Cutting Board Review

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We spent over 24 hours testing and researching 20 different kinds of cutting boards and found that material, size, and ease of cleaning were most important. The Prepworks Cutting Board scored high marks in all categories and is our top pick. The polyurethane material that the cutting board is made of stood up to knife cuts and didn’t get damaged. It didn’t damage the knives either. The groove that surrounds the entire board traps liquids and juices to reduce mess. This cutting board didn’t stain even when we cut tomatoes and strawberries on it. It can be washed in the dishwasher for even more convenience.

Best Cutting Board

Are you just starting out on your own or starting a new family. When you set up your kitchen there are a few basic items that every kitchen needs to get by. One of the key items required in every kitchen is a few good cutting boards. Without a cutting board it is difficult to make a home cooked meal. When you cut meat on a countertop you leave bacteria and contaminants that are difficult to clean properly. Kitchen countertops provide a hard cutting surface that is often slick. There is nothing worse than trying to cut food that is sliding around.

Having a good quality cutting board will allow you to keep all of your food on the board and clean up in the sink or dishwasher. The other major issue in cutting food without a cutting board is the potential damage to your countertops and dull your knives. Cutting boards are designed for sharp knives and will keep your countertops clean, sanitary, and scratch free.

Cutting boards are great for cutting, chopping, slicing and otherwise preparing any foods from meat to fruits and vegetables to cheeses. There are many different varieties of cutting boards and they vary widely in both size and the material the board is made from. With so many options it can be confusing to find a board that will actually have the features you need. What are the differences between brands, material and style or should you just buy the cheapest one. Since cutting boards are an inexpensive kitchen accessory, most home cooks have several that they keep on hand.

Many home cooks have a board specifically for cutting meats and separate boards for cutting fruits and vegetables and a third for other items like spices and cheese. However, you want to organize your kitchen and be sure to include a quality cutting board that will not dull your knives or trap bacteria, contaminating your food.

We have evaluated the top brand cutting boards based on the material they are made from, sizes that are offered, added beneficial features and ability to clean and keep sanitized. From there were selected our top picks based on quality and manufacturer. We have also provided a buyer’s guide so you can evaluate which features and benefits will be most useful for your cooking needs.

Our objective is to help you select a cutting board or set of cutting boards that will last you for many years and provide you with a worry free food preparation environment.

Top 10 Cutting Boards

RankPictureBoardMaterialPieces
1
Prepworks
Plastic1
2
OXO
Plastic1
3
Totally Bamboo
Bamboo3
4
Norpro
Plastic3
5
Culina
Bamboo1
6
Microban
Plastic1
7
Dutis
Plastic3
8
MIU
Plastic5
9
Bellissima
Plastic3
10
Seville
Bamboo1

Best Overall Cutting Board

Prepworks from Progressive International PCB¬1812 17.38″ X 11.25″ Cutting Board

The design of the Prepworks from Progressive International PCB-1812 17.38″ X 11.25″ Cutting Board creates a versatile board that is great for chopping, slicing, cutting and other food preparation needs. The cutting board has a number of features that make it a top pick.

The board is made from a plastic material called polyurethane, which is a strong material that can stand up to knife cuts without damaging, dulling, or chipping your knives. The material is able to absorb the blade, which prevents dulling due to the cutting surface. Polyurethane is also dishwasher safe, easy to clean and will not trap bacteria in the knife indentions.

Another useful feature of the Prepworks cutting board is the groove that surrounds the exterior of the board. The groove will trap juices from meats or fruits, enabling all the juices to remain on the board. This feature provides for easy cleanup and prevents any juices from leaking onto the countertop. If you flip the board over the other side does not have a groove. This will provide a larger cutting surface for jobs that include dry foods, where the reservoir is not needed. The polyurethane material does not stain easily and will last for many years.

The other popular feature with the Prepworks for progressive International is the handle. There is an easy grip handle at the top of the board which enables you to move the board with ease. The board can be stored flat or hung depending on your storage preferences. The polyurethane material will grip to the countertop preventing the board from moving while you are working to prep your food. It comes in an 11X17X1/4” which is large enough for most prepping tasks, while still being small enough for easy storage.

Customers love that the board is large enough for most cooking needs and small enough to easily fit in the dishwasher. It is only ¼ inch thick making it so you can store anywhere. The groove catches any juices or liquids and reduces clean up time. The ability to throw it in the dishwasher and know it is sanitized for the next use is a huge plus.

OXO Good Grips 10¬1/2¬by¬15¬Inch Utility Cutting Board, Black

TheOXO Good Grips 10­ ½ X ­15­Inch Utility Cutting Board offers a top quality polyurethane plastic cutting board with the choice between black or red edges. OXO Good Grips is also available in the same style made from bamboo, but the sizes will vary for the bamboo boards. This large cutting board has a 10 ½ by 15 inches of cutting space. The polyurethane material is very durable and non-porous material that is odor resistant and will keep knives sharp for long periods of time. It features a double sided board which makes it more versatile. The edges are non-slip, therefore the board will remain in place during food preparation and will not move. There is also a small groove around the edge of the board. This will capture any juices that are released during the food preparation process. This feature prevents messes and will keep your countertops and tables germ free. The grooves also make clean up a cinch.

Additionally the OXO Good Grips cutting board has tapered, soft durable handles. This makes moving the board from place to place easy and it will not slip out of your hands even if it is wet. The board is dishwasher safe and can be stored flat or upright. The compact size will fit in most dishwashers and does not take up much room for storage. The material the boards are made from will keep your knives sharp and provide a clean surface that will not trap bacteria. The double sided board will help prevent cross contamination from foods and provide a second cutting surface.

The OXO Good Grips cutting boards are available in a few different sizes. The bamboo boards, which are very environmentally friendly and offer the same tapered handles, and soft grip surface is available in a 9X12 or a 12X16. This includes a grooved edge and non-slip surface.

The polyurethane boards are available in a 7 ½ X 10 ½, a 10 ½ X 15 inch and a 15 X 21 inch board.

Customers really like the look and feel of this cutting board. The design enhancements help make it easy to use and easy to store. The juice catcher is useful for cutting meats and fruits. The handle, which double as a non-slip surface is ingenious. The board comes in different colors and sizes giving you the ability to match the handle color with your kitchen décor. Clean up is minimum and it takes very little space for storage.

Best Budget Cutting Board

Totally Bamboo 20¬7930 3¬Piece Cutting Board Set

The Totally Bamboo 20­7930 3­Piece Cutting Board Set is a top pick because of the value presented with bamboo wood. Totally Bamboo is a leading manufacturer in the production of bamboo products. They own their own bamboo forest and only use high grade “Moso” bamboo timber cut at its peak of 5 years. Their products are environmentally friendly along with being inexpensive and very durable. Bamboo is an alternative to traditional wood boards, and provide a lighter and more durable option for those who love wood. Bamboo grows quickly and does not require any special care in order to grow successfully. The bamboo wood produces more oxygen than a comparable hardwood forest making the use of bamboo one of the most environmentally friendly options available to consumers. Since bamboo grows quickly it has become a popular sustainable substitute for traditional wood products. Bamboo is also a much lighter weight than wooden cutting board options.

This set of bamboo cutting boards comes in a set of three different sizes which include a 6 X 8 board, an 8 ½ X 11 inch board and a 9 ½ X 13 board. The larger one can be used for meats or vegetables, the middle size is great for slicing cheese, where the small board is great for small items like spices or garlic or servings of a snack or treat. Each board is 3/8 of an inch thick and are lighter weight than traditional wooden boards. The cutting boards are made without formaldehyde, making them safe to use with all food products. Formaldehyde is often used in the glues that bind wooden cutting boards together. When the glue is heated it can let off gasses. Having a product without formaldehyde creates a safer surface for food preparation.

The two larger boards come with a handle which makes them easy to move from place to place. They are compact enough to store anywhere, and attractive enough to leave on your countertops. TheTotally Bamboo 20­7930 3­Piece Cutting Board Set can be used for both preparing foods and serving. The boards are easy to clean and should be hand washed with warm soapy water only. Occasionally treating the boards will mineral oil will maintain the cutting board’s beauty and extend their life. This will also prevent cracking and drying of the wood. It is best not to leave the cutting boards soaking in water as this can lead to warping due to water absorption.

Customers love the environmental aspects of the bamboo cutting boards as well as the attractive, light and compact design. You get the look of wood without the heavy weight. Not only are these boards used for food preparation, but they are also elegant enough for serving. This ads to the versatility of the cutting boards and adds value for customers who love to cook and entertain.

Summary

In your kitchen it is good to have several cutting boards. Often you will use more than one board as you prepare various parts of a meal. We have selected top picks that will provide attractive boards that can be used in the kitchen as well as boards that are durable.

The Prepworks and OXO Good Grips have one board each and the Totally Bamboo comes in a set of three. All companies offer different sizes so you can create a cutting board set from each company, though the first two, each board size is sold separately.

The OXO Good Grips offers two different color options. If you wanted a board dedicated for meat and one dedicated for fruits and vegetables the color coded ends can provide an easy way to separate the two.

If you are looking for an environmentally friendly option then the Totally Bamboo boards are a perfect selection. They are made from 100% high quality bamboo and offer a sustainable option to the polyurethane cutting boards. Bamboo boards are also lightweight and can be used for serving as well as food preparation, making them the most versatile option.

The polyurethane boards made by OXO Good Grips and Prepworks are both large enough to prepare either meats or vegetable and have a groove to catch runoff juices. The OXO Good Grips comes in either black or red edges, so if you are looking for this additional design feature, this will be the best pick. For a white board that will stay white even after heavy use, the Prepworks cutting board is a great choice. Both of the polyurethane cutting boards are dishwasher safe.

Both the Prepworks and the OXO Good Grips offer non-slip surfaces. The bamboo is heavier and the weight will prevent spillage, though there is not a design feature that specifically addresses board movement. All of the cutting board options provide top quality compact designs that are easy to store. Each board choice will keep knives sharp and add an elegance to your kitchen.

Cutting Board Comparison Chart


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OXO
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Norpro
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Microban
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Bellissima
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MaterialPlasticPlasticBambooPlasticBambooPlasticPlasticPlasticPlasticBamboo
ColorWhiteWhite
/ Bamboo
/ Red
WoodMulti
Color
WoodYellowWhite with
Lime Green
Blue,
Red,
Yellow,
Green,
White
Red WhiteWood
Surface
Area
(Inches)
11.25 x 17.2510.50 x 14.506.00 x 8.00
/ 8.50 x 11.00
/ 9.50 x 13.00
15.00 x 11.5018.00 x 12.0014.50 x 10.0016.00 x 10.00
/ 13.00 x 8.00
/ 10.00 x 6.00
15.00 x 11.0013.75 x 8.75
/ 11.40 x 7.00
/ 10.00 x 6.30
16.50 x 13.40
Weight
(Pounds)
3.201.602.300.101.001.003.008.002.405.80
Pieces1133113531
Warranty
(Months)
12Limited
Lifetime
121236Limited
Lifetime
12Limited
Lifetime
12

 

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Cutting Board Buying Guide

Cutting boards are a kitchen essential. Many home cooks have a collection of boards that include both polyurethane and wooden cutting surfaces as there are advantages to having both designs in your kitchen. In order to choose the right options for your kitchen consider how you cook and what you will be using the boards for.

What is a Cutting Board?

Cutting Board1A cutting board is generally a rectangular kitchen appliance that will help with food preparation. By cutting food on a board designed for the task you will prevent food and food juices from contaminating your counter tops and tables, while safely preparing food. Using a separate board for meats and other foods will help prevent cross contamination and will make the clean-up process easier. Most kitchens have several cutting boards that are different sizes and possible different materials, in order to meet all of your cooking needs.

Material

Cutting boards can be made out of several different popular materials. These include plastic (polyurethane), wood, bamboo, glass, and composite materials.

Plastic Cutting Boards are most commonly made from polyurethane material. This creates an inexpensive and durable board. The plastic material does not dull knives quickly and creates a surface than can absorb the cuts without harboring bacteria from the food. It is generally dishwasher safe and easy to clean. The downside is that the cut marks can create stains and discoloration and they must be replaced after a few years of use.

Wooden Cutting boards are traditional boards. They are very attractive, heavy duty and easy on knives. The biggest challenge with wooden boards is that they are difficult to keep sanitized. The knife cuts can trap bacteria. Boards should be cleaned immediately after use and bleach can be used to sanitize. Wooden boards can also be very heavy and will begin to warp after heavy use. These boards are also expensive.

Bamboo Cutting Boards are a common substitute for expensive wooden cutting boards. They are environmentally friendly option to wood and because it is generally a harder surface the wood will not capture bacteria like traditional wooden boards. This also makes them less susceptible to warping and cracking. They generally must be cleaned by hand and should be cleaned immediately after use, especially when used with cutting meats. The bamboo boards are often attractive enough to use for both food preparation and serving. When using bamboo, because of the harder surface, knives will dull faster than with plastic and wooden surfaces. They are lighter weight than traditional wood and often less expensive.

Cutting Board2Glass cutting boards are the heaviest and hardest surfaces. They can come on decorative designs and are generally better for serving foods than cutting. Because of the very hard cutting surface glass will dull knives quickly. The other disadvantage of glass is the surface is generally slick. These are the most beautiful boards, but not necessarily the most practical for everyday use.

Composite cutting boards can be made from a range of materials including recycled wood or paper or a popular resin material. Composite boards will often offer durable surfaces that are gentle on knives. If they are made from recycled materials you get the environmentally friendly benefit as well.

Size

The size of the board you need will depend on the size of meals you prepare. For a larger family you need a larger board. Meats and vegetables need a medium to large sized boards where fruits and spices generally do better with a smaller size. Having one board that is 8 ½ X 11 or larger will meet most of your needs. When buying a board consider where you will store the cutting board as this may dictate the size you buy as well.

How Many Boards Do You Need?

The quantity of cutting boards will be decided by the amount of cooking you do. If you will be preparing both meats and vegetables in a single meal then two boards would be a minimum. You do not want to cut meat and vegetables on the same board as it will result in cross contamination. Many home cooks dedicate a single board for meats and then use another board for fruits and vegetables and a third board for cheeses and spices. If you want a board for serving it may mean having both wooden and bamboo boards along with a polyurethane board or two on hand.

Groove or No Groove

Some cutting boards have a groove around the edge to capture juices from the prepared foods. If you are cutting meat or fruits frequently, having a grooved edge will make clean up easier and prevent the juices from getting on your countertops or table.

Often cutting boards will offer a groove on one side and the opposite side will not have a groove. This offers the benefit of a larger cutting surface on the un-grooved side and a catch for juices, when that is needed.

Non-Slip Surfaces

When preparing foods having a board that will stay in place is will an added convenience you will be glad to have. Some cutting boards have built in non-slip surfaces on the back side of the board. Others, like wooden boards, are often cut very thick so that the weight will create a non-slip surface. If you purchase a board that have non-slip feet, it is possible that the board will not be reversible (being able to use both sides). Some have grips at the end of the board that will serve as a non-slip surface regardless of which side of the board is used.

Decorative Boards

Cutting Board3Some cutting boards are built more for display than use. Glass and wooden cutting boards will often have designs that will create a piece of art, then can be used in the kitchen for either food preparation or serving. You can find bamboo boards cut in various shapes from a pineapple to a guitar. Glass boards can have decorative designs built into the glass. Generally these are better used for serving or displaying, than for actual food preparation.

Conclusion

Cutting boards are a kitchen essential. When deciding which boards will be most useful consider your current cooking habits. They you can select how many boards and what sizes and material will best meet your needs. All cutting boards should be replaced after a few years of use because bacteria will eventually build up over time. Even the most durable plastic boards will become discolored and the knife cuts will begin to harbor bacteria. Cleaning after each use and using bleach to disinfect the boards will extend their life. Having cutting boards that are dedicated to using with meats and a separate one for fruits and vegetables will also help to prevent cross contamination.

Find a cutting board that you will enjoy using and will be easy to clean and store and you will enjoy your cooking and food preparation much more.

Resources

  1. Prepworks from Progressive International PCB­1812 17.38″ X 11.25″ Cutting Board Image: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/
  2. Prepworks from Progressive International PCB­1812 17.38″ X 11.25″ Cutting Board: http://progressiveintl.com/
  3. OXO Good Grips 10­1/2­by­15­Inch Utility Cutting Board Image: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/
  4. OXO Good Grips 10­1/2­by­15­Inch Utility Cutting Board: http://www.oxo.com/
  5. Totally Bamboo 20­7930 3­Piece Cutting Board Set Image:http://ecx.images-amazon.com/
  6. Totally Bamboo 20­7930 3­Piece Cutting Board Set:http://www.totallybamboo.com/