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Cutting boards serve as a base for the meat or vegetables to be cut. In doing so, they are intended to protect the table surface from cuts and scratches. They are also easy to clean and, depending on the design, can decorate the kitchen.

In our cutting board test 2022 we will show you some information and criteria that will help you find the right cutting board for you. We have also compared cutting boards and made a preliminary selection of products for you and worked out their advantages and disadvantages. These should help you when choosing your chopping board.




Summary

  • Cutting boards are used in the kitchen as well as hunting and serve as a trivet for cutting food.
  • Cutting boards are usually made of wood and plastic. Cutting boards made of stainless steel are rarer and more expensive.
  • These are available in a wide variety of colours and designs and can also be customised with engraving or photo prints.

The Best Cutting Board: Our Choices

There is a wide variety of chopping boards on the market. However, not all of them are convincing in terms of quality, manageability, material and design. To help you choose, we have selected 6 cutting board products that convinced us.

Cutting board: buying and evaluation criteria

In this section, we show you what criteria you should look for when buying a cutting board. These should help you when choosing your chopping board. Here is an overview of the criteria:

In the next section, we explain what exactly you should look for in the criteria.

Size

Depending on whether it is a breakfast cutting board or a cutting board for cutting vegetables or even meat, whether it is used for everyday use in the kitchen or catering use, the size of a cutting board is crucial.

Cutting boards are available in different sizes, as they can also serve as a serving platter.

After all, boning a leg of venison, for example, cannot be done on a small breakfast cutting board. A common chopping board that can be found in every household is about 25 cm long and 15 cm wide. However, there are of course smaller as well as larger versions.

Material

Cutting boards come into contact with raw food. Therefore, the choice of material from which the cutting board is made is also crucial. Cutting boards can be made of plastic, but real wood versions are also available.

Plastic chopping boards are easy to maintain, real wood and stainless steel chopping boards are more elegant and hygienic.

Real wood chopping boards are usually more hygienic and dishwasher safe. This means that bacteria cannot stick to the surface after washing. In addition, wood is usually tasteless and does not change the taste of the meat, for example. And it is also suitable for allergy sufferers.

Plastic chopping boards are lighter, but if scratches occur on the surface of the chopping board due to cutting, bacteria could settle in the scratches/gaps, as plastic chopping boards are not dishwasher-safe and the heat can damage the board. Since they cannot be cleaned under heat, the bacteria cannot be killed either.

Shape

The classic cutting board is 4 square with rounded edges. This shape is the most practical and allows complete use of the surface when cutting.

Cutting boards are not always square, but are also produced in other shapes in terms of design.

However, other shapes and designs are also possible. There are also round and polygonal chopping boards. Your taste decides which shape you choose. In general, i.e. because of the function of a chopping board, it still makes the most sense to choose a 4-cornered chopping board.

Design

Since chopping boards are not only purpose-filling objects but are also used as kitchen decoration, there are also several designs of chopping boards. This starts with the shapes of the cutting boards (see above) and ends with prints, engravings and patterns.

Prints, engravings and patterns make the cutting board unique.

So you can choose between plain, eye-catching and individual. There are also cutting board manufacturers who offer customised cutting boards, for example, a photo motif can be printed on it or an inscription/name can be engraved into it. There are no limits to the designs.

Cutting board: frequently asked questions and answers

In this section you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about chopping boards and you will find out everything you need to know about them.

Who is a chopping board suitable for?

A chopping board is generally suitable for anyone who prepares and cuts a lot of food themselves, both at home and in the catering sector.

Cutting boards not only protect the table from scratches, but also protect the knives. (Image source: Grace O’ Discroll/unsplash.com)

Using a chopping board is also hygienic, as you can use several chopping boards at the same time when preparing many types of food to avoid the risk of salmonella. After use, cutting boards can usually be cleaned and stored away quickly.

What types of chopping boards are there?

There are several types of chopping boards. There are also other types of chopping boards outside the kitchen. In this article, however, we will focus on kitchen cutting boards. These are mainly distinguished by their usage characteristics. The following table will give you an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of chopping boards:

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Breakfast cutting boards Breakfast cutting boards are slightly smaller cutting boards that can be used as a substitute for plates. These come in plastic or wood and can be purchased in a wide variety of designs and also in sets of 4. They are also lighter than the normal cutting boards breakfast cutting boards are very suitable for the breakfast table and for cutting small vegetables, but not for cutting large pieces of meat.
Cutting boards for domestic kitchen use Normal cutting boards are slightly heavier than breakfast cutting boards and are usually made of real wood. These are also usually larger and more scratch-resistant Few design variations are available.
Cutting boards for professional chefs Cutting boards for professional chefs are much larger than the normal cutting boards for the home and usually also of a higher quality finish. These are also usually made of stainless steel, which makes the cutting board particularly hygienic and easy to maintain. These are durable and extremely scratch-resistant however, their size makes them rather impractical for home use. In addition, these boards are also more expensive compared to conventional chopping boards.

As you can see, each type of chopping board has its advantages and disadvantages. However, these are based on the desired use of the cutting board.

How much does a cutting board cost?

Depending on which cutting board you choose, the price range for buying a cutting board is between €1 and €500. This discrepancy can be explained by the quality of the cutting board, the material or wood used in its manufacture, and whether the cutting board is custom-made.

Product type Price
Breakfast cutting board approx.10-20 €
normal plastic cutting board ca.1-30 €
normal wooden cutting board ca.15 -300 €
professional cutting board 50 – 500 €

You can usually buy a good cutting board for as little as XY€.

What are the alternatives to cutting boards?

Of course there are alternatives to a chopping board, even if they are few. We have compiled a list of these alternatives and their advantages and disadvantages in the next table:

Alternative Description
Worktop (kitchen) A worktop is now standard in every kitchen. These are usually scratch-resistant, or at least the surface is and can therefore also be used for cutting food. Before and after cutting, however, you should clean the worktop so that germs and bacteria do not get into the food.
Plates Plates can also be an alternative to a chopping board. However, they are fragile and can be scratched by the knife.

As you can see, there are two different alternatives to chopping boards. However, neither of these alternatives comes close to the benefits of a chopping board.

How do I clean a chopping board properly?

Cleaning a chopping board is fairly simple. Whether it is made of wood or plastic, both can be washed with detergent and warm water and dried.

Cutting boards can also be used as serving platters. (Image source: Amie Watson/unsplash.com)

There are also cutting boards that are dishwasher-safe. You put them in the dishwasher with your normal dishes.

How do I care for and store a chopping board properly?

As a rule, you can’t go wrong with cutting boards made of plastic.

Wooden chopping boards are particularly suitable for processing meat. (Image source: Amirali Mirhashemian /unsplash.com)

With wooden chopping boards, and depending on the quality of the wood, you should also oil the board after cleaning and drying it. It is best to use camellia oil for this.

Conclusion

Cutting boards are practical and useful everyday helpers. They serve as a base for cutting meat and vegetables and protect the table from scratches and cuts. In addition, it is more hygienic to use one, as the cutting boards are easy to clean. When buying a cutting board, you can choose one made of real wood, plastic and stainless steel.

All materials from which a cutting board is made have their advantages. Wooden cutting boards are robust, scratch-resistant and durable, as well as suitable for allergy sufferers. Those made of plastic are lighter and available in many colours, and those made of stainless steel are durable, high-quality and easier to clean.

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