Well we are a week in with the new boards. Most of my impressions thus far fall on the negative side, but they're really not that bad and the pros are stronger than the cons.
Things I don't like:
They are loud( putting down plates, knives hitting the board), prone to chipping( no chopping according to manufacturer), more drag on the knife makes roll chopping awkward and difficult, and the overall feel when using a blade. Sometimes it feels tip of my blade is sticking to the board. The feel is similar to when using one of those cheap-o flexible plastic boards on a granite counter top. When they get wet you can smell the resins. To be fair, after about three days the smell was completely gone and diminished a little each time they were washed. I had them washed and dried three times before using them the first day. Some internet research revealed that this was normal and nothing to worry about, although pretty off putting.
Things I like:
Easy to clean. Knife gouging is not as deep. They can be sanded like wood( according to the manufacturer haven't tested that... yet). The friction problem mentioned earlier, is helpful when I put a plastic board down for chopping or whatever( yes I am aware of wet towels, this is better in conjunction), but they are slick enough that I can brush crumbs and other debris off in one swipe. I haven't noticed any negative effects on my knives, I do keep my rod hone nearby, the kitchen knives are supplied by a sharpening company that switches them out for sharp ones every other week, so we really don't have much to worry about. Higher resistance to temperature(the manufacturer claims 350*F). I set a sizzle dish from a 400* oven on the board for less than 20 seconds and that was enough to cause some discoloration. This amount of time would not have melted the plastic boards, but a minute would have done it. I'll take the discoloration over melted plastic.
I have no idea what they cost, so I can't say if they are worth the price, but I would be willing to pay a little more for them if the decision was up to me.
Duck, I hear ya on those Michigan Maple Boards. Actually saw you mention them on an old post and checked them out. I will get one for the house, but work, is not gonna happen. Even if it was my choice, I can't trust every person who works now( or potentially in the future) to maintain them properly.
BDL, thanx for weighing in. I always appreciate your technical knowledge( even when others don't want to hear it). You are 100% right, those boards are mine now, and like it or not, they're not going to change. Fortunately, I do like them. It seems to me that my pros are rational, the cons are just resistance to change.
A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new. - Al E
Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. - Ben Franklin