How to Choose a Cutting Board-Choosing the Right Material
30 July 04

The cutting board uses a variety of materials - including glass, plastic, wood and bamboo - but not all of these materials are equal. In order for you to choose the best cutting board, you must first select the right material. In fact, you can even choose two different chopping boards for different foods. In addition, there are other factors that need to be considered, such as size, grain type and required maintenance level. By looking at all these options, you can choose the perfect cutting board for your kitchen.

Choosing The Right Material


1.Avoid glass. Glass cutting boards are a popular choice because they look nice in your kitchen. However, glass cutting boards have been shown to dull brand new kitchen knives in as little as 10 strokes. If you happen to have a glass cutting board, use it as a serving platter or cheese tray instead.

 - Other hard cutting board materials—like marble, granite, ceramic, and composite—can do similar damage to your knives, and should be avoided.



Choose the right kind of plastic. Plastic cutting boards can be a great option. They are affordable, easy to clean, and safe for knives. However, not all plastic boards are the same!

  • Avoid slick or smooth plastic, as this can cause knives to slip.

  • Acrylic plastic boards can do almost as much damage to your knives as glass.

  • Plastic cutting boards made of polyethylene or polypropylene are the best choice.

  • A good choice is the Oxo Carving and Cutting Board for $24.99 (available at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Sur la Table, and JC Penny).


3.Opt for wood. Wood cutting boards are the classic choice. These are far and away the most popular cutting boards for chefs and amateurs alike. Wood cutting boards are lovely, they last a long time, and they are great for your knives. Wood cutting boards are available in many types of wood, including oak, maple, and teak.[3]

  • Teak is a great option because it absorbs very little liquid, so it will take longer for the board to wear out.

  • A good choice is the Proteak Edge Grain Teak Cutting Board for $92.59 (available on Amazon).


4.Choose a bamboo board for sustainability. Bamboo cutting boards are very similar to wood boards. They last a long time, they are wonderful for your knives, and they are lovely to have out in your home. Additionally, bamboo boards are a sustainable, environmentally friendly choice, since bamboo is a fast-growing, highly renewable resource.[4]

  • Bamboo boards are lighter in weight than wood boards.

  • Bamboo boards don’t need to be oiled as often as wood boards.

  • A good choice is the Totally Bamboo 20-7930 3-Piece Cutting Board Set for $15 (on Amazon).