Best type of cutting board

October 11, 2019

We are now just a little over a month away from the beginning of the holiday season, and you know what that means: time to start planning out some feasts! (OK, it also means you have to begin figuring out travel, shopping for gifts, and preparing for uncomfortable conversations with your weird uncle or in-laws, but we are focusing on the most pressing and fun stuff here.) And as you start meal planning, you’ll quickly realize that no matter the size of your kitchen, the one thing you can’t go without is a really good cutting board. Now, the type of cutting board you buy really depends on personal preference, but either way, you should definitely invest in a new cutting board.

Why are cutting boards so important? Well, they’re pretty irreplaceable. There are plenty of ways to cook a meal, from on a stove or in the oven to a crockpot, microwave, or toaster oven, to name a few examples. But if you want to chop ingredients, and we’re pretty sure you will, there’s nothing that can take the place of a cutting board (unless you’re OK with totally destroying your countertops or table, and that’s your call). Plus, a great cutting board can last years and years, so like we said, it’s a fantastic investment.

Now, to quote ourselves once again, the type of cutting board you buy is really up to you — for a long time, people thought plastic cutting boards were better for cutting meat due to their less porous surface, but studies have shown that in fact wood is just as safe — if not safer — for meat. That’s because while wood cutting boards absorb juices, the bacteria winds up dying instead of multiplying. What’s most important isn’t the type of cutting board, but that you’re buying one cutting board for meat and one for fruits/veggies/cheese and everything else.

Whether you know what type of cutting board you want or you’re still stumped, MASSE is here to help. We’re a platform for and by shoppers, with a community of reviews written by real people who have really used the products. We don’t allow paid reviews or sponsored posts, so you can trust that the cutting board recommendations below are all very legit. We chopped off all the nonsense and left you with only the best types of cutting boards so you can get the holiday cooking started!

  • Extra Large & Thick Acacia Wood Cutting Board


    By Fanichi

    “This is absolutely one of my all-time favorite kitchen items,” raves on MASSE shopper, and it’s easy to see why: this cutting board from Fanichi is extra large, thick, and made from pure acacia wood, with an attractive design that makes it a pretty excellent serving tray, too (provided you clean it first, of course). It’s the double-sided type of cutting board that allows you to cut meat on one surface and everything else on another, with a full perimeter groove that catches juices and presents as decorative when used it’s as a serving tray.

  • Good Grips® Carving and Cutting Board


    By OXO

    There are only a few complaints you’ll ever hear about the plastic type of cutting board: they can sometimes dull knives and they get grooves in their surfaces that tend to trap juices and bacteria. OXO’s Good Grips carving and cutting board was specifically engineered to avoid those concerns, as MASSE shoppers can attest, calling it “sturdy and gentle on your lives,” as well as stay steady and in one place. That’s absolutely crucial for a cutting board — the worst type of cutting board is the type that moves while you chop and puts your fingers at risk!

  • 3 Piece Bamboo Cutting Board Set


    By Wayfair Basics

    We emphasize quality over quantity, but with Wayfair’s 3 piece bamboo cutting board set, you really get the best of both worlds. With a simple design and 100% bamboo build, these cutting boards can handle most anything, and have peg holes in the corner that allow them to be hung in kitchens when it’s starting to get a little crowded (and aren’t kitchens somehow always getting a bit crowded?). They aren’t dishwasher safe, so they’re not the type of cutting board you’d use for raw meat, but they’re great for everything else!

  • Kitchen Series Cutting Board


    By Epicurean

    Like the idea of getting three cutting boards? How about four of them! Epicurean’s Kitchen Series Cutting Board set offers you four customizable cutting boards, available in three different sizes and colors (natural, nutmeg, and slate, so they’re all classy). They’re sturdy and flexible and have those hanging holes, too, making them the type of cutting boards you can own anywhere.

  • Simple Cutting Boards


    By Hawkins New York

    Hawkins New York makes a gorgeous line of cutting boards with a very misleading name (in a good way). The company’s Simple Cutting Boards come in what they call “organic” shapes, which basically means slightly uneven and very compelling, like pieces of art on which you chop food. It’s also the type of chopping board that can be used as a serving dish. Our users call it “beautiful,” and while it’s a little pricey, it’s definitely built to last.