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After more than 8 hours of research and testing, the best charcuterie board is the Bambusi Charcuterie Board and Knife Set. It is made using 100% organic bamboo, which is non-porous, stain, and odor-resistant. Scooped edges help hold your food, along with a generously sized main surface area for meats and cheese. These boards will be important kitchen products in your home if you love to wow your guests.
Choosing the best charcuterie board could mean the difference between a mish-mash of poorly presented crackers and cheese and a food presentation to be proud of. In determining the best charcuterie board to buy, we explored uses (as a serving plate, cutting board, etc.), material, size, safety, ease of cleaning, and auxiliary features such as cutlery sets and hidden drawers for utensil storage. Keep reading to learn more about the Bambusi Charcuterie Board and Knife Set and the others that made the grade.
Award: TOP PICK
WHY WE LIKE IT: This is the best charcuterie board thanks to a 100% organic bamboo wood construction and four included cheese knives, making it a great choice for holding a variety of cheeses.
This charcuterie board is made of 100% organic bamboo wood, which is non-porous and does an excellent job of resisting stains and odors. Deep scooped edges can hold several foods (e.g. meat, crackers, olives, and nuts) in place, while a separate hidden compartment can slide open to store four cheese knives. Plus, it is very durable – one could easily cut cheese edges directly on top without scratching the surface.
Thanks to this charcuterie board’s built-in drop grooves, it can also help prevent spills. This is especially important, as standing water could affect food taste. Cleaning is also a breeze – simply use hot soapy water and soak in mineral oil for several hours. This makes it a winner in our book. If you want to prepare homemade mustard for your charcuterie, you’ll need your best mortar and pestle for herbs.
Award: HONORABLE MENTION
WHY WE LIKE IT: This 16″ by 10″ by 1.2″ charcuterie board is made using non-porous organic bamboo with two side handles, making it a great choice for passing food amongst a crowd (as opposed to setting on a table).
Thanks to a 100% organic bamboo construction, this fruit, and cheese serving plate is completely food-grade and BPA-free with antimicrobial properties, so it requires very little maintenance. Its surface is also hard enough to sharpen knives – feel free to chop the cheese into blocks and wedges directly on top. Or you could use the best melon baller on top of it too.
Award: BEST COMPARTMENTS
WHY WE LIKE IT: This bamboo cheese board set is made of non-porous 100% organic bamboo with a slide-out drawer, making it great for people who prefer to keep cutting knives stowed away when not in use.
We love this 13″ by 13″ charcuterie board’s well-roundedness. It uses a flat top for meat and cheese and a grooved serving rim along the perimeter for crackers and smaller foods. Hidden is a small compartment to store utensils, which includes a cheese cutter. Its surface is also hard enough to cut cheese squares and wedges within leaving a mark.
Kudos for a 100% natural organic bamboo construction, which is non-porous, bacteria & odor-resistant. This is especially important, as it is easier to clean and prevent odors from one food from penetrating another. Our only knock is that it doesn’t include side handles like our #2 pick Unique Bamboo Charcuterie Board, making it better suited for table placement. Though we appreciated that this charcuterie board includes some utensils, we found that they could be sharper. With your spread prepared, you’ll need to grab your best wing corkscrew for the wine.
Award: BIGGEST SIZE
WHY WE LIKE IT: This cutting board is great for parties, thanks to extra-large dimensions (17″ by 12.6″ by 0.72″), also easily doubling as a carving or butcher board.
Our favorite feature with this charcuterie board is its size and built-in compartments. Three built-in compartments can separate veggies, fruits, and crackers whereas a large main surface area can hold your main meat and cheeses. You could also use the best magnetic spice rack to season your meat and cheese. We also appreciate a built-in juice groove that prevents juice from seeping onto the counter.
This large charcuterie board is made using 100% bamboo, which makes it sturdy enough to cut vegetables, meats, and fruits directly on top. Note, like most bamboo, it is not dishwasher safe – a quick wash in mineral oil and hot soap works best. You may want to check out the best cleaning cloths that you can use to clean the board after washing.
Award: BEST HOUSEWARMING PRESENT
WHY WE LIKE IT: This charcuterie board is a complete 12-piece serving set, which includes two ceramic bowls, two plates, and four cheese knives, making it an excellent housewarming gift.
We love this charcuterie board’s construction and design. It is made of 100% natural Moso bamboo with grooves along each side to hold your crackers. Two removable slatted drawers also slide out and reveal olives, cheeses, and other smaller foods with a separate drawer on the opposite side to store cutting utensils, including serving forks.
This charcuterie board is great to serve food out on beaches and parks. it is large enough (15.7″ by 13.6″ by 3.4″) to serve multiple people. Our only knock is that it does not include side handles to pass it easier amongst a crowd. Consider it a better fit for tables. You may also want the best wine decanter for your next dinner party.
Award: BEST DESIGN
WHY WE LIKE IT: This inexpensive 16″ by 11″ by 1″ charcuterie board comes in a reversible design, which is great for people who want to use two different serving configurations without having to purchase another one separately.
This charcuterie board is one of the biggest on our list (16″ by 11″ by 1″ ), making it work well as a cheese platter, serving tray, or cutting board. It is made using 100% organic bamboo, which is antibacterial and odor-resistant. Plus, it is very durable – one can easily sharpen a knife or cut cheese wedges on top with no issues.
One of our favorite features is its side handles, which make it easy to move from table to table. It is also reversible with a different well groove configuration, with one side allowing more room for meat and cheese. Kudos for being non-toxic and BPA-free, which means it is free of plastic chemical additives known to cause health defects, especially with pregnant women. This set comes with a couple of cheese knives, but if you want the best oyster knife you’ll have to get that for yourself.
Award: BEST ACCESSORIES
WHY WE LIKE IT: This bamboo wood tray comes as a monstrous 16-piece set, including cheese forks, ceramic bowls, and stainless steel knives, so we love it as a gift or for larger gatherings.
This 16″ by 11.8″ by 2″ charcuterie board is well designed with a 9.2″ by 7.56″ main surface area (rock slate) and two indented grooves on opposite sides to store crackers and cheese. Its top section can also accommodate three ceramic condiment bowls for chips. Its rock slate can also be removed to double as an additional serving platter. This is the only pick on our list to offer this feature. A built-in drawer also helps to hide cutting utensils.
Like most of our charcuterie board picks, this cheese board set is constructed using 100% bamboo, which is non-porous and holds up well with stain and odors. Note, dishwasher use is not recommended. Simply apply hot soap and optional mineral oil for a deep clean.
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In determining the best charcuterie board to buy, we explored uses (as a serving plate, cutting board, etc.), material, size, safety, ease of cleaning, and auxiliary features such as cutlery sets and hidden drawers for utensil storage.
We preferred charcuterie boards with a variety of uses. These generally result in larger dimensions (e.g. the 16″ by 11″ by 1″ #6 pick PandPal Charcuterie Board Set), which make them big and durable enough to serve as a cheese platter, serving tray, or cutting board. They should also have well-placed grooves and slots for crackers, along with a generous main surface area for cheeses and meats.
Kudos for 100% bamboo, our preferred charcuterie board material. It is non-porous, odor, and stain-resistant, which is especially important when putting so many different foods in close proximity. Note, bamboo is not dishwasher safe. We recommend using hot soap with a coating of mineral oil over several hours for proper care.
Size is very important. The larger the surface area, the more appropriate it is for larger gatherings. At a minimum, we are looking for a 13″ by 13″ by 2″ (see our #1 pick Bambusi Charcuterie Board and Knife Set), which we feel offers enough surface area for meats, cheese, crackers, and a few condiments.
We like charcuterie boards that come with hidden compartments, as well as utensil sets. They make our life much easier, especially when serving a large group of people.