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How to Select a Cutting Board

Step 1

Limit your search to a cutting board material that best suits your needs. Wood cutting boards, such as maple hardwood and bamboo, resist knife marks. However, wood cutting boards require consistent maintenance, such as disinfecting and oiling, and they cannot be washed in a dishwasher. On the other hand, plastic cutting boards are easy to maintain because they're dishwasher-safe. Glass boards are also easy to clean, but they can dull your knives. Corian cutting boards require very little maintenance, but they are the most expensive option and are hard on knives.

Step 2

Determine the size you will need that is available in the cutting board material you have chosen. A cutting board should be able to fit into your sink to be washed, should be able to fit on your counter with extra room for bowls or plates to hold uncut and already cut food, and should be able to fit into a cabinet or drawer.

Step 3

Look for cutting boards in the material and size you have chosen that are light and thin. The exception to this is if you are a butcher or a chef who works with large cuts of meat.

Step 4

Search for your ideal model of cutting board with extra features that make things easier for you. For example, you might want a cutting board with a handle or a space in it so that you can hang it up when you are not using it. If you want to keep liquids from spilling from your board onto your counter, you can purchase a cutting board that either has grooves around it or is designed to fit over your sink.

Step 5

Pay attention to price as you select a cutting board. You can find a functional board for an inexpensive price of $10. However, if you want something that is functional, durable and attractive, you will likely be spending between $30 and $50. If you opt for bamboo, you could spend as much as $200, but they can last a lifetime.

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