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Best Cutting Board

A quality cutting board is an essential tool in every kitchen. Cutting boards provide a safe, sanitary surface for cutting, chopping, slicing, and serving. Both home and professional chefs make use of cutting boards in order to protect counter tops and ensure that knives keep their sharp edges.

Most cutting boards are made from either bamboo, hardwood, polypropylene plastic, or glass. Bamboo is popular because it helps to keep knife blades sharp and it's made from a renewable resource. Hardwood boards are prized for their beauty and incredible durability, even under heavy daily use. Plastic boards are some of the most commonly used cutting boards because they are easy to clean and inexpensive. Glass boards are attractive and the most sanitary surface available, though they can wear down knives.

No matter what material you prefer, you'll want to choose a cutting board that is durable, well-made, and relatively easy to clean and care for. While you're shopping around, you'll also want to consider whether you need any special features on your board, such as non-slip feet, juice grooves, handles, or reversibility.

Totally Bamboo Kona Groove Cutting Board

At 12-by-18 inches, the Kona Groove is the perfect size cutting board for most tasks. It’s quite heavy, so it won’t slip while you cut, and at 3/4 of an inch thick, it’ll last for years without warping or cracking. The board is also reversible, so one side can be used for produce and the other for meat, which eliminates the risk of cross-contamination. A deep groove carved into one side of the board catches juices before they drip onto the countertop and make a mess. Though all bamboo cutting boards are environmentally friendly, this one is a cut above. It contains no dyes and no formaldehyde-based glues, and the bamboo is harvested well away from the habitat of the giant panda. Totally Bamboo’s Hawaiian Collection also has a variety of other sizes to choose from.

OXO Large Bamboo Cutting Board

At .0625 inches thick, this 12-by-16-inch cutting board may be a little slimmer than its competitors, but it’s no light weight. A tough cutting board made by Oxo, one of the top names in kitchen gear, this board will stand up to daily use without showing wear. The side edges of the cutting board are capped with soft, non-stick pads that keep it from sliding around the counter while you’re using it. These edges can also be used as ergonomic handles, making it easy to carry around the kitchen. The board is also reversible, and features a juice groove on one side which makes it easy to tell which side you use for meats and which side you use for produce. Oxo also makes this board in a 9-by-12 inch model.

Architec The Gripper Bamboo Cutting Board

With its non-slip rubber feet, The Gripper does just that: it grips onto your counter top and won’t let go while you chop and cut fearlessly. The feet aren’t glued onto the surface; they’re injected into the bamboo by a heat pressure process unique to Architec’s products. This means that there’s no chance the feet will ever fall off, guaranteeing years of non-slip cutting. The Gripper measures 11-by-14 inches, making it large enough for even the biggest jobs in the kitchen. If you prefer a smaller board, Arichitec also offers 8-by-11 inch, and 5-by-7 inch models.

Chicago Cutlery 16" x 12" Woodworks Bamboo Cutting Board

Chicago Cutlery is a company that’s known for making some of the sharpest knives around. They built this board to stand up to their blades without dulling them, making this one of the most durable boards around. It’s 12-by-16 inches, with no rounded edges, so there’s plenty of surface area for cutting up a big bunch of vegetables, carving a turkey, or slicing a loaf of bread. At a half inch thick, this board won’t warp over time, or crack under the clever, either. You can use one side of the board for meat and the other for vegetables, so that there isn’t any risk of cross-contamination. When you’re done for the day, use the hook to hang the board on a wall, where, with its light and dark stripes, it can double as a work of art.

Oxo Good Grips Utility Cutting Board

The polypropylene plastic used to make this 14.5-by-21-inch cutting board is strong enough to resist nicking and gouging by sharp blades and soft enough that it won’t damage knives. The surface is non-porous and cleans up easily, making it easy to keep the board bacteria and odor free. The non-slip edges keep the board firmly in place, and the all-around design of these grips means that both sides are equally slip resistant. Since this is a relatively large cutting board, it even comes with tapered handles that make lifting it off the counter easy. Oxo Good Grips also makes these plastic cutting boards in a variety of colors and sizes so it's easy to choose the right board for the right task.

Grande Epicure Safe Side Utility Board

The Safe Side is a reversible board with two sets of color-coded non-slip feet. Red feet on one side of the board mark this as the meat side, while green feet on the other side show that this is the side for veggies, preventing any risk of cross-contamination. The buttons are also well out of the way so there is plenty of space to cut on this 14-by-20-inch board. In addition to this one-of-a-kind safety feature, the Safe Side is made from durable polypropylene plastic that won’t gouge or warp, even after years of daily use.

Architec Original Gripper Cutting Board

Thanks to its more than 300 non-slip feet, the Original Gripper Cutting Board won't budge while you cut. The feet are thermally bonded to the bottom of this 11-by-14-inch board so there's no risk that they could fall or break off. Architec has won awards for its use of this unique technology. This company is also known for its commitment to creating environmentally friendly cutting boards. If you ever decide you need a new cutting board, The Gripper can be recycled by sending it back to the company. The Gripper comes in a variety of colors and sizes to meet all your needs.

Farberware Polypropylene 12-Inch by 18-Inch Nonslip Cutting Board

The Farberware Polypropylene Cutting Board features a generous 12-by-18-inch cutting surface. The non-slip grips on the corners keep the board in place without impeding on the cutting surface, and make the board non-slip whichever side you're cutting on. The material is firm enough to resist gouging and chipping, and soft enough to protect knives so they won't dull over time. When it's time to clean up, the non-porous surface washes clean with soap and water, or in the dishwasher. The water tight surface of the board also resists staining and odors.

Proteak Edge Grain Rectangle Carving Board with Hand Grip

The Proteak Edge Grain Rectangle Carving Board with Hand Grip is our pick for best wood cutting board. It’s durable enough to stand up to heavy use, and made with edge grain construction, which seals the board from water and provides a slightly harder cutting surface than end grain. Made of teak, a wood that is naturally oily, this board is naturally water resistant and doesn’t require a great deal of care, though it does benefit from occasional oiling. This board is reversible, features a juice groove, and each is unique because of the natural variations in the teak. Proteak is also known for its commitment to creating quality products out of sustainably managed teak. The trees are grown without the use of fertilizers or irrigation, and are thinned and replanted regularly, ensuring that there will be a ready supply of teak for generations to come.

John Boos Reversible Maple Cutting Board

Made of rock maple cut 1 1/2 inches thick, the 20-by-15-inch Boos Block Maple Board is sturdy enough to stand up to daily use, even if you're coming at it with a clever. Both sides of this board serve as cutting surfaces, making it possible to prevent cross-contamination by cutting meat on one side and produce on the other. The edge grain construction helps the board repel water so that it doesn't warp over time and the maple wood comes in a few different attractive finishes. This board comes with a beeswax coating and rubbing a little additional oil or wax on the board between uses will help keep it like new for years to come. Boos also makes a number of smaller rock maple boards.

Catskill Craftsmen End Grain Chopping Block

The Catskill Craftsmen End Grain Chopping Block is a hefty, butcher's block style cutting board constructed from some of the highest quality hard woods around. Wooden feet equipped with non-slip rubber pads keep this board firmly in place while you cut, and it’s heavy enough that it won’t slip easily. This end grain cutting board is made from a variety of different hardwoods, giving it an attractive checkerboard pattern. End grain construction not only gives the board its aesthetic appeal, it also protects knives by absorbing blows better than edge grain boards can. This 17-by-13-inch board should be oiled between uses to protect it from water damage and to keep it looking like new.

Madeira Housewares Provo Teak - Edge Grain M Chop Block

At just 1.25 inches thick, this 14-by-14-inch board is light enough to carry around the kitchen with the convenient handles that are carved into the sides. Though it is a little thinner than many wooden cutting boards, it is thick enough to absorb the impact of even the sharpest knives. The board is reversible, giving cooks two separate cutting surfaces to use. It's also made by a company committed to sustainable teak forestry. Since the board is made from teak, a naturally oily wood, it doesn't require as much upkeep as other wooden cutting boards, though applying additional oil from time to time will keep the board looking like new.

Vance Tempered Glass Surface Saver

While most glass cutting boards are made of tempered glass that it semi or completely opaque, the 15-by-12 inch Vance Tempered Glass Surface Saver is perfectly transparent. This allows home cooks to show off their attractive countertops without having to put the cutting board away after each use. The incredibly durable, 3/8-inch thick glass surface will hold up to daily use without scratching, cracking, or breaking. It can even be used as a trivet, even for pots and pans hot off the stove. This board is made with plastic feet that suspend it off the countertop. Alternatively, it can be made with a stainless steel frame and set into the surface of the counter, providing a cutting surface that's flush with the countertop.

Counter Art Glass Cutting Board

The attractive designs created by Counter Art makes this the perfect glass cutting board for both prepping and serving. The incredibly durable tempered glass resists scratching, staining, and cracking, so there's no need to worry that the design will fade or deteriorate over time. The surface of this board also has some texture to it, which helps keep knives from slipping. Though there are small grooves on the board's face, it is completely non-porous, so there's no risk of bacteria hiding out after proper cleaning. Though all that's needed for cleaning is a quick bath in warm, soapy water, this 12 by 15 inch board can be safely put in the dishwasher.

Catskill Craftsmen Imported Tempered Glass Board

At 16-by-12 inches, the Catskill Craftsmen Imported Tempered Glass Boardis big enough to handle large jobs without being so big that it gets in the way. This board is a slim quarter inch thick, though it can stand up to just as much use as many of the thicker glass boards on the market. It's also extremely heat resistant and completely safe to put in the dishwasher or microwave. It can also be used as a trivet when you need a place to put a hot pan.Catskill Craftsmen also makes these glass cutting boards in 12-by-8, 14-by-10, and 20-by-14-inch models.

Crystal Beran
Crystal Beran has spent the past 10 years immersed in the exciting and delicious world of food and drink. She has honed her cooking skills as a baker, a caterer, and a personal chef, and currently spends a good deal of her time training the next generation of young chefs. Her work as a wine steward has helped her to develop a discerning palate and a love of excellent wines from all over the world. Over the years, she has had the good fortune to visit wineries in Northern California, Tanzania, France, and Italy. In her spare time, she brews beer and invents delectable dishes to share with friends, family, and students.
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