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August 23, 2022 4 min read


Every kitchen needs a good cutting board. Cutting boards not only shield your counters from nicks and knife marks but also allow safe and secure food preparation. But when it comes to size, there is no universal fit. Below we have listed the common cutting board sizes, along with advice on which one to choose.


Common Cutting Board Sizes


The following list includes some typical cutting board sizes that you can buy:


1) Standard Cutting Boards

 A wooden chopping board with some food on it and knife and fork to the side

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The most typical cutting boards are roughly 12 x 18” in size. These cutting boards are big enough to chop a variety of dishes while remaining compact enough to be stored easily. A normal cutting board can also be 10 x 14" or 15 x 20" in size.


2) Small Cutting Boards

 A variety of small wooden chopping boards in the shape of pears

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A small cutting board has several benefits, including more versatility and the requirement for less storage space. If your kitchen is small, this cutting board is perfect for you. Typically, smaller chopping boards are used to slice fruit or other smaller foods.

Smaller cutting boards come in sizes 4 x 6" and 5 x 7". The larger ones are 6 x 9" and 10 x 8".


3) Large Cutting Boards

 A large chopping board with some rare cooked steak and herbs on the board and spices next to it

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Although they are difficult to store, a larger cutting board is ideal for cutting multiple objects at once. These boards are typically used in professional kitchens or as a centerpiece in a residential kitchen.

The common sizes for a large cutting board are 7 x 23", 18 x 18", 18 x 24" , 18 x 30", and 20 x 30".


What Is the Best Cutting Board Size?

 Three circular cutting boards leaning on a wooden wall

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The size of the cutting board you purchase will depend on how much counter space and storage you have. Additionally, it's crucial to select a size that corresponds to the size of your knife because you wouldn't want to chop food with a big chef's knife on a smaller cutting board. For the majority of home chefs, a medium cutting board with dimensions of around 10-12" x 16-18" is perfect.


The Qualities of a Good Cutting Board


The following are some additional factors you should think about in addition to the cutting board's size:


1) Materials

 A selection of wooden and plastic chopping boards

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A cutting board can be made from a variety of materials. The most popular cutting board materials are listed below:


Wood Cutting Boards


Wooden boards are the most conventional cutting boards available. Because of its natural composition, a wooden cutting board is gentle on blades and even possesses self-healing qualities. Surface scratches often heal fast and very infrequently leave scars.

Wooden cutting boards can be divided into edge-grain and end-grain cutting boards.

Edge-grain cutting boards feature a stripe-like pattern created by gluing together thin planks of wood on their edges. These boards are considerably less expensive since they are not as thick or durable as end-grain boards.

On the other hand, end-grain boards have a distinct checkerboard pattern. This is made by gluing together several little blocks of wood with the cut sides facing up. Due to the vertical wood fibers, the cutting surface of the board is exceptionally durable and tough. However, these boards are more expensive and heavier when compared to other cutting boards.


Plastic and Silicone Cutting Boards


Most plastic boards are constructed of polypropylene or high-density polyethylene. These boards are inexpensive, lightweight, and can easily be washed in the dishwasher. However, because they don't last as long as other materials and tend to wear out blades more quickly, they need to be replaced more frequently.

On the other hand, silicone cutting boards have similar characteristics to plastic boards but are more hygienic and long-lasting.


Rubber Cutting Boards


Rubber chopping boards are typically used in commercial kitchens and restaurants. These boards are simple to maintain and have the strength and durability of wood.


Rice Husk Cutting Boards


In comparison to the boards listed above, rice husk cutting boards are more moisture resistant and environmentally friendly. In addition, these boards are also lightweight, inexpensive, simple to clean, and odor resistant.

Your choice of material will depend on what you are looking for.


2) Thickness

 A circular wooden chopping board with a cloth underneath

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It's a popular misconception that thicker boards are better. While it is typically true that thicker boards are more durable, sturdy, and resistant to bending, a lot relies on the material. A board constructed of better-quality wood or plastic will last longer than one made of inferior material. To be safe, stick with a board that is at least one inch thick for wood and 0.5 inches thick for plastic and other materials.


3) Shape of the Cutting Board

 A selection of different shapes and sizes of wooden chopping boards

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As they say, simple is better. When selecting a cutting board, it is advised to go for the most basic shape. Rectangular cutting boards are the most common and can hold a variety of items. If you need something more specialized, there are also square and round cutting boards available.


4) Special Features

 A thicker chopping board with a drawer on the side and vegetables on top

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Cutting boards with additional features are commonly available, however, they typically involve trade-offs.

Cutting boards with rubber legs increase board stability and ventilation, but they also prohibit you from flipping the board over to use the other side. If you frequently carve roasted meats or juicy veggies like tomatoes, cutting boards with liquid-catching grooves are excellent, but they aren't really necessary if you're just slicing onions or performing simple prep work. And boards that have a folding feature will surely shatter, shred, or fall apart when used to transport food.

A cutting board with extra features is beneficial, but make sure that you purchase the board from a reputable company to guarantee that the feature works as intended.




The ideal cutting board is one that can meet all your needs, and Pepe Nero is where you can locate it. Our rice husk cutting board involves numerous features and add-ons. Check us out!


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