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Old 12-07-2011, 12:41 PM   #21
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Having used both wood and plastic boards over the years, I am now firmly in the plastic camp. They're less expensive (I have three cutting boards for different uses), lighter weight, dishwasher safe, and take up less storage space. And when they finally wear out (and make no mistake, they do wear out), I can toss it away with very little remorse and get another.
Thanks Steve. What brand of plastic boards do you use?
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:42 PM   #22
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Lots of things to consider when shopping for a board.

1. Do you want it to be pretty? If so, buy the prettiest board you can afford and forget all the rest.
2. Do you have really expensive knives that you want to take really good care of? If so, buy the board that's best in that category and forget all the rest.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:46 PM   #23
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Lots of things to consider when shopping for a board.

1. Do you want it to be pretty? If so, buy the prettiest board you can afford and forget all the rest.
2. Do you have really expensive knives that you want to take really good care of? If so, buy the board that's best in that category and forget all the rest.
Hi Andy. I have only one good Wustof knife but the others are average quality. I need to upgrade my knives but am not yet ready to do that. Would using a plastic board damage my Wustof knife? What is the best brand of plastic boards?
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:51 PM   #24
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Thanks Steve. What brand of plastic boards do you use?
Lately I've been buying these for veggies and all around everyday use.

Amazon.com: Stanton Trading 12 by 18 by 1/2-Inch Cutting Board, White: Kitchen & Dining

They aren't pretty in the least. But they work well and fit in my dishwasher - which should also be a consideration. Don't buy something too big.

For working with meat, I use one like this. It has a channel for catching juices.

Amazon.com: Progressive International PCB-1812 17.5" X 11.25" Cutting Board: Kitchen & Dining

EDIT: I agree with what Andy says below about brand not being important. Like he mentions, I just like something functional, and I don't want anything with handles or feet that make it harder to clean or keep sanitary.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:55 PM   #25
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Hi Andy. I have only one good Wustof knife but the others are average quality. I need to upgrade my knives but am not yet ready to do that. Would using a plastic board damage my Wustof knife? What is the best brand of plastic boards?

KG8, that post got away from me. I was going to add two more items to cover the bases more completely. But my point was to decide what's important to you in a board and go from there. Not everyone has the same priorities.

I buy white (and some colored) soft plastic boards because I don't care about how the look. I'm just concerned about utility. As others have mentioned, I put plastic boards in the DW and periodically bleach them to remove stains. They are also the cheapest type to buy overall.

I don't shop plastic boards by brand. I look for the size I want for a plain plastic board (no trim pieces or feet and often, no groove) that's fairly thick so it won't warp.
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:37 PM   #26
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I've been using an OXO plastic cutting board and am thinking of getting a larger bamboo one. I love the look of bamboo but am wondering how hard it will be to clean and maintain. Looking forward to any suggestions!
As someone else said, this discussion comes up now and then and there's never any definite conclusion.
I have a beautiful bamboo board I leave out all the time, and I enjoy it very much for an everyday work surface. It always looks beautiful, there's virtually no maintenance involved. If you want one, for heaven sakes don't let anyone talk you out of it. If I really need a plastic board for prep work, I pull it out from under the sink, and then throw it in the dishwasher. There's no law to say you can't have both.
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Old 12-07-2011, 06:24 PM   #27
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I appreciate all of the suggestions! I think I'll get a thicker plastic board and a bamboo one and try them both. I like the idea of storing the plastic one and leaving the bamboo one out on the counter.
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:37 PM   #28
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Has anyone tried Epicurean cutting boards? They're made of wood composite and are dishwasher safe.

http://www.epicureancs.com/kitchenseries.php
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:15 PM   #29
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I've seen those Epicurean cutting boards KG and I like that they are very lightweight and look easy to handle, plus dishwasher safe. The down side is they are quite pricy and ugly however.
If they were at least pretty, I could swallow the cost.
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:31 PM   #30
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Where can I buy one of these wood pulp/resin boards?
I've seen them at Bed Bath & Beyond. I don't know the technical name for the material, but they don't look quite like wood or plastic. Here's a link to an example:

Epicurean® Large Dishwasher-Safe Board in Cutting Boards | Crate&Barrel
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