I recently received a wood salad bowl as a gift that, unfortunately, was cracked in two when it arrived. When I took it back to the store, the cashier happily took it back and told me they would send me another one. The second arrived with a crack, also, though it was not split completely in two. I am inclined to return the bowl for cash or credit which we could put towards a higher-end serving bowl, but this is a gift from someone who will be dining in our home with some regularity, and my fiance thinks we should keep it. He insists that when he was growing up, his family went through several wood salad bowls, and none of them, regardless of price point or how well you care for them (not putting them in water, proper oiling, etc.), are meant to last forever. I've never had one before and I have no idea if this is true. I generally prefer quality to quantity; our kitchen is sparse but I enjoy everything in it. However, I understand that if a product has a limited shelf life regardless of quality, it makes more sense to not throw more money at the purchase. Looking at some of the reviews on the W-S website makes me think that even if we put more money towards this bowl than the giver did (it was $50), in addition to the cash we'd get from the return, we might still not have the bowl in a couple of months. Has anyone had a wood salad bowl they use regularly? How long have you had it? Is it really high maintenance? Has anyone had problems with these bowls?
For whatever it's worth, this is the bowl we received:
This is the series I would probably replace it with if we decide it's worth it, only because the reviews are generally positive: