This large mat provides an ample work area—great for prep-intensive dishes like soups, stir fry and more. Nonslip base holds mat securely in place and prevents skidding. Lightweight, flexible mat makes it easy to transfer prepared foods to the cooking pot.
The description on the sticker that comes on the mat says that you can indeed chop on this, making it convenient when chopping multiple veggies to make a stir fry, for instance. You can make little piles of ingredients, then pick up the mat and let them slide off into a pan. I have yet to try this myself, but judging by the sturdiness of the mat and its material, I don't see why it would be a problem for the countertop below. If you're wondering why they don't advertise this fact on the website - I too am puzzled by that!
It is durable, however, I wouldn't chop on the mat. Although it is inexpensive enough if you do cut through the mat to purchase another. My particular reason for using it is a hygienic surface for food preparation. So that when the food bits fall off the cutting board, I'm assured it is germ free versus a counter-top.
Best Answer:This mat is not rubber but plastic with an interesting pattern on one side that completely holds it in place. It is flexible and rolls up. It is large and would be excellent for all kinds of cutting, and baking too (rolling out dough, etc.). I love it -- just received it so have not used it yet, but it is exactly what I was looking for.
It is not thick at all, does not roll, is difficult to fit into a sink to rinse, and will be difficult to store. That said, it's good quality and I enjoy using it particularly when making large quantities of baked goods that require rolling out.
I like this mat a lot. I just ordered a 2nd one for the other side of my sink. It is about 1/8" thick, but quite sturdy. It is also non-skid. It does roll up, but not easily. It would need to be tied or something.