Last updated: August 9, 2021

Welcome to our big bamboo chopping board test 2021. Here we present all the bamboo chopping boards we have tested. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best bamboo chopping board for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a bamboo chopping board.




Summary

  • Bamboo chopping boards are characterised by their particularly robust surface and durability
  • Due to their antibacterial effect, bamboo chopping boards are perfect for your kitchen
  • In addition to conventional models, there are bamboo chopping boards with practical drawers for your cuttings

The Best Bamboo Cutting Board: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Bamboo Cutting Board

Why do I need a bamboo cutting board?

Everyone should have a good cutting board in their kitchen. With a bamboo chopping board you make a decision for a robust product that is also very climate friendly and hygienic. Even if you are allergic to certain substances, the bamboo cutting board is a great alternative for you.

A bamboo chopping board in action (Image source: unsplash.com / Caroline Attwood)

Bamboo chopping boards are available in different designs. There are bamboo chopping boards with drawers and space for containers underneath to help you organise your ingredients when cutting and cooking. You can simply slide your cut cubes, slices or minced meat off the board.

On the other hand, there are the classic bamboo chopping boards, which are similar to traditional chopping boards made of other materials. These are very diverse in design and accessories. Besides practical handles or feet, you can also find personalised chopping boards that you can adapt to your kitchen.

What are the advantages over traditional chopping boards?

Unlike wooden chopping boards, bamboo chopping boards are considered very robust. This is due to the cell structure of bamboo. It contains lignin - a substance that ensures the lignification of bamboo, which actually belongs to the grasses.

Compared to conventional wood, bamboo is even harder due to this lignification. While oak, for example, has a hardness of 34 N/mm², bamboo has a hardness of 40 N/mm². Bamboo chopping boards are therefore ideal if you are looking for a long-lasting and particularly robust chopping board.

Bamboo chopping boards are also perfect for your kitchen from a hygienic point of view. In fact, a study by the Technical University of Dresen showed that bamboo has an antibacterial effect.

A so-called inhibition zone was discovered around the bamboo - an area around the bamboo wood where bacteria hardly grow or grow much less than outside. You can enhance this effect on your bamboo chopping board by treating it with oil (e.g. linseed oil).

Whereas bacteria can easily grow in the joints of plastic or wooden chopping boards, you do not have to worry about this with bamboo chopping boards. After processing the bamboo grass, there are no indications that bamboo is harmful to allergy sufferers and is therefore considered allergy-friendly.

It is also worth mentioning that with a bamboo chopping board you are buying a product with a particularly good CO2 balance. Some bamboo species grow to a height of up to 20 metres in just a few months. After 5 years, you can already harvest. During this time, bamboo produces up to 35% more oxygen than trees.

What does a bamboo chopping board cost?

Depending on the model and features, the prices for bamboo cutting boards can vary greatly. The cheapest bamboo chopping boards can be bought for as little as €7. If sustainable cultivation of bamboo is important to you, you should look for the FSC certificate, especially for cheaper models.

The average price for chopping boards without drawers is around €25. The price of these models often depends on the size and can be higher depending on the manufacturer. The average price for chopping boards with drawers is 35€. If you attach great importance to special design, you will have to reckon with somewhat more expensive prices.

Meanwhile, discounters also offer special offers on kitchen accessories from time to time, where you can buy bamboo chopping boards quite cheaply. Bamboo chopping boards are also available as a set, so you can save money if you want to buy new chopping boards anyway.

Here we have created a small overview so that you can get an idea of the different prices of the models:

model price
bamboo chopping board 7€ to 90€
bamboo chopping board with drawer 18€ to 130€
bamboo chopping boards in a set 18€ to 70€

What are the alternatives to a bamboo cutting board?

Cutting boards are available in a wide variety of materials. Besides bamboo, another popular natural product is wood. However, wood is much softer than bamboo, so the board wears out more and you have to replace it more often. Like bamboo, it is not dishwasher safe and requires some maintenance. If you are handy, you can easily make a wooden chopping board yourself:

Another popular material is plastic. Plastic chopping boards are particularly practical because you can simply put them in the dishwasher after use without damaging the board. In terms of eco-balance, however, plastic is known to be far behind bamboo. There are also always health concerns. Especially when cutting on plastic boards, fibres can come loose and get into your food.

There are also materials such as glass, metal or stone that are used to make chopping boards. These are particularly popular because of their appearance. However, you should bear in mind that these boards are so hard that the blade of your knife is softer in comparison and thus wears out particularly quickly. The cutting boards are then particularly durable, but in the worst case you will have to replace your blade.

Which bamboo chopping boards are available and which is the right one for you?

If you want to buy a bamboo chopping board, you basically have two alternatives to choose from:

  • Bamboo chopping board with drawers
  • Bamboo chopping board without drawers

In the following paragraphs, we will show you the advantages and disadvantages of each variant.

What distinguishes a bamboo chopping board with drawers and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The biggest advantage of bamboo chopping boards with drawers is the easy organisation of ingredients when cooking. You can easily cut fruit or vegetables, pull out the drawer and slide in what you have cut.

Depending on the model, there are usually 2 to 4 large drawers located directly under the cutting board. There is also a collection tray for organic waste directly on the chopping board, so you don't have leftovers such as peelings in the way when cutting.

The drawers are made of either stainless steel or plastic and can therefore be cleaned in the dishwasher without any problems. Some models even come with lids for the drawers. This way you can easily store freshly cut ingredients left over from cooking in the fridge.

However, you should bear in mind that the drawers increase the actual height of the worktop by approx. 7-9 cm. Cleaning the chopping board can also be a little more difficult with some models where the bamboo board is placed once around the drawers. Finally, your working posture when cutting may deteriorate if you have to lean far over the open drawers towards the board.

Advantages
  • Convenient to organise ingredients
  • trays can be cleaned in the dishwasher
  • function as a container for organic waste
Disadvantages
  • Cleaning difficult on some models
  • worktop raised
  • working posture may no longer be ergonomic

What distinguishes a bamboo chopping board without drawers and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

With bamboo cutting boards without drawers you can work on a large surface and on the same level as your worktop. Since most of the bamboo chopping boards are relatively large, you can easily divide the board into sections for sorting your ingredients. You can also easily lift the small and medium models and scrape the ingredients directly into the pot or pan.

Cleaning bamboo chopping boards without a drawer is also much easier than the models with a drawer. So if you like to save time cleaning your utensils, this design is more suitable for you.

The disadvantages of these boards, especially with smaller models, are that you will eventually run out of space for cuttings and have to work with bowls. If you run out of space with a large chopping board, you can't simply carry it to the cooker to add the ingredients to the dish.

Advantages
  • Very easy to clean
  • Large models offer space for sorting ingredients
  • Small models are easy to carry
Disadvantages
  • Little space for ingredients on small models
  • Large models not easy to carry

Buying Criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate Bamboo Cutting Boards

Below are some aspects that can help you decide between the many possible bamboo chopping boards.

The criteria you can use to compare bamboo chopping boards include:

In the following sections, we will explain in more detail what each criterion is about.

Accessories

With the bamboo chopping boards with drawer, you can choose between models with plastic or stainless steel drawers. Both versions can be cleaned in the dishwasher without any problems. If you often want to store leftover ingredients in the fridge, you can also look for chopping boards with drawers that come with a lid.

The chopping boards without drawers are available with various accessories. Some have an integrated handle so that you can transport the board more easily. There are also models with a so-called juice groove, which prevents the juice that is produced during cutting from landing on your kitchen floor.

Some models come with vinyl pads. These are helpful when you want to quickly switch between ingredients such as raw fish, chicken or vegetables without possible germs getting onto the next ingredient.

For both types of bamboo chopping boards, there are versions with feet. These are usually made of rubber and allow you to stand firmly on your worktop without your chopping board slipping while you work.

Origin and materials used

When you choose a bamboo chopping board, you are choosing a sustainable product. Due to its climate-friendly properties, it is considered the "wood of the future". The largest growing areas are currently in China. The bamboo trade is also growing in Ethiopia.

Bamboo is considered the wood of the future. To make sure that your bamboo chopping board is sustainable, you can simply look for the FSC certificate. (Image source pixabay.com / susanne906)

If you want to make sure that your bamboo chopping board meets a number of standards regarding sustainable cultivation and social treatment of employees, you can simply look for the FSC seal of approval. This will ensure that your bamboo chopping board is truly sustainable.

Coloured bamboo products and cutting boards are often based on melamine. However, the consumer advice centre labels melamine as harmful to health. In animal experiments, melamine showed a toxic effect. However, this should not be a problem when using your chopping board normally, as long as you do not wash your chopping board too hot. At 70°C and above, the harmful substances come out.

Size

When looking for bamboo chopping boards, you can quickly come across a wide range of different shapes and sizes. In addition to handy small models, there are versions that you can place firmly on your worktop and that are designed to stay there permanently.

Generally, the thicker the board, the more durable it is. If notches have formed on your board over time, you can simply sand down thick boards and use them much longer than short ones.

Smaller models are sometimes available in sets and are ideal as breakfast boards or chopping boards for short use. They can be stored quickly and are narrow, so you can stack them easily.

Larger versions allow you to freely handle and sort ingredients on the board. You can also use these boards as serving platters for cheese or appetisers. Attached ledges prevent the board from slipping off the kitchen counter when you are working. Extra-large models extend your worktop by placing them on top of your hob - or, in the case of models with feet, on top of it.

We have listed the most common sizes here to give you an overview of the usual functions:

Size (on average) Function
25 x 15 cm Breakfast board, chopping board for small tasks
40 x 27 cm Large-surface work (e.g. chopping), serving and arranging
50 x 37 cm Durable worktop for frequent use, Can extend work area

Personalisation

For a special touch in your kitchen, you can also have bamboo chopping boards personalised. Many online shops offer that you can choose a lettering or a motif that will be engraved on your cutting board.

Personalisations are offered for small and large chopping boards. There are offers for conventional boards or boards with handles. However, engraving is usually only possible for models without a drawer.

In terms of price, the personalised bamboo chopping boards with engraving are not very different from conventional versions. On average, you pay between €30 and €35 for a board with engraving.

Facts worth knowing about the Bamboo Cutting Board

How do I care for my bamboo chopping board properly?

To make your bamboo chopping board last as long as possible, it is important to clean it after each use. To do this, you can simply use an ordinary soapy water solution with lukewarm water. To remove all residues from the board, you can simply scrub the dirt off the board with a kitchen sponge or a dish brush.

Over time, the board will become dry and cracked from cleaning. To avoid this, it is worth rubbing your board with oil. This will impregnate your chopping board.

The oil ensures that the surface is sealed by soaking into the top cell structure and thus repels water. This also makes it less likely for germs to multiply.

You can basically choose which oil you want to use to care for your bamboo chopping board. However, you do not usually need special wood care oils from the DIY store. Linseed oil is often recommended, as it best supports the antibacterial effect of your chopping board.

Olive oil may smell a little rancid after a while, especially at higher temperatures. If you like the smell of coconut, you can also use coconut oil to clean your chopping board.

How do I remove heavy soiling or rough grooves from my bamboo chopping board?

Over time, your bamboo chopping board may become stained by foods such as carrots, spinach, tomatoes or beetroot. Especially if the last sealing with oil was some time ago, the juices then easily penetrate the cells so that they can no longer be washed off.

Before you throw your board in the rubbish, you can try the following trick. Spread a generous layer of salt all over the chopping board. Leave it to soak overnight (preferably 24 hours) and then wash your board as usual. The salt removes the moisture from the bamboo and with it any possible discolouration and germs. Afterwards, you should re-oil your board before using it again.

Salt is particularly suitable for a basic cleaning of your chopping board. Simply sprinkle on salt, let it soak in and rinse off. (Image source: pexels.com / Lorena Martínez)

If the dirt is too coarse or you have large cuts in your board that bother you, you can also sand your cutting board. Especially with thicker models, you can sand the top surface of the board without hesitation. Afterwards, your chopping board will be as good as new.

Why does my bamboo chopping board get mouldy or smelly?

First of all, you should know that bamboo, just like all other natural products, has its own smell. Especially when cutting, more acid escapes from the fibre of bamboo compared to wooden boards. Under certain circumstances, this is noticeable by a slightly sour smell. However, this is a good sign, as this acid is the reason for the antibacterial effect of bamboo.

However, if your bamboo chopping board has a strong smell, it is often not due to the bamboo. One possibility is that the oil you rubbed on the board has gone rancid. You can simply clean the board with soapy water or vinegar and baking powder or baking soda. Afterwards, however, you should definitely rub the board with oil again.

Your board may also smell because it is mouldy. To prevent mould, you should clean your chopping board after each use, dry it and leave it leaning on its edge for a while. This allows residual moisture to escape. Depending on how deep the mould is in the board, you can sand the surface of the board. Be careful with black mould, however, and we recommend replacing your board.

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