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Small Kitchen Appliances

Best Food Chopper

Food choppers are one step above a regular knife, generally giving the same performance as a manual knife in terms of chopping performance, but they do it faster and more efficiently. These basic appliances are all going to be manually activated, because any motorized unit takes away from the simplicity of the design. Plus, motorized units begin to blur the line between a food chopper and a miniature food processor, and choppers are what this list is all about.

These picks are all made for quick and easy food vegetable preparation, therefore all of them will store easily in a deep drawer or virtually any cabinet space. All of the cutting parts and the bowl will be dishwasher safe, so once you have finished chopping, you can literally place them in a dishwasher with no muss or fuss. Although some may have plastic components, the cutting blades will all be made of stainless steel.

There are several different ways to power them including pump action, crank handles, and pull cords. You'll have to decide which type is right for you. Each of these will also come protected by a minimum one year limited manufacturer’s warranty, unless otherwise listed in the description.

Zyliss Easy Pull Manual Food Processor and Chopper

Uniquely designed and Swiss made, the Zyliss Easy Pull Manual Food Chopper is strong enough to chop up even frozen foods. The Zyliss has a pull cord on the top which allows you to give it a few good pulls so the blades spin at lightning speed. This action allows you to even puree certain foods which gives you a bit more versatility.

The mechanics inside the cover mean it is only damp wipe for cleaning, but everything else is dishwasher safe, while the 25 ounce bowl is portable enough for dorm rooms and RV campers alike. The Zyliss Food Chopper is one of the more expensive units on this list but remains a high quality unit, and it’s covered by a five year warranty. If you want all of the advantages of a manual food chopper, this is the one to get.

The Pampered Chef Cutting Edge Food Chopper

The Pampered Chef Cutting Edge Food Chopper. is the most expensive unit on the list but also the easiest to use. By simply pushing the handle down you'll be able to mince veggies beneath the blade quickly and efficiently. For most people, The Pampered Chef Cutting Edge Food Chopper will be a delight to use. With a five year warranty, you know this appliance is built to last in any kitchen environment.

While it could be considered as the best food chopper here, some people might not be able to use it as you must physically press the chopping blades down forcefully using the handle at the top. If you have range of motion, arthritis in your hands and arms, or fragile bones, this isn’t going to be the best option for you.

Freshware KT-402 4-in-1 Food Chopper

A neat and self-contained idea, you'll chop, slice and dice any veggie with the Freshware KT-402 4-in-1 Vegetable Chopper. The Freshware KT-402 uses sharpened blades and gravity to do all the work. Place your vegetable beneath the upraised handle where the blades are, push down slowly, and the chopper will effortlessly slice, dice, or cube your food. All you have to do is just change out the different blade set for the different types of cutting at hand. All the components are dishwasher safe and it will comfortably fit in even shallow drawers. If you just want a very basic food chopper for you or a partner at an affordable price the Freshware 4-in-1 might be ideal for you.

Jesco Chef's Rival Chopper

For the most versatility in any food chopper, take a look at the crank handle Jesco Chef's Rival Chopper. There are nine attachments to work with so you can do virtually anything that an electric food chopper can. Slice, dice, julienne, chop, juice, separate eggs, grate potatoes, and more all at the crank of a handle inside of a 26 ounce bowl. This would be the perfect RV food chopper because you could, in a pinch, make a gourmet meal without electricity.

The problem is for everything it does, you may be better served in just going for an electric chopper if you need this much functionality. However, the overall versatility of the Jesco Chef's Rival Chopper gets it on this list because nothing else is capable of so many different functions at this price range. Although the unit comes with a one year warranty, the blades are covered for a lifetime of use.

Chef'n VeggiChop Hand-Powered Food Chopper

If you like the pull cord idea of a food chopper, feast your eyes on the Chef'n VeggiChop Hand-Powered Food Chopper. Technically, this pull cord unit is every bit as good as the top rated Zyliss thanks to stainless blades, easy pull cord, dishwasher safe (except for the head which should be wiped clean with a damp cloth) and it’s very compact. The issue here is it only comes with a 30 day manufacturer’s warranty. However, that doesn't mean it isn't functional and durable and worth having in your kitchen, or it never would have made it here in the first place. Sporting a 20 ounce bowl, the Chef'n VeggieChop is one of the easiest units to use for light duty work like making salsa, chopping onions, or cutting lettuce.

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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