There are several reasons why you would want to use a wood cutting board, but, if we were to be completely honest, the best reason to prefer wood over plastic or glass is because wood looks so much better, and it feels more comfortable and more organic in the kitchen. The main reason why some people choose to go with plastic or glass is because there have been some studies showing that bacteria grows better on wood cutting boards than on any other surface. However, other studies have shown that in fact wood has the best antifungal and antibacterial properties so, as long as we are not talking about your grandmother’s 40 year old cutting board, wood is actually a better choice. In any case, we would suggest using a wood cutting board for vegetables and such and, perhaps, using a plastic one that you can pop in the dishwasher, for all types of meats. So, assuming we have not deterred you completely from buying a wood cutting board, here are our best choices of what you can currently find on the market. Also, make sure to scroll down past the list itself to the in depth reviews we have prepared for you so you can make an informed decision about what your best choice might be.
1. Premium Bamboo Extra Large Bamboo Cutting Board
The one thing about your life as the chef of your family that you can be sure of, is that the better you get at cooking the more cutting space you are going to get. That is why there are even some cook top cutting board tops that you can get so you can start chopping right there next to the stove. We tend to dislike that option because those types of things cannot be easily cleaned, but we do believe that an extra large cutting board will always be welcomed in any kitchen. So your best choice should be the Premium Bamboo Extra Large Bamboo Cutting Board. It is 18 by 12 inches, and it has a special groove where all the juices from the fruits or vegetables can collect so you do not make a mess on table. We actually prefer bamboo in our cutting boards because it has one of the highest antibacterial ratings of any type of wood, and because bamboo grows very fast, and has very little requirement of its environment, so manufacturers actually prefer to grow their own groves of bamboo instead of chopping it from the wild. Finally, there is the fact that bamboo is a very strong type of wood so you will not be able to accidentally cut too deep into it, but, at the same time, it will not harm the edge of your knife like a glass cutting board would.
2. Totally Bamboo 3 Piece Bamboo Cutting Board Set
A second essential addition to your kitchen should be a 3 piece cutting board set and the one from Totally Bamboo is probably the best. On the one hand, you do may not want to use your big cutting board if you are just going to cut an apple in two. However, the real reason why you would want a small or medium sized bamboo cutting board is because it is the perfect rustic presentation plate for a lot of dishes from a variation of cheeses, to homemade sushi. There is also the fact that it is very likely that your kids will want to get in on the fun, and they are going to need their very own cutting boards. Finally, you may want to reserve one chopping board for the particularly smelly foods like anchovies, onions and garlic, and there is no good reason why that specific chopping board cannot be a wooden one.
3. Ironwood Gourmet Acacia Wood Cutting Board
By this point you may start feeling overwhelmed by all the bamboo cutting boards we have been talking about, so our third feature is an acacia wood cutting board. Acacia too is a very eco friendly type of wood, with a very specific color pattern that also makes it a gorgeous addition to a kitchen. The best thing about it is the fact that they have not used the full length of the wood, since laid on its side acacia is not a very strong wood, but they used the ends of different boards, so that, since you are not cutting along the grain, the wood is much stronger. There is also the fact that ends of different planks and boards usually get thrown away, so the Ironwood Gourmet Acacia Wood Cutting Board is also one of the most eco friendly boards you could find.
4. Totally Bamboo 2 Piece Cutting Board Set
There were a couple of cutting boards that really caught our attention, that were not quite so good as to deserve a spot among our top 3 choices, but that still deserve to be mentioned here. The Totally Bamboo 2 Piece Cutting Board Set is worth your attention because it costs just over half the price of the 3 piece set, and all you are missing is the big cutting board. But if you have already chosen our first pick, the Premium Bamboo Extra Large Wood Cutting Board, then you do not really need that bigger piece here. Of course, as you will soon discover in any kitchen, you can never have too many cutting boards, and that is why we chose the 3 piece set to feature in our top 3 choices, but the 2 piece is too well priced for us not to mention it here.
5. CC Boards – Nonslip Bamboo Cutting Board
The one thing that is somewhat rare to find on cutting boards, is a juice groove like the one you have on the Premium Bamboo we have already talked about. So, although slightly on the expensive side, given its dimensions, we just had to mention the CC Boards – Nonslip Bamboo Cutting Board, because it has all the features we like to see on a smart wood cutting board. It has the juice collecting groove, it is made from extra strong bamboo, it has a comfortable handle, has a set of 4 nonskid tabs that stretch from one side of the cutting board to the other so you can use both sides. The groove too is available on both sides so you can actually use on side for smelly foods, and the other for foods that are easily washed away.