Last updated: August 12, 2021

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Welcome to our big cheese board test 2021. Here we present all the cheese boards we have tested in detail. 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 cheese board for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a cheese board.




Summary

  • Cheese boards are used for serving as well as cutting cheese and other small items. This is made even easier by a wide range of accessories.
  • In principle, a distinction is made between revolving and non-revolving cheese boards.
  • Cheese boards are available in many different materials. From wood, slate and marble to glass, stone and agate, there is something for every taste.

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Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate cheese boards

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the different cheese boards.

The following criteria should help you find the right cheese board:

Size

Cheese boards come in many different sizes. Depending on the purpose for which you want to use the cheese board and for how many guests, you should choose either a small or a larger model.

You should always consider how much you want to serve on your cheese board.

You should also consider the size of your table when choosing the right cheese board. Especially for larger tables, it is usually advisable to invest in a larger cheese board so that everyone can easily reach the cheese board.

The sizes of the cheese boards vary depending on the manufacturer and shape. Small cheese boards, for example, are already available in a size of 20x10cm. You can find large cheese boards with a length of up to 120cm.

Material

As already mentioned in the guide, cheese boards are available in many different materials. There are a few things to consider when choosing a material. For example, not every material is suitable for storage in the refrigerator.

Wood in particular proves to be a very sensitive material here, as it can quickly be damaged by improper use and care.

In the table, we have summarised the most common materials and noted their suitability for storage in the refrigerator and cleaning in the dishwasher.

Please always refer to the manufacturer's information for final information on suitability for the refrigerator and dishwasher.

Material Fridge Dishwasher
Wood No No
Slate Yes Yes
Glass Yes Yes
Marble Yes No

Shape

Cheese boards come in a number of different shapes. Whether round, oblong or square - there is something for every taste. In the meantime, there are even more unusual shapes.

For example, some manufacturers offer cheese boards in the shape of cheese, a cow or a tree slice.

When choosing the right shape, both your own taste and the intended use play a role. As mentioned above, narrow, elongated cheese boards are best for long tables.

Accessories

There are various accessories for cheese boards that make it easier for you to serve and cut cheese. Are you looking for something to cut your cheese into all kinds of shapes and sizes?

Then a cheese knife is the right choice for you. There is also the option of buying a cheese fork, which guarantees perfect skewering of any cheese.

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Various accessories help you to cut the cheese into the desired size.
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In addition to slicing, there is also the option of grating or shaving the cheese. Special cheese slicers and graters are used here.

In addition, some cheese boards come with a cheese cover. This guarantees that the cheese stays fresh for longer and prevents unwanted odours from forming in the refrigerator.

Decision: What types of cheese boards are there and which is the right one for you?

In principle, a distinction is made between two different types of cheese boards:

  • non-rotating cheese board
  • rotating cheese board

Depending on the purpose for which you want to use the cheese board and how much money you want to spend when buying it, you should choose one of these two types.

What are the characteristics of a non-rotating cheese board and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Non-swivelling cheese boards are characterised by the fact that they lie flat on the table and cannot be swivelled. This means they provide a robust and safe work surface for cutting cheese.

Especially with larger cheese boards, they cannot be passed on to other people, which makes it much more difficult to access the cheese board.

Advantages
  • Robust
  • Stable
  • Many different sizes
Disadvantages
  • Partly location-bound
  • Difficult to reach when there are many guests

What are the features of a rotating cheese board and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A rotating cheese board is characterised by the fact that it can be rotated, making it a little easier to access the cheese.

The rotating mechanism makes it easier, especially for several people, for each person to reach the desired cheese. Especially with large or round tables, it is easier to reach the cheese with a rotating cheese board.

Advantages
  • Optimal for round tables
  • Better accessibility
  • Practical rotating function
Disadvantages
  • Rotating mechanism needs maintenance
  • Often rather small
  • Not so stable

The disadvantage of the rotating cheese board, however, is that these boards are often a little wobbly, which means that care must be taken when cutting on the board.

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a cheese board

In the following, we will explain the most frequently asked questions about cheese boards in more detail.

What is a cheese board?

Cheese boards, as the name suggests, are boards made specifically for cutting and serving cheese. Such cheese boards are often found at large buffets in restaurants or hotels.

There, they are not only a real eye-catcher for the guests, but also an optimal solution for serving cheese and other small items.

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Cheese boards are suitable both for serving and for cutting cheese
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But a cheese board can also turn out to be very useful for your own home. You have a spontaneous visitor and don't know what to serve your guests? Then a generously garnished cheese board could be the right choice.

A cheese board is not only suitable for serving, but thanks to the numerous accessories, you can also cut your food directly on a cheese board.

With such a board, you can serve your guests not only cheese, but also a variety of other snacks, such as fresh fruit, dried fruit or chocolate.

What material is a cheese board made of?

Cheese boards are made of many different materials. The most common material is certainly wood, but you can also choose between different types such as olive wood, oak or beech.

But there are not only cheese boards made of wood. Other materials such as slate, marble or stone are also often used to make cheese boards.

How much does a cheese board cost?

The price of a cheese board varies greatly. Especially the material, but also the size, play a big role here.

Material price
Wood from 3€
Slate from 5€
Glass from 8€
Marble from 10€
Stone from 15€
Agate from 80€

What are the alternatives to the cheese board?

If you don't want to buy a cheese board and are looking for an alternative, you can always use ordinary plates or platters.

However, if you choose a plate, always bear in mind that it has limited space and may not always be as suitable for cutting cheese.

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Simple plates are a good alternative for serving cheese
(Image source: pixabay.com / djpresc16).

Even with plates made of stainless steel, for example, you have the problem that cutting many types of cheese becomes relatively difficult and can even damage your plate.

The advantage, of course, is that these alternatives are usually cheaper to buy and have a variety of uses.

How can I build a cheese board myself?

On the internet you can find numerous instructions on how to build a cheese board yourself. Wood is usually used as the material, as it is the easiest to work with.

The advantage of building a cheese board yourself is that you can customise the cheese board to suit your needs and choose any shape you like.

How do I clean a cheese board?

The care and cleaning of the cheese board depends entirely on the material. While cheese boards made of glass and slate can usually be cleaned in the dishwasher without hesitation, cheese boards made of wood and marble need to be cleaned by hand.

For marble cheese boards, simply clean the board with water, a cloth and, if necessary, mild detergent.

Care should be taken when cleaning and caring for wooden cheese boards. Here, too, it is best to use only water, a cloth and, if necessary, a mild washing-up liquid. After cleaning, make sure that the board is allowed to dry completely.

Which types of cheese are suitable for a cheese board?

In principle, any cheese is suitable for the cheese board. If you decide to put together a cheese board for several guests, you should make sure to serve cheeses that most people will like. You can find a few examples in the following table.

Type of cheese examples
Hard cheese Parmesan, Emmental, Gauda, Cheddar
Soft cheese Camenbert, possibly Gorgonzola
Cheese spreads cream cheese preparations, processed cheese wedges

You should always make sure that you offer your guests as varied a selection of cheeses as possible. So there should always be at least a mixture of hard and soft cheeses.

How much cheese do I need per person?

How much cheese you should serve per person depends mainly on whether you are serving the cheese board as a main course or dessert.

If you are serving the cheese board as a main course, you would expect to serve about 170g of cheese per person. However, if you are serving the cheese as a dessert, 80g is sufficient.

For optimal taste, take the cheese out of the fridge about 30 minutes before serving so that it can warm up to room temperature.

How can I garnish a cheese board?

There are no limits to your creativity when it comes to arranging and decorating your cheese board. Traditionally, a cheese board is garnished with fresh and dried fruits, nuts and various sauces.

Here we have roughly listed the most important steps that can help you to assemble and garnish your cheese board correctly and attractively.

  1. Choose the right cheese board for the number of people.
  2. Cut the hard cheese into small pieces. The soft cheese should be served whole.
  3. Cut the fruit into small pieces.
  4. Fill the various sauces (e.g. fig mustard or mango chutney) into small bowls.
  5. First position the cheese on the cheese board. Make sure that there is enough space between the different types of cheese.
  6. In the gaps between the different types of cheese, you can now position the sauces, fruits, nuts, etc.
  7. Serve garnishes such as bread, crackers or grissini separately.

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