Updated: June 8, 2015
Cutting Board Reviews:A chopping board, or cutting board is an essential tool to have in any modern kitchen. Most meal preparation requires some from of chopping, cutting, or mincing and that is where a cutting board comes in handy. Having a large butchers block is great, but many people choose to go with a more portable cutting board that stores away easily in cabinets and is out of sight when not in use. Lots of kitchens also have cutting boards that pull out from the sink area or around the cabinets and are a more permanent fixture. Wooden cutting boards are perhaps the most popular style around, but plastic and glass cutting boards are gaining in popularity. Which style is right for you? We will discuss the various options below with pluses and minuses for each.
Wood cutting boards are top sellers, although they are probably the worst at keeping bacteria out of your kitchen. Wood can be very porous which makes it a great place for bacteria to stay even after the board has been washed or wiped clean. Some wooden cutting boards stain easily with juices and can be difficult to clean. I know I've used our wood cutting board to cut up berries or chop cilantro only to find that the food stains are not easily removed with the first washing. My wife recently purchased a few plastic cutting boards and they seem like a better alternative. They are less porous than wood, so bacteria is not a concern and I would say that plastic cutting boards are easier to clean than wood ones. Home chefs that want to liven up their kitchen a bit can try a glass cutting board made with tempered glass and beautiful designs. They are stain and odor proof, heat resistant, and scratch proof. We have read some articles that say glass cutting boards can actually make your knives dull faster than other wood or plastic cutting boards. If you are going to go with a wood cutting board, consider bamboo for it's durable nature or maple since it's a hardwood with a non-porous surface. The one big drawback to wood cutting boards is that they are not always safe for dishwashing like plastic or glass. Cutting boards come in a variety of shapes like square, oval, round, or rectangular. If you plan on cutting meats or fish that have juices, look into the a cutting board that has grooves built in to keep the juices on the board and off your countertops. Those with smaller kitchens should look into over the sink cutting boards which work great in small places. Cutting boards may not last a lifetime, but if they are cared for properly, you should get a good 10 years out of them. Browse the best selling cutting boards here.