How to Choose the Right Cutting Board for You

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Hello darlings!

October is showing us his temperamental side with hot days followed by rainy ones but that's ok. I will not hold that against him! I am using the little time I've got to cook my favorite meals and some of Nick's too. Off course he is a soup lover so I am making soup once or twice per week.

If you are a cook you know that the preparation is sometimes harder than the cooking itself. Cause before the actual cooking, there is cutting… and mincing, slicing, dicing, carving and pretty much any other cutting you can imagine.

original photo from NOTONKeramik on etsy


Enter the cutting board: one of the most trusty tools in the kitchen. With the right cutting board, not only will your overall experience with cooking improve, but your food may be better prepared and healthier too!

Alas, not all cutting boards are created equal, so today we’ll talk about what types of cutting boards there are and which may be right for you.

Plastic Boards

Plastic boards are the most commonplace in the everyday kitchen because they are lightweight, easy to move around, inexpensive and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. What also makes plastic boards attractive is that they offer a safe, sturdy surface for your knife to cut without needing to be regularly seasoned.

The issue with plastic cutting boards, however, is that they can harbor harmful food bacteria most easily, particularly in the crevices left by deep cuts on the surface. Short of bleaching a board - a harsh treatment for a surface that comes in regular contact with food - regular handwashing and the dishwasher may not be fully effective in cleaning and disinfecting.

Plastic boards are therefore best for prepping non-raw foods like vegetables and herbs, but when it comes to ingredients that may pose a higher risk for food-based bacteria, another material might be a better option.

Glass and Marble Boards

Dense and nonporous surfaces like glass and marble make for an appealing cutting board option because they are non-porous and low maintenance. They don’t need to be seasoned and can be put in the dishwasher along with regular dishes. On top of that, many glass and marble boards on the market are visually appealing as well.

The downside to these dense surfaces is that they are extremely tough on your chopping knives. With no mechanism to absorb impact from the force of your cut, your knife blade receives a lot of force in return and thus dulls more often… if it doesn’t chip outright. 

Bamboo and Wood Boards

While slightly more high maintenance than the other two options, bamboo and wooden boards do offer a lot of advantages. They are renewable materials that carry with them highly beneficial antimicrobial properties, which help mitigate against the risk of food-based bacteria like E.Coli and Salmonella.

They do, however, need a little more attention. It’s best to rinse and hand wash these boards after each use, while also looking to avoid prolonged exposure to water that may otherwise cause it to warp. Without a regular seasoning or oiling, these boards can also be at risk to split and crack.


Nevertheless, with softer and more forgiving surfaces - particularly hardwood cutting board varieties like walnut, teak, acacia and maple - these cutting boards provide the best all-around benefit to your knives, your food safety and your overall cooking experience.

Which one do you prefer? Do you have a favorite material for your cutting boards?

Lots of love


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34 comments

  1. Once I wanted to get a marble cutting board but it is quite expensive and heavy to carry. So I went for a bamboo cutting board heart-shaped and I am loving it! It is so instagrammable!

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  2. I always prefer the bamboo one... I invested in one as I cook a lot and while we were moving to a new house... Its worth a buy :D

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  3. These are really good tips! I do love my artisan made ones, though. They've put so much effort and love into each and they're fun to hang on the wall!

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  4. Thanks for this roundup of cutting boards. I have 3 which I use for different things.

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  5. Hands up I have all sorts of chopping boards around the kitchen, I seem to go to wooden ones mostly though.

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  6. My problem is the same I suppose. I hate all the cutting on a million different veggies! But all these boards sure make it sound appealing!

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  7. I definitely love wood cutting boards! It's one of the most used item in the kitchen so I make sure that I have a great one.

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  8. These are some great cutting boards. I believe I have a plastic one that works really well. I might get a wooden one sometime too.

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  9. I enjoy cooking, but you are so right, the prepping of food is definitely time consuming! We currently have a few plastic cutting boards since my good wooden one broke and has yet to be replaced.

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  10. We are using wood boards! And a plastic one for the meat. I cant say which I prefer the most...perhaps the wooden because its nicer than using plastic.

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  11. at the moment I'm using plastic cutting boards in different colours, for meat, fish and vegetables. I love that I can colour code them accordingly, however the wear on them after a while is so unforgiving :(

    Luciana commenting as Ajulydreamer.com

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  12. This is such great timing for this as I'm currently in the market for new cutting board. I really like the marble one!

    xx, Stuart

    www.StuartSays.com

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  13. I have several cutting boards in my house - two I use for meat only. My camping equipment has 4 boards of different colors - each for a different thing.

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  14. I had the wooden board earlier, but it just didn't go well in the rainy and moist weather, so had to switch for the marble one, which I'm happy with the easiness of dealing with .

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  15. i prefer wood for my cutting boards, but that's just me. i have friends who have marble ones and love it. great options.

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  16. I prefer the wooden chopping board coz it looks ecofriendly, and I have another wooden chopping board for my photography.

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  17. Wooden boards all the way, we've glass, plastic, and wood - whoever invented glass boards should have been stopped. They are horrible to work with.

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  18. I once had a plastic cutting board, I wasn't very pleased with it. I like the wood ones. But the marbles ones looks just fantastic. I never had one, I think I will buy one

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  19. I love wooden boards. They are much easier to maintain and to wash after use. They also give a natural effect especially on food.

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  20. I would love a marble one any day if I can get my hands on it. Using a plastic one currently.

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  21. I tend to use a bamboo/ wood board. Primarily because A. I find it the easiest to cut on and B. I like that it is sustainable and renewable too!

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  22. I'm partial to wood cutting boards myself, but as decor I really like cheese boards with marble and inlays.

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  23. I have a giant wooden cutting board for everything except raw meat. Raw meat gets cut on a plastic board which gets disinfected in the dishwasher, while my marble chopping board gets used for chocolate and candy making.

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  24. I actually didn't know the different types of cutting boards were for different things. I just figured it was based on preference. I have a marble/wood one that I use for everything. *hangs head* I'm terrible.

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  25. There are so many different options for cutting boards. Who new? We actually have 4 different kinds here at home.

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  27. I am looking for a good wooden board .Your tips are great
    I would love to get the one you shared

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  28. I was just saying yesterday that I need a new cutting board, so I read this post at the right time! I think I could do with a really good quality wooden one :)

    Louise x

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  29. I love marble. I just got an awesome marble cutting board as an awesome swag gift I love it!

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  30. Your post just reminded me that I really need to select a new cutting board. I have a marble pastry board and several plastic cutting boards. Right now I'm looking for a fabulous wooden cutting board that will look awesome on my countertop.

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  31. I honestly had no idea that there were different ones for different things. They have so many purposes.

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  32. I agree- preparation is the hardest thing.. it requires a perfect companion in the form a right cutting board. And your post is really helpful in finding the right one.

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  33. We have all wooden boards but I considered a marble one because they're pretty. I totally didn't think about it dulling the knives so that's good to know!

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  34. oddly enough, i don't have a cutting board because i can't decide on what to get and i haven't been doing much cooking since i moved.This is a timely post. i'm doing a lot of cooking for the holidays so, i'll need one asap.

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