If you’re on the hunt for the best cutting board, it’s best to be completely informed on what you’re purchasing. First of all, the materials used can not only impact your health, it can impact your knives.
When it comes to your health, it is recommended that you choose a material that won’t harbor bacteria. And as you will see below, the material you think harbors the most bacteria might surprise you.
When it comes to knives, the harder the surface, the more maintenance your knives will need. Therefore, below we have mapped out which materials will prolong the longevity of your knives. But first, we bring you the best cutting boards around…
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Most people assume plastic harbors less bacteria than wood. But, according to a study done by the UC-Davis Food Safety Laboratory, this is far from the case. The results of the study found plastic was impossible to clean and disinfect, whereas wood would end up disinfecting itself overtime. And contrary to plastic, they also found that bacteria in wood does not multiply. Therefore, we can assume that wood is safer to use than plastic. The other upside to wood is, it is easier on your knives and will keep them sharper for longer.
There is also the option of an end grain cutting board. These boards are essentially a puzzle of different pieces of lumber pieced together. End grain cutting boards are also made so the grain of the wood is turned up as opposed to laying on its side. Therefore, when you’re cutting, the knife will hit between the wood fibers and is less likely to severe the wood. This makes it easier on the board and on your knife.
But, what about bamboo? Bamboo is loved for its sustainability and renewability. These types of cutting boards are believed to be as sanitary, if not more sanitary, as wood. And this is because they are less porous and absorb less liquid. However, it also means they are tougher on your knives.
So, choosing the best cutting board is a personal choice and something where you will need to weigh the pros and cons. It pretty much comes down to if you would rather maintain your knives or maintain your cutting board. It’s all up to you.
Best Wood Cutting Board
Michigan Maple Block Maple Cutting Board
When purchasing a wood cutting board, it is important to note that there are certain woods that are better than others and you’ll want to stick with hardwoods such as Maple, Black Walnut or Black Cherry. For our pick, we chose Maple as it is the hardest out of these hardwoods, but not so hard that it will ruin your knives. It is also one of the most sustainable and most affordable woods available. And of course, it looks fantastic.
This long grain cutting board is of Michigan Maple and is a good standard size for low maintenance and high maintenance cooks alike. It is 18 inches in length, 12 inches in width, 1.75 inches thick and weighs approximately 9 pounds. And for convenience, this cutting board is reversible. So it’s perfect for designating one side to meats and the other to vegetables. There are also wood carved grooves on the side that make it easy for transportation in the kitchen.
And as far as the Michigan Maple Block Company goes, it’s one of the largest and oldest manufacturers of butcher block products in the nation. Located in Petoskey, Michigan, it has been in the same family for over 125 years. And their quality, endurance and their timelessness can be found in celebrity homes, in the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and in the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City to name a few. And that all speaks for itself. We’re not the only ones who think this is the best cutting board.
Tip: To protect and preserve your cutting board, it’s wise to invest in some oil or some cream. Simply wipe across the board and let it dry overnight. If any excess remains the next day, just wipe it once more. And once a week is all you really need.
Best End Grain Cutting Board
Michigan Maple Block Maple End Grain Chopping Block
Usually we like to switch things up a bit but Michigan Maple Block Company is the highest quality you can get. And, this end grain chopping block is absolutely stunning. We promise the best so you will get the best of the best.
Crafted of solid Northern Michigan hard maple, this end grain chopping block is National Sanitation Foundation certified. It’s 20 inches in length, 15 inches in width, 3.5 inches thick and weighs approximately 26 pounds. And granted, this might be large for some. However, Michigan Maple Block Company makes a smaller version which you can find here. And the smaller version is 15 x 15 x 2 and weighs about half the size at 11 pounds.
Michigan Maple cutting boards are made to last a lifetime and it helps the preservation along if you take care of it. Like we mentioned before, all you need to do is wax or oil your cutting board once a week with some oil or cream.
Best Bamboo Cutting Board
Greener Chef Bamboo Cutting Board
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth, so you’re doing mother nature a favor by going this route. And this particular organic bamboo cutting board we chose is meant to last a lifetime. It is free of harmful chemicals, dyes, solvents, adhesives, stains, lacquers, sealants, formaldehydes and pesticides. And as if that isn’t enough, it is FDA approved.
Like wood cutting boards, bamboo is naturally resistant to harboring bacteria and other microbes. And since we already covered this, the question is, is it Ok on your knives? Greener Chef claims their boards will never dull your knives. If that is really true, this board is the best cutting board ever. Regardless though, if you’re going to go with bamboo material, Greener Chef makes some fabulous boards and perhaps the best bamboo cutting board out there.
To squash any doubts, the Greener Chef Bamboo Cutting Board was the #1 Professional Chef Recommended in 2017. Their boards are commercial-restaurant grade with industrial strength and durability.
This particular board is highly functional. It is dishwasher safe, non slip, reversible and comes equipped with a drip trough.
For maintenance purposes, the company recommends you condition your board with a walnut oil. And they have an option for a set, where you can purchase the board with the oil in one step.
Best Plastic Cutting Board
OXO Good Grips Utility Cutting Board
As we stated before, plastic cutting boards are the least sanitary of the bunch. However, we have chosen a non-porous, BPA-free board that will resist some of the bacteria buildup. So, if you insist on a plastic board – and granted, sometimes a plastic cutting board is necessary – this is your best bet.
The OXO Good Grips Utility Cutting Board is reversible with one side featuring a drip trough and the other side being completely solid. And the reversible aspect will help prevent cross-contamination. OXO also has an option where you can buy different boards with colored edges if you want to completely avoid the cross-contamination issue.
This dish-washer safe board is made of durable, non-porous and odor-resistant polypropylene that will resist deep scratches and won’t dull your knives. The board also feature slip-resistant grips to avoid a slippery counter or losing traction when moving across the kitchen. The other plus with this board is it is stain-resistant as long as you rinse or wash it after use.
The OXO Good Grips is 21 inches in length, 15 inches wide and .5 inches thick and weighs approximately 3.2 pounds. It is available in two different smaller sizes: Prep and Utility.