The 10 Best Magnetic Knife Bars
This wiki has been updated 27 times since it was first published in March of 2016. Magnetic knife strips are a great way to keep blades clean and out of the way while still providing quick and easy access. Many of them have magnets strong enough to hold multiple pounds securely and, for the most part, they're relatively affordable. Some are also suitable for other hardware, too, like screwdrivers, scissors, and various kitchen gadgets. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
July 19, 2019:
Everybody should get a magnetic knife rack, and I can think of at least five reasons why. Obviously, they save space, but they're also considerably more sanitary, because you never know what kind of germs are hiding in a huge wooden block. Thirdly, they're especially better for quality chef's knives, because any residual moisture will damage a finish, even if the blade's made of so-called stainless steel. Furthermore -- and I can't stress this enough -- if you have nice knives, they deserve to be shown off. Even more, having your tools hanging in plain sight on the wall doesn't just look great, it makes it quite a bit easier to grab the right one at a moment's notice. Most of these reasons still hold true if you're using one of these devices to store your handyman tools or antique sword collection.
For pure functionality, check out the RSVP, AvoLiving, and especially the Norpro. They don't look like much, but they perform quite well and cost very little. The HSTMC is also pretty inexpensive, though it isn't very big. In the middle of the pack are the Ouddy, Vallec, and Kuaile, which look good enough to complement most kitchens and serve their purpose admirably. If you really want to take things up a notch, though, there are some neat ways to do so. The Unique Effects looks fantastic and is as strong as they come thanks to its dual-rail design, and the movable hooks add an additional layer of convenience, though it's one of the few that you can't mount using tape. The Briar and Oak is an incredibly attractive piece that comes from a very novel wood source, and the same can really be said for the Woodsom. Actually, the Woodsom doesn't just look excellent, it's handmade with care right here in the States, and comes in an impressive variety of woods. If you want, you can even custom-order the exact length you need. We'd especially recommend checking out the purpleheart and rustic pine models, which both look unlike anything else on the market.