"Which cutting board is better, wooden or plastic?" "Which cutting board is more sanitary, wooden or plastic?" These questions are very tricky to answer and remain controversial. Some of the research shows that more bacteria was found on the surface of a wooden cutting board than a plastic board immediately after cleaning the cutting boards. However, the research revealed that bateria on the wooden board die eventually in the end, while bacteria never died on the plastic board. So, if you buy a plastic board, you might need to change the board constantly when you see scratches and cracks. However, if you want to purchase a cutting board for long-term use, a wooden cutting board would be the smarter choice.
Wooden cutting boards have been traditionally preferred by customers over plastic boards for several reasons. Woods are known to be self-healing, which means that shallow cuts in the board can close up on their own. It helps to prevent bacteria from staying on the board. Also, woods are less likely to damage the edge of a kinfe. Usually, hardwood with relatively small pores like Teak and Bamboo are preferred as cutting board materials. You can come across edge-grain cutting boards and end-grain cutting boards. An edge-grain board is made of strips of hardwood. The design looks charming and attractive. On the other hand, an end-grain cutting board is made of pieces of hardwood and they are grafted together vertically. An end-grain board has a fibrous cutting surface, making it more scratch-resisting. However, both of cutting boards are strong, sanitary, and easy on a knife blade.
Plastic cutting boards also have their own benefits. They are usually priced lower than wooden boards. You can also rinse the plastic board with a strong chemical cleaner like bleach. However, a plastic board is more likely to damage the blade of your knife. Bacteria found on the grooves of scratches on the plastic cutting board is less likely to be removed by cleaning than the wooden board.
Cutting boards are made out of materials besides wood and plastic, such as glass, steel, marble or acryl. Glass and steel cutting boards can be easily cleaned, and they tend to last longer than boards of other materials. However, the hardness of glass and steel is more likely to damage the edge of your knife than wood and plastic.
Here is a list of interesting cutting boards.
John Boos Reversible Maple Cutting Board
This model comes in various sizes, so you can choose the size you want. The board is solid, reversible and is constructed of hard maple edge grain with a cream finish. It is easy on knives, and does not cause much dulling of the blade of your knife.
J.K. Adams Maple Cutting Board
This board comes in various shapes and sizes such as a pig, fish, and/or cow, which you can choose from. It is fun and entertaining to have a whimsical-shaped cutting board in your kitchen. It is made of Vermont-grown hardwood and has hand-sanded smooth edges.
Totally Bamboo Butcher Block, Large
This butcher block is hefty, sturdy, and has four rubber-capped legs, which makes the block sit very firmly on any surface. It is made of bamboo with a parquet end-grain design. The color is natural and permanent without any dying or staining. It will not crack or absorb water.
Breville Bamboo Cutting Board and Serving Tray
This board is made of bamboo, which is known to have natural antibacterial properties and absorbs very little moisture. The recessed handles makes it easy for you to pick up the board and use it as a serving tray. Its silicone feet helps the top surface of the board remain cool when you put the board on a warm or hot area.
Progressive International Over-the-Sink Cutting Board
The size of this cutting board is 10-by-13 inches, and the handles can extend from 15-1/2 inches to 21 inches, fitting over most sinks. It is great when you prep work and is easy to clean up.
Stanton Trading 15 by 20 by 1/2-Inch Cutting Board, White
This board is made of high-density polyethylene, which makes the board resistant to moisture and safe for professional knives. This board is also dishwasher safe.
Fox Run Marble Board
This board is very modern and has an attrative design which can also be used as a serving tray at parties. It is 12 inches by 16 inches and is made of black marble.