Why not use reddit then? Not even trying to do the whole "hurr durr reddit bad," but as you said yourself it's 4chan with a condom.
Is the problem the format of it and how topics/threads are structured, the upvote system, the lack of anonymity? Or is the culture/are the users too different?
The three imageboards I can think about that aren't full of /pol/acks are lainchan, 420chan, and sushigirl. I have a feeling people here hate lainchan though, and I don't know much about 420chan tbh. And Sushi is kinda "forced" comfy so it's might not be what your looking for.
There's also lolcow.farm and crystal.cafe, but they're "femme" and even without /pol/acks they're unironically toxic.
Considering nobody's bitched about you saying "normie" instead of "normalnigger" yet this place seems alright.>>1906
Most other English imagebaords besides 4chan are just edgier versions of it, since it's full of all the people who found 4chan too tame for them or were banned from it. You're not going to have an imageboard for 4/8chan refugees without the shitty people that come with it, and most smaller boards don't have a distinct enough/defined culture to prevent it from becoming an edgier 4chan when more people join.