What’s the best all-purpose lightweight cutting board for home cooks?
Last Updated Oct. 6, 2023.
The best large plastic cutting board for most home cooks is the Winco Statik Board Cutting Board 15" x 20" x ½". A food-service stalwart, this utilitarian board is about ½ inch thick, so it didn’t flex during use and didn’t warp even after 50 washes. Best of all, it sat ultrasecurely on the counter, thanks to its moderate weight and the four rubberized feet that helped stabilize it. If portability is your greatest priority, or if you really want a board that has a trench on one side, we also recommend the OXO Good Grips Carving and Cutting Board. Weighing just over 3 pounds, it was the lightest board we tested, making it especially easy to move and clean, and its two rubberized strips helped keep it relatively stable on the countertop. While this thin board didn’t warp, it did bounce a bit, especially when we cleaved chicken parts and pounded cutlets.
What You Need to Know
Plastic cutting boards don’t get no respect. Sure, they’re not as beautiful as their wood and bamboo counterparts, and they aren’t designed to last forever—nobody buys one expecting to hand it down to their grandchildren. But these utilitarian boards have their own advantages. Unlike wood and bamboo cutting boards, plastic boards require no maintenance. They stain and retain odors less readily, and they’re thin and relatively lightweight, so they’re much easier to maneuver and clean by hand than heavy wood cutting boards. What’s more, they can be thrown in the dishwasher, a boon for cooks who worry about hygiene when working with meat or poultry. And best of all, they’re comparatively inexpensive, making them accessible to most cooks and easy to replace in the event that they crack or warp.
What Size Cutting Board Should I Get?
We think the best size for any all-purpose cutting board is at least 20 inches long and 15 inches wide, the size of the boards covered in this review. This size gives you room to do everything from slicing large bunches of Swiss chard to breaking down whole chickens without feeling cramped. In general, we recommend getting the largest cutting board that fits on your counter and in your sink, as large cutting boards give you plenty of space to let you both prep food and store it neatly as you go. All the boards we tested are reversible, too, letting you get more use out of your board before you wash it, if you prefer.
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