The right cutting board will protect the blades of your knives, prevent the spread of harmful bacteria, and simplify cleanup. There are many options, ranging from plastic and wood to glass and Corian. We found polypropylene, a nonporous, odor-resisting plastic, to be incredibly durable and to require little in the way of care. Ideally, you should look for a board with two usable sides, nonslip edges that will keep the board securely in place during prep, and a groove that will catch liquids and prevent spills. Other features to consider: Flexible boards make transferring prepped items a cinch; handles allow for easy lifting and carrying; color-coding helps prevent cross-contamination of ingredients.