Our Top Pick for 2018: Greener Chef Bamboo Wood Cutting & Chopping Board
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Cutting boards have been a kitchen staple for as long as we have had kitchens. Ancient people used to cut their food on rough stone slabs. As civilization progressed, cutting boards were produced from other materials such as marble, glass and wood. In modern times, we have added plastic, steel, rubber and even silicone to the list of materials we use. A modern alternative that combines the best of many of these options is bamboo. Although sometimes called wood, bamboo is actually a flowering, evergreen grass. Being more durable than wood and almost as strong as steel, bamboo is clearly well-suited for cutting boards.
#1. Greener Chef Bamboo Wood Cutting & Chopping Board
Greener Chef has produced the perfect bamboo wood cutting and chopping board. This product can be used in any kitchen with complete confidence. Its professional grade construction guarantees you many hours of easy cutting, chopping and slicing. Thanks to bamboo’s inherent properties, this cutting and chopping board is also extremely durable and will last through many meal preparations.
Its generous size of 18 inches x 12.5 inches x .07 inches means that you will have plenty of space to cut vegetables, slice fruit or carve meat. With a weight of only 2.8 pounds, this cutting board is much lighter than those old heavy and rough stone slabs your ancestors might have used. Its light weight means you can easily move it from your prep area to your cooking area to your clean up area with virtually zero effort.
This two-sided cutting board provides a great cutting surface complete with a drip groove around the edges. This groove provides protection against running juices when cutting meats and other food products. Just imagine life without messy countertop spills! If you are in need of a large serving tray or platter, flip the cutting board over to its smooth side and you’ll find the perfect option. The flat, brown bamboo surface is elegant and beautiful enough to impress any guest at any function.
Made of 100% premium organic Moso bamboo, this all-natural cutting board is quite friendly to knives. You’ll have no worries about damaging your expensive knife set when using them with this cutting board thanks to Greener Chef’s use of the highest quality bamboo available. Small knives, short knives, big knives and long knives alike will glide across its surface like ice skates on ice. With the safety of your knives settled, you should also be pleased to learn that most knives will not damage this cutting board. Flat-bladed knives leave no marks when used and serrated knives leave only minor marks.
Thanks to its organic label, you will rest easy knowing that this product is BPA and toxin free. Greener Chef uses no stains, dyes, finishes or pesticides on the product during production. And yet, it is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. Furthermore, this cutting board completely meets FDA standards for safety. This means that you can confidently prepare healthy and safe meals for your family and others with this cutting board.
Users have overwhelmingly reported being satisfied with this product and its performance. There are two minor issues that purchasers should be aware of before receiving the product. First, this board must be conditioned prior to use. The manufacturer’s instructions recommend seven days of conditioning. Having to wait to use a long-desired product can be slightly disappointing to an excited consumer. But, conditioning and waiting is necessary if you want to fully enjoy this cutting board.
The second issue was splinters. Bamboo naturally produces splinters. This is one reason why the cutting board needs to be conditioned. During the conditioning period as well as the first few weeks of use, you may notice small splinters. These can be removed quite easily and will disappear over time. Do be careful when conditioning to avoid picking up a small splinter in your hands.
If for any reason you find yourself among the minority of users who are not completely satisfied with this bamboo cutting board, rest easy knowing the Greener Chef offers all of its customers a no risk, no questions asked, money back guarantee. This means that you can truly purchase and try this board without worry. It is clear to see why the Greener Chef Bamboo Cutting Board is at the top of our picks.
#2. Premium Bamboo Extra Large Cutting Board
Premium Bamboo’s Extra Large Cutting Board is our number two pick because it offers almost all of the qualities found in our number one pick with just a few minor differences. This bamboo cutting board is quite durable and strong. This means that consumers do not have to worry about it warping, splintering or breaking like traditional wooden cutting boards.
At 18 inches x 12 inches x .75 inches, this bamboo cutting board is much thicker than our top pick. For some this may be considered a benefit while others prefer a thinner board. Nevertheless, the thickness of this cutting board makes it perfect for carving meats, slicing fruits and chopping vegetables. Despite its large size, it is very light, weighing in at only one pound. This makes it quite easy to store in almost any location in your kitchen.
Just as with our top pick, this product comes with a drip groove around the edges. You will be able to confidently cut juicy fruits and meats knowing that your countertops will stay clean and dry. The rounded corners and edges found on this cutting board will make it quite easy for you to carry. They also provide an elegant, architectural touch when using the flat side of the cutting board as a serving tray or platter.
Premium Bamboo’s cutting board is 100% anti-microbial thanks to the less porous properties of bamboo. They used only high-quality, recyclable moso bamboo when manufacturing this product. Consumers can know that they are purchasing an all natural, eco-friendly and biodegradable product that will be safe for their family and the environment. In fact, this cutting board has received approval from both the FSC and the FDA.
This bamboo cutting board is also more than safe to use with any of your kitchen knives and will leave them as sharp as when you started cutting. Furthermore, it is resistant to marks made by flat-bladed knives.
Cleaning and caring for this product is very easy. All that is required is some hot water, some soap, a small amount of time and air drying. It is really easier to wash than a wooden board, which is very sensitive to water, and safer than a plastic cutting board, which can often harbor bacteria.
It is important to note that this product, like other bamboo products, will have to be maintained with occasional applications of mineral oil. Several customers also mentioned the small splinters than can occur. Care should be taken to condition the board in order to minimize these splinters. A few customers also were unhappy with the board’s coloring. Lastly, there were several customers who did not feel that the groove itself was deep enough to hold the amount of juices from the food product in question. This, of course, will depend on each customer as well as the type and amount of food being prepared.
Nevertheless, customers can purchase this product in complete confidence knowing that Premium Bamboo offers a 100% risk free, no questions asked, money back guarantee.
#3. Midori Way Extra Large Thick Bamboo Cutting Board
Midori Way has produced its own extra large bamboo cutting board. As our third place pick, this cutting board is quite strong and definitely large. Measuring in at 18 inches x 12.7 inches x .08 inches, this cutting board provides plenty of space for all your cutting, chopping and slicing needs. While it advertises itself as being very lightweight, it actually weighs in at 4.3 pounds. This means it is heavier than our top two picks. This, however, may be considered an advantage by some consumers. No matter its weight, this cutting board will definitely last for years.
Similar to the previous two cutting boards, the Midori Way cutting board also offers a groove around the edge of the board on one side. It’s two-colored bamboo is eye-catching making it the perfect option to serve food at a family dinner or even at a party. More importantly, it is also very functional and naturally resists moisture. This property of bamboo is important because it helps to prevent warping and the growth of bacteria.
Midori Way’s bamboo cutting board is 100% natural and completely eco-friendly. It is made from one of the most renewable sources in the world. The bamboo used by Midori Way is raised without pesticides and they use no dye, formaldehyde, stains or phthalates during production. You can rest assured that this board is safe for you, your family and the environment. Choosing bamboo also means that the cutting board is gentle on knives and won’t cause dull blades. However, despite that gentleness, this bamboo cutting board is stronger than maple.
This cutting board arrives ready to use thank to a preliminary coat of light mineral oil applied in the factory. Consumers should take care to lightly coat the cutting board with a food-safe mineral oil on a regular basis. Caring for your Midori Way cutting board is simple. Simply wash it in warm water using a mild dish soap. Always allow the board to air dry before the next use. With these simple maintenance steps, you will enjoy many years of use and easy clean up.
One note of caution with this board is provided by the manufacturer. Avoid soaking the board in water for any length of time and definitely never put it in the dishwasher. Following these simple guidelines will ensure that your board is not damaged.
Midori Way is quite proud of the many five star reviews they have received. Their product comes with a 100% money back guarantee within 60 days of purchase. Despite the limited window guarantee, customers rave about Midori Way’s cutting board and the service they received during their purchase. In fact, only four negative reviews could be found. One thing that customers did say is that they wished that Midori Way would make a smaller sized version of the same cutting board. To be clear, customers were not complaining about the large size. They simply wanted a second smaller version from the same company. Thus, despite this being rated as a third place product, you can definitely order with assurance of getting a great cutting board.
#4. Utopia Kitchen Extra Large Multipurpose Bamboo Cutting Board
Utopia Kitchen’s extra large, multipurpose bamboo cutting board offers many of the same features as the top three rated boards. It is described as durable and long-lasting in many consumer reviews.
Although described as extra large, it is actually slightly smaller than the our top three picks. With measurements of 17.8 inches x 11.6 inches x 0.8 inches, this cutting board still provides a sufficient amount of cutting space while needing a slightly smaller storage area. Advertised as lightweight, it weighs in at 3.8 pounds. Consumers did not necessarily consider this light, but were not unpleased with it either. Instead, they commented on how sturdy the cutting board felt.
This bamboo cutting board has rounded corners and edges. This allows for ease in handling. It also boasts a groove cut around the edges of the board. Although not extremely deep, it definitely will help to catch some of the extra juices that flow while carving, cutting, chopping or slicing.
Utopia Kitchen’s cutting board is made from 100% Moso bamboo. This is a sustainable resource and its harvest does not affect the habitat of the endangered Giant Panda. The cutting board itself is 16% harder than maple and is produced using no formaldehyde or toxic dyes. Before leaving the factory, it is coated with a sunflower oil to allow for out of the package, immediate use.
Being made of bamboo means that this cutting board will naturally resist water due to its denseness. This cutting board should not warp or crack like some wooden cutting board do. Furthermore, its cut-resistant surface is safe for knives so you don’t have to worry about dulling your favorite blade.
With proper care, this cutting board will provide you with quite a lot of service hours. Care should be taken to clean the board properly. Never soak this board in water and absolutely do not put it in the dishwasher. You can hand wash it with warm water and a gentle soap. If necessary, you can also use a diluted solution of bleach and water. Several consumers state that the cutting board can be effectively cleaned using salt and a lemon.
Cut a lemon in half and then generously sprinkle salt on the board’s surface. Rub the lemon half up and down the board while squeezing it to release its juice. Allow the salt and lemon juice to sit for five minutes and then scrape the debris into the trash. Rinse the board with warm water and allow to air dry. Users should regularly apply a light coat of food-safe mineral oil and the manufacturer recommends using Totally Bamboo’s Revitalizing Oil to keep the board in tip top shape.
Utopia Kitchen offers its customers a 30 day, 100% money back guarantee if, for any reason, the cutting board is not satisfactory
When choosing any cutting board, a very important factor is size. Although you could purchase a multitude of cutting boards in a wide variety of sizes to meet any need, it is simply more cost effective and better for storage needs to purchase one or perhaps two boards to use in food preparation. By ensuring that the board you buy is big enough to handle even your larger food preparation needs, you will ensure that you don’t find yourself trying to carve a large turkey on a tiny surface.
This factor may not seem important. However, after you have lifted the cutting board one hundred times, you may begin to wish for a lighter board. If you truly wish to own a light board, carefully examine the product’s specifications. On the other hand, some users really prefer a heavier feel to their cutting boards. The heavy weight provides stability and makes the product feel much sturdier. There really is no right or wrong when it comes to weight in a cutting board. It all comes down to the consumer’s preference.
The warranty provided by the manufacturer is rather important. This is because bamboo cutting boards, like wooden cutting boards, can sometimes have problems. Knowing that you’ve purchased from a company that will give you all of your money back or replace a broken cutting board is definitely valuable. Carefully read the details of each warranty as some offer lifetime coverage while others only provide limited guarantees.
The care for most bamboo cutting boards is similar. Don’t soak it in water. Never put it in the dishwasher. Allow it to air dry. Coat it regularly with a food-safe mineral oil. What you will need to ask is whether you want the product to be ready to go as soon as you receive it or if you are willing to take the time to thoroughly condition it yourself before use. Each manufacturer provides different options in terms of readiness of use.
This last feature is somewhat obvious. It is clear that those reading this have already decided that they want to have a bamboo cutting board. The reasons for that can be many. Durability, sustainability, eco-friendliness and ease of use are some of those reasons. That said, while all of the products reviewed above are made with 100% Moso bamboo, other bamboo cutting boards may not. Consumers should take the time to determine exactly what type of bamboo they are getting with their purchase.
Conclusion (Wrapping it up)
Bamboo cutting boards are definitely quite popular in our modern society. Their strength provides great durability which is a plus for money-conscious consumers. The material itself gives users the peace of mind knowing that they have chosen an eco-friendly and sustainable option. Consumers also like the organic feature that avoids the use of harmful chemicals. With such great features as being naturally water and bacteria resistant, it is clear that bamboo cutting boards are here to stay. Uses need only to apply a little regular maintenance and some common sense to thoroughly enjoy their bamboo cutting board for many years to come.