, crackers and more, and it also comes with four knives and a wine opener which store neatly away. With forks, ceramic sauce bowls and even slate boards to label things, it truly has everything.
2. Royal Craft Wood Unique Bamboo Cheese Board
When it comes to wood, bamboo is a phenomenal choice: not only is it sustainable and eco-friendly, but it is also naturally water-resistant and hampers bacterial growth. This bamboo model is thoughtfully designed with cut-out handles so it can be securely lifted from underneath. It also has a sunken center panel to make extra room for large blocks of cheese and sliced meats. It may not have as many other grooves and compartments as some of the other examples on our list, but it comes with a deep trough on each end that gives you space to store crackers, nuts and other snacks.
3. CTFT Cheese Board and Knife Set
At 13 inches by 13 inches, this model isn’t the roomiest on our list, but it’s an ideal and efficient way to present a cheese board at smaller gatherings. That’s because it features a built-in storage compartment that slides out to reveal its knife set. To complement the multiple knives that come with it, the assortment also includes two ramekins to hold jams or sauces. A channel that runs around the entire perimeter that is ideal for crackers, nuts and even small fruit.
4. Casafield Organic Bamboo Cheese Cutting Board & Knife Gift Set
Sometimes, you just want the essentials. If you’re a kitchen minimalist and want a board that puts function above all else, this is the right choice for you. Constructed from bamboo, it has a simple design that is on the smaller end of our list. But it still has room for a pull-out compartment that stores the essential knives. Like some of our other models, it has a divet running around the perimeter and has a moderate amount of space in the center for your chosen cheeses to take the spotlight.