This month we’re bringing you a review of one of the “must have” kitchen gadgets, especially if your knife skills could use some work.
These food choppers are some of the best we found out there, and they’re easy to get a hold of! (In fact, you can order them online even.)
By Robyn Fletcher
Oxo Good Grips Chopper ~USD$20.00
This is a manual food chopper has a clear plastic bowl with measure markings and a non-slip base, which attaches to the chopping unit, and a soft palm-shaped knob on top. You can also remove the base of the chopper and then chop small amounts of food directly onto your chopping board. There is also a lid that fits the plastic bowl for storing food after it has been chopped. The blade unit can be removed for cleaning, and all parts are dishwasher safe. It is easy to reassemble after cleaning as there are alignment guides to ensure correct positioning.
It is a good brand, and made from high quality materials. The press knob can be locked down for storage, meaning it is nice and compact (3.75” x 4” x 6.75 when compacted).
Most large foods such as onions, peppers and eggs need to be cut into smaller pieces before going into the chopper as you can’t close the unit properly, and/or the blades tend to jam up if it is too full or the initial pieces are too big. The rotating tab inside the chopping unit is useful for making sure food doesn’t get stuck around the edges, and this unit also comes with its own spoon to scoop out the chopped food. Although all parts can go through the dishwasher making cleaning easy, if you do not have a dishwasher, then it could be a little difficult and fiddly to keep the blades clean and remove all traces of food. Overall, it does the job well, but you will still need to chop some foods initially to make them small enough for use in the chopper. Of the 5 choppers reviewed, this would be my second choice as it is a reasonable price, a reasonable size, comes with extra features (spoon, measures on container) behind the Pampered Chef Model, which is easier to clean.
KitchenAid Pro Food Chopper ~USD$20.00
This is a manual food chopper. It has a clear plastic bowl that attaches to the blade unit, and a large rounded push lever on top. This chopper has a removable base so the chopper can be used to chop items directly on your chopping board, or foods can be placed into the container unit and chopped in the container. There is also a lid for the chopping container so food can be stored after chopping. The chopper can easily be pulled apart for cleaning, and all parts are dishwasher safe. An additional feature of this chopper is that you can purchase it in 3 different colours (Black, White, Red) if you want to match your kitchen.
It is from a reputable brand, and the parts are good quality. This chopper is quite small (3.6” x 3.6” x 8.9”), and as a result the chopping bowl can only cope with quite small quantities of food, and larger foods such as onions or peppers need to be quartered. The blades are sharp stainless steel, so the chopper has no problem with nuts, onions and harder foods, and the sweeping tab that rotates around the chopping bowl ensures no food gets stuck around edges. The unit is quite strait forward to pull apart and re-assemble for cleaning, although the blade unit could be a bit difficult to clean properly if you do not have a dishwasher. Again, this chops well, but a little bit small for some foods. This chopper would be my third choice from the 5 reviewed, as it is comparable to the Oxo model, but a little smaller without any extra features. However if the colour of the unit is important to you, this would be a good option.
Starfrit Rotary Food Chopper – Chopper Plus ~USD$9.00
This unit has a clear plastic container which attaches to the chopping unit, and a push down lever to make the blades chop. There is a lid for the chopping container so you can store food after it has been chopped. The unit can be pulled apart for easy cleaning.
This unit is more lightweight than many other choppers on the market, however
it also quite a lot cheaper. In this case you do get what you pay for. The blades are sharp and the chopper works okay, however it is less sturdy. The chopping container is quite small, and large foods need to be cut into smaller pieces before chopping to avoid the blades jamming. The product does not say it is dishwasher safe, meaning cleaning is a lot more difficult than most other choppers. For the price, this is a great chopper if you will not be using it often, and only for small volumes. Of all the 5 choppers, this would be my last choice as it is more difficult to clean and made from lower quality materials. The price is it’s best feature.
The Pampered Chef Cutting Edge Food Chopper ~USD$30.00
A clear plastic chopping container which attaches to the blade unit, and a large rounded push lever on top. It has a non-slip base when you are using the enclosed container, or the base can be removed and you can chop directly onto a chopping board. The chopper can be easily pulled apart for cleaning and all parts are dishwasher safe.
The chopper is excellent quality, and feels slightly bigger than some of the other choppers (4” x 4” x 8”) so can cope with larger pieces of food, however onions still need to be quartered. The blades are sharp and the chopper copes well with harder foods including nuts. This chopper is easier to pull apart than many others, and the blade unit opens up a lot more, meaning it is much easier to clean. This unit also comes with a 5 year manufacturer’s guarantee when purchased through “Pampered Chef”. Overall, one of the better choppers, easier to clean, a guarantee, but at a higher price. This would be my first choice of all the choppers reviewed as it is excellent quality, easy to clean and has a product guarantee. Its only downside is that it is more expensive than the other models.
Zyliss Easy Chop Food Chopper with Smart Base ~USD$20.00
This chopper comes with a clear chopping container that has measure marks on the side, which attaches to the chopping unit, which then has a large rounded knob on top. The current model does not allow you to chop directly onto a chopping board. It comes with a lid for storing chopped food in the chopping container. The chopper can be pulled apart quite easily for cleaning, and all parts are dishwasher safe.
As with all of the other choppers, larger vegetables such as onions, peppers etc need to be quartered prior to chopping. The chopper can be a little sticky to pull apart and put back together
and ensure all parts are locked into place. The wipers inside the cup to ensure food doesn’t get stuck work okay. The handle can also be locked down for storage, making the unit more compact if space is an issue, however it is still a little larger than most other choppers (6.8” x 6.8” x 10.5”). Overall this chopper is okay, it can cope with slightly larger volumes, but for the price there are similar choppers that will do a better job. This chopper would be my fourth choice behind the Pampered Chef, Oxo and KitchenAid models as it is not quite large enough to deal with whole onions etc, so the additional size of the unit doesn’t really add to its useability. Also the quality does not appear quite as good as the other 3 models mentioned.
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